I'm just asking for an official reply on the ability to unlock a iPhone 4 for use in Australia for a non Verizon customer.
I have seen a number of good deals on eBay for Verizon locked iPhones with no bad ESN however I live in Australia and therefore do not plan on using the phone with Verizon.
I have looked through the support forums here and have seen that Verizon will unlock phones but this seems to only be under certain conditions covered here for customers who are travelling internationally. If the phone was only going to be used overseas and never connected back to Verizon would it be possible to have it unlocked or are the conditions above the only times under which an unlock will be provided?
First of all, the iPhone 4 on Verizon does not use a SIM, so it can't be unlocked in that sense. To do that, you will need at least an iPhone 4S.
Otherwise, before Verizon will unlock a phone, it needs to be on an active Verizon acct, and that acct needs to have been active for at least 90 days.