25-07-2018 07:18 PM
If I buy a locked to EE s9 from a second hand phone store (cash generator), they have 2, both locked to EE and good value in my opinion.
The policy mentioned "six months old" so would it not be possible to unlock the s9? How old is it? When is the earliest I can unlock it or does it depend on the individual phone?
Alternatively, could I use a "pay as you go" sim from EE or a pay monthly sim for a month and then unlock it like other networks suggest? or will I need to use EE until the 6 months is up? Any ideas on what I can do?
25-07-2018 07:41 PM
Hi @the_ed_ and welcome to the community.
Details on how to unlock a second hand device can be found in our brilliant unlocking guide.
We are unable to give dates on when a handset can be unlocked due to data protection.
It would be a case of requesting an unlock every now and again.
25-07-2018 07:49 PM
@the_ed_ The 6 month start date is when the original owner got the device from EE. Before you purchase any of these devices you need to get reinsurance from the shop that if the device becomes blacklisted you’ll get your money back as this is probably not a good purchase.
The s9 is not even a year old ( 19 March ) so even if the device was a release day device it will
not be unlocked yet.
25-07-2018 07:54 PM
A word of warning. Ask yourself why someone would sell that phone at CC in the first place and why it's such a good price.🤔 in my view It's guaranteed to be reported lost or stolen or defaulted before 6 months are up. If that happens you have no comeback on anyone.
Do yourself a favour and buy one from a reputable retailer.
25-07-2018 08:00 PM
@the_ed_: You can't unlock it until that particular device is 6 months old. Even then there are other risks when the original owner reports it stolen at 6 months. In the meantime you may use any EE SIM in it.
27-07-2018 07:21 PM
Thanks for the responses everyone! I suppose it's not worth the risk you're right. Not only might I be unable to get it unlocked but if it's black listed then it's all down the drain.
27-07-2018 09:19 PM
Thanks! You're welcome :)! Glad I could be of assistance.
Yes, you'd be safer avoiding it.