A SIM Locked iPhone (It is often called Carrier or Network Locked as well) is only able to operate with one specific Mobile Network. If you want to start using an iPhone with ANY Mobile Network worldwide, you will have to Remove SIM Lock permanently and neutralize all the restictions a Locked iPhone has.
I am not going to explain you how a SIM Lock is applied or why Mobile Networks use it. I will go directly to the part that will help you to identify the SIM Lock of your iPhone, so you can start unlocking it.
There are two ways to Unlock an iPhone (To remove SIM Lock):
- By requesting from the proper Mobile Network to remove it
- By applying an iPhone IMEI Unlock service
Each method has its pros and cons, so let me briefly explain you what are the difficulties and how to apply them to your iPhone.
Remove SIM Lock through your Mobile Network
A few years back (2-3 years) the Mobile Networks were forced to provide an Unlocking service to all their customers. Before that law, they were not obligated to remove SIM Locks from their devices.
Each Mobile Network has its Unlocking Policies and Terms & Conditions. You need to “study” them carefully before applying for a SIM Lock removal to them, because if you do not meet their criteria your request will be rejected.
NOTE: Only 1-2 requests are allowed per year, so you need to be extra careful.
First, you need to learn which Mobile Network is locking your iPhone and then you need to send them an unlock request.
This request should include:
- Recent iPhone IMEI Check report
- Network Identification report
- Blacklist Status (Clean, Lost or Stolen status)
- Contract Status
- Financial Status
- Reason of your SIM Lock removal request
- Full name, Address and Phone number
- Network ID Account (If they support it)
- Point out which requirements your iPhone meets (From the Unlocking Policies and Terms & Conditions)
Most of the Mobile Networks do not charge their subscribers to remove SIM Lock, but there are few that will charge a small fee (At most $30-$40).
If you do not have access to all the above information OR you do not have time to do it, before proceeding with the iPhone IMEI Unlock solution, you can order a SIM-Lock Deactivation service and let iPhoneUnlock.Zone do all the above on your behalf.
Remove SIM Lock with an iPhone IMEI Unlock service
The iPhone IMEI Unlock solution is a paid service and the price depends on the Network that locks your iPhone.
If your iPhone is locked on T-Mobile USA Network, the price will be different from an iPhone that is locked on Straight Talk USA Network.
This service can be found only through iPhone Unlock Providers, and they will change the LOCKED status of your iPhone to UNLOCKED. This change is happening inside Apple’s GSX database, which is from where all Mobile Networks check if an iPhone is locked or unlocked.
After successfully remove SIM Lock with iPhone IMEI Unlock service, you will be able to use any mobile network you want permanently.
There are many online companies that offer iPhone IMEI Unlock services.