I recently bought a second hand iphone. The phone only allows for emergency calls and requests for an unlocked and valid sim to activate phone. Does this mean I have to purchase on o2 sim for uk or can I get the phone unlocked to networks to use my vodafone sim. I tried just inserting my vodafone sim but it does not get recognised.
Sorry for asking basic questions but I do not know an awful lot about mobile phones and I am woried I have been sold a 'lemon'
Can any of you guys advise...all replies appreciated..
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Re: Is my iphone blocked ?
Is your sim card csm or cdma? I'm not sure if the iphone can handle both, but I know it works with GSM.
If you have a gsm sim card, then you just need to unlock it. Of course, Apple won't let certain carriers use their phones legally. So you have to unlock it. I don't remember the exact process, but there's a good program to help you through it step by step.
Go to this site and read up before trying to do anything technical with your phone (link)wikee.iphwn.org
There's a lot of informtion there, so make sure to read up to find what's best for you. You'll need to know the firmware your phone is using 1.1.4 to 2.2 you need to know. The site I posted should have all the info for you.
Again, if your sim card is gsm, it should be no problem to use your sim.
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1. Turn on your Apple iPhone 4 with an unaccepted SIM card. 2. The iPhone should now request the unlock code or request a password of some sort. 3. Now enter your unlock code. 4. Your Apple iPhone 4 may reboot and should now be completely unlocked.
Also keep in mind that if your Apple iPhone is not a GSM cell phone, then these instructions will not work. However, I am pretty sure that at the moment only GSM or SIM card based iPhones exist. Anyway, good luck unlocking the new Apple iPhone 4G and just leave a comment below if you need some additional help or tips.
Note: The free unlock instructions provided on this site only work with GSM or SIM card versions of the Apple iPhone 4. As always there may be already unlocked versions of this mobile phone, but generally cost a lot more then unlocking it yourself.
Have you purchased from new? Was it a second hand unit or passed down?
If a phone has been reported to a uk network as lost or stolen it will be placed on a barring list that is used by all uk networks!
If this is the case it will only allow emergency calls only as the network your using is barring it.
If you call your network they have access to the shared data base and can check within a few minutes for you. You will need the IMEI number from the iphone which you can find on the SIM tray in small print, or if you can access the phones number pad dial *#06# this will display the phones IMEI on the screen (this should work on any mobile phone).
Another solution maybe that your SIM card has been disconnected? Have you tried your SIM in another phone to check?
Hope that helps?
What You gotta do is...1. Google Blackra1n. 2. download it!! 3.open the blackra1n. 4. Click make it rain 5. wait for iphone to reboot. 6. Enjoy your re-hacked iphone. Be sure to do this process with your Invalid sim card. What happened? When you updated your iphone the hack was un-done. Apple also has a software that senses when you are updating a hacked iphone. The software turns your iphone into a nice brick. This should work!!!
Pin Unlock Code (PUK) If you miss keyed (or forget) your SIM PIN code, and enter the wrong one 3-5 times in a row, the sim will lock up, and you’ll need to enter the unlock code to release it. You should ask your Network Service Provider for this code when you need it. Don’t try to guess it, because after a few wrong guesses, the SIM card will be permanently disabled. Blacklisting:
This is not a security code, but it works like one! To help combat mobile phone thefts, the networks share a database of the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of mobile phones that have been reported stolen. Once a phone is on this list, it will not be allowed to use any of the networks.
This can be a risk if you buy a second-hand phone, because if it has been stolen, or if an unscrupulous seller makes an insurance claim after selling, the phone you bought in good faith may be permanently disabled.
Be very careful to check the source of a second-hand phone!