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Old 05-08-2014, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

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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