If you are planning on buying an iPhone you will want to know if it is locked to a specific carrier. Having an unlocked iPhone is handy if you spend a lot of time travelling around. Instead of being tied to using just one carrier wherever you go you want to be able to change SIM cards according to where you are in the world. There are 2 ways to check if your iPhone is locked .
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- Method 1
The simplest method is to simply try a SIM card from a carrier that is different to the one you are already using. Simply replace the card with a different one and restart your iPhone 5. If your iPhone 5 is not locked, you will see the name of the new carrier in the status bar. If you are locked to a specific carrier you will see an error message that asks you to put in the correct SIM Card.
- Method 2
If you can’t lay your hands on a different SIM card, you can find out by using an online service called IMEI.info. This is a website that has access to a whole database of IMEI codes and can tell you which are locked and which aren’t. You will need to have the IMEI code for your iPhone 5 to hand. To get you IMEI code, if you have a valid SIM card inserted in your iPhone , simply dial *#06#. Your code will appear on the screen.
Or, you can go to Settings > General > About and you will the code towards the bottom of the screen.
Another way to find it is through iTunes. Connect your device, open iTunes and look on the Device Summary screen. You will see your phone number; click on the number and your IMEI code will be revealed.
The iPhone also has the code engraved on the rear of the phone, at the bottom of the case and on the box pack .
Now you have you IMEI code, visit IMEI.info and type in your code. Information about your particular model of iPhone will appear on-screen. Before you can go any further you need to either log in if you already have an account or register for one. Once you have registered your account click on SIM Lock and Warranty. On the next screen click on Check Apple Phone Details.
More details about your iPhone will appear, the final entry will tell you if your iPhone SIM is locked or not. If your iPhone is locked and you want to get it unlocked there are a couple of ways to go about it. You could contact your carrier; if there is no contract on the iPhone anymore they may unlock it for free or they may charge a small fee. The other alternative is to look on the internet for IMEI unlock services.