If you are trying to figure out if your iPhone is blocked by operator (SIM blocked by operator) or locked on iCloud, there are several tips you could follow. An unlocked iPhone is a device that you can use with any mobile network. Unlocked phones are obviously more valuable because they can be sold in any country and under any network. If your iPhone is unlocked you can use it at home or while traveling abroad, simply by swiping the SIM card (or changing it) to the desired network.
But how do you know if the phone is unlocked or not? And in case it is blocked, how to do it activate iPhone with SIM locked?
If your phone was purchased through a contract then it is most likely locked for a number of months (12-24 months). If your phone was purchased at full price from Apple then it will surely already be unlocked.
However, there are several ways to tell if your phone has a SIM locked:
- The easiest way to check if the iPhone is locked is to try change SIM card of the provider. If the phone is put into service with such a SIM card then it is unlocked and you are free to use it with any desired network.
- Another way to check if the iPhone is SIM locked is to use a web service that will only ask you to enter the IMEI code of the phone. To know the IMEI of your iPhone just type the code * # 06 #, or read on the back of the device or in the settings of the iPhone.
If the device is blocked and you want to activate it, you must first know the network on which it is blocked (i.e. telephone operator). If you don't know which network it's blocked you can use this service which through the IMEI is able to give you various information including that of any blocking and the network on which it is blocked
How to Activate iPhone with SIM Locked
Once you are certain that the iPhone is stuck on the SIM (if it is locked on iCloud read this other article) and you also know the operator on which it is locked, you can activate the iPhone using the service DoctorUnlock a serious and really working service that can unlock any iPhone (even a foreign iPhone)
Here are the simple steps to follow:
Step 1. Access this page and you will see:
Step 2. Select your iPhone model
Click on your iPhone model image (iPhone 12/11/X/8/7/6S/6/5S/5/4s/4/3GS) and then enter the IMEI of your iPhone and select the network (telephone operator) on which it is blocked.
Step 3. Buy the service
Click on the button UNLOCK NOW and on the next page enter your email address. Finally proceed to the payment.
As indicated on the site, you should receive all the unlocking instructions, via email, within 2 working days.