Check if your phone is unlocked and will work abroad
If you are traveling to another country, you need to purchase a local SIM card for your iPhone. And when you turn on the phone, you receive the message “No SIM card” or “Service not available.” What to do?!
To avoid such of trouble, check the following before traveling:
- Your phone is unlocked or locked. Can it work with a SIM card of another operator or not?
How do I know if my phone is unlocked?
If you decide to use a SIM card from a different operator abroad, it is important to make sure that your phone is fully unlocked.
If you have a signed contract or pay monthly for your phone, then most likely your phone is locked under one operator and you cannot use it with a SIM card from another operator.
If you don’t know if your phone is locked, here are some ways to find out:
1.Try to insert another SIM card:
Easy way to check the status of your phone. You need to insert the SIM card of another operator into your phone and see if the phone recognizes the other operator’s network. If it recognizes, the phone is unlocked, if not, it is locked.
2. Contact your operator:
Call your current carrier’s support team and explain that you want to use your phone overseas. Ask if the phone is unlocked on the SIM card.
3. Check your IMEI:
Most easiest and fastest way is to check by IMEI, you can check here. You need to enter the IMEI number, and within a few minutes you will receive the result of the check by e-mail.