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    Default Officially unlocked iPhones not really unlocked

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    It turns out that the officially (Apple-sanctioned) unlocked iPhone you bought for 649 Euros (about US$965) from Orange in France — which, according to some reports, accounts for up to 20% of total iPhone sales in France — is not really unlocked. It retains a country lock, meaning the device will only allow use of SIM cards for carriers that operate in France. In other words, you can’t take your French, “unlocked” iPhone to Spain, the United States, or anywhere else, pop in a foreign SIM card, and make calls on a local carrier — you’re still stuck paying international roaming fees to your French carrier.

    Attempting to use a foreign SIM card with one of these partially-unlocked phones will result in an inability to make phone calls, use SMS functionality, etc.

    This is almost certainly a restriction imposed by Apple, loathe to see “unlocked” phones shipped from France to the US or other countries where exclusive contracts are in place with local carriers.

    France is the only country where you can purchase an “unlocked” iPhone. In the US, UK and Germany (the only other markets where the iPhone is available), Apple holds exclusive contracts with AT&T, O2 and T-Mobile respectively. French law forbids the sale of one item that requires the purchase of another.

    Purchasing an “unlocked” phone in France requires that you provide name, address, and iPhone’s IMEI number to Orange customer service, which will unlock the iPhone in about 5 days. A message will be sent to you, indicating that you need to restore your iPhone, at which point iTunes will inform you that your phone has been unlocked.



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    I call bullsh*t.

    This is more likely the documented problem of using an iPhone with a SIM from a country not supported by the iPhone, using iWorld on the phone to setup the phone correctly for the country you are in sorts this out.

    Rgds,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimwilx1 View Post
    Attempting to use a foreign SIM card with one of these partially-unlocked phones will result in an inability to make phone calls, use SMS functionality, etc.
    Hi

    So I guess you just need to Jailbreak it and install iWorld on it, and your phone should be good to go. Its the same as what we do, when upgrading from 1.1.1 to 1.1.2 and our phones are crashing. iWorld was written for specifically this. You launch it, and it will ask you what country you are in, and your phone will reboot then.

    By the way, a French phone should be working in Germany, Italy, Japan, China and UK I think. For these countries the iWorld is not needed, as they are hardcoded in the firmware by default. At least its like this for the upgraded 1.1.2 phones.

    Cheers

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    nope, the iworld doesn't fix the problem, i have the french unlocked one and doesn't work with o2 uk sim

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    Could someone check the lock on a french phone via AT cmd?

    I doubt this is real. It woudl require to reset the Network Provider lock to a new list. If so, it would be somehoe legal extremly problematic towards calling this "unlock" which is required by french laws.


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    i forgot to mention that since o2 is the default operator in uk I haven't used iworld, OTB after activation and restore after 5 days, it's not unlocked for uk, just for france, i'm gonna return it I'm still in the 14 days period ;-) lately is the 5th Iphone I buy with this trick

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    I repeat, I have a French unlocked iPhone I use with a German Vodafone SIM. I am going to test in the office next week with a wide set of SIMS from different countries with the unlocked phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam View Post
    Could someone check the lock on a french phone via AT cmd?

    I doubt this is real. It woudl require to reset the Network Provider lock to a new list. If so, it would be somehoe legal extremly problematic towards calling this "unlock" which is required by french laws.
    My French phone is jailbroken - what exactly do you want to execute? I am too lazy to look up the AT command. I am up to my ass in work shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinbr View Post
    I repeat, I have a French unlocked iPhone I use with a German Vodafone SIM. I am going to test in the office next week with a wide set of SIMS from different countries with the unlocked phone
    Please let us know how you get on testing next week... quick question - did you activate your unlocked French iPhone with a non-French iTunes account?

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    Additional report.

    Anway, hope to see kevinbr to update us later


 

 
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