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does putting a SIM in an unlocked iPhone lock it to that network?

does putting a SIM in an unlocked iPhone lock it to that network?
say you put an O2 SIM in at first does that mean you couldn't change to orange?

Most Useful Answer matt101101  Jun. 25, 2013 at 12:16

Unless it's an unlocked iPhone 5 bought anywhere that isn't directly from Apple (Carphone Warehouse, for example).

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:58

No, if the phone is correctly unlocked, you can change sims every 5 minutes.... Unlocked is unlocked.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 12:16

Unless it's an unlocked iPhone 5 bought anywhere that isn't directly from Apple (Carphone Warehouse, for example).

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 13:25

What??? Not here in Eire. Explain, matt

AhmadCentral  Jun. 25, 2013 at 13:59

Matt is half right.

If you bought the iPhone from Apple off contract then it's unlocked.
If you bought it from Carphone warehouse then it'll lock to the first sim
If you bought it from another third party retailer off contract then it'll be unlocked
If you bought it from a network it'll be locked to that network.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 14:04

I didn't know. The CPW unlocked devices here in Ireland are unlocked. As in unlocked-unlocked...
Also: offtopic - O2 Ireland has been bought by Three Ireland, who also share infrastructure with Vodafone... Wtf? Hahaha

AhmadCentral  Jun. 25, 2013 at 14:10

I didn't know. The CPW unlocked devices here in Ireland are unlocked. As in unlocked-unlocked...
Also: offtopic - O2 Ireland has been bought by Three Ireland, who also share infrastructure with Vodafone... Wtf? Hahaha


Yeh it's weird. If you find a good deal in CPW then the trick is for contract buyers to buy the phone on contract on say O2 for example. Then stick a vodafone sim inside so it locks to vodafone. Then ring up O2 and say the phone got locked because you wanted to try a voda sim and didn't realise the phone was locked. And they'll unlock it free of charge. (maybe)

OT: Yup i heard that. O2 Ireland been planning to sell for ages. Didn't know Three and Voda shared infrastructure. Is that new?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 14:21

Yes, since some time last year Vf and Three Ireland joined at hips... Or masts :))
That's plenty of pull for Three. But EU needs to authorise buyout of O2 first...

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 14:37

The CPW unlocked devices here in Ireland are unlocked. As in unlocked-unlocked...
It's the same here for every phone bar the iPhone 5.

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