Revamped version of the iPhone 3G with faster processing speeds. Repair of this device is similar to the 3G, and requires simple screwdrivers and prying tools. Model A1303 / 16 or 32 GB capacity / black or white plastic back.

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Is this model Factory Unlocked

I have this model and seller told me it is factory unlocked and will never get locked even after updates. Can you please confirm on this?

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But seller restored it and upgraded it again on 3.1 and told me it works fine. If that happens, can we consider it factory unlocked?

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there are factory unlocked models on the market.

the law in some countries states that the phone must also be sold in an unlocked version (like in france)

and there are carriers that don't even lock them

here is the apple support page for that topic: CLICK

and to shorten the search - here is the list of the actual carriers with unlocked iPhones:

Europe

  • Belgium: Mobistar
  • Czech Republic: O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone
  • Greece: Cosmote, Vodafone
  • Italy: 3, TIM, Vodafone
  • Luxembourg: Vox Mobile, LUXGSM
  • Russia: MegaFon, MTS, Beeline
  • Slovakia: Orange

Asia Pacific

  • Hong Kong: 3 (or Apple Store Hong Kong)
  • Macau: 3
  • Malaysia: Maxis
  • New Zealand: Vodafone
  • Singapore: SingTel
  • Taiwan: Chunghwa Telecom
  • Thailand: TrueMove

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia: Mobily
  • United Arab Emirates: Etisalat

Africa

  • South Africa: Vodacom

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Thank you so much. This is the most clear and understandable reply as the apple link you gave explains it all. Appreciate.

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No, no iPhone is permanently unlocked. If you update the OS, that will update the baseband, along with deleting your unlocked baseband and replacing it with a regular non-unlocked one. The seller is probably either scamming, or lying to you.

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