Friday i bought an IPHONE 4 from Craiglist. Tt was an unlocked GSM and of course needed a SIM card.
Before I did anything I checked at the Apple "Activation Lock" web page and the TING check IEMI page.
Everything checked out OK.
The new sim card came in Friday, as i said so I started activation.
IOS7 came to halt and said "SIM NOT VALID"
I got on chat with a tech, he did a bunch of stuff with the SIM card. BTW, it was made known that this was a new activation on my account. No number porting, swapping or changing.
Of course, the days are long past at Ting when you got "Call answered on the first or second ring".
After around a half an hour of trying everything, the tech said it was CARRIER locked. Yet passed the IMEI tests.
That's not the end of the story.
While trying to get the IPHONE to work, the "Tech" ported my number from my active HTC ONE M8 to the new sim card. He was never told to do so. So after I got off chat, I realize my HTC ONE M8 was not working.
So over the course of the next 45 minutes ( includes long wait and going through (2) techs) I finally got my HTC M8 working by changing sim cards.
I really did not think what I was doing was some sort of special thing at TING, but I was wrong. They are sending me a NEW sim card though because I guess they just cannot listen.