Unlocking Under Contract/Warranty iPhones might not seem a very big issue, but not everything is what it looks! Do you know the dangers of buying an iPhone which is under contract or Warranty?
Is a new/in the box/untouched iPhone a good deal?
First of all, if you find an online advertisement which offers a “brand new” iPhone for a very low price, stay calm and do not urge to buy it.
A brand new iPhone, inside the box and untouched, most likely means:
- It is recently bought (or recently stolen!)
- It is under contract
- It is still protected by Apple Warranty, the least.
All of the above might sound good, but they are not! Let me show you how to check your iPhone’s contract and warranty status, and then I will inform you what kind of dangers lure!
How to check the Contract & Warranty status of an iPhone
The only way to accurately check the overall Lock status of that iPhone is through a full iPhone IMEI Check service.
This service only requires the iPhone’s IMEI number.
Ask the seller to provide the IMEI number of that iPhone (It should have it on the box) and make sure that the box is not tampered with (it still has all its plastics around it!)
To be 100% about IMEI number’s originality I would suggest you to ask from the iPhone seller to send you a video, showing the IMEI in all possible ways (*#06#, iPhone Settings, iTunes, SIM Tray, iDevice backside)
After getting the IMEI number from the seller, provide it to an IMEI Lookup company that has real access to Apple’s GSX and GSMA servers (The only IMEI databases which contain accurate and up to date information for all iDevices) and get an IMEI Check Report showing.
- SIM Lock Status and Locking Wireless Network Identification
- Blacklist Status
- iCloud Activation Lock Status
- Contract Status
- Warranty Status
- Financial Balance Status
- Serial & IMEI Replacement Status
- iPhone Specs
Why Under Contract-Warranty iPhones may cause trouble?
Many people using the following trick to scam ignorant buyers. They are buying a brand new iPhone under contract, they sell it to a higher price (even a few dollars more), and after a few days, weeks, or even months they report this iPhone as Lost or Stolen and ask for a replacement.
They can do that because the iPhone is Under Contract and Under Warranty with them, which means they still are the rightful owners of the iDevice.
So, not only the seller will receive your money, but he will also get a brand new iPhone from Apple (Due to the Apple Warranty!).
At the end of the day, the brand new iPhone you bought will be flagged as replaced and becomes blacklisted.
Of course, there is another situation that is not a scam but it will hurt you the same. As long as the iPhone remains under contract with a previous owner it will become blacklisted if he stops paying the monthly bills.
In both cases, you will stay with a Locked, Blacklisted and most likely iCloud Locked iPhone. This means that you will have a very pricey and useless iPhone!
How to Unlock an iPhone which is Under contract-Warranty
The Under contract iPhones are being tagged by the Mobile Networks as “Active on another account“. This means that even if you call them to unlock it, they will refuse since you are not the original owner and the iPhone is still active on another account.
Every Cellular Network has a different SIM Unlock Policy and it is quite impossible to use their SIM Deactivation Services when you are not the original owner.
But thankfully, there is something else you can do.
We found an iPhone Unlock Provider which specializes in negotiating with the Telecoms Network that locked your iPhone. If there is a loophole in your situation, they will find it and arrange with the Carrier the completion of your SIM Lock Removal Request.
In case, your under contract/warranty iPhone still can’t be unlocked they will apply a Premium IMEI Unlock Method and get the job done.
Leave a comment below if you still don’t know how to unlock an under contract-warranty iPhone. Until next time, take care iPhone Unlockers.