The very first time I tried to SIM unlock my phone many people claimed that it was illegal and I would never make it. More than 5 years passed since then and now I know for a fact that SIM Unlock is totally legal and of course, how to unlock a phone which is locked to a Carrier.
How I managed to unlock my phone
Back in 2013, I decided to buy a used iPhone 4 instead of a new iPhone 5s in order to save some money. Screen Size was not a big issue back then after all.
The problem was that the used iPhone 5 I bought from eBay had a simlock. If I knew back then what I know right now I would simply IMEI Check it and let iPhone Unlock experts to guide me through the whole process. But I didn’t…
I tried many different services on my own and I lost a lot of money in the process.
How to get an iPhone Unlocked
When it comes to iPhone there are 4 different SIM Unlock phone approaches or at least, they used to be 4.
- Mobile Network’s phone unlock Services:
Original Owner or not, you should always contact the Carrier which is locking your phone and try to SIM Unlock it through them. It’s usually free or under a really small fee.
- SIM Unlock Software:
This method could be used up to iPhone 4 and iOS 6.1.6. It was free but not permanent.
- SIM Unlock Hardware:
Spoofing SIM Chips which deceive an iPhone that you use a SIM card from the Locking Carrier. It is a cheap service but unfortunately, it has a small success rate and serious after effects.
- IMEI SIM Unlock:
Also known as Factory phone Unlock, this method can be applied to a wide variety of Mobile Networks worldwide and even supports Blacklisted iPhones. In some cases, it might be expensive but it has a high success rate and multiple benefits.
Software Unlock was quite popular back in 2013, so in the end, I managed to SIM unlock my phone with Ultrasn0w 1.2.8. But that was the end of this phone SIM unlock method.
But the other three methods still work and you can click on them and find out more about their current status.
How to unlock a phone
Since I am specialized in iPhone Unlocking, I can’t really tell if there are solid Software or Hardware SIM Unlock Solutions for Android phones.
What I do know is that:
- IMEI Check is the only way to identify your phone issues and unlock it with success
- The Locking Mobile Network’s phone unlock should always be your first choice
- Factory Unlock works exactly the same since this method relies on tracking down the IMEI number of a phone inside GSMA and GSX servers and changing the SIM Lock Status from locked to unlocked.