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Why you should unlock your iPhone

Sites include . Published on June 17th, 2013. Written by Loic Cobbina.

Unlocking your iPhone is removing all the restrictions that your carrier may have imposed on it. The truth about phone carriers is that they offer iPhones at an extremely affordable price to attract users. But as part of the deal the user will have to use the handset for a certain period of time, usually 2 years. This implies that if you sign for any of those deals you will not be able to use any other network’s SIM card on the iPhone.

The problem is iPhones are quite expensive gadgets and not everybody can afford to buy one for each carrier he wants to try. Each phone network may offer advantages that every phone owner may want to tap into. It is much more economical to just buy several SIM cards from each of the network and use them on the same device by swapping them. But first you will have to unlock the handset.

There are 2 main ways to get your phone unlock. You can either rely on a software that will hack and unlock your phone or you can request for you carrier to unlock it for you. The easiest way will probably be to simply request for your carrier to do it for you but the condition for that is the contract you have with the network should have expired first. If you are in a hurry you might want to rather rely on software unlock.

Getting the phone officially unlock

By requesting an official unlock from your service provider your phone’s IMEI number is recorded into Apple’s database. The IMEI is like the fingerprint of your handset and once it ends up in Apple’s database sn unlocked you can be sure that you can use the device with any other SIM card without any problem.

The main benefits of officially unlocking the phone is

  • You don’t need to personally have any technical knowledge
  • It works in 100% of the cases
  • no hacking required
  • the handset will never switch back to locked again
  • the warranty of the device is not void through this method

If you don’t want to directly ask your carrier to officially unlock the handset, you can also pass through other unlocking services. There is a fee involved with that but again your phone will be officially unlocked.

Unlocking the phone using a software

This is for those who can’t wait 2 years. Keep in mind that there are disadvantage involved with software unlock. It doesn’t always work with the latest iPhone. Also after an update, the handset may switch back to it locked status. Aside that if you end up with any technical problem you cannot request for assistance from any customer service. You are trying it at your own risk.

There are many softwares that can be used to unlock an iPhone. The one that we recommend is UltraSn0w. It only works on older hardware but the development team behind it usually comes up with updates quite often. Depending on the iPhone model you might have to use a different trick. Just do a search online with the name of the phone model you have and you will get details on how to unlock it with UltraSn0w.

You might also want to read this: How to protect your iPhone and iPad backup by encrypting the files

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