Locked phones are quite common in instances where they are purchased through the carrier. It can be a huge deal when your iPhone is locked to one network since it makes it harder for you to enjoy any other network even when travelling which can be very costly. For some time, it was easy to unlock a locked phone through software installation, but this is no longer possible. However, there are still effective and legal ways you can use to unlock your phone with ease to keep enjoying services as you wish.
1. Carrier unlocking
The first method of unlocking the phone using a carrier is contacting the carrier your phone is locked to for unlocking. In most cases, the mobile providers will not have any issues unlocking the phone as long as your contract is thorough and fees paid in case of any. Some might require you to have a valid reason for unlocking such as travelling to a different country.
Besides contacting your provider, you can also contact the carrier you wish to switch to. Most of the companies are more than willing to unlock phones their rivals have locked. It might be what you need.
2. Paid service unlocking
The other way that you can have your locked phone unlocked is by using a paid unlocking service. There are many companies offering this service today. They work by selling unlocking codes at a fee. It is important to take your time before making any payment to the company. A research on the company, checking user reviews and asking from phone forums can help you end up with the best service provider. It helps to work with a reputable provider considering that scams have increased.
The unlocking process from the providers involves retrieving the iPhone’s IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment) code which makes it possible for the phone to be added to the official Apple unlocked phone list. It gives you assurance that the phone remains unlocked even when you upgrade the operating systems and versions. The code can be got easily for any iPhone by dialing *#06#. Some phone will have the number engraved on the back area or printed on the SIM card tray. It can also be retrieved by using iTunes to get a summary.
You then have to pay for the service and wait a couple of hours to get the unlock code. The next step in the process would be to activate the phone unlocking system. You will do this by inserting the new carrier SIM card to confirm that the phone has been unlocked. In case you get no signal, you would need to reset the network and restart the iPhone. You can then activate the phone by plugging it to a computer to activate it through iTunes or you can have it done directly over a Wi-Fi network. If the iPhone is still not activated, you might find it helpful to restore the latest IOS version. After this the phone should be unlocked and ready to be enjoyed.