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Unlock iPhone Hack

Date Added: March 24, 2014 09:39:28 AM
Author: Benton Daugaard
Category: Shops: Food, Wine & Gifts
Unless stated otherwise, iPhones purchased from retail stores or directly from carriers are “locked” to one specific network. For instance, an iPhone purchased from Sprint won’t work on the T-Mobile network. The reason that the carriers lock the iPhones they provide at a discounted rate to is to get some of the money back they have lost in doing so. Many companies lure new customers to sign up to their service using cheap iPhones as bait. These handsets are often included in a plan without any mark up or even at a loss, because the networks know that they can recover this cost as long as the customer remains loyal to their company for a few years, but way of charging excessively for their services. Because of this, carriers lock the handsets they supply to their network so they can't be used elsewhere. Additionally, Apple keep these carriers happy by selling their factory unlocked iPhones at a premium, sometimes as much as 500 percent more than getting it with a contract. Who would want to get an iPhone for virtually nothing? In practice, depending upon your circumstances, it may not be the best solution for you in the long run. Imagine you moved to a new home and the network coverage for the provider you are locked to is particularly poor in that area. You won't be able to swap SIM cards and hope the new carrier you have chosen will work - it won't! If you go to the effort of buying a pay-as-you-go SIM from a different carrier, you will soon discover that it won't work in your phone. You will need to unlock your iPhone before it will work. iPhone UnlockBefore the loophole was closed in 2011, there used to be two different options available to an iPhone unlock. The software method used to be the way to go, but this has subsequently been replaced with the IMEI unlocking process. To clarify - an official iPhone unlock is permanent, meaning once it has been applied your phone will never have to be unlocked again. A software unlock, on the other hand, had to be applied each time the phone was turned off and then back on again. What many people are unaware of is the software method of iPhone unlocking will not only void the manufacturer’s warranty, but will only work on devises running firmware below iOS 5.1.1, which became obsolete in July, 2011. It is actually still possible to unlock an iPhone using this software method, but in order to do so certain criteria will need to be met. The phone you wish to unlock will need to be older than 2011, be running iOS 5.1.1 (or earlier) and not be an iPhone 5, 5c or 5s (basically an iPhone 4s or earlier). Software unlocking is a very insecure and unstable method of iPhone unlocking. In contrast, an IMEI unlock will enable you to safely upgrade your handset to the latest (and all future) iOS releases and the process does not void Apple's manufacturer’s warranty. One of the big selling points for the iPhone factory unlock is the fact that it is permanent. Once the handset has been unlock, it will remain unlocked indefinitely, whereas the software unlock has to be reapplied every time the phone is turned off and then on again. It is only until recently that the only option available to consumers to acquire an IMEI unlock would be directly through the carriers. Some networks would offer this option to loyal customers, but only if strict criteria had been adhered to, and the contract the phone was provided under had been completed of course. Just recently a few independent organizations have started to offer IMEI unlocks with virtually no conditions in place for them to be successful. As long as there is a supported IMEI unlock for your model of handset, for the network and country your iPhone is locked to (and it's not reported as lost or stolen) the good news is your iPhone can be permanently unlocked, without voiding its warranty or preventing it from being updated in iTunes at a later date. For more information about how you can get your iPhone unlock or for more information about factory iPhone unlocking please follow this link.
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