How to avoid buying stolen phones from Craigslist or Ebay?

You’ve been recently seeing a lot of new phones on eBay or Craigslist. And you’re really impressed. Why wouldn’t you be? There are several models available, from several brands, even those that were discontinued by manufacturers themselves. And if that’s not enough of an attraction for you, there’s the factor […]

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