According to apple it has been unlocked as have an email confirming that the phone is now unlocked and to connect it to iTunes, etc. When I put non vodafone sim in the carrier is EE 14.0 when the Vodafone sim is in it says Vodafone uk 14.0
The confirmation e-mail comes from carrier and not Apple.
The iPhone is unlocked, per information provided. Non-Vodafone SIM is able to activate it now.
Since an upgrade iPhone 5 has already been released by the carrier against this, working status of this iPhone could be cleared/explained by them only.
I have a similar issue though not exactly the same. I can't use the internet on my iPhone 4S. Bought it also from a friend, I have received official confirmation that this phone is unlocked from both Apple and Vodaphone. I've done everything in any instruction I could find: new Sim card, going to Apple repair shop, going to my carrier, resetting, restoring, recovery mode, installing as new iPhone.... but every time the settings revert to Vodaphone UK and I can't use the internet. The strange thing is that it DID work for a while, at first when I bought it it did work 6 months until I visited the UK. Then recently someone advised me to hold depressed both the home button and the powerbutton simulaneiously and then do a reinstall. That worked finally... but only until I visited a neighbouring country and all settings have switched back to Vodaphone AGAIN. Now the previous trick doesn't work anymore. I am in despair!! Somebody must know what to do with this problem????
BTW for a long time I did not get the message that the phone was unlocked, but with the last 2 times resetting I suddenly did.
1. ...... I have received official confirmation that this phone is unlocked from both Apple and Vodaphone. ..
2. BTW for a long time I did not get the message that the phone was unlocked, but with the last 2 times resetting I suddenly did.
If this is true as in 1, confirmed via 2, then iPhone is unlocked forever and you should be able to use Internet along with other services for which phone is designed. The settings would never switch back.
Check with present carrier if they allow Internet under plan you have purchased.