Many people confuse blacklisted iPhones with those that have outstanding financial balance. However, there are significant differences, especially with regard to unlocking. So, let’s see how to unlock an iPhone with Unpaid Balance.
How the iPhone Gets an Unpaid Balance
Everybody knows that the locking network will block an iPhone as soon as more than 2 consecutive monthly bills are left unpaid. You will not be able to make calls, send messages, and use data until you pay not only with this network but with any network as well. So, changing your SIM card will do nothing, as long as the blocked iPhone remains locked.
We also call a blocked iPhone as barred. But this is not the only case of a financial unbalanced iPhone.
Most people avoid buying an unlocked iPhone because you have to pay upfront. Going for monthly installments automatically means that the iPhone will be locked to the carrier of your choice. Of course, these installments are added to your monthly tariff and the network will never allow you to unlock it until they are fully paid off.
However, you can still use the iPhone normally with the locking Carrier.
Bought a used iPhone online and the IMEI Check says it has an Outstanding Balance…
Yes. This happens a lot.
First of all, you won’t be able to determine if an iPhone has an unpaid balance without an IMEI Check. Getting a used iPhone online simply based on the product description is never a good idea. But you won’t see a special message on the screen after you buy it.
In fact, it will look like a clean locked iPhone and the usual “SIM Not Supported” will be displayed.
Unpaid Balance iPhone Unlock
So, how can you unlock an iPhone with an unpaid balance?
Obviously the Locking Network should be our first stop if we, of course, know which one it is.
If you already know (or are about to learn with an IMEI Check) unlocking is impossible unless you are the account holder.
Unfortunately, the problem starts with the original owner and ends with him as far as the network is concerned. There is no way to pay off debt on his behalf even if you are willing to do so.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t unlock it at all since a Semi Premium IMEI Unlock Service will remove the SIM Lock and you will be able to use all GSM Networks worldwide… but:
- It can’t be applied to any network
- It isn’t always available
- Sometimes there are additional requirements (eg. A Sprint iPhone with unpaid bills must have SPCS enabled in order to get unlocked)
- If the iPhone is barred, you won’t be able to use the network that locked it but I don’t believe that it will be an issue
- In some cases, the iPhone must be unbarred first (eg. US T-Mobile)
Stick with IMEI Check. A trusted provider will not only inform you about the status of your Unpaid Balance iPhone but will also determine if it can be unlocked and of course, with which service (as long as it is available).