- 1 The ”SIM Not Valid” problem
- 2 What are the problems of a refurbished iPhone?
- 3 Where can I find places that unlock iPhones?
- 4 How my iPhone will be unlocked?
If you are looking for places that unlock iPhones then for starters you visited the right page because here you will find everything about all iPhone Unlocking methods out there. At a first glance, you may think that there are countless SIM unlocking options and iPhone Unlock Providers but you will soon found out that only a few of them are for real.
The ”SIM Not Valid” problem
And the story goes something like this:
You bought a used iPhone at a really low price but as soon as you insert your SIM card you got the SIM not valid or SIM not supported message.
Of course, this iPhone is probably simlocked but this is just the tip of the iceberg because there are many other hidden issues that you have to take into consideration.
What are the problems of a refurbished iPhone?
When the iPhone you bought is not accepting your SIM card, one, more or even all of the issues below may be the causing.
There is a service known as Full IMEI Check Service. By using the iPhone’s IMEI number, IMEI Check providers track it down inside GSX databases and get you the info you saw above. You only need the iPhone’s IMEI number to use this service.
You won’t be able to unlock your iPhone without an IMEI Check report and that’s a fact. You can find many ”FREE” IMEI Checkers but I strongly suggest you not to use them because they don’t have access to GSX and the info you will get will be wrong. On the other hand, there are official IMEI Check Companies like UnlockSpector that offers the real stuff and provides you with Legal iPhone Unlocking options furthermore.
Where can I find places that unlock iPhones?
As you walk down the street you may come across a local store that offers iPhone Unlocking. The truth is that the SIM unlocking process is an online procedure and you don’t need to physically deliver your iPhone to anyone.
The real question is not which places unlock iPhones but how an iPhone can be unlocked.
Places that unlock iPhones with the Software Unlock Method
Until iOS 6.1.6 you could use the Software Unlock Method for SIM Unlocking. This method required jailbreaking in order to download software like Ultrasnow from Cydia. As you understand iOS 7 ended this iPhone unlocking option but you can still jailbreak your iPhone and download apps that don’t exist in iStore.
Places that unlock iPhones with the Hardware Unlock method
You can still unlock up to iPhone 4s with this method but I’m not sure if you want too. With this method, you buy a custom made SIM Card (like X-SIM or R-SIM) and put it inside the SIM tray with the SIM card you want to use. The problem is that putting 2 SIM cards simultaneously almost always destroy the SIM Tray. In fact, this is this is the only iPhone Unlocking method that required you to go to a local store because sometimes further modifications to the iPhone’s hardware should be made. If you still own an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s avoid using it
Places that unlock iPhone with IMEI Unlock method
iPhone IMEI Unlock method used to be awesome and unlock any iPhone on any Carrier in any country no matter what. Official IMEI Unlock providers had access to GSX databases and changed the Lock Status of the desired IMEI number.
Since iOS 10 update problems started to appear and right now there are iOS 11.4 IMEI Factory Unlock Services for a few Mobile Networks.
What about YouTube iPhone Unlock Tutorials?
You can find a ton of YouTube videos with ”free” iPhone Carrier Unlocking methods.
- First of all, most of them are not free. They will show you a special software that will network unlock your iPhone in a few minutes. When you try to do the same you will find out that you have to pay and of course, your iPhone won’t be unlocked
- The free ones work as clickbaits and want your email for junkmail.
- Some of them are dangerous because the software you will download is Malware or Spyware targeting your credit/debit card or personal data.
In this YouTube video with 617,480 views, you see exactly what I’m talking about. The comments are disabled (I wonder why?)
How my iPhone will be unlocked?
You have the IMEI Check report in your hands and this means that you know which Wireless Network is locking your iPhone and if it is eligible for unlocking. Contact them and try to use their SIM Lock Deactivation Services which most of the times are free or for a small fee.
If your iPhone is blacklisted or iCloud Locked you can turn to trusted third-party iPhone Unlocking companies like iPhoneUnlock.Zone which offers legal and permanent unlocking solutions only if applicable.
Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the matter or any question. Did you manage to unlock your iPhone and how? Until next time, take care!