Monday, November 14, 2011
How To Officially Unlock Your iPhone
If you're amongst the lucky ones that are able to have their carrier officially unlock their iPhones, here's a quick tip as to how to properly do it. As a matter of fact, some carriers will send you unclear instructions once your unlocking request has been approved.
There are two ways to use an unlocked iPhone: you can either re-activate it every time you insert a new sim card in it or unlock it for good so you won't have to go through the process of activation ever again.
Here's the breakdown:
1) Per SIM activation: once your unlocking request has been approved by your mobile carrier and verified by Apple, you will be able to use any sim card in your iPhone but you will need to re-activate it every time you change sims. If you're using iOS5, you can do this Over-The-Air but remember that you will need at least a wifi connection or to connect your iPhone to an internet connected computer. If you're traveling abroad and are planning to change sim cards in a plane, you might end up being stuck without any phone once you reach your destination as you will need to find a working wifi hotspot in order to re-activate your iPhone. This is why I recommend the following option:
2) Proper unlocking procedure: once your unlocking request has been approved, fully restore your iPhone using iTunes. This will take some time (1 to 2 hours) but it will unlock your iPhone for good so that you will never have to re-activate it again if you change sims!