Phones that are purchased through the carrier are commonly locked. Having your iPhone locked to just one network can be a real hassle as it becomes harder for you to utilize another network perhaps when you travel or at any other time when it may become necessary. At a point, using software installation, one could unlock an iPhone, however, these days, that no longer works. That being said, there are still effective ways in which you can unlock your iPhone easily and begin enjoying services, and they are very legal.


First on our list is the method of unlocking an iPhone by contacting the carrier your phone is locked to, so it can be unlocked. A lot of times, mobile providers don't have a problem unlocking the phone as long as the contract you have with them is complete and necessary fees, if any, have been settled. There are others though, who need a good reason why you want to unlock. One of such reasons might be because you want to travel out of the country. Aside from contacting the provider you are locked to, you can also contact the provider that you want to switch to. More often than not, these companies are only too happy to assist with the unlocking of these phones as it furthers their business.


Another way of unlocking your phone is by using the above, paid unlocking service. A lot of companies offer these services and they make their money from selling unlocking codes, at a fee of course. Do not rush to pay these companies, and always ensure that you conduct extensive research on them. Inspect reviews, and check online phone forums so that by the end of the day, you end up with the best one of the entire lot. Always work with reputable companies because scammers exist within the industry.

The way they go about unlocking the phone begins with the retrieval of the IMEI code associated with iPhone. That code makes it possible to include the iPhone on the official Apple list of unlocked phones. With this, you are assured that even if you upgrade the O.S or the versions, the phone still remains unlocked. Getting the IMEI for any iPhone is easy as users can just dial *#06#. There are some phones that have the code etched on the back, or on the SIM tray. Using an iTunes to get a summary, is another way of retrieving this code.

Once that is done, then you can pay and wait a couple of hours so that you receive the unlock code. After that, you would need to activate the phone unlocking system. This is done by inserting the SIM card of the new network to make sure that the phone has been unlocked. If you don't get a signal, it is then necessary for you to reset the network and also, restart the phone. Activation of the phone can then be carried out, by plugging it into a computer to activate it through iTunes or conversely, you can do it directly using a WiFi network. If after all that, the phone is still not unlocked, then it might help to restore the latest IOS version. Once this is done, then the phone should be unlocked and ready for use.