Unlock Faq

What Is Unlocking?

Most network carriers lock the phones they offer to work ONLY with their branded SIM card (the removable chip in your handset) which contains a serial number that identifies your device to the network carrier. An attempt to use a competitor s SIM card in a locked phone will result in an error messages (e.g., SIM Card Not Accepted ). Unlocking a mobile phone enables a user to switch service from one network provider to another without having to purchase a different phone unit.

What is iPhone Factory Unlock?

iPhone Factory Unlock is a permanent solution to free your iPhone from any SIM card restrictions imposed by Apple and your service provider, so that you can use it with any GSM SIM card provider worldwide. Also since the iPhone Factory Unlock is a permanent solution, you will never lose your unlock status, regardless of how many times you update, jailbreak or restore your iPhone.

What cell phone services can i use an unlocked iPhone with?

Many services are available to use with the iPhone as long as they use the same GSM Network such as T- Mobile, Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, Rogers, Nextel, and many more. Please Note: T-Mobile USA users must disable 3G before proceeding to unlock iOS 4.0 on iPhone 3G & 3GS.

What carrier is my device locked to?

Apple sells locked devices to the carriers and the carriers decide themselves when to unlock them. Apple knows for each device if it is locked or not and to what carrier, but as this decision belongs to the carriers, Apple won t tell you. So if you bought a locked iPhone somewhere and now need to activate it with the original SIM card or want to ask the original carrier for an official unlock, you need to know what carrier it is. Because Apple won t tell you, the only way is to try to find out the carrier by looking at the model number. This gives you the region or country. With this information you can ask all carriers in that country if it is their iPhone.

Can I unlock my iPhone using evasi0n?

evasi0n cannot unlock your iPhone. If you depend on software based unlocks then you should avoid upgrading to iOS 6.x.

Why Not Unlock Your iPhone?

If you’re good with your phone carrier and will not use your iPhone internationally, there is absolutely no reason for you to unlock your iPhone.

Can I unlock my iPhone to use it on a different carrier?

Option A: Official unlock Try calling your carrier and asking them if your iPhone is eligible for a free or paid official unlock. (In the US, AT&T now provides official unlocks for out-of-contract iPhones, and Sprint and Verizon may be willing to unlock your device as well.) If you can get an official unlock, we recommend getting it even if you have to pay for it, since it ll be much more convenient than unofficial unlocking. An officially-unlocked device is permanently unlocked, even if you restore it and/or update the baseband. Option B: ultrasn0w unofficial unlock Look at your baseband version first: Find out your iPhone s baseband version by opening up your Settings app, tapping General, tapping About, and scrolling down to Modem Firmware . That number is your baseband version. (The baseband is the low-level part of the iPhone that handles everything related to antennas, such as calls and 3G.) Your device s current version of iOS doesn t matter when you re trying to unofficially unlock it with ultrasn0w. The baseband version is the important part.

Can I unlock my iPhone to use it on a different carrier?

A locked iPhone means you can only use SIM card from the carrier the phone is locked to. For example a locked iPhone purchased from AT&T would not work with SIM card from any other phone carriers. An unlocked iPhone has no such restriction.

What is the difference between factory unlocked and non-factory unlocked iPhones?

Factory unlocked means the iPhone is legitimately unlocked by Apple. Non-factory unlocked means iPhone was originally locked when purchased, but was later unlocked using hacking technique. Non-factory unlocks are usually less stable and would be re-locked when upgrading the firmware.