04-12-2017 10:31 PM
I bought an iPhone 4s a year ago with the imei and ee as the network on the shop receipt. I migrated my number to Giff gaff a week ago to use in a new phone. OK I should have tried to unlock the iPhone before migrating as I had to call ee customer services to give the imei as the phone number was no longer on their network. They told me that the imei wasn't registered to ee and can't therefore unlock it.
But I've been topping up with ee for the past year. The imei and ee are also showing in About on the iPhone. How can they say that the imei is not registered to them?
And how can I unlock the phone? The shop that sold me it said they would do it for £30 if I gave them the imei. But ee were going to do it for free... Until they checked the imei and said it wasn't locked to their network.
04-12-2017 11:00 PM
Did you buy this device yourself new direct from EE or is it 2nd-hand? The process & costs are different.
04-12-2017 11:06 PM
Mobile was bought in an independent shop. My guess now is that it is a recon but it did come boxed.
04-12-2017 11:27 PM
To unlock a 2nd-hand phone you need to call Customer Services on 0800 956 6000 (option 2, option 4) to put you in touch with the Unlocking Team to request an Unlock Code. You will be asked for your email addy. They will take payment (of £8.99) from any valid UK bank card.
Once the process has been started you will receive an email from the Unlocking Team to process the unlock. It can take up to 10 days to complete the unlock.
But even so beware that EE could still refuse to unlock it. Many phones sold 2nd-hand have been reported lost or stolen, have been sold by the original owner when under 6 months old without EE's permission or have money owing on them.
If that is the case your only remedy is against whoever you got the phone from.
05-12-2017 12:11 AM
Thanks for your quick reply... I did check that the imei wasn't blacklisted but after customer services having told me that they are unable to unlock there's no point trying them again.
Obviously the phone must have a "history" but what I find dificult to understand is how I could go and buy an ee sim tomorrow, the phone would work but ee would still claim that the imei was not recognised by (ie locked to) their network.
And being somewhat sceptical now regarding the shop that sold me the phone it seems a bit risky paying £30 so they can unlock it. Surely it's only ee that can "release" it (without "unauthorised" messing around with software) so how could the shop actally legitimately unlock it? Sounds a bit like a £30 gamble with bad odds...
05-12-2017 12:51 AM
I'm wondering, when they say that that the IMEI wasn't registered to EE, whether the original phone was bought from a reseller who never registered it with EE. EE should still be able to unlock it. It's still worth calling the no. I gave you.
The fact that EE SIMs work in it doesn't prove anything. They will work equally well in EE-locked phones (as you believe) or unlocked phones (as you've been told by EE).
Only the original network can liaise with the manufacturer to get it permanently unlocked.
05-12-2017 06:15 AM
@Ruibarbo the device could of been from a MVNO network that uses the EE network to give its customers a signal. Virgin Media is a MVNO network so it could be a case of calling Virgin Media to see if they can help unlock the device.
05-12-2017 09:47 AM
05-12-2017 10:21 AM
Hi and thanks for the replies. They encouraged me to call ee customer service again just to check why they can't unlock the phone. They were very helpful and friendly.
At first the unlocking team couldn't work out why the were unable to unlock the phone... Then they checked the imei with Apple and it is listed as a GSX Non circulated phone by Apple. That's to say the phone shouldn't have been on the market because it had been returned to Apple or whatever. This information has given me the arms to go back to the shop.
So thanks again to the community... It works!! And ee have proved themselves top noch when it comes to customer services.
05-12-2017 04:58 PM
Thanks! You're welcome :)! Glad I could be of assistance & you now know the true status of this phone.
05-12-2017 05:14 PM
@Ruibarbo Apple Global Service Exchange (GSX) Is Apples tool for checking the status of a device. Who ever did this for you used the GSX find out the information on your device and actually read all the relevant information that came back on the check. And that’s what the first person you spoke with should of done.