How to Check iPhone Lock Status Using IMEI Number
Knowing the iPhone lock status means knowing if your iPhone is factory unlocked or not. It saves you the pain of purchasing an iPhone you do not know well.
If you want to find out the iPhone lock status, the traditional approach involves inserting various sim cards in it and connecting it to iTunes. Alternatively, IMEI.info and iTools can be used instead of iTunes to find out the same information, using the iPhone IMEI number.
iPhones 6x, 5x, 4x 3x come factory unlocked or locked depending on the carrier and package pricing.
However, locked iPhones can be unlocked quite fast upon request and submission of iPhone IMEI number to Apple carrier partners or online unlock providers.
In the past, users opted and still opt for alternative factory unlock solutions namely: Ultrasn0w, Gevey sim and R sim interposers.
iPhone unlock via sim interposers calls for caution when restoring to new IOS firmware.
iPhone unlock by use of IMEI number on the other, hand gives a permanent unlock to the iPhone, since Apple 'whitelists the phone in question.
What is iPhone IMEI Number?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity and is unique to every mobile phone. The IMEI number is more or less the serial number of your iPhone. It helps identify it from other mobiles and is also used to identify the iPhone lock status.
How to Find Out the IMEI Number of your iPhone
You can find the IMEI number of your iPhone in a umber of ways; the simple one is by typing *#06# on the dial screen. Your IMEI number will appear in a flash. See image on the right.
How to Check iPhone Lock Status Using IMEI.info and iTools
Besides iTunes, you can use iTools and IMEI info to find out the lock status of your iPhone.
The two solutions above take a matter of seconds to display the sim lock status of the iPhone, showing whether it is factory unlocked or locked. Of course the iPhone lock status is promptly followed by offers for unlock solutions, when using IMEI info.
- How To Unlock Your iPhone 4, 4S And 5 Using Ultrasnow, Gevey Sim Card, R-Sim Card, IMEI Number And S
You can factory unlock your iPhone 4, 4S, 5x as long as you have been faithful to your contract all along. You can also unlock an iPhone through third party solutions. iPhone unlock is possible through: use of ultrasnow from Cydia, use of IMEI number
1: IMEI.info IMEI Checker
IMEI.info is probably the most reputable IMEI checker out there.
When you input your iPhone IMEI number onto provided space, the website will begin by giving you all the info you need - except the iPhone lock status! In order for you to get to know your lock status, you will have to log-in first using an account you created with the site.
You can register with them or login using your Facebook or Google+ account.
After logging in, all you have to do is click SIMLOCK & WARRANTY tab.
It will take a few seconds to a few minutes and you will be shown something similar to the image below: depending on your lock status of course.
2: iTools IMEI Checker
iTools is more of a file explorer for the iPhone, especially for those that are interested in alternative ways to transfer files between the iPhone and their computers, without the limitations and hustles of iTunes.
The free iTools actually gives quite a pile of information about the iPhone including the apps and media.
To use iTools, you basically need to run it with the iPhone connected to the computer.
Click on the View Details tab and the first item at the top of the new window should just be enough to help identify the iPhone sim lock status. See the first line that reads as follows:
Apparently an iPhone that reads WildcardActivated must have received an unlock, or 'sometimes' was unlocked via SAM.
Anything else, for example Factory Activated should be a sign that your iPhone was hackctivated, hence not officially factory unlocked.
Chances are very high that your iPhone is factory unlocked if ActivationState reads Activated.