Any iPhone that’s associated with a post-paid or pre-paid GSM network can be unlocked through the IMEI number of the device. In case you are not aware of what IMEI number denotes, it is: International Mobile Equipment Identity. You can find this 15 digit number right from the About section of your iPhone (From Settings option, choose General). In case you are an iPhone 5 user, you will be able to find the IMEI number from the back case where it is engraved. For users of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S users, the IMEI number can be found from the SIM tray.
The IMEI number is used for identifying the valid iPhone devices by a GSM network. It can even be used for stopping a lost or stolen phone from accessing a specific mobile network. That being said, IMEI number is only used for identification purpose and the subscriber doesn’t have any type of direct relation with the same.
Now, let’s discuss that how the IMEI number can be used for unlocking the iPhone. If you don’t know anything about unlocking an iPhone and want to have more information on this, here is an article on How to Get Your AT&T iPhone 5 Factory SIM Card Unlocked that can help you out.
There are iPhone unlocking service providers out there who can help you with factory unlocking the iPhone. You just need to select the current mobile network that you are subscribed to and the 15-digit IMEI number of your iPhone. The iPhone unlocking service provider will complete the rest of the tasks and your iPhone is generally unlocked within a few hours’ time. Yes, I agree that these iPhone unlocking service providers charge a fee for unlock, however, the fee really is not so big and you are spared of all the hassle as well.
Why Should One Opt for a Factory Unlock?
There are numerous advantages of opting for a factory unlock rather than going for a jailbreak that many iPhone users have a knack of trying:
- Factory unlock is permanent, so once you have completed the process, there is no need to do it again. You are free to use the iPhone with any mobile carrier of your choice.
- You don’t need to install any software on your iPhone for completing the factory unlocking process. Therefore, your device is safe from any unwanted malicious attacks or potential virus attacks.
When Can an iPhone with IMEI Number Not be Unlocked?
If the iPhone IMEI number has been blacklisted, then no service provider can help you out. This problem arises generally when you get hold off a second hand iPhone. If the iPhone was stolen previously, the IMEI number of the same would be marked as blacklisted in the official iTunes website. Similarly, if you lose your iPhone 5, simply reach out to the customer support team of Apple and blacklist the IMEI number immediately.
If you want to save some cash, you can still unlock yourself by requesting an unlock through the official website of your current mobile carrier. You have to complete the process by validating the iPhone through iTunes.