- 1 SIM Lock & the iPhone’s Contract Status
- 2 How to check iPhone Contract Status
One of the most important things you need to be 100% sure before buying a refurbished iPhone or trying to unlock a used iPhone with an IMEI Unlock Service is to check the iPhone’s Contract Status!
Ignoring to determine the iPhone’s contract status may lead you in buying a SIM Locked iPhone, you’re iPhone is in danger of becoming blacklisted at any time or ruin the iPhone Unlock Process!
So, let’s find out what exactly is iPhone’s contract status and how to check for it!
SIM Lock & the iPhone’s Contract Status
Most of us prefer to buy a new iPhone through a carrier’s plan to save some money! Carrier’s plans had become increasingly complicated over the years but despite that some things remain the same!
The moment you will sing a contract with a Mobile Network your iPhone becomes SIM Locked and in most cases, this means that you have to wait for 2 years to ask your carrier to Network Unlock your iPhone!
And even when that period of time expires, it needs a lot of paperwork and there are various limitations when you decide to demand from your Carrier to SIM Unlock your iPhone! (there are Mobile Networks out there that want $300 to Carrier Unlock your iPhone)
Things will become even tougher when you buy a second-hand iPhone without checking the iPhone contract status first (with an IMEI Check Service).
As long as the iPhone is still under contract, 99% is also SIM locked, maybe it is still protected by Apple Warranty, AppleCare+ or an Insurance Plan and if the iPhone’s original owner had left (or leave from now on) unpaid bills, the iPhone you bought can also become blacklisted at any time!
iPhone’s Contract Status & Basic types of iPhone carrier plan
Every Mobile network has its own policies about everything but the kinds of iPhone contract plans you can get are almost the same! None of the Carriers will provide you all the options but you will be able to choose among 2 or 3 of them
Subsidies: This is maybe the most popular iPhone’s contract status! You sing a contact with a new Carrier or upgrade your previous contract to get a new iPhone! The iPhone will be offered for free or you will buy it with a steep discount! From now on, you will have to stay with this mobile network for the next two years or pay a huge amount of money to break the contract before two years expire! The iPhone will be yours when the contract is up but this doesn’t mean that the iPhone will be also SIM Unlocked!
Financing: Instead of paying upfront to buy a new iPhone, the cost of the iDevice is divided into 24 monthly fees (or another time amount)! Until you completely redeem the iPhone’s price, you can to stick with the Carrier! When the iPhone is paid in full, is yours (and your monthly bills will be decreased)! But again, the iPhone will usually remain SIM Locked to that Carrier!
Early Upgrade: This is an option between Subsidies and Financing! The Carrier lets you upgrade your iPhone before your 2 years’ contract expire but the details are too confusing. In most cases, you can determine if this is a lease or not! So, pay attention to the Carrier’s fine print! Early Upgrade iPhone’s Contract Status certainly means that the iPhone is SIM Locked and protected by Apple Warranty or Insurance Plan!
Lease: A quite new iPhone Contract option! Instead of buying an iPhone through the Carrier, they lend you one!
On the one hand, you can upgrade the borrowed iPhone much more often, instead of waiting for 2 years to get the latest iPhone model.
On the other hand, you never own this iPhone and if something happens to it (like getting stolen or breaking) you have to pay for it in full (or even more)
You easily understand that if you buy a refurbished iPhone with lease iPhone’s Contract Status, you have just bought a stolen iPhone!
Buying outright: You will get the new iPhone but pay for it upfront at a greater price than buying from an Apple Store! In this case, the Carrier is ripping you off because it is like pre-paying the monthly bills you would have to pay in installments with a Financing Contract! You own the iPhone from the beginning of the contract but it will still remain SIM Locked to that Carrier for 2 years or even more (if you don’t manage to unlock your iPhone with the Carrier)
How to check iPhone Contract Status
I believe you can now see how SIM Lock, Blacklist Status and iPhone’s Contract Status are firmly tied together!
- Before you buy a pre-owned iPhone from an online market, local store or in person transaction
- or try to unlock the locked refurbished iPhone you bought
- iPhone’s SIM-Lock status
- iPhone’s Blacklist Status
- iPhone’s Network Identification
- iPhone’s iCloud Status
- iPhone’s Contract Status
- iPhone’s Warranty Status
- iPhone’s Financial Balance Status
- iPhone’s specs
- iPhone’s Replacement Status
with an iPhone IMEI Check Service!
This service has authorized access to Apple’s GSX databases and Mobile Networks servers and will INSTANTLY UNCOVER ALL THE ABOVE and more hidden issues that might render the iPhone useless or destroy the IMEI Unlock procedure!
On top of that, with an IMEI Check, you can get ALL your money back from trusted IMEI Unlock providers like iPhoneUnlock.Zone if they fail to unlock your iPhone!
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