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Can you buy a locked phone and unlock it?
Last Updated: 4th January, 2020
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Simply so, what is the difference between a locked and unlocked cell phone?
The difference is that a locked phone hasasoftware code on it that prevents you from using it onanothernetwork. An unlocked phone either doesn't have thesoftwarelock on it or someone was able to get a code that unlocksthesoftware.
Also, how do you know if your phone is locked? It's simple to find out if your phone islocked.Simply insert a SIM card from another carrier(you'll beable to get one free from a phone shop orby orderingone online) and see if the name of the networkappears onyour handset. If it does and you'reable touse your phone, it's unlocked.
Similarly one may ask, what does it mean when a phone is locked?
The term "locked" refers to a devices being"SIMlocked". What this means is that thephonelocked to that specific carrier and all the settingsareoptimized for that carrier. If you put another carriers SIMintothe phone then it will not work until you getthephone unlocked by the carrier who suppliedit.
How do you know if an iPhone is unlocked?
How to Check if an Phone is Unlocked in theSettingsMenu
- Open the Settings on your iPhone.
- Tap Cellular > Cellular Data Options.
- Look for an option called "Cellular Data Network" or"MobileData Network." If you see either one of these options, yourphoneis most likely unlocked.