With 10 years of iPhone network unlocking experience, iPhones that were locked into Softbank carrier were the ones that created the most problems.
Either because the solutions were too expensive, or because Softbank had very strict unlocking policies.
The difficulty in unlocking a Softbank iPhone has created many desperate iPhone users, and that’s something iPhone unlocking companies have exploited.
For all these years, many users have fallen victims of these fake companies by buying services that were doomed to fail. No service could unlock a Softbank locked iPhone.
In the past few months, we were able to find companies with reasonable prices and services that work with a 100% success rate.
In this article we will analyze the existing methods of unlocking a Softbank iPhone, the pros & cons and how to finally unlock your Softbank iPhone.
100% working Softbank iPhone Unlocking methods
The following methods can unlock Softbank iPhone. This list has a cost-based order, from the cheapest to the most expensive.
- Free Softbank Unlock request via Softbank Network
- Hardware Network Unlock SIM Card Method for Softbank iPhones
- IMEI Softbank Network Unlock services
All of the above methods had positive & permanent results in over 500 Softbank locked mobiles.
There is no point of removing the SIM lock from a Softbank iPhone if it is still iCloud Locked (Learn more about iCloud Activation Lock issues).
1 – Free Softbank Unlock Request through Softbank Network
Softbank, as required, enables customers to request an iPhone’s (or other mobile device) SIM lock deactivation.
As with all companies, Softbank has also made this process complex and very strict.
The restrictions are many, so it is necessary to know your iPhone’s status first before applying for a Softbank unlock.
The way to accurately identify the current state of your Softbank iPhone is with an IMEI Check service.
Once you know everything about your iPhone’s status, you should carefully read Softbank’s unlocking policies and check if your iPhone is eligible.
Even though the restrictions are numerous, it does not really matter that much. You can simply make an unlocking request to Softbank and just wait for their answer.
But knowing the reasons behind a SIM lock deactivation request rejection, will give “arm” you with the right arguments for requesting SIM lock deactivation resubmission.
Softbank gives you 2 choices for unlocking your mobile:
- Through My Softbank application (FREE)
- Through a Softbank store (With a ¥ 3,000 charge [~$27])
1.1 Through My Softbank app
You should be a Softbank customer in order to use this application, since it is necessary to know the Softbank telephone number and customer password.
Also, you should be well acquainted with Japanese, but with a simple “Google Translate” you can complete the process easily.
The whole process is not complicated at all:
- you just need to go to the My Softbank app,
- type in the Softbank Phone number and the customer password
- then follow the On-Screen instructions to finalize the SIM lock deactivation procedure.
1.2 Through a Softbank store
In this case, you should know Japanese and be a resident of Japan, since only in Japan you can find Softbank stores.
There are 5 shops that can assist you in English, but it is required from you to inform them before making an appointment.
After locating a Softbank shop near you, grab your iPhone, ¥3,000 (Have more with you, since some shops may charge you more), put on a friendly smile and walk inside.
Do not prepay the unlock request, just ask if your Softbank mobile can get unlocked.
When employees confirm that your Softbank iPhone can be unlocked, then you can proceed with the payment.
In both cases, if your Softbank iPhone has unpaid bills or is reported as stolen or lost, the SIM lock deactivation request will be declined.
2 – Hardware Network Unlock SIM Card Method for Softbank iPhones
This method can unlock all Japanese iPhones, not just Softbank iPhones but also KDDI, NTT DoCoMo and AU.
If the unlock request fails, then your next move should be the Hardware Network Unlock SIM card solution.
This method relies on a SIM interposer which is a cloaking chip that spoofs your iPhone into thinking it is operating on the Mobile Network it is locked to. So, it’s a pretty simple process, and your iPhone gets unlocked.
Older solutions could not unlock Softbank or other Japanese iPhones, but in the last four weeks, the UnlockMySIM card began to support all Japanese networks, including Softbank.
So far, all users who have used UnlockMySIM have been excited since they have not only been able to unlock their Softbank iPhone but have also managed to get a permanent unlocking solution.
3 – IMEI Softbank Network Unlock services
For many years, this was the only method that could unlock a Softbank iPhone but it was terribly unstable and very expensive.
The price could reach the prohibitive amount of $250 with a 30-day unlock time.
Now the price has fallen below 50% of the original and the unlock time is between 5 to 7 days.
It is even more accurate than the previous method, but it has other advantages. No process needed to unlock, you just have to wait 5-7 days and then make a simple iOS update.
There are many unlocking companies that support IMEI Network Unlock services for Softbank Japan carrier, but you have to be very careful about who you will choose. There are still companies that offer very cheap Softbank iPhone Unlocking services, but they do not work.
A good and tested solution is iPhoneUnlock.Zone which was the first iPhone Unlock provider that started supporting Softbank IMEI Unlocks for both Clean and Blacklisted iPhones.
Conclusions on Unlocking a Softbank iPhone
The good news is that it is absolutely possible to unlock a Softbank iPhone (And other Japanese), so the only thing left for you is to choose the unlocking method that suits you best.
- As a first step, we suggest requesting a SIM unlock from Softbank either through “My Softbank” app or through a store
- As a second solution, the Hardware Network Unlock SIM Card Method is very reliable and at a low price
- As a third solution, IMEI Softbank Unlock service is the oldest and perhaps the most popular one
After hundreds of messages from our users, it appears that the 2nd and 3rd solutions are the most popular ones with (until now) 100% success rate.
The results are better than we first expected, since so far 100% of our users have been able to unlock their Softbank Japan iPhone.
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