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Unlock 3gs as i've upgraded to 4s

4: Newbie

hi, 

 

i have recently upgraded to iphone 4s and would like to pass my 3gs onto my mum who is on a different network. Can somebody tell me what is involved with doing this? do i need to put my old simcard into my old phone and what else i need to do?

 

Many thanks in advance

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16: Advanced member

Hey there

 

If you got your iPhone 3gs in contract - you can request it be unlocked online here

 

It can take a few days to do, and once it is done, you will just need to sync your iPhone with iTunes and you will receive a message that your phone as been unlocked.

PWIAC

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4: Newbie
Does the 3GS handset need to have my sim card in it?
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16: Advanced member

I would recommend keeping your SIM card in the 3gs as the phone does need to be active on Vodafone's network in order for the unlock code to be processed.  Alternatively, you could always use a VF Pay As You Go SIM in the 3gs - just make a few calls and send a few texts to make sure the phone's IMEI number shows up on the network.

 

Once the phone is unlocked and you connect it to your iTunes, you will get a message that the phone is now unlocked and that you should insert a SIM card from another network to complete the unlocking process.

 

It can take a little while before the phone is unlocked as VF have to send the unlock request off to Apple to action.

PWIAC

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Community Champion (Retired)

labaker05 wrote:
Does the 3GS handset need to have my sim card in it?

 

Once you have requested the unlock wait up to seven working days then replace the vodafone sim with one from a diffrent network and connect to iTunes, you must use a non-Vodafone sim to complete the unlocking.


 

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4: Newbie
So I need to get an adaptor and put my micro sim in the 3GS before I put in the request?
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17: Community Champion
No. You need to put the sim card from another network in the phone to compete the unlocking process.

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4: Newbie

So the 3gs doesn't need to be on with my sim card on whilst i'm waiting for it to be unlocked?

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17: Community Champion

I dont think so but if I am wrong someone will  correct me

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16: Advanced member

Jeffkinn - I might have it wrong, but I thought you had to have a VF SIM card in the phone when requesting the unlocking so that the IMEI number shows on the VF network?? 

PWIAC

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