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    Default iPhone 4 Factory unlocked activation

    Hello,
    I got today an iPhone 4, bought from US from a trusty source, which said it was factory unlocked, also the receipt says factory unlocked. On the back of the box it says AT&T, but everyone assured me that it is factory unlocked.
    I live in Romania and today I got the package with the phone which was sealed.

    - I opened it and it gave me the emergency screen.
    - I connected it to itunes (with the at&t sim in it) and the emergency screen disappeared and opened the home screen which said 'waiting for activation' (I didn't click dismiss yet)
    - On the computer, I created a new profile for my phone and I got the usual screen with the update and restore buttons. The 'waiting for activation' message was still on the screen.
    - I changed the sim card with one from a Romanian carrier and I get no signal..

    From my point of view, I think there are 2 possibilities:
    1. The iphone is not factory unlocked (I don't think that's the case because I bought it from a very trusty source, I payed more than the locked one and the receipt from at&t says factory unlocked)
    2. I should activate the phone in United States so the 'waiting for activation' changes into 'iphone is now activated' (or whatever the message is) and then bring the phone in Romania and replace the sim card.

    I would really apreciate any help, I intended to buy many iphones, but now I don't know what to do.

    I offer one iphone with the price I am buying it to the person who helps me solve this problem



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    No iPhones from the US come factory unlocked. They are strictly limited to AT&T. Unfortunately I think your first possibility is correct and the phone is not really factory unlocked.

    However, I hope that I am wrong and maybe someone can tell you differently.
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    Hmmm....

    If you have a receipt with AT&T on it, then I think it is highly unlikely the phone is truly factory unlocked. Those ones should have nothing to do with carrier names.
    I have found that many ebay sellers say their phone is 'unlocked' and are being very loose with the term. They do not mean it is ANY SIM unlocked but just 'unlocked to any AT&T SIM'......

    I have owned locked and unlocked phones from US, France, Australia and recently my new UK iPhone4 (which is factory unlocked shipped directly from Foxconn). The truly factory unlocked ones are very cool. They will activate with ANY SIM from ANY carrier of ANY country, and it doesnt even have to be a functional one!
    I have used old Pay-As-You-Go SIMs that have been deactivated for >1 year and the truly factory unlocked iPhones will simply pause and iTunes will say "Your phone has been unlocked".

    If you did not get that message in iTunes, you do not have a factory unlocked phone. During the SIM activation, the set up calls Apple to check the phone status. Apple will return a green light to unlock and iTunes will quite clearly tell you in a page otherwise never seen "Your phone has been unlocked", and then you hit continue.

    If you didnt get that, you have a USA AT&T iPhone.
    Your options would seem:
    1. return it to seller based on misleading auction (should check his wording first)
    2. JB it and soft unlock the baseband, based on the versions of course.

    Hope this helps.
    Best of luck.

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    thank you very much for your responses, they have been very helpfully
    I can say for sure that you are right, the phone is locked to att..
    a little disappointed, but now sitting quietly, smoking a joint and waiting for the unlock to arrive

    cheers!

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    Sorry to hear your misfortune mate, next time buy from countries other than USA. It may be cheaper but it is never factory unlocked in the USA. There are alot of people being scammed like this on eBay and I have sold many iPhone 4 on eBay and I make sure to let the international buyers know that in USA we do not sell factory unlocked iPhones.


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    Hmmm, as far as i know factory unlocked devices are unlocked in every place on earth.
    When you connect it to internet it must activate immediately, no mater what sim is inside it !!!

    Maybe your solution is to contact your trusty source and tell him to go to purchase place and reclaim account activation ( with all papers and purchase details along with serial number and UUID / IMEI of your iPhone ).

    Or it's simple delay /congestion in apple's internal server database.
    You know that locked and factory unlocked phones ARE SAME THING ... only difference is itunes recognize it by serial/uuid/imei when it contacts apple servers and they "tell" itunes to activate it. ( and one little difference is boot rom wich is not locked to provider ).

    Soo just w8 few days and then call apple center near your country.

    I wish you luck .... _DM_ from Bosnia

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmateljic View Post
    Hmmm, as far as i know factory unlocked devices are unlocked in every place on earth.
    When you connect it to internet it must activate immediately, no mater what sim is inside it !!!

    Maybe your solution is to contact your trusty source and tell him to go to purchase place and reclaim account activation ( with all papers and purchase details along with serial number and UUID / IMEI of your iPhone ).

    Or it's simple delay /congestion in apple's internal server database.
    You know that locked and factory unlocked phones ARE SAME THING ... only difference is itunes recognize it by serial/uuid/imei when it contacts apple servers and they "tell" itunes to activate it. ( and one little difference is boot rom wich is not locked to provider ).

    Soo just w8 few days and then call apple center near your country.

    I wish you luck .... _DM_ from Bosnia
    do you think it's possible that apple unlocks the phones after selling them?

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    Default hi

    what is factory unlock????

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexpunct View Post
    do you think it's possible that apple unlocks the phones after selling them?
    Nope and I tried hard. I was on the phone for 2h30 from Switzerland and they kept on switching back and forth from AT&T and Apple. They said that they hadn't the codes to activate the unlock. They told me that I could either bring the phone back or wait for the unlock from Comex...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACESlider1023 View Post
    Nope and I tried hard. I was on the phone for 2h30 from Switzerland and they kept on switching back and forth from AT&T and Apple. They said that they hadn't the codes to activate the unlock. They told me that I could either bring the phone back or wait for the unlock from Comex...
    Just to clarify - comex is releasing a jailbreak. The iPhone Dev Team is releasing an updated version of ultrasn0w that will unlock the iPhone 4.

    Apple can unlock any iPhone - but AT&T simply will not let Apple unlock the iPhones sold locked to AT&T. I would send it back and ask for a refund.
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