How to unlock iPhone Free was always the bigger concern of Apple community. There are so many free iPhone Unlocking scams out there and you need to be extremely careful before you use a free SIM or iCloud removal solution.
Unlock iPhone Free Guide 2018
On Dec 1, 2017, Canada became the first country which obligated Canadian Carriers (Rogers, Fido, Telus, Bell, Sasktel, etc.) to offer their network unlocking services for free. Unlocking fees generated $37.7-million for Canadian Mobile Networks in 2016 as they responded to 943,000 SIM unlocking requests. (source: The Globe and Mail)
Thank you, Canada but we will never forgive you for Justin Bieber
Of course, many major Carriers in the USA and the UK (like T-Mobile and Vodafone) already start walking towards this direction. The good news is that for the time being, many mobile networks start to sell their handsets unlocked but it is too soon to decide if this will be permanent.
On the other hand, there are still hundreds of millions of refurbished iPhones which remain SIM Locked and right now we all have the huge opportunity to unlock them for free with Carrier’s blessing.
There are also many third-party iPhone unlock providers which claim that they won’t charge you for their SIM Unlocking services but I will tell you more about them in a while.
1. Unlock iPhone Free via Wireless Network’s SIM Deactivation services
Every Mobile Network has a different SIM Unlock police but most of them require:
- The IMEI number of the iPhone
- A completed contract and/or device payment plan
- The iPhone can’t be blacklisted
- A certain amount of time spent on contract
There may be also other requirements (you should check SoftBank’s Mobile Unlock policy and see what I mean) but you won’t be able to unlock your iPhone without these 4 conditions.
How to unlock your iPhone free when you are the original owner through your Cellular Network
If you are the original owner of an iPhone, you should contact your Carrier and ask if they offer free iPhone unlocking. As long as you are still on contract and you pay your monthly tariff, they will unlock your iPhone for free.
A few years ago, Carriers could charge you even $200 for SIM Lock Removal but today even if you have to pay, most times it will be a really small fee ($10 – $20).
How to unlock a used iPhone for free via Carrier
In this case, if you IMEI Checked the refurbished iPhone and found out that it is eligible for SIM Unlocking, don’t hesitate to contact the locking wireless network and request their free iPhone Unlocking services.
2. How to unlock iPhone free with third-party iPhone Unlock providers
If Free iPhone Unlocking through the Carrier is not an option for you, then there are plenty of iPhone Unlock companies out there but does anyone of them give their services for free?
How to unlock iPhone free with SIM Unlock Software
Ok, we are entering an extremely dangerous iPhone Unlock option right now.
Until iOS 6.1.6 and many iPhone model & Baseband restrictions, you could remove the SIM lock from your iPhone with UltraSn0w 1.2.8. This Software Unlock method was totally safe and free indeed. You only had to jailbreak your iPhone first, install Cydia (an alternative app store) and download the latest UltraSn0w version.
It was functional but you had to repeat the whole process every time a new iOS was released. You can still use this free Software iPhone unlock method up to iPhone 4 and iOS 6.1.6. But I don’t think that this is a realistic solution.
What you have to avoid at all cost, is any other kind of iPhone Software Unlock, free or not.
Based on the popularity of UltraSn0w (even our blog is named after this glorious iPhone Unlock method), many scammers found the opportunity to develop fake SIM Unlocking Software for iPhones. Most of them look fancy and do the job (…NOT) in a few seconds.
Usually, they are not free but when they are then you put your personal data at great risk because all of them contain Adware, Spyware, and Malware.
Just take a look at this son of a ”beach” right here. If you try SIMNEVERLOCK.com you will just end up filling survey after survey and the next day you will receive tons of sales calls and junk mails on your iPhone. Of course, your iPhone won’t be unlocked, neither with SIMNEVER”UNLOCK”.com nor any other Free iPhone Software Unlock Fraud.
You can also see the review of this iPhone Free Unlock scam on TrustPilot.
How to unlock iPhone free with YouTube iPhone Unlock Tutorials
Every year hundreds of YouTube SIM Unlocking Guided pop up. all of them updated to the latest iOS version and working on all iPhone models… NOT.
I wasted so much time watching them (ok, it’s my job but…) and understand how they don’t work. I have tested almost all of them, I still do, and unfortunately, you will spend 10 minutes or sometimes more, changing iPhone Settings, restarting, changing more settings, restarting, changing… you get the message!
They are free and won’t harm your iDevice but they are useless.
Free iPhone Unlocking: The conclusion
- The only way to unlock iPhone free is by using the locking Telecoms Network SIM Deactivation Services.
- If your iPhone is not compatible with the Carrier’s iPhone Unlock policy then there is no other free iPhone Unlocking option
- There are trusted iPhone Unlock providers but none of them is free of charge
- You should ALWAYS IMEI Check your iPhone before you try to SIM Unlock it
I hope you found this article useful. Do you know any Free iPhone unlock method that works? Leave a comment below and share the knowledge. Until next time, take care iPhone unlockers.