If your carrier is unable to provide a SIM network unlock, you can manually unlock your phone through IMEI information, or
Unlock your phone through unlocking service.
Traveling overseas has been a trend today, and more often than not, generating SIM network unlock PIN codes is still an issue for most travelers. Some spend way higher on it than buying unlocked basic phones, or unfamiliar carrier phones may not be available to service in particular countries. With that said, it is only important to be aware of how to unlock your phone – should you need to do so.
But first, we will start with the basics.
Is Your SIM Network Locked?
In most cases, certain mobile phone makers such as ASUS and Alcatel do not sell their phones as locked. Hence, it is only important to start off with the question: how to determine if your phone’s SIM network is locked?
To be able to identify if your phone is locked, you can check its documentation. It can most likely be stated in the invoice or receipt if your phone is unlocked or locked.
Another way to determine if it is locked is through contacting the carrier or inserting another SIM card, which is the easiest way possible. If you tried a different SIM and it didn’t work, then it can most certainly be locked on the original SIM’s network.
You can also note that most likely, phones bought directly from third-party retailers and manufacturers such as Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, or Amazon are unlocked. On the other hand, carriers such as T-Mobile and AT&T are usually selling SIM-locked phones to their respective networks.
Now, if your phone is SIM locked to a specific network, read on to know how to unlock it.
Ask Your Carrier for SIM Network Unlock
Given that you cannot use your preferred SIM network on your phone, ask your carrier for help.
You can call them, tell them you need to unlock your phone for a network change, and eventually, they will give you a code that will help unlock your phone. This code should be entered once the phone asks you for one when you insert a different SIM card on your device. Your phone should be unlocked after the code is entered or after a reboot (if prompted by the device).
However, in most cases, especially those phones that are under a financial contract or “plan,” carriers will not unlock your phone unless it qualifies on the terms that are specified in their unlocking policy. But don’t worry, there is an alternative route around it.
How to Manually Unlock Your Phone
If you can’t get through a carrier service, then you can do it on your own. You’ll just need to perform a few tricks or use an unlocking service to help you with. Refer to the following information below:
Unlocking Through IMEI Information
For Android phones, you will need to confirm the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number first. This number serves as a unique distinction between phones and appears as an identification code of your phone on any given network.
To confirm your IMEI number:
Dial *#06# or directly head on to your Settings
Select About Phone
Scroll to Status and look for your IMEI information (though in some phones, you can immediately see the IMEI information when you open the About Phone page).
By handing over the 15-digit IMEI information, your network should be able to provide you with the PIN code needed to unlock your phone.
It should also be noted that the process may vary from across networks and your newly inserted SIM network may require you to input a particular code to enable its use on that specific carrier.
Additionally, carriers may charge you an additional administrative fee for unlocking your SIM network (except for American carriers as per the law).
One way to walk your way through this is to visit forums to get reliable information regarding unlocking services, and at the very least, get some advice from people who have been in the same case as you.
An example of a reputable service that you can go to is Unlock Base’s Unlock My Phone feature, as aside from their expertise on the niche, there is also a variety of phone brands that they unlock – hence, a higher possibility that yours is included.
Beware: Unlocking Phone App Scamming!
In the process of choosing an unlocking service, you may probably encounter apps that may also do so. Beware! As this does not guarantee an unlocked phone, moreover, it may get your phone in trouble. In particular, cracked apps from download sites or Torrent networks may possibly infect your phone with Trojans and other malicious software. Yikes!
Unlocking your phone for easier communication is possible if you choose the safe and legal way. You may spend a bit, but that would be for the good of your phone plus, you get to enjoy the convenience an unlocked device can provide you in your most exciting trips overseas.
Jailbreaking the Apple iOS 9 platform is deliberately not easy. In fact it’s the Twin Towers tightrope walk of jailbreaking in that you have to be either very brave or very determined to break it because it apparently runs a security system dubbed ‘rootless’ and it’s designed to seek out malware, therefore most all attempts to jailbreak it get recognized and promptly stopped.
But now a hacking team from China called Pangu have found a way to jailbreak the iOS 9 platform and prior to this platforms iOS 7.1 to 8.1. But it’s their latest coup that has created a storm of controversy amongst the jailbreaking community, not least because there may well be some industry jealousy that they got there first.
The Pangu jailbreak consists of a Windows software package that allows for what is known as an “untethered” jailbreak. This means your device does not need to be plugged into your computer to run. The jailbreak reportedly works on iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices running iOS 9 through 9.0.2.
Pangu claim they can jailbreak phones including the iPhone 4s, 5/5c/5s, 6/6 Plus, and 6s/6s Plus as well as the iPad 2, 3 and 4, iPad Air/Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2/3/4, and the 5th and 6th generations of the iPod touch – a long list of both current and older devices.
Once jailbroken, users can install a framework known as Cydia that enables the user to install unofficial packages that can enable your device to run apps or make changes to the iOS operating system which it would otherwise prevent.
Pangu is a team of dedicated cellphone jailbreakers based in China. Working with sponsorship, their first untethered jailbreak tool was Pangu 7, introduced in June 2014. Some of their success has been achieved by Apple users passing on to the expired enterprise certificates to assist them in developing the software. Pangu 7 and 8 has been downloaded by many millions of users around the world, and they have big expectations for Pangu 9. The software developers are currently releasing the Pangu download for free and even sharing details of the tools they are using. This certainly flies in the face of the Apple philosophy to premium price everything they offer.
Should you risk jailbreaking your phone with Pangu?
Well, industry insiders have been quick to be pretty scathing of Pangu’s achievements, claiming that first of all, the jailbreak will void your End User License agreement so that you will receive no further assistance from Apple when things go wrong.
Furthermore, it is claimed that many of the apps which can be installed once your phone is jailbroken still require several tweaks and elimination of bugs before they are ready. But no doubt some brave souls will want to beta test the new jailbreak that Pangu has created.
Meanwhile Apple have been quick to point out that malware such as Keyraider, which affected some 225,000 phones, was aimed specifically at those that had jailbroken their phones. The Keyraider malware attempts to steal account names, passwords, device IDs and more.
There is also a possibility that your phone could experience what is known as the Boot Loop of Death. This is not a new phenomenon, it frequently happens to Playstations when user try to play pirated video games.
In the case of Apple iPhones, the Boot Loop of Death (BLoD) occurs when the phone repeatedly blue screens far more than the three or four times that is normal while installing the Pangu software.
That said it is fixable by restoring your iOS device and does not in any way damage your iOS device beyond a restore. Also, Pangu team does advise you to back-up your phone prior to install in case of problems, even though they state that their jailbreak software is stable, simple and fast.
Want to give it a go? Here’s the Pangu website.
Or start by taking a look at this tutorial from our friend from TheUnlockr.
Apple just released their iOS 9 Beta 1 firmware to developers for testing and feedback. If you want to have early access to iOS 9 Beta you just need to register the UDID as part of Developper program. We can do this for $4.9 and get your UDID Registered in less than 30 minutes from Monday to Friday during regular business hours. But first if you don’t know what’s UDID, please check this post to see How to find the UDID of any iPhone / iPad.
The whole process is not hard, but reserved to geek, we recommend that you do not order if you don’t understand what we explain in the comprehensive tutorial below as we won’t provide more guidelines / support if you’re stuck.
What steps should I take to install iOS 9 Beta
1. Order your UDID Registration with UnlockBase
2. Update to the latest version of iTunes.
3. Backup your device with iTunes (we are not responsible for any loss of data during the upgrade process).
4. Download the latest iOS Beta for your device (check the at the end of this post)
5. Upgrade to iOS 9 beta using the “Check For Update”.
For Mac: Hold down the “Alt/Option” key and hit “Restore” or “Update”.
For Windows: Hold down the “Shift” key and hit “Restore” or “Update”.
6. Select the firmware file (.ipsw) you downloaded in Step 4.
8. Enjoy your iPhone running on iOS 9 Beta:
iOS 9 Beta Download
Make sure to download the version for your exact “Model Number“
It’s a bit like a Social Security Number: specific to each unit; it enables Apple to immediately find the phone in its database of millions of mobile data from iPod, iPad etc. However, there’s a much simpler way to do this, and the good news is you don’t have to be a geek to understand it. We will explain how to find the UDID of your iPhone easily.
Method # 1: Conventional method: UDID via iTunes
The best known method is to find the UDID from iTunes. Nothing could be easier: connect your iPhone via USB cable, open iTunes, click your device, then on the screen summarizing the information on your iPhone, simply click the serial number. Each click will cycle and reveal clean data on your phone. Once the UDID is displayed, right click the mouse button to copy, as shown here:
This method is very easy except when your iPhone is locked by iCloud, in which case you cannot access this screen because iTunes will immediately ask you for the email and password of your iCloud account. This is where we offer a second method.
Method # 2: Recover an iPhone UDID without iTunes with Windows
Nothing could be simpler, just plug your iPhone with a USB cable into your PC and follow these instructions:
Open the “Windows Control Panel”
Open “Devices and Printers” (under “Hardware and Sound”)
Find and double-click “Apple Mobile Device USB Driver” (1)
A properties window will open, select the “Hardware” tab
Click “Apple Mobile Device USB Driver” (2) and then “Properties” (3)
A 3rd window opens, select the “Details” tab (4)
In the drop down list of properties, locate the “Device Instance Path” (5)
Once selected, the “Value” is displayed below, simply right click and select “Copy” (6)
You will see something like this: USB\VID_05AC&PID_12A8\81130C21720C887B991F2181369C201A24DFFF65 It’s the last part that interests us: 81130C21720C887B991F2181369C201A24DFFF65
Method # 3: Recover an iPhone UDID without iTunes with MAC
First, power on your iDevice and plug it into your Mac. Select the Apple icon at the top-left of the Menu Bar, hold the Option key on the keyboard, and select “System Information” (this menu entry replaces “About This Mac” when the Option key is depressed).
When the System Information window loads, look under the Hardware section on the left and select the entry for USB. A list of your Mac’s USB ports and any attached USB hubs will appear on the right. Find your iPhone in this list and look at the bottom panel. You’ll see a long string of numbers and letters listed for “Serial Number.” Despite the name, this is not your iPhone’s serial number; it’s the UDID.
Why find the UDID of my iPhone could be useful?
Thanks to this unique identifier, we are able to offer UDID Registration to get early access to iOS 11, you’ll get quick UDID Registration that let you join our development team so you are authorized to test out iOS beta firmwares. Our fee is cheaper than registering as a developer yourself.
We have now started to promote the service to Unlock iPhones from T-Mobile USA. This service is working for absolutely all iPhones from T-Mobile USA including the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The price is expensive and slow, but it works… And because we provide this service directly from the original source, and in the unlikely event you find it cheaper elsewhere we’ll beat that price just contact us by email about it.
The only rule for using this service is that the phone must be 100% Clean (not reported as lost or stolen) and there is one easy way to check this for free using this T-Mobile link : https://www.t-mobile.com/verifyIMEI.aspx
Apple iCloud Activation Lock Removal Service – Introduction
“iCloud Activation Lock” or “Find my iPhone Activation Lock” is a new feature – introduced with iOs 7 – of Find My iPhone called Activation Lock that is designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it’s ever lost or stolen. Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone on a device using iOS 7 or later. With Activation Lock ON, your Apple ID and password will be required before anyone can:
So before you purchase an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from somebody else, make sure that Find My iPhone Activation Lock is turned off and the device is ready for you to use. To check if this lock is activated, Apple release the 1st October a free service that you can access using this link: https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/
However, we have a solution to ByPass Activation lock that work ONLY with Clean IMEI witch mean all the Apple products are supported as long as they have not been reported lost or stolen (We do not offer solutions for those type of phones). But as long as the device is clean and has not been reported anywhere, all the models are supported so it could be any iPad, iPod or iPhone starting from the oldest, up to the latest ones available.
Apple iCloud Activation Lock Removal Service – How to Check if CLEAN ?
Our iCloud Activation Lock ByPass service is only for Clean IMEI, the iPhone must not be reported as stolen or lost. If this is the case don’t even ask, it’s not possible with our server. So you may wonder for who is this service ? Well if you simply lost your password and don’t find any way to recover it, or if you bought this iPhone Clean to a seller who do not remove the lock, and have no way to approach the seller…
Here are some pictures that illustrate witch Apple Device are “Clean” or “Blacklisted”:
Find My iPhone Activation Lock – Clean or Not Check
Before buy an iPhone we also recommend to always run Blacklist Check using our CheckMend service, and check the Activation Lock on Apple Website. If it’s Clean, then you can order from us the Activation Lock Removal using one of these two services:
WARNING: Also please note that Find My iPhone Activation Lock removal do not Unlock the Phone (so he can accept any SIM Card from any carrier worldwide), this service is only to ByPass Activation Lock so you can use the phone with the Original SIM Card (or all if the phone is Unlocked).