UPDATED: 30th January 2017
Summary: There is a massive explosion of posts and forums with guides and tutorials that claim to unlock stolen iPhone.
Some of them are valid, some of them try to “exploit” illegal methods and other that are just speculations or lies.
First of all, I want to be 100% clear that the current article will only inform you about methods to unlock a iPhone that are 100% legal. Unlocking an iPhone doesn’t make a difference if the iPhone is lost, stolen or found. You will learn how to do reset and activate your iPhone.
And I will tell you to be careful from services that “claim” to be able to unlock stolen iPhones. But let’s get started.
Unlock Stolen iPhone – What’s the current law?
I am obligated to inform you what you should do when you find a stolen iPhone or you purchase a stolen iPhone.
When an iPhone is added to the Blacklist (reported as lost, stolen or has pending contract payments) from a Mobile Network, immediately it informs all the other Mobile Networks in the same country. This means that your iPhone will be blacklisted throughout that country and you will not be able to use any of those carriers.
The first thing you should do, is to check to whom this iPhone belongs to. If the owner has the Find My iPhone feature ON, he will be able to send a message to that iPhone, and inform the person who found it how to contact him. In very rare cases people have contacted the original owner and the story had a happy ending. In most cases, people just try to sell them on eBay or other online stores.
If the owner does not have the Find My iPhone feature enabled, then the only way to find the original owner is through an iCloud Contact Information Service.
Is there a way to Unlock Stolen iPhone?
Yes there is!
When it comes to older iPhones, like iPhone 2G/3G/3Gs/4 (Up to 01.59.00 baseband version), the Software Method works like a charm. You just need to jailbreak it and then unlock it with Ultrasn0w. Ultrasn0w can Unlock Stolen iPhone, but I cannot be 100% sure that you will be able to use it inside the country that it was blacklisted. Since Blacklists contain IMEI numbers, I am pretty sure that even with a Software unlock, your iPhone will not be allowed to operate within that country’s carriers.
For the newer iPhones, the Software method does not work. Not only for Blacklisted iPhones, but for both CLEAN and BLACKLISTED IMEI numbers. The only way to unlock newer iPhone models (From iPhone 4 to iPhone 6+) is to use the Official IMEI Method (Or Worldwide iPhone Unlock method). This method supports all iPhone models with any iOS/baseband version and for over 500 Mobile Networks.
Unlock Stolen iPhone with the Official (Worldwide?) iPhone Unlock Method
You can Unlock Stolen iPhone with the Official iPhone Unlock method, but what this method is exactly?
This method is able to remove the SIM-Lock of a device, regardless its blacklist status. The only requirement from your end, is to know the iPhone model and the Mobile Network that blacklisted your device.
- Know the IMEI Number of your iPhone (Guide: How to find your IMEI number)
- Know your iPhone model
- Know which Mobile Network (Carrier) is blocking your iPhone
- Know the Blacklist Status of your iPhone (Lost, Stolen or Pending payments and from which Country/Network)
The procedure is exactly the same, but the blacklist status of that device will not be removed. Only the original owner (The one who reported it as Lost or Stolen) can remove it. So any request that is being made during the Network Unlocking procedure, to also remove the blacklist status, is denied by the Mobile Networks, since only the original owner is allowed to do this.
The only way to be able to remove the blacklist status of a device, is to have the purchase receipt of this iPhone (Only the original owner can provide it to you) and prove to the Mobile Network that you are now the owner of that device.
This may sound a bit difficult, but it turns out that original owners are willing to provide the original receipt or even remove the blacklist of that device, to people that got scammed and bought their lost/stolen device, so it is highly recommended!
There is a difference between the Official and the Worldwide method, so lets see them in detail.
Is there another way to Unlock Stolen iPhone?
There is one last way to Unlock Stolen iPhone, which is similar with the above. Instead of ordering an Official iPhone Unlock, you can find a service, which does not take into consideration the Network of your device.
This service should only be ordered when you do not know the network of your iPhone (Although you can find it with an iPhone IMEI Check service) or if there is not an official service for blacklisted device for your Mobile Network.
We suggest this service to be your last resort, even though it is working without any problems. It is always to have an official unlock.
How to: Unlock Stolen iPhone How to unlock stolen/lost iPhone permanently
Remove the SIM-Lock of a lost or stolen iPhone remotely!
The only reason I am writing this post is not to encourage people to unlock stolen iPhones, but to inform you that unlocking a blacklisted iPhone is possible and people that got scammed buying a stolen iPhone still have a chance to start using it normally!
Go to UnlockSpector.com to find which Network Blacklisted your iPhone and learn how to unlock it
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