Have you bought a new iPhone that happens to be locked? Be aware to distinguish iCloud activation locking from the locking of your iPhone by the carrier. When you buy a used iPhone, it may be locked by a carrier, in which case, you will be unable to use it with a SIM card from a different network, unless you are with the same carrier. Similarly, your used iPhone could be iCloud locked, for various reasons, but the steps for unlocking it are not the same.
Unlocking your iPhone: what is it and how to do it?
If you bought an iPhone from an individual or a reseller and it shows an error message when you put your SIM card in, it means, quite simply, that your iPhone is locked to a different carrier than yours. Thus, since you are not the real owner of the iPhone, the only solution is to ask the previous owner to make the request through their carrier, or, if you cannot contact the old owner, to simply use a paid service to unlock your iPhone, for under $20.
Unlock iCloud activation iphone VS. simlock removal
Many of you confuse your carrier-locked iPhone with your iCloud-locked iPhone. To make it simple, when buying a used iPhone, the owner must absolutely deactivate the “Find my iPhone” function in the settings before selling it. In the case that it’s not deactivated, it will be unusable as long as the real owner doesn’t delete the iPhone from his/her iCloud account. It is the same if you found an iPhone and the person declared the phone lost via their iCloud account. You will not be able to unlock it yourself. (more…)