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Using iTunes To Unlock iPhone

Date Added: March 22, 2014 07:46:10 AM
Author: Dora Pape
Category: User Help: all other
Almost all the iPhones in circulation are factory locked devices. This means they were locked by Apple, at the request of the network that supplied the handset as is was sold at a heavily discounted rate. In every country that Apple offer the iPhone, they have signed agreements to supply locked handsets to the major cell phone networks. So if you were to purchase a cheap iPhone from AT&T you will not be able to use it on T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon. Because they know they will be able to recover the cost over the duration of a long contract, many cellular service providers will provide customers with iPhones at a fraction of their retail value if they sign up. So confident are they that they will recover their money, there have been cases where some networks have been known to offer iPhones completely free of charge if a customer agrees to sign up to use it on their network for thirty six months. That all sound great, being able to get an iPhone at a fraction of the cost it would be if you bought it from Apple, but what if you want to use your phone on another network? You may find yourself in a position where your calls keep dropping out because of poor coverage in your area. How To Unlock An iPhonePre 2011 there were two methods available to unlock an iPhone. However in July of that year Apple patched the hole in the iPhones iOS that had enabled a software unlock to function. Although it was once possible to install software on to an iPhone to unlock it, Apple were successful in being able to block this process and it hasn't worked for several years now. A few years ago there was software available that could trick the iPhones iOS into thinking it was unlocked. It had to be installed into the root directory of the phone's operating system, which meant jailbreaking the device before unlocking. Software installation was a bit of an issue as obviously Apple would not approve unlocking software for sale in its App store. The way round this was to jailbreak the iPhone. The purpose of an iPhone jailbreak is to enable software that Apple doesn't want you to use to be installed on your phone. It's kind of a way of hacking into the phone. Needless to say, this method is not recommended and no longer works with the latest operating system. Since the release of iOS 5.1.1 way back in July 2011, the software unlock has no longer worked. The second unlocking process is the iPhone factory unlock. If you use this method to unlock your iPhone it will be identical to a factory unlocked iPhone purchased directly from Apple, but obviously for a fraction of the price. One of the primary benefits of IMEI unlocking is that it does not invalidate your Apple warranty. Once you have unlocked you may also safely upgrade your phone in iTunes when new iOS is release without ever having to worry about it relocking. Until recently you could only request an IMEI factory unlock from your carrier directly, without any guarantee they would honour your request. Due to recent changes in the iPhone unlocking industry it is now possible to bypass your carrier and use a third party service provider to provide your official iPhone unlock. Using this method of unlocking will not only enable your iPhone to be used on any network around the world, but will be worth substantially more as a result should you ever choose to sell it. Regardless of the fact that these factory unlocks are provided by independent organizations, they do not void your Apple warranty. 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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