This article was written to share with all you how to check iPhone carrier lock status by either using the model or IMEI number of your device.
However, let me clear this with you that this is not to promote nor encourage any out-of-the box activities like unlocking your iPhone or any of your Apple devices – it’s entirely up to you if you want to.
The main purpose why I’ve written this article on how to check iPhone carrier lock status.
Most of us consumers don’t know if the iPhone or any Apple devices we bought were stolen or locked by either local or International carriers.
Most especially if you are buying the iPhone from someone you don’t really know or from an un-authorized seller of Apple products.
This article is just another precautionary step for you to protect you from people who wanted only your moolah or money.
The tools below are all available online. And it can help you check iPhone carrier lock status. And all you need is either the model number or IMEI number which is in the iPhone you are about to purchase.
You can check from my other article (How to check if iPhone is original or fake) on how to get the serial number or IMEI number of your iPhone. Or simply go to Apple Support page to check your device’ serial number and/or IMEI.
Quick List of iPhone carrier locked models
This may not be complete (you may want to contribute by providing some feedbacks below) but it will be sufficient enough to identify quickly if the iPhone is locked.
Germany – T-Mobile
MC603DN/A – 16GB Black
MC605DN/A – 32GB Black
Japan – Softbank
MC603J/A – 16GB Black
MC605J/A – 32GB Black
Spain – Movistar, Orange, Vodafone
MC603Y/A – 16GB Black
MC605Y/A – 32GB Black
United States – AT&T
MC608LL/A – 16GB Black
MC610LL/A – 32GB Black
MC318LL/A – 16GB Black
MC319LL/A – 32GB Black
Factory Unlocked Models:
MC603X/A – 16GB Black
MC605X/A – 32GB Black
MC603C/A – 16GB Black
MC605C/A – 32GB Black
MC603FB/A – 16GB Black
MC605FB/A – 32GB Black
MC605ZP/A – 32GB Black
MC603ZP/A – 16GB Black
MC603IP/A – 16GB Black
MC605IP/A – 32GB Black
MC603X/A – 16GB Black
MC605X/A – 32GB Black
MC603ZA/A – 16GB Black
MC605ZA/A – 32GB Black
MC603KS/A – 16GB Black
MC605KS/A – 32GB Black
MC603B/A – 16GB Black
MC605B/A – 32GB Black
If in case, yours is not in the above list, I know that with the right words or phrases you type in Google, Yahoo, or BING, you will get tons or results on how to check iPhone carrier lock status. However, among them I only spotted 4 commonly used and which I felt helpful to get the status. You will only need to check iPhone carrier lock status by either using the Model Number, serial number, or IMEI number. It depends on what is being asked from these websites.
Check iPhone Carrier Lock Status With Free Online Tools
The links below are not sorted in any ways. They were randomly picked for you to try.
Probably this is one of the popular Free iPhone Unlock Checker and also a great tool to check whether your iPhone is SIM locked or not. You only need to input your IMEI number and submit it for analysis. After it checks your IMEI against their IMEI database then it will display the information you will be needing – and that is if your iPhone is locked or not.
iPhoneFrom.com Among all of the links I have mentioned, I guess this is the best that serves its main purpose and that is to simply tell me whether my iPhone is locked or not and by which carrier. All you need to input is your iPhone’s model number which can be found at the bottom part of your iPhone’s box. If you happened to lost the box, you can go to your iPhone’s Settings > General > About then scroll down until you see the “Model” information.
Like the first one I have mentioned this is yet another online tool that can find out information about your iPhone by just providing the IMEI numbers. One of the drawbacks now is that most of their tools are now PAID services. So this is probably one of the least online tools that I would recommend to you.
You can actually try all of them to to check iPhone carrier lock status and get the consistency and confidence you need before buying the iPhone you wanted from someone whom you don’t know. If possible, please ask your seller to provide the EMEI or serial numbers before you meet.
If you have any other recommendations, feedback, or reactions, please feel free to shout in our comment box below. Or you can check our other articles about iPhone like how you can remotely access your Mac from iPhone.