Beijing iPhone Repair Worldwide iPhone Logic Board Repair & Unlock Specialist since 2007 2018-01-06T04:03:25Z https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[Official IMEI Factory iPhone Unlock for GCI USA Now Available]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8788 2018-01-06T04:03:25Z 2018-01-06T04:03:25Z If you just purchased an iPhone locked to GCI USA but can’t unlock it, we can now provide permanent unlock service for your iPhone on Apple’s database.

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If you just purchased an iPhone locked to GCI USA but can’t unlock it, we can now provide permanent unlock service for your iPhone on Apple’s database.

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General Communication Inc. (GCI) is a telecommunications corporation operating in Alaska, USA and it’s now officially joined the iPhone band wagon since the iPhone 4 was first released.

US consumers now have more choices to go for which network instead of just AT&T to get a “subsidized” iPhone.

That’s really good for consumers, though.

Related Article: 5 Tips on Buying Used iPhone Online on eBay or Craigslist to Avoid Scam

So if you just got yourself an iPhone from GCI USA, using the service we’re offering will allow you to use any SIM card worldwide.

GCI USA iPhones, just like AT&T iPhones are locked if they are sold with contract.

This is the only permanent unlock solution for Apple iPhone as your IMEI is registered as ‘unlocked’ on Apple’s database.

  • Simply connect to iTunes to have your iPhone officially unlocked by Apple forever.
  • Extremely easy and no technical knowledge required.
  • Legal and no jailbreaking needed.
  • Update to the latest iOS and beyond freely without having to worry about your baseband being updated.
  • Unlocks all currently available and future basebands.

However, at this stage only non-blacklisted device is supported. That means it’s not blocked by the network.

How does it work?

1. Submit your IMEI number from your iPhone in the order page (get this 15 digit number by going to Settings > General > About on your iPhone).

2. We will send you an email once it is ready to be officially unlocked (typically 5-7 days in most cases and up to 15 business days)

3. Install the latest version of iTunes and backup your iPhone.

4. Restore to the latest iOS version by clicking restore or update.

5. Once restore is complete, disconnect iPhone and reconnect it after 10 seconds.

6. Now insert a different carrier SIM card (not your GCI carrier SIM card).

7. Wait until iTunes detects your iPhone. iTunes will then display:

Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked.

There’s really no way to hack the GCI iPhone at the moment so officially unlocking it is the way to go.

If you bought this used, please check here whether it’s blacklisted or not because only non-blacklisted GCI USA iPhone can be unlocked.

Unlock your GCI USA iPhone here.

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[10 Common Issues Faced by iPhone X Users Right Now]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8777 2017-11-28T10:14:28Z 2017-11-28T09:56:45Z Are you planning to get the iPhone X soon? Find out what are the common issues faced by the first batch of users now. The new iPhone X is beautiful and many people have gotten this latest iPhone by Apple. However, just like any first batch of new models, there   Read more >

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Are you planning to get the iPhone X soon? Find out what are the common issues faced by the first batch of users now.

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The new iPhone X is beautiful and many people have gotten this latest iPhone by Apple.

However, just like any first batch of new models, there are several issues faced by the users.

The issue related may be related to hardware or software which have been raised on Apple’s community support page.

Here are the 10 most common issues faced by iPhone X users:

1. Yellow Screen on iPhone X

The user mentioned:

Your iPhone screen is Yellow (Without True Tone, nightshift is off, no low power power , no color accafomation is on) my question is simple , Why we got a defect device? Because if re-calibrate that in the Display acadomantion it looks fine but still please check if there is a bug and recalibrate all the devices next software update at the picture two devices(left one is defect). Please let us know if it’s software issue.

2. iPhone X Ringer Problem

The user stated:

I recently bought a new iPhone X and has been great until this ringer problem. Every now and then the ringer will turn on and off repeatedly and on its own. And sometimes the ringer will stay on and won’t switch back off. The switch will be on silent and it will repeatedly go on and off on its own without the switch moving. Does anybody else have this issue or know of a fix?

3. iPhone X Green Line on Screen

The user complained:

Day one and a bright green line has appeared down the right side of the iPhone X.

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Anyone else having this issue?

4. iPhone X Low Light Photos Blurry

This user stated:

Trying to determine if my iPhone X has a bug or hardware issue.

Issue is that most of my indoor/low light photos are blurry due to the iPhone rarely firing the flash and choosing very slow (long) shutter speeds, typically 1/4, 1/7, and 1/8th second, which are typically too slow for handheld photography, even with image stabilization.

Is anyone else experiencing this?

Took lots of pics at a party the other night and over 80% were blurry. Not cool.

5. iPhone X WiFi will Not Enable

The user described:

I had Wi-Fi enabled and then about an hour later I noticed that the Wi-Fi is off.  I go into setting/wifi and wifi is disabled.  It will not re-enable unless I restart iPhone and then the same thing happens again after about an hour.

6. iPhone X Blurry Photos

The issue was mentioned by the user:

I recently bought the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2.

When I take images, they’re always blurry on the iPhone X.

I’ve attached two examples, notice the clarity in the images (iPhone X on left, Pixel 2 on right).

Mickey- notice the clarity in he dots on mickey’s uniform? Iphone they’re blurry..

On the person image, notice how the clarity again is much less on iPhone.

Do I have a defective unit?  I’m really unhappy with the clarity.

7. iPhone X Touchscreen Issue

The user described in detail:

My new 256GB T-Mobile Spay Gray iPhone X has a non responsive touch screen. After initial boot up, I could not swipe up to begin setup.  After numerous resets using volume up, volume down and then holding side button, I was able to use touch screen and start setup process. I then had numerous issues during setup (slowness, iCloud backup restore failure, freezing).  Did an erase and reset up via Reset in Preferences > General and everything  seemed to start working normally.  After about 6 hours, the touch screen stopped working again.  Have not been able to use phone again even after a erase and restore in iTunes.

Anyone else having touch screen issues or is mine a one off lemon?

8. iPhone X Top Speaker Distortion

The user explained:

Hi, my iPhone X is a few days old. The sound from the top earpiece speaker has a crackle. Happens on all music, apps, or videos.   Problem seems to go away when I plug headphones into it or use Bluetooth speakers. Any advice? Anyone else got the same issue?

9. iPhone X with Different Hue / True Tone

The issue described by the user:

I have been struggling hard to keep the best iPhone X and so far two iPhone Xs I got have different hue or you can call it different True Tone when turned on. So I will need help in deciding which one is more accurate, correct or closer to intended tone? Any ideas, information or insights will be highly appreciated. I was in fact thinking to buy another one to further inspect. I also compared with the ones at the Apple store and they all have different variations.

Please note that both phones have identical setting and nothing is turned on in Accessibility settings.

10. iPhone X Screen Render Issue

The user highlighted the issue with video shot:

Did anyone encounter this display technical render issue? iPhone X display Issue – YouTube

These were the 10 issues recently highlighted on the Apple website.

No one knows for sure yet whether they are isolated issues or some batches are affected.

Which issue do you have and did you manage to get it fixed?

[image by arnoldinyo]

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[How to Fix iPhone 7 Not Charging After Updating to iOS 11.0.1]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8763 2017-10-02T02:41:15Z 2017-10-02T02:40:12Z Just updated to iOS 11.0.1 and your iPhone is saying that "This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone"? Try this.

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Just updated to iOS 11.0.1 and discovered that your device is saying that “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone”? Try this fix.

This problem is caused by iOS 11.0.1 trying to prevent people from using non-certified or fake lightning cable which has a cracked authenticator chip.

Apple updated the codes in iOS 11.0.1 and will prevent “fake” lightning cable from charging your iPhone.

It was also reported by many users that iOS 11.0.1 is causing slow charging on their iPhones.

Although this seems to work in earlier versions of iOS, Apple, as usual would do anything they can do block any non-approved third party devices.

While this irritates many people, Apple is actually doing them a big favor by providing a guarantee of their safety.

There have been many cases of iPhone 7’s which blew up due to the use of fake lightning cables.

Thankfully, there’s a temporary fix for “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone” error while you find the time and money to get a genuine or approved ligthning cable from Apple.

These simple 8-steps process may help:

1. Turn on USB power

2. Plug in lightning cable to iPhone

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7. Dismiss warning again

8. It should now charge

It’s a bit of hassle doing the steps above all the time, so I would suggest that you get yourself a genuine lightning cable from your nearest Apple store.

Other possible workarounds are:

  • Check the cable that it’s not broken or defective
  • Use an Apple-certified charger
  • Check and/or clean the charging port of your iPhone
  • Do a reset of your iPhone

For issues related to show charging, you can try the following:

1. Remove the dirt or debris from charging port on your iPhone. A toothpick may do the trick.

2. Turn off your iPhone or iPad while charging.

3. Switch on Airplane mode when charging your iPhone.

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[How to Unlock Your AT&T iPhone 8 / 8 Plus for Free by Contacting AT&T Support]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8759 2017-09-24T14:37:00Z 2017-09-24T14:33:57Z Got your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus from AT&T? You can get it unlocked for free by following the steps here.

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Got your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus from AT&T? You can get it unlocked for free by following the steps here.

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It is exciting to get hold of the new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. However, some users would like to have it unlocked to be able to switch network or use it outside of USA.

How do you request to get a free iPhone unlock by AT&T?

1. Firstly, find out if you’re eligible for this free unlocking service by refering to the statement issued by AT&T below:

“Beginning Sunday, April 8 (2013), we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.”

2. Allocate 20-30 minutes of quiet time so that you can speak or chat properly with an AT&T’s customer support representative.

3. Once you’re ready, get your AT&T account number ready and have your iPhone in front of you.

4. Call this number 1-800-331-0500 (Sykpe user can call for free) or login to your AT&T online account to initiate a Live Chat session with an AT&T’s customer support representative.

5. They will ask a couple of questions but mainly will ask for your account information, email and your iPhone’s IMEI number. Go to Settings > General > About. Scroll down to get your iPhone’s IMEI number.

6. If there’s no issue with your account, they will issue the unlock and instructions within a few hours (some are given 24-48 hours).

If this is not the case, they may have to do further checks. In this instance, they will give you a ticket number and inform you that somebody will be in touch with you within a week.

7. Once AT&T confirms your eligibility, they will send you the instructions as shown above.

Think of this as the officially IMEI unlocking by on the Apple database. This allows you to switch any carrier.

In any case if the request was rejected, you can try using a paid service here.

Good luck and share your experience here! Let us know if we missed anything.

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[Frozen iPhone 8? Not Responding? Here’s an Easy Way to Hard Reset It]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8752 2017-09-24T04:49:11Z 2017-09-24T04:42:45Z Did your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus suddenly freeze and not responding. Don't worry, here's an easy way to reset or reboot it without using your computer.

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Did your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus suddenly freeze and not responding. Don’t worry, here’s an easy way to reset or reboot it without using your computer.

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People from around the world have started to own the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

While the new iOS 11 is a well-built software, there may be instances of the new iPhone 8 may freeze or stop responding for whatever reasons.

If you’ve been using the older iPhones, to reset it is easy – simply by pressing the home and sleep/wake button simultaneously for 10-15 seconds.

However, the new iPhone 8 together with the new iOS 11 have a new way to reset it. This is due to the new SOS feature added to the device.

On an iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus, the way to reset it is by holding the volume down button and sleep/wake button together. Doing this on the latest iPhone will activate the SOS feature.

How to reset iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

1. Quick press and then let go of the Volume Up button.

2. Quick press and then let go of the Volume Down button.

3. Press and keep holding the sleep/wake button.

4. The Apple logo will appear. Resetting is in progress.

The sleep/wake button is now called as Side button by Apple for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X for your information.

The whole procedure is very easy. In any case your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is having any issue, simply repeat the steps above.

The new iPhone X should have the same procedure as well. We will know for sure when it’s officially available by November 3, 2017!

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[iPhone X and iPhone 8 / 8 Plus Can Record 4K 60fps Video]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8749 2017-09-15T14:27:13Z 2017-09-15T14:27:13Z Do you know that the iPhone X and iPhone 8 are the only smartphones in the world which can shoot 4K 60fps video?

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Do you know that the iPhone X and iPhone 8 are the only smartphones in the world which can shoot 4K 60fps video?

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After a series of leaks before the announcement of the new iPhone, the new models were finally announced with some new features.

One of them is their capabilities of recording 4K video at 60fps, something that no other smartphones are capable of doing, not even DSLR cameras.

The reason why this is possible is because of the powerful processors that are built with iPhone X and iPhone 8.

Meanwhile, DSLR cameras don’t have as powerful processors because of the amount of heat generated from them. The heat can’t be dissipated properly and will cause issues.

Apple invested a huge amount of money to research and develop their powerful processors which can be used on the new iPhone X and iPhone 8.

So if you ever need to shoot a 4K video at 60fps, only the new iPhones will allow you to do it.

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[The Only Price Comparison Chart to Know to Unlock iPhone by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile & Verizon]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8712 2017-03-31T17:43:34Z 2017-03-31T17:11:38Z Too confused with overwhelming information on the internet just to get your iPhone unlocked? This table summarizes everything you need to know.

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Too confused with overwhelming information on the internet just to get your iPhone unlocked? This table summarises everything you need to know.

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The table below is a summary of the cost to unlock your iPhone from one of these US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Table: Price Comparison to Unlock iPhone by US Carriers

AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon
Clean $0.95 $18.95 $99 FACTORY UNLOCKED
Lost/Stolen $85 $39.95 icon FACTORY UNLOCKED
Fraud $85 $39.95 icon FACTORY UNLOCKED
Unpaid bills $85 $39.95 $127 FACTORY UNLOCKED
In-contract $85 $39.95 $127 FACTORY UNLOCKED
Notes 24 hours service If unpaid bills, can be cleared If lost/stolen, can be unblocked If blacklisted, can be cleared

Unlike in the early days, you now have to consider various status of an iPhone which is shown in the left-most column before attempting to unlock your iPhone.

Everything else is straight forward with the price ranging from as low as $0.95 to as high as $127.

A few years ago, AT&T iPhone was the best iPhone to be unlocked. Due to stricter policy and access, the price has gone up over the past 12 months.

T-Mobile is the most painful and the costliest carrier to unlock right now. However, if it’s blocked due to lost/stolen, it can be unbarred under $10 as shown here.

Most Verizon iPhones are already unlocked but if it’s blocked which you can use this free tool to verify, it can be unblocked using this service.

For now, Sprint provides the most value for money in terms of unlocking with price range hovering under $50.

If you’re curious about speed, the table below provides rough estimation for the relevant carrier to unlock your iPhone.

Table: Speed Comparison to Unlock iPhone by US Carriers

AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon
Clean 1-2 days 1-3 days 7-15 days FACTORY UNLOCKED
Lost/Stolen 1-3 days 1-3 days icon FACTORY UNLOCKED
Fraud 1-3 days 1-3 days icon FACTORY UNLOCKED
Unpaid bills 1-3 days 1-3 days 7-15 days FACTORY UNLOCKED
In-contract 1-3 days 1-3 days 7-15 days FACTORY UNLOCKED

In general, the speed is relatively fast for both AT&T and Sprint.

Is there anything else that you need clarification? Please leave your comments below.

Finally, here are the direct links to unlock:

[Table last updated: March 31, 2017]

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[How to Remove or Bypass Samsung Galaxy S8 Reactivation Lock Remotely]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8707 2017-03-30T07:17:35Z 2017-03-30T07:13:22Z Stuck on the Reactivation Lock on your Samsung Galaxy S8? Try these possible solutions to get your account.samsung.com unlocked.

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Stuck on the Reactivation Lock on your Samsung Galaxy S8? Try these possible solutions to get your account.samsung.com unlocked.

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Just like Apple’s iCloud activation lock feature, Samsung Galaxy S8 has a similar function called Samsung Reactivation Lock or Samsung sCloud.

This new feature which is preloaded on all Samsung Galaxy devices (and newer Samsung devices) which is designed to prevent access to the device after it has been reported lost or stolen.

Factory Reset Protection (FRP) is also another term used for this. In the past, it was relatively easy to bypass the FRP simply by flashing the device.

Flashing here means wiping the data of the smartphone completely.

It uses a Samsung account to regain access and use of the device. Samsung account authenticates and authorizes protection of your personal information and the device too, at the same time.

When Reactivation Lock is enabled, it activates a special flag set in a secured memory storage area of the device. When active, this flag cannot be disabled by performing a factory reset or Android recover reset.

Note: It is ideal to set up your Samsung account credentials prior to enabling Reactivation Lock.

To reset your device, select Settings > Backup and Reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset Device. If you try to reset your device with Reactivation Lock enabled, you will be required to log in to Samsung account. You must first enter your password before deleting all data.

If that doesn’t work, you can use our Samsung Reactivation Lock Removal service to unlock account.samsung.com account. Below are just some of the samples of more than hundreds of Samsung devices which we have helped to activate.

All you need to do is to provide the 15 digit IMEI and there’s no need to ship your phone.

Some Samsung devices are tied to Google Account which is shown below. In this case, it can be removed as well through the help of our specialist, providing remotely assistance.

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Then we will provide the username and password for you to sign-in to your Samsung. The service has 99.99% success rate, and we provide 100% refund (Payment via PayPal) if we are not able to provide the username and password.

The service takes between 1 to 3 working days under normal circumstances.

Great! Remove My Samsung Reactivation Lock Remotely Now!

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[Unlock iPhone with US Reseller Flex Policy (Policy ID 4000)]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8698 2017-03-21T06:55:29Z 2017-03-21T06:55:29Z If you have an iPhone with Next Tether Policy ID 4000 US Reseller Flex Policy and unsure what network does the iPhone locked to, you can find out here.

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If you have an iPhone with Next Tether Policy ID 4000 US Reseller Flex Policy and unsure what network does the iPhone locked to, you can find out here.

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Apple implements “next tether policy” for every iPhone that’s produced. That basically means the network that the phone is locked to. There are two policies which are tied to an iPhone:

  • Initial Activation Policy
  • Next Tether Activation Policy

What is Initial Activation Policy?

Once an iPhone has left the factory, it will be sent to resellers or carriers from around the world. An iPhone will be assigned or tied to certain carriers.

The first assignment is called the initial activation policy. For example, if it’s set as AT&T as the activation policy, the iPhone can only be activated with an AT&T SIM card.

What is Next Tether Activation Policy?

Since the iPhone can change carrier or its locked/unlocked status during its lifetime. The activation policy can change as well.

An easy example would be an iPhone that’s bought from AT&T may change to T-Mobile for whatever reason. In this case the Next Tether Policy indicates the next carrier it is locked to.

The next time it’s being restored on iTunes, you can only use a T-Mobile SIM card to activate it.

More explanation of Next Tether Activation Policy ID here.

What is Next Tether Policy: 4000 – US Reseller Flex Policy?

This is a special case whereby an iPhone is not tied to any carrier. That means it can only be activated with any US carrier SIM card such as from T-Mobile.

If you have an iPhone with this policy, you may need to contact Apple to check for its history as it may be a replacement phone or has been fixed before.

IMEI Number: 35917207757xxxx
Part Description: iPhone 7 Plus
Product Version: 6.X
Initial Activation Policy ID:
Initial Activation Policy Details: US Reseller Flex Policy
Applied Activation Policy ID: 4000
Applied Activation Details:
Next Tether Policy ID: 4000
Next Tether Policy Details: US Reseller Flex Policy
First Unbrick Date:
Unlock Date:
Unbricked: false
Unlocked: false

Normally, this is caused by iPhone that’s replaced at Apple store and no carrier was assigned to it. If you do an IMEI check on Apple database, it will return with status: ‘IMEI has a replacement information’ or similar.

How to Unlock iPhone with 4000 – US Reseller Flex Policy?

In the example above, if your iPhone was activated with a T-Mobile SIM card, you can’t use a T-Mobile unlocking service to unlock it.

If Apple is unable to change the activation policy for you, the only way is to unlock your iPhone using this service – 4000 US Reseller Flex Policy Unlock.

Do note only clean IMEI/ESN is supported with this service.

The next time when you encounter similar situation, then it’s best to check the activation policy to find out whether it can be unlocked not.

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Jonathan https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/ <![CDATA[10 Things You Should Know about Unlocking iPhones]]> https://www.beijingiphonerepair.com/?p=8686 2017-03-21T03:00:57Z 2017-03-20T15:22:17Z Unlocking your iPhone for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Here are the 10 things you should know about unlocking iPhones.

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Unlocking your iPhone for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Here are the 10 things you should know about unlocking iPhones.

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In many parts of the world, people don’t have to deal with unlocking their iPhones because they are already unlocked when purchased.

An unlocked iPhone simply means you can switch SIM card from any carrier without any problem.

However, most iPhones sold in the USA, Canada and some countries in Europe are usually locked which doesn’t allow you to switch carrier unless if you pay the device in full etc.

So what are the 10 things you should know about unlocking an iPhone? We compile a list for your below.

1. Increases Value

There’s no solid reason why you shouldn’t unlock your iPhone because unlocking it allows you to change carrier freely. It also allows you to use it overseas when traveling. Ultimately, an unlocked iPhone will increase its value.

2. Software Method

A few years ago, it was possible to unlock an iPhone via software. Essentially, it’s a process of ‘jailbreaking’ the device and then installing some software to unlock it. This method is now obsolete unless if you still own an iPhone 4.

3. Hardware Method

At one point, hardware method was the only way to unlock an iPhone. This is done by using a tiny piece of hardware interposed together with the SIM card. This method is still being used but can be a hassle.

4. Official Method

Official unlocking method is how Apple designs it to be – by marking the device as locked or unlocked on the Apple database. Once the iPhone is marked unlocked by your carrier, connect your iPhone to iTunes or swap it with a non-official SIM card (different carrier) to unlock it. This article explains in detail about iPhone unlocking for US carriers.

5. Variable Completion Time

This indicates the completion time to unlock your iPhone. The reason it can’t be immediate is because the orders are processed in bulk and not individually. The completion time can vary between a few hours to 3 weeks, depending on the carrier. Some examples below are the current time frame to unlock:

  • AT&T iPhone 7, 7 Plus (and earlier models) – 24 hours with premium service
  • Sprint iPhone 7,  7 Plus (and earlier models) – 1 to 3 business days with premium service
  • T-Mobile iPhone 7,  7 Plus (and earlier models) – 7-10 business days only for non-blacklisted iPhone
  • TracFone, GSM Default Policy etc. – 10-20 business days but low success

6. Mostly done by Third Party

Third party here means vendors or sellers providing iPhone unlocking service such as the ones you see on our online store. Apple or the carrier rarely unlock the iPhone unless if you’ve fulfilled with their unlocking criteria.

7. Carrier Blacklist

Bad IMEI is also another way of explaining carrier blacklist. Usually carrier will blacklist an iPhone if it has unpaid bills, reported lost/stolen, fraud and other reasons. You can use this website to check the blacklist status for free. Most blacklisted iPhones can still be unlocked to be used overseas.

8. Some Carriers Can’t be Unlocked

There are certain carriers which are extremely difficult to be unlocked such as TracFone, StraightTalk and some other smaller carriers. It may be possible using Worldwide unlock service but it has re-locking risks.

9. iCloud Locked

You need to be aware that you’re able to activate an iCloud locked iPhone before attempting to unlock it. Even if you’re able to unlock it from carrier restriction, an iCloud locked iPhone will not do you any good since you can’t even access it.

10. Lucrative but Risky Business

If you’re looking into doing your own unlocking business, it’s lucrative but risky as well because of various reasons such as the possible delays and stiff competition. You can learn more if here if you wish to do your own iPhone unlocking business.

Those are the 10 most important things about unlocking an iPhone. If you have any question please leave your comments below.

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