- 1 How to unlock an iPhone with a Formal SIM Unlock Request
- 2 iPhone SIM Unlock in 2018
- 3 Wireless Networks iPhone SIM Unlock Policies & iPhone Unlock by country
Forget what you knew about iPhone SIM Unlock. After 8 years of iPhone Unlocking experience the team of Unlock.Ultrasnow.EU decided to provide you with the best Carrier Unlock solution ever:
The SIM Lock Removal Request through your Cellular Network.
How to unlock an iPhone with a Formal SIM Unlock Request
Why spend $150 minimum on an IMEI Unlock Service when there is a way to use your Mobile Network’s SIM Unlock policy to your advantage?
We came up with a flawless iPhone Unlocking process using only legal means.
- If your iPhone is iCloud Locked then you must remove Activation Lock before proceeding
- If your iPhone is Blacklisted then keep in mind that no Cellular Network will accept to deactivate the SIM Lock. You should first unblacklist it and then move on to the following steps
- You must be 100% sure which Carrier locked your iPhone
- Make sure that the iPhone is compatible with blocking Mobile’s Network Unlock Policy
- We gathered Network Unlock Policies from all around the world. Just select the country and your Carrier
- If the iPhone can be unlocked through the Mobile Network there will be a link with the right SIM Unlocking Department or a telephone number
- If your iPhone is not eligible for SIM Unlocking then you can use the assistance of iPhone Unlock experts to negotiate with the Wireless Network
- If negotiations fail, you will have to use a verified IMEI Unlock Service
This iPhone Unlock Procedure is extremely time-consuming but it is the best thing you can do on your own (and maybe totally free).
But you can always ask for some professional help if you don’t have the required time and patience.
The history of all iPhone SIM Unlock methods
I (and the rest of UU.eu team) was there since the beginning of iPhone SIM unlocking.
2017: The year when iPhone Network Unlocking took a new turn
So, IMEI iPhone Unlock used to be the king without any doubt. But in 2017, Wireless Networks found a way to cripple Factory Unlocking.
- It still works but only for specific Carriers
- If an iPhone is blacklisted, Premium IMEI SIM Unlock is applicable to a limited number of Carriers, mostly inside the USA, Japan, and a few other countries.
- It became more expensive than ever with prices ranging between $190-$250.
So, what has happened exactly?
How Canada changed iPhone SIM Unlock worldwide in one day
On June 15, 2017, CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) made a bold move that changed the Carrier Unlocking business forever.
And it became a reality. Since December 1, 2017, all mobile phones in Canada are sold SIM Unlocked and all Telecoms Networks are obligated to Carrier Unlock older handsets for free as long as the wireless phone is eligible for SIM Unlocking.
iPhone SIM Unlock in 2018
There is no need to envy Canadians because they can now purchase a brand new unlocked iPhone X or unlock a used iPhone for free.
There are so many iPhone SIM Unlock Providers out there which will charge you a fortune in order to IMEI Unlock your iPhone with doubtful results and I am not blaming them, this is how free market works after all.
But they are not telling you a small detail:
Soon after the CRTC’s ban, many Mobile Networks inside the USA, Europe, and other nations followed Canada’s example and decreased (or even eliminated) their SIM Lock Deactivation fees.
Until recently, no one was thinking about using the Wireless Network’s unlock services because they use to be ridiculously expensive (even $300) but this is not a fact anymore.
So, are you really sure that you cannot unlock your iPhone for free or under a smaller fee than the one you think?
The Carrier's iPhone SIM Unlock policy is the key
Every iPhone has a unique IMEI number and every Cellular Network has a unique iPhone Unlock Policy.
These two pieces of information are enough to use a Free SIM Lock Removal Request for the Mobile Network that is locking your iPhone.
But here is the thing: Your iPhone must be eligible for SIM Unlock with the specific Wireless Network.
- When you are the original owner you can contact your Mobile Network and ask if your iPhone can be unlocked. (Don’t be surprised if they refuse)
- When you bought a refurbished simlocked iPhone it would be impossible to use a Cellular Network’s SIM Unlock services without an IMEI Check Report and iPhone Unlocking Experts help.
It is basic knowledge that Wireless Networks don’t want you to Carrier unlock your iPhone and this is why they developed and constantly changing their unlocking policies.
There are similarities between Cellular Networks’ Unlock policies:
- The iPhone must not be blacklisted
- There must be an outstanding financial balance
- You must have spent a certain period under contract to make a SIM Lock Removal Request
- Overseas deployment papers for military personnel
But everything else depends on the Carrier and many of them require additional validation and proof of purchase.
We found a way to deal with iPhone SIM Unlock Policies and unlock your iPhone permanently.
How to unlock my iPhone with a SIM Unlock Request Service
We found an iPhone Unlock Provider that totally aligns with our train of thought.
- Identifies the overall Lock Status of your iPhone
- Verifies your iPhone’s compatibility with the locking Cellular Network’s Unlock Policy
- Sends a formal iPhone SIM Unlock Request
- Negotiates with the Mobile Network if something goes wrong
- If negotiations fail they will suggest you the next guaranteed iPhone SIM Unlock Solution
- In 3 business days, your iPhone will be permanently unlocked
Wireless Networks iPhone SIM Unlock Policies & iPhone Unlock by country
From here on, you will find all Cellular Networks and their iPhone Unlock Policy. We will constantly update these posts with new countries and Carriers, so bookmark this page or the country you are interested in below and visit us from time to time. Or simply subscribe to UltraSnow and stay up-to-date with the latest iPhone Unlocking news and discounts to various iPhone Unlock Providers.
Don’t forget you can use this info and try to SIM Unlock your iPhone on your own.
Japan Telecom Networks’ iPhone SIM Unlock Policies
I must warn you that Japanese Networks have really confusing iPhone Unlock policies. We did the best we could to understand what it takes to unlock an iPhone in Japan.
If I was you I would use iPhoneUnlock.Zone SIM Lock Removal Request from the beginning.
- Various locks such as network use restrictions and Omakase Lock are not set.
- The history (?) of the subscriber. DOCOMO will verify that you are the subscriber by confirming your name, date of birth, etc. For companies or organizations, the identification of the person who applies may be required)
- 100 days under NTT Docomo Contract (But you can unlock it earlier with various requirements)
- All installment payments are paid
- Blacklisted iPhones won’t be unlocked
These rules apply to iPhones bought after May 2015. There is other Docomo SIM unlock policy for previously purchased items but it is only in Japanese.
You can unlock your NTT Docomo iPhone for free using my docomo from your pc or pay ¥3,000 and use their phone service or visit a Docomo Shop.
- iPhones released after April 23, 2015, that supports SIM unlocking
- Contractor’s personal info
- au mobile iPhone without any network-use regulations. (they mean blacklisted)
- 101 days spent under contract with KDDI
- However, SIM unlocking procedures can be performed even earlier with various restrictions
If I correctly understood, au won’t unlock iPhone 6 and all other earlier models. (iPhone 5s, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4)
You must go to an au shop, with personal identification documents and pay ¥3,000 to request iPhone SIM Unlocking.
- The iPhone must be simlocked by SoftBank
- You must have an outstanding financial balance
- Only iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus can be SIM Unlocked by SoftBank
- The SIM can be unlocked after 101 days spent on a contract with SoftBank (or earlier if you fulfill various conditions)
- Deactivated iPhones must get SIM Unlocked within 90 days after they have been deactivated.
- The SoftBank SIM lock deactivation can only be done for users who have signed a contract on the target iPhone.
As long as you meet their conditions you can unlock your SoftBank iPhone free with My SoftBank or pay ￥3,000 to a SoftBank Shop.
Y!Mobile is an MVNO of SoftBank Japan. Check out SoftBank’s iPhone Unlocking Policy
Canada Mobile Networks’ SIM Unlock Policies
Every iPhone that was sold after December 1, 2017, should be already unlocked or there will be an unlock code sticker or identifier on the original box of purchase.
- The iPhone must be locked by Rogers
- Your Rogers account must be at good standing with no past due balances
- The iPhone must not be blacklisted
- All iPhones sold after December 1, 2017, are unlocked.
- There are no SIM Lock Deactivation fees
- Contact Rogers to make an iPhone SIM Unlock Inquiry
- The iPhone is locked to the TELUS network
- The iPhone is not blacklisted
You can unlock your TELUS iPhone free, using My TELUS on your computer or by calling 1-866-558-2273 if you are not a TELUS customer.
- The iPhone must be locked by Bell Network
- The iPhone cannot be blacklisted
- The Bell Account, which the iPhone you want to unlock is associated with, must be in good standing
Bell offers their iPhone SIM Unlock Services for free. Visit MyBell to initiate the process.
- The iPhone must have been purchased by Fido
- The iPhone must have been active for at least 90 days under a Fido Account
- The iPhone can’t be blacklisted
- The Fido account must be at good standing
Now Fido on this page says that they will charge you $50 for removing the SIM Lock from your iPhone and on the next page they say that there are no unlocking fees. (leave a comment below if you know which of these 2 applies)
Free or not, contact Fido and ask for SIM Lock Deactivation.
- The iPhone must have been purchased directly from chatr
- No Blacklisted Status
Contact chatr or visit a chatr retailer to SIM Unlock your iPhone free of charge.
- The iPhone cannot be suspended as lost or stolen
- Blacklisted iPhones won’t be unlocked
- The iPhone must be from Koodo or Telus
You can SIM unlock free your Koodo iPhone by logging in to your Self Serve Account.
- You must be or have been a Virgin Mobile Member
- The iPhone must be locked to Virgin’s Wireless network
- The iPhone cannot be Blacklisted
- The iPhone’s Virgin account must be in good standing
You can also leave a comment below and ask us to investigate any country or Telecoms Network we might forgot. Until next time, take care iPhone Unlockers.