Factory unlocked iPhone

Posted: September 20, 2013

On September 20, 2013, Apple released an unlocked version of the iPhone 5C and the 5S in the United States. You will select the model that says T-Mobile contract free for the 5S. For the 5C first select Unlocked and contract-free.



  • ME323LL/A is the 5S space gray 16 GB model.
  • ME326LL/A is the 5S space gray 32 GB model.
  • ME329LL/A is the 5S space gray 64 GB model.
  • ME325LL/A is the 5S gold 16 GB model.
  • ME328LL/A is the 5S gold 32 GB model.
  • ME331LL/A is the 5S gold 64 GB model.
  • ME324LL/A is the 5S silver 16 GB model.
  • ME327LL/A is the 5S silver 32 GB model.
  • ME330LL/A is the 5S silver 64 GB model.
  • ME529LL/A is the 5C white 16 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • ME493LL/A is the 5C white 16 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • MF144LL/A is the 5C white 32 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • MF129LL/A is the 5C white 32 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • ME533LL/A is the 5C pink 16 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • ME497LL/A is the 5C pink 16 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • MF148LL/A is the 5C pink 32 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • MF148LL/A is the 5C pink 32 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • ME530LL/A is the 5C yellow 16 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • ME494LL/A is the 5C yellow 16 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • MF145LL/A is the 5C yellow 32 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • MF130LL/A is the 5C yellow 32 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • ME531LL/A is the 5C blue 16 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • ME495LL/A is the 5C blue 16 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • MF146LL/A is the 5C blue 32 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • MF131LL/A is the 5C blue 32 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • ME532LL/A is the 5C green 16 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • ME496LL/A is the 5C green 16 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.
  • MF147LL/A is the 5C green 32 GB T-Mobile Unlocked model.
  • MF132LL/A is the 5C green 32 GB SIM-free Unlocked model.

On April 8, 2012, AT&T began unlocking iPhones for customers that have completed their contract, or have paid an early termination fee. You simply log in to your AT&T account, then go to Technical Support and intiate a chat session. You then provide some account information along with the IMEI of the iPhone. AT&T verifies that your iPhone is able to be unlocked and submits your IMEI to Apple for unlocking. You then connect to iTunes and restore the iPhone (or just use redsn0w to deactivate it then reconnect it) and it is unlocked. I unlocked an iPhone through AT&T and documented the process here.



To order the unlocked iPhone go to this page: http://store.apple.com/us/iphone

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Step 1.

I own a factory unlocked iPhone 5, and will show you what to expect when you receive one.

The unlocked iPhone does not come with a SIM card. Upon boot up you will see this screen. Slide and you'll receive a warning about the absence of a SIM card.

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I used a Noosy brand SIM tool to convert my micro SIM to a nano SIM. Here's the link.

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I then inserted it into the iPhone. I never launched iTunes to activate. By the time I got to the Location Services screen it recognized my T-Mobile SIM. About a minute later and I was ready to go.

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When you connect to iTunes (if you do) it will prompt you to register and set up your iPhone.

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Step 2.

See my Step 1 tutorials for instructions for jailbreaking.






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