Can't unlock my iPhone 4S

Si / Syx-p5g41t-m
April 25, 2014 at 07:00:57
Specs: Windows 7, 3.203 GHz / 3037 MB
How do I unlock my iPhone 4S from Verizon network? The phone is no longer bound by the contract, and not currently on a plan. My friend that I had bought it from had it for years, and was on good terms with Verizon, and had never been late on a bill. Verizon is telling me that I can't unlock my phone, but I don't understand why. Their policy states they will unlock it for me, and that BY LAW, they HAVE TO UNLOCK IT. But they won't! Hel please!

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#1
April 25, 2014 at 07:15:06
I believe that Verizon will only unlock a phone for a current customer. A very sensible anti-theft precaution. What about getting the friend who sold it to you to ask for it to be unlocked?

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#2
April 25, 2014 at 07:22:42
I tried that too. He went to our local Verizon store, and they told him that they wouldn't do it for him either.

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#3
April 25, 2014 at 07:39:06
The unlocking is so that it can be used abroad. I presume this is what you want to do. Even if unlocked you won't be able to use it in the US with another carrier. Is your friend still a Verizon customer? If so they will usually unlock it for use whilst travelling. (If not then, of course, they're not going to unlock it.)

Perhaps you need to find another store or try contacting Verizon customer support.


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#4
April 25, 2014 at 09:04:47
If the local store won't do it, try the company directly. http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms...

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#5
April 25, 2014 at 09:22:11
Have you tried a google search for how to do it?

Trawling/searching via google from the UK I managed to find numerous sites (from US/Canada, UK/Europe and even near to the Antarctic, which give various ways to unlock just about "any" phone...


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#6
April 25, 2014 at 10:26:41
You still won'ti be able to use it with a different US carrier.

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#7
April 25, 2014 at 11:37:18
ijack is correct. Verizon uses the CDMA technology and they are the only US carrier who does, everyone else uses GSM. And good luck if you're trying to use it overseas. Few carriers over there use it and if they do, you will accrue outrageous roaming charges.

I would get your money back from your friend.

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#8
April 25, 2014 at 13:12:53
Useful info. to have around... I travel around USA/Canada with an unlocked Blackberry - using a local pay and go etc. chip. Also may be getting a Apple 5 later this year - and will look into that aspect (a UK phone unlocked and used in USA/Canada with a pay and go chip).

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#9
April 25, 2014 at 14:02:30
The iPhone 4S actually supports GSM as well as CDMA, which is why it can be unlocked for use abroad. But SIMs from US carriers are still blocked even when the GSM is unlocked. Basically, a Verizon iPhone 4S can only be used on the Verizon network in the US.

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#10
April 25, 2014 at 14:07:37
Doesn't Sprint use CDMA as well? I'm trying to think of the CDMA carriers, and I'm mostly drawing a blank. Mostly because I have a choice of AT&T or Verizon.

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#11
April 25, 2014 at 16:43:27
Razor, you are correct, Sprint does use CDMA, I stand corrected.

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#12
April 25, 2014 at 23:03:17
It really doesn't matter. Sprint won't register a Verizon phone on their network.

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#13
April 26, 2014 at 07:10:49
Isn't that the entire point of unlocking? To allow the phone on another network? Alternative question: Is Sprint really in the position to be picky about their clientele?

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#14
April 26, 2014 at 07:55:33
That's not the way CDMA works. The phone doesn't need unlocking, it just needs to be registered on the network. Unlocking an iPhone is for GSM networks (i.e. so that you can use it in Europe, for example).

Sprint want to sell you a phone with a contract, thus tying you in for a couple of years. I believe they have a program where they will buy an old iPhone and you can make money on the deal. It seems to work so yes, I guess they can afford to be picky.


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#15
April 29, 2014 at 07:01:24
From what I've read, there's no technical reason you couldn't unlock a Verizon phone, and register it with Sprint. Do you have anything that refutes that statement? Again, I don't have personal experience. Sprint literally does not exist in my state.

ijack: I guess they can afford to be picky.
I guess that's why they're an also-ran.

I know Sprint takes your old phones from you. I don't believe you get anything other than having Sprint pay for your termination fees. They then turn around, unlock them, and sell them in the used phone market. Basically double dipping.

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