What is the difference between an unlocked and locked IPhone?

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    Locked iPhone - an iPhone that can only be used on one network provider, the network it was purchased from on a contract. (If you purchased an iPhone from O2 on a 24 month contract, the iPhone will be locked to O2 only).

    Unlocked iPhone - an iPhone that was purchased directly from Apple (online or in a branch) or a previously locked iPhone that has been officially unlocked by Apple (usually for a charge, anything between £10-£30 depending on your network).

    • Answered by David C
    • Dec 18, 2013