Quick Answer: Is GSM Unlocked The Same As Factory Unlocked?

Buying a GSM Unlocked iPhone means that it is unable to support Sprint and Verizon and would not work with those carriers; a GSM iPhone works only with Cricket, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Whereas a locked iPhone is under contract with the carrier whose SIM card is in the phone, an unlocked iPhone is fully out of contract.

What is unlocked GSM phone mean?

Unlocked GSM phone means that it wouldn’t be locked into a specific carrier network. On the upside it means freedom to choose your own GSM carrier that suits your needs (and wallet) best. On the down side several carrier-specific features may not be available.

Is factory unlocked iPhone original?

A factory unlocked iPhone is a phone that is unlocked by the OEM or the Original Equipment Manufacturer, meaning to say, you got it straight from Apple and it doesn’t have any installed software that ties it to a certain carrier.

How do I know if my iPhone is GSM unlocked?

It’s relatively easy to find out if your iPhone is locked or unlocked, using either the Settings app or a SIM card.

Follow these steps to check in iOS if an iPhone is unlocked:

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options.
  • Check for an option named Mobile Data Network (or Cellular Data Network).

Who are GSM carriers?

In the US, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular use CDMA. AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM. Most of the rest of the world uses GSM.

How can I tell if my phone is GSM or CDMA?

Check your phone’s “About” settings.

If you see an MEID or an ESN category, your phone requires CDMA; if you see an IMEI category, your phone is GSM. If you see both (e.g., Verizon phones), your phone supports both CDMA and GSM, and may be either one.

Does Apple sell factory unlocked iPhones?

The SIM-free iPhone sold on apple.com and at the Apple Store is unlocked. That means you’re free to use a SIM card from any carrier that provides service for iPhone.

How will you know if your iPhone is original?

How can you tell an original vs. fake iPhone serial number?

  1. Click on “Settings”.
  2. Then go to “General”.
  3. Tap on “About”.
  4. Scroll down and check “Serial Number”.
  5. Put in the serial number you have. If it says you have invalid numbers, your iPhone is a fake.

Does Apple unlock iPhones for free?

The only safe way to get your iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus unlocked is with an IMEI unlock. An IMEI Unlock will get your phone added to Apple’s global database of iPhones that is available to use on any carrier. This means you can change to any carrier, whenever you want, without paying any extra fees.