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    Default Factory Unlocked phone locked to carrier?!

    I bought an iPhone 4 with the model #MC605C which with all my searching powers tells me that it is Factory Unlocked.

    However, when I try my sim card, "it is not compatible with this iPhone"

    The Apple customer service manager says that my IMEI number is locked to a different carrier and that they need to release it?!

    So what are my options?
    Is this legal?

    Thanks in advance!



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    It's legal, and theres nothing you can do about it. jailbreak it and hope it's under 4.01 software on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essense View Post
    I bought an iPhone 4 with the model #MC605C which with all my searching powers tells me that it is Factory Unlocked.

    However, when I try my sim card, "it is not compatible with this iPhone"

    The Apple customer service manager says that my IMEI number is locked to a different carrier and that they need to release it?!

    So what are my options?
    Is this legal?

    Thanks in advance!
    @rugburn feel free to chime in - seeing as this is a Canadian iPhone 4.

    OK, model number gives (at best) an indication of what country or carrier the iPhone comes from.

    There is a character missing from your model number quote - is it really model number: MC605C/A ??

    Basically, iPhones purchased from a carrier generally are carrier locked - this has been confirmed as true in Canada.

    To get an officially unlocked iPhone, you have to go to an Apple store in Canada and say you want a contract free phone. That will be unlocked and might have a model number of MC605C/X

    According to Apple's website, no carrier in Canada offers authorised unlocking. So yes it's 100% legal and you are stuck with a carrier locked iPhone. Should have done more research.
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    this seems to be a common mistake, people buy from countries that have them sim free thinking the carriers of that country will provide it sim free also, but the fact is you have to pay extra and buy it directly from apple, though carriers will unlock the phone after x amount of time

 

 

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