Do CeX count phones that have been unlocked using a code as locked or unlocked?

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Found 29th Sep 2016
When selling a phone to CeX they give more for unlocked phones but not sure if they class a phone that was network locked but is not any longer as being locked or not.
Anybody here know?
I've asked them online but they are a bit slow to answer queries if they respond at all from my experience.

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I have unlocked network-locked phones using a code and then sold to CEX as unlocked. No issues there.

Unlocking with a code isn't a cheat or anything so you're probably confusing the people at Cex who don't really know anything about anything. All phones produced will have an IMEI and each IMEI will have an unlock code, whether it's revealed or not is not an issue. If you get and use an unlock code then your phone is unlocked, that's it. You haven't tricked the manufacturer or network provider into thinking it's unlocked or anything like that. Your phone is simply unlocked. It's now an unlocked phone, and you can refer to it as such.

When people sell phones on ebay as 'manufacturer unlocked' it's more of a buzzword than anything to try and claw sales or bidders to view their item.

The exception would be, as an example, when I bought my phone from America and I couldn't get an unlock code I used something called 'gevey sim' which does not really unlock the phone, it just lets you use it unlocked providing you use the geveysim - which is what I guess you'd refer to as a hardware unlock which is still a locked phone in reality.

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Thanks all.

murtgurge

Unlocking with a code isn't a cheat or anything so you're probably … Unlocking with a code isn't a cheat or anything so you're probably confusing the people at Cex who don't really know anything about anything. All phones produced will have an IMEI and each IMEI will have an unlock code, whether it's revealed or not is not an issue. If you get and use an unlock code then your phone is unlocked, that's it. You haven't tricked the manufacturer or network provider into thinking it's unlocked or anything like that. Your phone is simply unlocked. It's now an unlocked phone, and you can refer to it as such.When people sell phones on ebay as 'manufacturer unlocked' it's more of a buzzword than anything to try and claw sales or bidders to view their item.



​manufacturer unlocked means it is unlocked, as well as free from network bloat, which a network locked phone will always have whether it is subsequently unlocked or not.

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adamspencer95

​manufacturer unlocked means it is unlocked, as well as free from network … ​manufacturer unlocked means it is unlocked, as well as free from network bloat, which a network locked phone will always have whether it is subsequently unlocked or not.


That was in the back of my mind. I checked the phone and there's no O2 splash screen and the only O2 thing I can see is an O2 Apps folder which seems to be empty and it wants to go online if you try and open it.
I'll class it as unlocked and see how it goes.
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