What information is required to factory unlock a phone?

How unlocking an iPhone  works?

iPhone unlocking works much differently than other phone manufacturers.  iPhone keeps record of all IMEI in the iTunes database.  It also keeps a record of which network your phone is locked to. To unlock an iPhone,  the entry for your iPhone’s IMEI needs to be updated in the iTunes database on Apples server to reflect this change.

Can I Unlock my “in contract” phone?

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When you purchase a new phone online or from your local retailer, you often pay very little or nothing for it up front. In return, you agree to stay with your network carrier for specified amount of time and pay monthly charges based on the agreement. This specified time is called “in contract” period. This contract period is usually 1 to 3 years and depends on how much money you put down and what type of plan you subscribe to.

Factory Unlock Phone vs Roaming Fees


If you phone is “in contract” with your carrier and you travel, you may end up paying hefty charges for roaming fees to call your loved ones back home. There are several factors to consider whether you should opt for having your mobile factory unlocked vs just paying up the roaming charges. Here are a few:

Can all Mobile Phones be Factory Unlocked?

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When you purchase any phone which is “in contract” with your carrier. This means that your phone is locked with that specific carrier. Locked period for a phone can vary anywhere from 1 to 3 years and it mostly depends on how much money you pay up front to purchase that phone.  The less money you put down, the longer your lock in period will be, generally speaking

Can you use your phone on same network on which your phone was Blocked?

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When you purchase any phone which is “in contract” with your carrier, there can be several reason for which your phone can be blocked during your contract term. Main reasons for your phone being blocked are:

Unlock iPhone Telus

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Telus is a popular GSM Network in Canada. iPhone was introduced on the Telus network few years ago and was available locked with this network if you sign a term contract. The length of this contract would vary from 1 to 3 years depending on how much money you pay up front.

How to Unlock Sprint iPhone

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There are 3 major cell phone carriers in the United States that use the CDMS network. Verizon, US Cellular and Sprint. When a customer buys an iPhone locked with Sprint network, it uses the CMDA frequency of the Sprint network but the 4 major GSM frequencies in your iPhone are available but dormant.  When you unlock your Sprint iPhone, those 4 GSM frequencies are unlocked.

How to Buy Used Smartphone on Ebay

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Buying a used smartphone can be a very good choice for those on a budget and you also want the have the freedom of not having your phone “locked” with a specific network.  Usually when people buy a new smartphone, they either trade in their old phones to the retailer for a very low price, keep it in a drawer and that phone collects dust until its so old that nobody wants it or one of the best options is to sell it on Ebay or some other auction network. This is where a seller can find a good match for a buyer.

Factory Unlock vs Jailbreaking for iPhone

In years prior, iPhone users had few options to unlock your iPhone.  Jailbreaking was an easy and popular option for iPhone enthusiasts .  Using different software, people could unlock their iPhone, iPad or iPod. Benefits were many but there were also few downsides.

Factory Unlock vs Jailbreaking for iPhone

Difference between clean and blocked IMEI

Difference between clean and blocked IMEI



IMEI is a unique 15 digit number for each smart phone that is manufactured by different companies around the world. In the old days, if a phone was lost, stolen or had unpaid bills against it, you could simply take that phone to a different network and start using it there. With the advent of smart phones, things have changed. Manufacturers can now block and IMEI in their database which means that it cannot be used on any network.  The hope was that this would stop thieves from stealing phones as well as ensure that subscribers would pay their bills on time for fear of being blocked by the network if they were habitually late in making their payments.

Unlock Code for Nokia Lumia

Sammy Deguzman
July 26, 2014

Unlock Code for Nokia Lumia 2The Lumia Phones by Nokia are a popular line of smart phones and are sold all over the world on different GSM Networks. Nokia sells the Lumia phones with following Models:

Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 is the latest smart phone by Samsung and was first introduced in few countries in early 2014. In most countries, it comes with a contract locked with the network for 1 to 3 years.  It took about 2 months for stable unlocking service to be available for this phone.  As of current writing, unlocking is not only stable but also at an affordable cost of about $40. There is also a universal service for Samsung S5. This basically means that we can unlock your Samsung Galaxy S5 regardless of the network its locked with.  To Unlock Samsung Galaxy S5, simply place your order with us and we will have it unlocked within 24 hours.

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Unlock Vodafone iPhone

Unlock Vodafone iPhone



Vodafone is a popular network based out of Europe but has its presence in many countries across the world. You can buy an iPhone in contract with vodafone in the following countries:

Unlock Claro iPhone

Unlock Claro iPhone


Claro is a popular GSM network in many South American countries eg: Brazil, Chile and Equador.  In these countries, when you buy an iPhone locked with Claro network, your contract could be for 1 to 3 years, depending on the country that you buy your phone.

Unlock iPhone Orange

Orange is a popular GSM network in many european countries eg: Austria, France, Poland, United Kingdom, Romania, Spain and Switzerland. In these countries, when you buy an iPhone locked with Orange network, your contract could be for 1 to 3 years, depending on the country that you buy your phone. […]

Unlock LG G2

Sammy Deguzman
July 24, 2014

Unlock LG G2LG is a popular manufacturer of smartphones and also designs smartphones for Google under the nexus flagship. LG G2’s is the most feature rich smart phone launched by LG about a year ago. In the US and around the world, this phone is locked with all major networks. This is a GSM phone which can be used with most major networks over any of the 4 popular GSM frequencies.

Unlock T-Mobile iPhone

Unlock TMobile iPhoneiPhone was originally available only wit AT&T in the united states when it was first launched. Starting about 3 years ago, iPhone was released on most other major network in the United States and around the world. Like AT&T, TMobile is also a GSM network. When you unlock an iPhone locked to TMobile Network, it unlocks all 4 GSM frequencies so you can use it on any GSM network in the US and around the world.

Unlock ZTE Phones

ZTE is a popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer and in the US it has some popular and affordable models, notably, ZTE Z990, ZTE Z992, ZTE Z998 and ZTE Z740(Radiant) For these models that are locked with AT&T, it is now very easy, fast and affordable to get any of these models unlocked.  […]