iPhone with APAC Service Activation Policy Can Now Be Officially IMEI Unlocked

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If you’ve done an IMEI check before, some of you may notice that you have an iPhone with APAC Next Tether Activation or Applied Policy. What’s all this? Let me explain.

First of all, it’s important for you to know that all iDevices including iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will need to go through an activation process during their life cycle. This is designed by Apple so these devices are activated legitimately and can be tracked in their database.

Device activation sometimes can be a pain, especially if you encounter activation issues such as the one that requires you to enter ZIP/SSN, invalid SIM card error (usually caused by locked iPhone) or even error caused by Apple blacklist.

According to the iPhoneWiki, “Activation is the process by which a new (or newly restored) iPhone or iPod touch can get by the “Emergency Call Screen” (iPhone) or “Connect to iTunes” screen (not to be confused with Recovery Mode; the activation screen has a battery icon in the top right corner to indicate this) to access the SpringBoard.

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iTunes connects to Apple’s activation server called ‘Albert’ to complete the activation process.

If you do a general IMEI check using Apple’s GSX access, a typical result you will get:

MODEL: IPHONE 4 16GB BLACK
IMEI: 0128xx00937xxxx
SERIAL: 61136ZLxxxx
CTN: 82102839xxxx (what’s this? Click here to learn more)
iOS: 5.0
MAC Address: 28E02C2A9B62
ICCID: 89823003100110xxxxx (what’s this? Click here to learn more)
Last Restored: 2011-10-14
Network Unlocked: False
Activation Status: Yes
Activation Date: 2011-10-07
Activated Carrier: KT Freetel – Korea, Repub
Original Carrier: Korea KTF
Applied Policy Id: 58 – APAC Service

Notice the line in bold above, it says Applied Policy APAC Service. APAC is a short form Asia Pacific which consists of all countries in Asia and the Pacific region.

iPhones sold in this region may not necessarily be tied to a specific carrier; so if you get an IMEI check with the result above, the activation or applied policy can be changed to ‘Unlocked.’ The status can be changed by using our APAC iPhone unlocking service.

One final tip: Your iPhone’s next tether activation policy or applied policy is the “carrier” or status of your iPhone. Any other status besides “unlock” means your iPhone is still not officially unlocked. An example of an already unlocked iPhone would be:

IMEI: 0128xx00937xxxx
Serial Number: 61136ZLxxxx
Part Description: IPHONE 4 16GB BLACK
Product Version: 6.1.2
Coverage Status: Out of Warranty
Coverage End Date:
First Unbrick Date: 07/10/11
Last Unbrick Date: 17/05/13
Next Tether Activation Policy Description: Unlock.
Lock Status: Unlocked

Thanks to the our customer who owns the iPhone above, who officially unlocked his APAC iPhone with us a few days ago.

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