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Old 10-02-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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Greetings:

About a month ago my brother gave me his old iPhone 4 to use as an iPod. After using it for this period of time I'm thinking why not get it activated through T-Mobile? The phone looks brand new and I have downloaded iOS 7 already. I use it for iTunes and cycling Apps and it's basically a small computer right now (WIFI use). I have a work phone already but wanted a quality cheaper personal phone so this would be perfect. My brother now has an iPhone 5 through AT&T as was the iPhone 4 when he had it and the cellular number that was used on the iPhone 4 was transferred to the iPhone 5.

Today I popped open the SIM tray on the iPhone 4 and an AT&T SIM card was in it. I wondered why the SIM card was not removed and transferred to my brother's iPhone 5? Does the iPhone 5 require a physically bigger SIM card than whats used on the iPhone 4?

Anyways, with the above info my question is what do I have to do to unlock the AT&T iPhone 4 (if it isn't already ) to be able to get it activated at T-Mobile?? I went to Settings> About> Network and found this: SIM not provisioned. What does this mean? Thanks in advance.

-Cheers.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: 92037
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Yes, the iPhone 5 uses what is called a nano SIM, so your brothers SIM would not have worked in the 5 unless he hat a 'cutter' to trim the micro SIM down.

When it says its not provisioned, it means its not provisioned. lol
All kidding aside, it means its DOA. There is no active service on that ATT SIM card, likely because his account was moved to the new nano SIM in his 5, rendering it as not provisioned.

Do you have a T-mo SIM card to put into the phone? Is it a micro SIM?

Unlocking it is fairly. Easy. actually you might be able to do it for free if you ask your brother to call a CS rep at AT&T. If he is a long standing customer, they will likely just email the unlock code to him and you are home free. He will need the phone though to give them his IMEI if its not on file already.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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Do you have a T-mo SIM card to put into the phone? Is it a micro SIM?
No, I don't have a T-Mobile SIM card and the card is tiny so I assume it's a micro card (about the size of your pinkie's finger nail).

I've received two versions from T-Mobile of which first steps to take: first from a store employee and then the second from customer service/India. The store employee said first to buy a $10 SIM card from T-Mobile and then go home and perform the unlock steps and then return to the store with the phone unlocked and then customer service said get the phone unlocked first before buying the SIM card. That's why I decided to post here.

-Cheers.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:17 AM
 
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Never mind. I have to bother my brother and get some of his personal info to get the phone unlocked from AT&T before I can go with T Mobile. Screw that. I'll just buy my own phone and give my brother back the iPhone 4. I compared a 2 year plan between AT&T and T Mobile including the iPhone 5S. It's cheaper with AT&T.

-Cheers.
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