Before buying your used iPhone, it's a good habit to check if it's locked or unlocked. This article gives you the answer to ''How do I know if my phone is locked or unlocked?'' and you will find out how to check it by using your IMEI number.
There are several reasons you might have a locked or unlocked iPhone, which we’ll go over in detail below. Firstly, we cover what it means when an iPhone is unlocked, then I’ll show you how to verify it.
Okay, so in simple words, ''unlocked iPhone'' means a device which is not associated with any particular carrier and can, therefore, connect to any carrier. When you buy a phone on a payment plan or a contract, the phone is locked to the carrier to prevent you from skipping out on the bill and selling the phone. If you tried to activate it on another carrier, it wouldn’t work. An iPhone's that have been directly bought from Apple are unlocked. But if you bought the iPhone through a carrier under the contract, the phone will be blocked until the contract is over.
There is some important reason why you should choose an unlocked phone:
It's very easy to check whether your device is locked or unlocked. All that you need is your IMEI number. If you don't know what is it or how to get it, just read this article.
When you have your IMEI number just open an IMEI.info website and follow the steps: