Too confused with overwhelming information on the internet just to get your iPhone unlocked? This table summarises everything you need to know.
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
|Unpaid bills||$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.
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
|Clean||1-2 days||1-3 days||7-15 days||FACTORY UNLOCKED|
|Lost/Stolen||1-3 days||1-3 days||FACTORY UNLOCKED|
|Fraud||1-3 days||1-3 days||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:
- AT&T iPhone – All status
- Sprint iPhone – Clean Only | Premium (lost/stolen/fraud/unpaid bills/in-contract)
- T-Mobile – link to be updated
- Verizon – not required except iPhone 4S
[Table last updated: March 31, 2017]