iPhone 8 sim unlock

geniusccp

    Hi

    I bought a iphone8 at the best buy store.but it was sim locked by t-Mobil.I need t-Mobil help to unlock this iphone.This iPhone8 bought at original price.

     

     

    Thanks

     

    Chen

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      • drnewcomb2

        Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

        This is a fairly common question. The phone was not locked by T-Mobile. It was locked by Apple's Reseller Flex Program. In this program, resellers, like Best Buy sell a phone that is initially unlocked. After about 24 hours the phone will lock itself to the first SIM it sees. T-Mobile knows nothing about this, didn't have anything to do with it. Don't know how to unlock it. It's entirely Apple's doing. Most savy buyers know to insert a Verizon SIM for the first 24 hours because Verizon is not allowed to lock phones. This leaves the phone unlocked. If you had first inserted a SIM from Greenland the phone might have locked itself to a carrier in Greenland. 

        • tmo_chris

          Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

          Hey geniusccp,

           

          Sorry to hear that your phone is locked! I would recommend returning this phone to Best Buy and look into purchasing the device from Apple directly or from the carrier you plan to use the phone with. If you are purchasing the phone to use with multiple carriers, you will need to make sure that the seller of the phone is selling them as completely unlocked.

          • miket

            Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

            Apple sets their own rules as to almost any product they deal with.  Example - Every other mfr. has standardized on charging cables.   I assume if you buy a phone from TM directly, it would be locked to TM and they could unlock.  3rd party sellers should disclose that Apple phones they are selling might be permanently locked to your carrier.

            • kashan1

              Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

              I bought iphone 8 from Tmobile online, now that I paid off the device, i cant get it unlock because it was not used on Tmobile service...why?  What right tmobile have to keep my device locked if i have paid it off completely...Please explain?

                • miket

                  Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

                  I'm confused - how could you finance a phone w. TM w.o. having an account w. them?

                    • kashan1

                      Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

                      I do have an account...i bought extra phones that I didnt use with Tmobile...I was thinking that once i pay off then I will be able to unlock it,,,I  guess not

                        • miket

                          Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

                             I assume it is now locked to a diff. carrier.   One would think TM would now unlock it so you could at least use it with them!!

                          • gramps28

                            Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

                            Activation is one of the requirements in receiving an unlock code.

                            • drnewcomb2

                              Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

                              T-Mobile is really not in the business of selling phones. They sell phones as a service to their customers so that the customers can use their service. Some phones, like new iPhones are rationed by the manufacturers. For this reason they require that phones be used on their service before being unlocked. Last time I checked, there was a limit of two unlocks per postpaid line per year. Also, I've purchased used, locked T-Mobile phones and had them unlocked immediately under T-Mobile's policy.

                               

                              Since you have a T-Mobile account, you should be able to get the phones back, insert your T-Mobile SIM and get them unlocked, two per year.

                        • kashan1

                          Re: iPhone 8 sim unlock

                          I don' have the phone with me, plus it was a gift and if I activate it then it's not brand new....this is stupid rule by TM.