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.
Updated on 12/19/2019
100% working Softbank iPhone Unlock 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
- IMEI Softbank Network Unlock services
Almost all of the above methods had positive & permanent results in over 500 Softbank locked mobiles.
As you can see, I haven’t included Hardware Unlock SIM cards like Rsim, Xsim, TurboSIM, GPPsim, Heicard or any other as only a few could work with various iPhone model, baseband and iOS limitations as well as serious side effects.
Also please don’t forget that 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 – Unlock Softbank iPhone Free through Softbank Japan 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 only 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 Free Unlock
You must 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 MySoftbank 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 Visiting 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.
3 – Softbank Japan Network IMEI 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.
Prices have now dropped significantly and the unlock time is between 1 to 10 business days.
In fact, nowadays the most expensive type of SoftBank IMEI Network Unlock is for the latest models, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max and costs $186.95 (¥20467)
This new IMEI Unlock method is even more accurate than the previous and also has other advantages. No process needed to unlock, you just have to wait 1-10 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, 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
- We strongly advise you to avoid all Hardware Network Unlock SIM Cards since they rarely work and have devastating side effects.
- As a second solution, IMEI Softbank Unlock service is the oldest and perhaps the most popular one
After hundreds of messages from our users, it appears that SoftBank IMEI Network Unlock Services 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.