Hi, I have bought an Iphone 5s from my son who lives in the UK, he purchased it from a guy on E-Bay and was told that it was unlocked, he used Giff Gaff in the UK and the phone worked perfectly. I live in France, and have bought a french SIM to use the phone, only to be faced with the message "SIM not Valid". I tried all sorts of things to unlock the phone, such as restoring it to factory settings but nothing works. I have found out by searching with the IMEI number that the phone was purchased from the Car Phone Warehouse in October 2013 and was registered on the O2 network.
I have tried to fill out the forms on O2 website to get the phone unlocked, but they all require the original O2 phone number and the type of account, information that I do not have. I cant find anyway to contact O2 on-line to resolve this problem, can anyone offer any suggestions. I don't mind paying to unlock the phone, I just need to know how to go about it
Thanks in advance
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You need to follow the PAYG route as listed here http://community.o2.co.uk/t5/Other-Products-Services/Unlocking-an-O2-phone-to-use-a-different-SIM-ca...
However that may be difficult as you are in France.
Can you send it back to your Son in the UK to use it on PAYG or if he has an O2 contract you can do it on his account?
It does need to be used on O2 with an O2 sim to register the IMEI. It would be expensive to do that overseas. Sending it back to the UK is your best option.
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