You might have just bought a brand new iPhone 6 or purchased a used one from a discount deal site. Their re first things you need to ascertain, check whether it is locked or unlocked. The unlocked iPhone 6 has not been limited to any specific carrier and can be used on any phone carrier that pleases you. If you get the unlocked iPhone 6 from the Apple stores, you will pay full-price for it. However, an iPhone 6 purchased online has a high probability of being locked.
It is impossible to know whether the handset you are about to purchase is locked or unlocked. One simple way of pinpointing the unlocked phone is by comparing the prices charged for it. If the purchase price for the iPhone 6 is very high than others online, and then it might be an unlocked version. Online Android phones which get brand deals with phone carriers, the iPhone 6 does not allow this.
Another way of determining its status is by going into settings, mobile-settings to ascertain whether it is lucked or not. If you see the cellular data network or mobile data network options, then you can surely state that this phone is unlocked. These options are absent in phones that are locked. Unfortunately, you are not 100 percent guaranteed by this method. There are other sure ways of finding out the status of your phone.
The simplest surest way is to check if two different SIM cards work. They should be of different networks.This method might be tedious but provides the best results. Shut down your phone, eject its SIM card using the special SIM card ejection tool. Insert your new card after removing the other one. Wake up the phone and try to call a family member or friend. If it works, this is a sure test that ascertains that your phone has been unlocked.
Verify whether your iPhone has been unlocked; particularly the IMEI number. This is a sure way of confirming whether your phone is locked or unlocked. Your IMEI number is your phone serial number. In full it is the international Mobile equipment identity and remains the way in which carriers and manufacturers recognize your iPhone6. Every phone manufacturer has its unique IMEI number. This number is important as it communicates with the iPhone servers are relaying all your phone information. This is the surest way to verify the exact details about your device. You can locate the IMEI number at the back of your iPhone 6. Just go to the settings menu, select About and witness. You can also connect your iPhone to your computer and then launch iTunes. When you click on the phone number you will see your IMEI number.
Once you are complete with this steps and find out that your phone is locked, do not panic and run back to the mobile carrier. Check first if your phone is on the GSM blacklist for all stolen or lost devices. If this was the case, your IMEI number would feature on that blacklist.