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    • edmond
    • By edmond 6th Jul 17, 11:46 PM
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    Cheapest way to unlock an iPhone 5 original service provider unknown
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    • 6th Jul 17, 11:46 PM
    Cheapest way to unlock an iPhone 5 original service provider unknown 6th Jul 17 at 11:46 PM
    Hi guys
    My son has an iPhone 5 of which he does not know who the original service provider is. So I was going to get it unlocked. Will apple do this or will I be better going to a local unlocking mobile shop?
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    • d123
    • By d123 7th Jul 17, 12:18 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 12:18 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 12:18 AM
    Hi guys
    My son has an iPhone 5 of which he does not know who the original service provider is. So I was going to get it unlocked.

    Will apple do this or will I be better going to a local unlocking mobile shop?
    Originally posted by edmond
    Neither can (or will) unlock it.

    You need to find out who it's locked to and proceed from there.

    Officially only the network who locked it can process the unlock, but there are unlockers on eBay that can ascertain the lock status and also process the unlock if required (if the original network can't or won't help).
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    • Nebulous2
    • By Nebulous2 7th Jul 17, 7:30 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 7:30 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 7:30 AM
    Has he tried a sim in it? He could luck out and find the provider he wants to use is the one it is locked to.
    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 7th Jul 17, 7:32 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 7:32 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 7:32 AM
    Not hard to find what provider


    http://iphoneimei.info/
    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 7th Jul 17, 7:53 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 7:53 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 7:53 AM
    Presumably it's still working on WiFi and the original iTunes/iCloud password is known? A working SIM card is needed, afaik, to get an iPhone to work for the first time. I wonder what people do if the phone's been reset but is locked to an unknown network.
    • mongoose2009
    • By mongoose2009 12th Jul 17, 5:35 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 5:35 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 5:35 PM
    order some free sims and by elimination youll find it
    • d123
    • By d123 12th Jul 17, 5:52 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 5:52 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 5:52 PM
    order some free sims and by elimination youll find it
    Originally posted by mongoose2009
    It's a lot less effort to just pay 99p for a network check.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IPHONE-3G-3GS-4-4S-5-5S-5C-6-6S-NETWORK-CHECK-CARRIER-CHECK-INFORMATION-REPORT-/121623647967
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    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 12th Jul 17, 7:04 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 7:04 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 7:04 PM
    The IMIE number can read from an iPhones settings, but can you reset and get into one without a working SIM?
    • d123
    • By d123 12th Jul 17, 10:15 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 10:15 PM
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    • 12th Jul 17, 10:15 PM
    The IMIE number can read from an iPhones settings, but can you reset and get into one without a working SIM?
    Originally posted by buglawton
    The IMEI is engraved on the back of an iPhone 5.
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    • Exemplar
    • By Exemplar 13th Jul 17, 7:30 PM
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    Engraved? are you sure?
    'Just because its on the internet don't believe it 100%'. Abraham Lincoln.
    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 13th Jul 17, 7:42 PM
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    The IMEI is engraved on the back of an iPhone 5.
    Originally posted by d123
    Oh no it isn't

    But it can be found in settings Tap General > About and Scroll down to locate the IMEI number.
    • d123
    • By d123 13th Jul 17, 8:48 PM
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    Oh no it isn't

    But it can be found in settings Tap General > About and Scroll down to locate the IMEI number.
    Originally posted by hollie.weimeraner
    Oh yes it is

    You probably shouldn't act cocky when you're wrong...

    Find the serial number or IMEI on your iPhone

    On these devices, find the serial number in Settings and the IMEI/MEID (the MEID is the first 14 digits of the IMEI) on the back.

    If you need support but you can't view the Settings menu, you can use the IMEI/MEID instead of the serial number:

    iPhone 6
    iPhone 6 Plus
    iPhone SE
    iPhone 5s
    iPhone 5c
    iPhone 5

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204073

    It's amazing how stupid a person can look just by typing a single line and adding a smilie
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    • Exemplar
    • By Exemplar 14th Jul 17, 7:39 AM
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    Aside from the silly person with the smile thing I thought it was etched? not engraved?

    Mine was a question rather than a silly assumption!
    'Just because its on the internet don't believe it 100%'. Abraham Lincoln.
    • d123
    • By d123 14th Jul 17, 11:14 AM
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    Aside from the silly person with the smile thing I thought it was etched? not engraved?

    Mine was a question rather than a silly assumption!
    Originally posted by Exemplar
    My comments were more aimed at the person, but I'm no expert on the etching/engraving process so just used what I thought was the most accurate word.

    Etching appears to be defined as:

    Definition of etch in English:

    etch
    VERB

    Engrave (metal, glass, or stone) by coating it with a protective layer, drawing on it with a needle, and then covering it with acid to attack the parts the needle has exposed, especially in order to produce prints from it.
    So whilst etching is actually a form of engraving, I'd argue the word engrave is actually more accurate (by definition):

    Definition of engrave in English:

    engrave
    VERB

    Cut or carve (a text or design) on the surface of a hard object.
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    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 14th Jul 17, 12:18 PM
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    Oh yes it is

    You probably shouldn't act cocky when you're wrong...

    It's amazing how stupid a person can look just by typing a single line and adding a smilie
    Originally posted by d123
    OK so I'm wrong that's OK but you're starting to sound like my wife
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 14th Jul 17, 12:53 PM
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    Etching appears to be defined as:
    Originally posted by d123
    She said, "Come up and see my etchings,"
    I said "I hope they're not a fake,
    Because the only thing that's etching
    Is my one-eyed trouser snake..!"

    Barry Mackenzie / Private Eye, circa 1963.
    Evolution, not revolution
    • Exemplar
    • By Exemplar 14th Jul 17, 5:52 PM
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    Didn't think for a minute that they were!!
    'Just because its on the internet don't believe it 100%'. Abraham Lincoln.
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