29-04-2012 03:48 PM
I originally bought a 24 month contract with Vodafone for an iPhone 3G, after a year I got fed up of the phone as it was too slow, and I couldn't upgrade with Vodafone so I bought an iPhone 4 from ineedamobile.com, they sell refurbished phones at cheap prices. The phone I got was locked to Vodafone, now that my 24 month contract has finished I wish to switch to 3, I went to a phone unlocking shop today and they quoted me £70 to get it unlocked from Apple, I have also filed a NUC request form with the reference number 8931799.
What should I do?
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30-04-2012 09:48 AM
If the phone was originally on a contract with Vodafone then the original owner has to request the unlock. if the phone was PAYG anyone can request an unlock for £20.
Only the network that the phone was orignally locked to can request an unlock. Apple are merely an agent in the process and do not control it. If you go to an unofficial source and get it unlocked, you will probably find it locks again the next time you upgrade iOS to the newest version.
30-04-2012 10:47 AM
30-04-2012 12:26 PM
30-04-2012 12:28 PM
I dont think you get any notification from VF to say that the process is completed. You need to put in another carrier's sim card and connect it to itunes. if the unlock has worked you will get a message frmo Itunes telling you that the phone is now unlocked.
30-04-2012 06:41 PM
So I'll try again tomorrow. thanks for your help.
02-05-2012 06:33 PM
Thank you for your posts and a very warm welcome to the eForum.
The reference you have provided is an email reference, do you have the 6 digit request reference and I will chase this up for you.
I do believe that this will not be possible as the Network Unlock Code needs to be requested by the original owner that the IMEI is registered to.