5 Easy Tips to Make Your iPhone IMEI Factory Unlock Process Successful

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You’re ready to make your iPhone officially unlocked. Read these tips to make the whole process efficient and painless.

Getting your iPhone officially unlocked is probably the best thing you can do for yourself and your iPhone. You no longer need to worry about upcoming software updates, hacking or jailbreaking it, you can save on roaming by switching carriers and even increase its resale value. In order for that to happen, read my tips below that will make your iPhone unlocking process successful.

1. Check and confirm which network your iPhone is locked to

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It’s extremely important for you to know about your iPhone’s original carrier. This is fairly easy if you’re the original owner of the phone. If you bought the iPhone from someone, be sure to ask the seller which network is the iPhone locked to. A locked iPhone can only be activated with a SIM card of the original carrier. However, once unlocked, you can activate it with any SIM card. Use our network finder if you need to find out your iPhone’s original carrier.

2. Is your iPhone blacklisted by the original carrier?

There can be many reasons why your iPhone can be blacklisted by your carrier such as reported missing, stolen, unpaid bills etc. If you plan to purchase a used iPhone, I would suggest that you read my earlier article on ‘5 Tips on Buying Used iPhone Online on eBay or Craigslist to Avoid Scam‘. Two extremely important reasons why you need to know this in advance:

  • So that you can use your iPhone without any problem as blacklisted iPhone can’t be used on any network
  • Normally, blacklisted iPhones would cost more to be unlocked (premium service)

It is highly recommended that you do a blacklist check first before purchasing a used iPhone (we do provide this service here).

3. Check whether the unlocking service has special requirements

Before making your purchase, reading the terms and conditions of the service is vital. Most vendors will refund if they cannot unlock your iPhone. Some vendors will not refund if you submit the wrong IMEI or carrier. iPhone locked to certain network such as Switzerland Swisscom can be unlocked only if it’s already out of contract (we can do both). iPhone 3GS with baseband 6.15.00 must be downgraded to 5.13.04 otherwise you won’t be able to activate it.

4. Submit your order with the correct information

You must submit your iPhone’s IMEI correctly otherwise your order will be delayed or interrupted. This will slow down the whole unlocking process because the vendor will have to contact you and ask for the correct information. Double check your iPhone’s IMEI and submit without entering any space. Avoid using the IMEI from the box or SIM tray because they get switched. There are several ways to get your iPhone’s IMEI correctly:

5. Follow the unlocking instructions carefully

As soon as you’ve received notification from your vendor that your iPhone is ready for unlocking, they would usually include a set of instructions or steps as shown on our website on how to perform the unlock. The unlocking steps are standard and easy for all iPhones. In our case, if you order an official AT&T iPhone unlock, you won’t need to wait any confirmation from us. As soon as your order hits the time limit, simply proceed with the unlocking steps as shown here. Currently we provide 4 different types of unlocking speed for official AT&T iPhone unlock:

  • 5-60 minutes (but usually done in less than 15 minutes)
  • 1-10 hours
  • 24 hours
  • 48 hours

Hopefully these 5 tips will make your iPhone unlocking process as seamless as possible. As an iPhone unlocking service provider we’ll be very happy if you can use the tips above but in any case if you need any help at all, our support team will be more than glad to assist you.

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