- 1 iPhone Lock Status | What does that mean?
- 1.1 User’s iPhone Lock Status
- 1.2 Expert’s iPhone Lock Status
- 2 iPhone Lock Status – How to identify it?
One of the very important things you should know about an iPhone is its Lock Status. The iPhone Lock Status will determine whether your device can operate with your local Carriers.
This is the reason that an iPhone’s Lock status should be UNLOCKED, unless you want to use that iPhone only with that specific Lock Carrier/Network.
There are a few ways to check an iPhone’s Lock Status, which should be the first thing to do BEFORE buying or starting to use that iPhone.
iPhone Lock Status | What does that mean?
All iPhones have a Lock status, but there are many Lock variations.
From a user’s perspective there are only two Lock statuses, but from an iPhone Expert view, there are more.
User’s iPhone Lock Status
From a user’s point of view, the only important thing is to verify if that iPhone can be used with his/her desired Mobile Network.
If that iPhone cannot operate with a specific network, it means that it is a Locked iPhone. If it can then it either means that it is UNLOCKED or that it is locked to that specific carrier.
So, for a user, the iPhone Lock Status can have only two states, LOCKED or UNLOCKED.
Of course, it is always better to have an UNLOCKED iPhone, because it will allow you not only to use the Mobile Network you want, but you will be able to use ANY SIM-Card worldwide. You can check the iPhone’s Lock status with an iPhone IMEI GSX Check report.
Expert’s iPhone Lock Status
An iPhone expert, is able to identify the exact iPhone Lock status, which can have multiple states.
Depending on the Lock status of an iPhone, an expert can inform you if that iPhone can be used by you OR what its restrictions are.
An iPhone expert will always generate an iPhone IMEI GSX Check report and focus on specific values. Those values will show all the hidden issues of an iPhone OR will show that this device is ready to be used.
How an iPhone IMEI GSX Check report reveals the iPhone Lock Status?
An iPhone IMEI GSX Check report fetch information from Apple’s GSX databases. Those databases contain accurate and up to date information of all Apple’s devices, which includes the following:
- SIM-Lock Status
- Network Identification
- Activated Network (Tether Policy)
- Current Network (Next Tether Policy)
- Blacklist Status
- CLEAN, Lost, Stolen or Fraud
- Network Identification of Blacklisted IMEI number
- Financial Status
- Contract Status
- Network Identification
- Warranty status
- Contract End date
- iCloud Status
- Find My iPhone status (ON or OFF)
- iCloud identification (CLEAN, LOST or ERASED)
- Replacement Status
- IMEI Replacement Check
- Serial Replacement Check
- Previous IMEI/Serial Status
As you can see, there are many and complicated information that are being fetched from an iPhone IMEI GSX Check report, but an iPhone expert is able to “translate” them and explain you in simple terms what you can and cannot do with an iPhone.
iPhone SIM-Lock status:
The report will inform you if an iPhone is LOCKED or UNLOCKED. Only this information is being provided, which means that you cannot see the whole picture of an iPhone with only that information. You can read our article on how to check if an iPhone is Unlocked or Locked.
Network Identification status:
The Network identification results will show you in which carrier an iPhone was firstly activated (What SIM-Cart was initially used with that iPhone) and with which Carrier it is currently working (In which network your iPhone is currently locked to).
If an iPhone is UNLOCKED, the “Next Tether Policy” (The network that is currently locked to) it will appear as UNLOCKED or as other Policy which means UNLOCKED (The expert has to identify that).
This service, is able to check all Blacklists worldwide and determine if an iPhone’s IMEI number is inside them and what is the reason of being there.
Those Blacklists contain all IMEI numbers that have violated some specific Carrier’s rules and they are not allowed to operate inside the country that they were blacklisted.
Also, this service will inform you if an iPhone’s IMEI number has Outstanding Financial Balance or Unpaid Bills with a Mobile Network.
The iPhone Contract status check will fetch all the contract and warranty related information so the expert can determine if an IMEI number is still Under or Out of Contract with a Carrier, if it is Under or Out of Warranty and what kind of a contract it is.
Also very important information, because an Under Contract iPhone might cause you issues after a few months.
One the most crucial service is the iPhone iCloud Status Check. The report will provide you the status of the Find My iPhone feature and the iCloud. It plays small role the actual iCloud status, but in certain cases it is possible to remove it if the status is CLEAN.
An iCloud Locked iPhone cannot operate at all, not even go to the iPhone’s Home Screen. Let an expert explain you exactly what the iCloud status means for your iPhone.
Some iPhone repair shops (Not authorised by Apple), can remove the motherboard from a Locked or Blacklisted iPhone, and replace them with a new one.
Those devices are being located by Apple (Not instantly though) and are being marked as Replaced. The iPhone IMEI/Serial Replacement check will provide you a report with the Original & Current IMEI/Serial number of an iPhone. Also, it will identify the Lock and Blacklist status of the Original IMEI number, since Apple will also add the same status to the new IMEI/Serial numbers.
This means that if an iPhone is Blacklisted and its IMEI/Serial number get replaced, the new IMEI/Serial number will also get blacklisted after a few days or weeks.
iPhone Lock Status – How to identify it?
The Lock status of an iPhone does not refer only to the SIM-Lock status, but it also contains the Blacklist, Financial, iCloud, Contract and IMEI/Serial Replacement status.
It is important to know all the above information to determine if an iPhone can be used or not by you with or without any restrictions.
The only way to receive all the above information and be 100% Accurate & Up to date is through an iPhone IMEI GSX Check report.
Also, knowing the iPhone Lock Status of an iPhone, will help you to determine how to fix ANY of its lock issues!