Can I unlock phone from Vodafone even AFTER I have left the company?

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don9999
don9999 Posts: 586 Forumite
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My PAC code (and 30 days notice runs out in a week.
Hence I need to use it to switch to a different supplier.

However, I forgot that my phone (iphone 6) is locked to Vodafone.
I understand that I can apply online to get the phone unlocked, but that it can take 10-14 WDs to receive the unlock code.
By which time I intend to have left the company.

Does that matter?

Or do I need to stay with Vodafone until the mobile phone is unlocked?

(Of course, I know that if I DID change supplier before the phone was unlocked, I wouldn't be able to use it yet. However, I just don't know if I have to stay with the original supplier until it has been unlocked....?)
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  • grumbler
    grumbler Posts: 58,629 Forumite
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    edited 1 May 2016 at 11:57AM
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    Unlocking an iPhone is simply changing a record in Apple's database, not a code.
    Like for any other type of (un)locking this will work even after you switch the network), but you'll probably need to connect to your Apple account via WiFi first.

    However, do request unlocking ASAP while you still are Voda's customer.
  • don9999
    don9999 Posts: 586 Forumite
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    Thanks again grumbler.

    SO I can apply for the unlock today with Vodafone, and then switch to a new supplier 'before' the phone is unlocked. (Although of course I appreciate that I won't be able to use it with the new supplier, until the phone gets unlocked.)


    BTW.....I've never unlocked a phone before.
    But Vodafone's own 'Network unlock request form' states:
    "We'll send you updates about your network unlock code, and the code itself to this email address."

    So I had assumed I would perhaps need to apply some code to 'disconnect' from Vodafone. Though as you stated, I had previously thought it was just a matter of updating Apple's database......

    Cheers.
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  • d123
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    don9999 wrote: »
    But Vodafone's own 'Network unlock request form' states:
    "We'll send you updates about your network unlock code, and the code itself to this email address."

    So I had assumed I would perhaps need to apply some code to 'disconnect' from Vodafone. Though as you stated, I had previously thought it was just a matter of updating Apple's database......

    Cheers.

    I would presume just a generic message for all brands of phone, many do require a code, so the page is written in that way.

    The unlock won't change your phone working with the Vodafone sim, there is no need to "disconnect" from Vodafone, it just removes the restriction that stops other sim cards from working. Once the unlock is processed you can swap between sims as you wish, including your Vodafone one.
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  • mobilejunkie
    mobilejunkie Posts: 8,460 Forumite
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    It's a PAC not a notice. Requesting the PAC negated the notice and unless you exercise it before the 30 days is up you'll have to start again with either another 30-PAC OR a notice to terminate the contract - until you do it will rumble on.
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