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How to unlock an Apple Smart phone?

by Ardnas2 / September 24, 2014 8:19 AM PDT

I was given an Apple Smart phone but it's been locked. I would like to upgrade from my flip phone with Verizon but I need to learn what cables to buy for it and then get it unlocked. Is this possible?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2014 8:24 AM PDT

Due to the spammers this thread shall be link free.

Also, there are some models that must be Jail Breaked to unlock. I'm sure you know why so I won't bore you with all the prior discussions.

"Only your carrier can unlock your iPhone." is the OFFICIAL ANSWER!

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Google this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2014 8:33 AM PDT
In reply to: LINK FREE ZONE.

verizon to ting apple iphone

Notice that Ting shows how but it is NOT unlocking your phone but doing an exchange. This lockdown is pretty tight and let's see what others pile in with. Again, due to the spammers, LINK FREE POSTS only.

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ONLy Carrier can Unlock?
by Ardnas2 / September 24, 2014 10:13 AM PDT
In reply to: LINK FREE ZONE.

Any suggestions on how to find out who the carrier was?

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That's the Apple and carrier Official answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2014 10:32 AM PDT

"Q: I just upgraded my iPhone but now cannot activate it because I don't know the carrier that it's locked to. How can I find out which SIM/carrier that this iPhone is locked to?

- Sly

A: Unfortunately, there's no straightforward way to do this as it's actually based only on your iPhone's International Mobile Station Equipment Identity number, or IMEI. Unlike most other cellular phones, Apple doesn't allow any carrier-specific branding on either the hardware or software, so there's nothing obvious you would find on an iPhone that would indicate which carrier it came from.

If you know anybody who uses an iPhone on an alternate network that your iPhone might possibly be locked to, you could simply try popping in their SIM card and see what happens. This is obviously a trial-and-error method, and may not be practical if you've purchased the iPhone from an online site, since it could conceivably be locked to any carrier in the world.

Another option would be to try visiting a local Apple Store, where they might be able to look up your iPhone's IMEI number and let you know which carrier it is locked to. Apple does have this information in a database"

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Verizon only permits their own phones to be used...
by Pepe7 / September 24, 2014 3:46 PM PDT

...on their network. At least since the last time I checked. It's the one disadvantage of a CDMA system. That's why with the links Bob lead you to, it involves a Sprint (CDMA carrier) MVNO (in this case, Ting) providing a (network compatible) Sprint issued iPhone in exchange for a non-Sprint network compatible/permissible version of the iPhone.

What you need to do is, figure out which actual flavor of iPhone you own (e.g. hardware/software). Go into Settings > General > About, and post here what you see. *Just don't post the IMEI. Skip all the info between 'Network' and 'Version'.

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CNET writes about TING and their tool.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2014 11:09 AM PDT

"So, for example, a recent Reddit thread revealed that some Verizon iPhone 5 units can make the move to Ting. (It all depends on the ESN, which you can check easily using Ting's tool.)"

The Glyde method is also.

As this is a News Link, it avoids the spammer issue with your question.

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