29-05-2012 04:24 PM
Sorry for what seems to be a repeated thread!
I have a iPhone 3GS, supplied under contract from Vodafone about 3 years ago. 1 year into my contract it developed a fault and Apple replaced it. I've just moved abroad, and would like to use my Taiwanese simcard, and switch back to my Vodafone sim when back in the UK.
I contacted Vodafone NUC team, who said the IMEI code was not in their database, they then said to contact e-mail support. 11 e-mails and a frustrated me later, Vodafone e-mail support have told me '[we] are unable to verify your IMEI number as it is not updated in our database' and that I should contact Apple and that 'they will be able to provide you the NUC'.
From what I've read Apple won't do this so my question is a) who/how do I contact Apple (their website wants me to pay for an extended warranty) as I cannot easily call/walk into a store from Taiwan b) some people have said if I persist, Vodafone will realise they do have the IMEI code/add it themselves.
I guess if anyone could point me in the right direction to having my phone unblocked please?
Huge huge thanks,
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29-05-2012 04:31 PM
You are right to be sceptical about contacting Apple as they will not be able to assist you. Only the network can request Apple to unlock the phone for you.
I've seen this problem referred to several times and there is clearly a hole in VF's procedures when a faulty phone is replaced by Apple.
One of the forum team will be along to help you but it might take some time as they work in a first come first served basis.
30-05-2012 07:24 PM
Hi there SamuelTimms,
Thanks for your post.
I've asked and the feeling amongst the team is that we, and not Apple, should be able to unlock the device for you.
I've sent an email for confirmation from the NUC team about this. Whilst I am awaiting their answer, could you provide me with the unlock request reference?
31-05-2012 04:15 AM - edited 31-05-2012 04:16 AM
Many thanks for the quick reply. The details in question are as follows: NUC request 9095278. Customer Service ref 9133464.
Major thanks for your help,
31-05-2012 06:50 PM - edited 01-06-2012 01:27 PM
Thanks for coming back to me.
I've just tried to call you. Please could you submit the unlock request again please?
01-06-2012 08:40 AM
Many thanks for your help. Sorry I missed your call, but being in Taiwan I didn't want to pick up & pay the roaming charges! I just resubmitted the NUC request #9177469. Would it be possible to have this escalated please?
Cheers for your help,
01-06-2012 08:26 PM
Hi there SamuelTimms,
Thanks for the update. I didn't want to call in that eventuality because I didn't want you to incur any costs.
The process dictates that I have to attempt to call each customer when they've contacted us over email.
I'm afraid unless the agreed SLA has passed then I'm unable to escalate the query.
02-06-2012 02:33 PM
Thanks for your post here. I can’t see any issues with the Sure Signal from outside. Can you try completely de-registering the Sure Signal and then re-registering with the new number?
06-06-2012 03:54 PM
Thanks for the reply. Sorry to be a pain but its now the fourth working day since by latest NUC request (I guess we're up to 15 days in total). Wondered if you could prompt anybody - don't want to get lost in the system else! NUC request code: 487652.
Thanks for any help you can provide,
07-06-2012 10:49 AM
Thanks for letting us know this is all sorted. If you have a spare minute could you please take the time to fill out a short feedback form regarding how our team dealt with your query?
You can do so here
27-06-2012 03:16 PM
Thanks for posting. Have you calso used the Vodafone Unlock Code Request Form to get your NUC? With apple devices it can take up to 14 working days for them to supply us with the relevant details and unlock your device via iTunes.
If you've already got an unlocked device or if you've genuinely waited more than 14 working days for the SLA to pass, we'll be happy to chase it up for you via email. Simply follow the instructions I've sent to your Private Message inbox here.