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Old 05-08-2014, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default do i need to be the original owner of a phone to request carrier unlock

I wanted to purchase a second hand (new) iPhone 5s, locked. I want to unlock it from carrier, but I heard that I need the original owner to unlock it. Is this true? Or do I just have to pay $50 and I can do it myself? By the way I live in Edmonton, AB, in Canada. iPhones Im considering are either locked to Telus, Rogers, or Bell

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Old 05-08-2014, 06:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default do i need to be the original owner of a phone to request carrier unlock

Highly recommend you have the owner request unlock. Carriers in the US and Apple don't like to mingle in third party kerfuffles if something happens--like you needing to prove you are the second owner for example.
Run it's serial number here to make sure it is legit and transportable.
http://myimeichecker.com/

http://swappa.com/esn

Most important, make darn sure the owner removes any iCloud accounts before you take possession. Recontacting the seller or begging for the password is a dead sign of theft and a scam. If iCloud is activated and not removed it is certainly almost impossible to remove and use the device.
Best luck.
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