iPhone Unlock Using the IMEI Number
You can unlock an iPhone fairly easily using the IMEI number. This can be done through the carrier network reseller or gray market service providers, both for free and for a fee. Once unlocked, the iPhone will accept sim cards from all network providers around the world.
Starting with the first iPhone which shipped in 2007, Apple iPhones have always been sold locked to carrier network resellers around the world.
This way, the iPhone trades at a cheaper price on the first trading day, allowing end users to complete payment in two years. The contract also motivates users to stick around in the event of an upgrade.
While many end users knowingly purchase locked and factory unlocked iPhones, some, especially those that get them off eBay and Craiglist, do this unknowingly and have to tussle it out when they learn theirs are locked!
For long too, carrier network resellers too never bother to unlock iPhones even after their clients have fulfilled their financial obligations in full.
Apple shipped factory unlocked iPhone 4 starting in 2011 through its retail stores, following the sale of iPhone 3GS in the same manner in 2010, though the latter model was tied to AT&T contract.
A factory unlocked iPhone is the preferred choice for many, but for reasons mentioned above, end users are stuck with locked iPhones and are continuously seeking permanent factory unlocks.
In order to avoid unlock hustles with both carrier networks and grey market dealers, it is always smart to buy a factory unlocked iPhone.
Purchasing a factory unlocked iPhone directly from Apple is a one-off transaction and the user may never have to visit the Genius Bar.
Otherwise, a number of options are available in order to bypass the lock status using the IMEI number.
- Carrier network resellers
- Grey market providers
The IMEI number is the iPhone ID and is the only information you should provide to have it unlocked. You should not give it away for any reason. Anyone that asks for it is probably a rogue unlocker.
Carrier Network Unlock
Visit or call an Apple carrier partner on contract i.e. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Orange, T-Mobile etc to inquire about possibilities to unlock your iPhone.
Assuming it is paid for in full or the ETF is paid off, then you will be eligible for an unlock for a small fee or free of charge, depending.
Following the passing of the bill by the House of Representatives which sanctioned phone unlock, you will have to fulfill a few requirements though.
However, some carrier networks still do not provide unlock services and for this reason, you may want to try third-party unlock providers.
Do you trust iPhone factory unlock via third party services?
Grey Market Unlock
Grey market unlock services though legal, is not necessarily sanctioned by Apple and carrier networks. They operate independently and are not subject to supervision.
You, therefore, partake in third-party services at your own risk.
However, a few providers out there do actually provide legitimate unlock services, and will refund your money upon failure to do so. It is therefore, important to go for a provider that warranties money back guarantee.
Below are links to sites you should start with. No guarantees, but they receive good user recommendations.
Feel free to add links to sites that have worked for you. NO SPAM.
For a step by step Instructions on how to unlock an iPhone via IMEI number, read this Apple page.
How to Find IMEI number of your iPhone
Scroll down to IMEI
The IMEI number of an iPhone is usually 15 figures.
- You do not have to jailbreak in order to unlock your iPhone.
- If your iPhone is blacklisted, you may not be able to have it unlocked. Usually, blacklisted iPhones are stolen.
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