1. JHBThree's Avatar
    You are correct they block US gsm carriers .. You can use a r sim iii but jailbreak is required so basically as of now you would need to be on 5.1.1 and not OS6
    Verizon isn't blocking us carriers for the iPhone 5.
    10-04-2012 03:02 AM
  2. Peligro911's Avatar
    I gotta ask, how is this company doing this exactly? (I know how unlocks work) but how is it getting into Apple's Database as I understand they have a database of unlocked devices. While I'm sure the unlocks are legit, it still has a sketchy feel to it to me.
    Att rep making money on side or a AT&T reseller who has access to send the requests ... Or a rouge apple employee lol
    10-04-2012 04:04 AM
  3. Eileen89's Avatar
    Irish rose sounds familiar and this thread looks familiar.
    Obviously Irish Rose sounds familiar, I've been a member here since April 2011!! Not sure what you are getting at with that last comment as I have never posted about this before here or elsewhere. I simply posted this for others like myself who are not sure if this kind of service actually works and want to unlock their iPhone 5's but don't qualify for a free unlock through AT&T....
    10-04-2012 08:26 AM
  4. tharley46's Avatar
    Hey guys, I unlocked my iPhone 5 (that i purchased outright) for free by restoring thru iTunes. What I did was, the first thing is to backup your phone. Then once that is done, you click on restore. After your phone goes through the restore process you will get this screen, at least I did and now my phone is unlocked. After I get the "unlocked screen" I did a restore from backup that I did prior to restoring phone. Anyone else unlock their iPhone 5 yet?-imageuploadedbyimore-forums1349353372.016026.jpg
    10-04-2012 08:26 AM
  5. Eileen89's Avatar
    I gotta ask, how is this company doing this exactly? (I know how unlocks work) but how is it getting into Apple's Database as I understand they have a database of unlocked devices. While I'm sure the unlocks are legit, it still has a sketchy feel to it to me.
    I suspect the person doing the unlocks works for Apple since he/she would have to have access to Apples database. Doesn't really matter to me, though. They factory unlocked my iPhone 5 fast and easy, without my having to wait out my 2 year contract with AT&T to get it done. Also, once unlocked through Apple, the iPhone will never be locked again. Therefore, this to me is 110% legit and cheap too.

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    Hey guys, I unlocked my iPhone 5 (that i purchased outright) for free by restoring thru iTunes. What I did was, the first thing is to backup your phone. Then once that is done, you click on restore. After your phone goes through the restore process you will get this screen, at least I did and now my phone is unlocked. After I get the "unlocked screen" I did a restore from backup that I did prior to restoring phone.
    Yeah, if you purchased your iPhone outright it would be unlocked free, and it should since there is no commitment attached to it.
    10-04-2012 08:38 AM
  6. Ringfinger's Avatar
    whoa, that's great! Do I just pop it in or do I have to go through a whole process each time? Also, any recs for a good source of said card?
    Can anyone help with this? I looked online and it seems so confusing with all that is out there. When I travel to Canada, Mexico, or Europe I would like to pop in a local SIM card, no fuss no muss without screwing up my phone, doing back-ups, etc. I just want to pop it in and get great rates for data and voice. Do I need a separate one for each area I mentioned? Do they expire? Who is trustworthy?
    10-04-2012 10:10 AM
  7. Eileen89's Avatar
    Can anyone help with this? I looked online and it seems so confusing with all that is out there. When I travel to Canada, Mexico, or Europe I would like to pop in a local SIM card, no fuss no muss without screwing up my phone, doing back-ups, etc. I just want to pop it in and get great rates for data and voice. Do I need a separate one for each area I mentioned? Do they expire? Who is trustworthy?
    I am not sure what your question is exactly. Once unlocked you will be able to use any GSM carrier SIM card. If it isn't a nano sim you will have to cut it down to fit the sim tray. As for the second part of you question, all prepaid carrier SIM cards expire over time. You will need to do some research online to find a prepaid carrier that has the best rates and expiration dates.


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    10-04-2012 11:26 AM
  8. Ringfinger's Avatar
    That helps. My basic questions are:

    1. I have a Verizon phone so I know it is unlocked already. So, I assume I can just pop in a SIM card when I say go to Germany from a local carrier and use their network. When I come home, I put in my Verizon SIM card and all is good. My question on that is do I have to do any sort of back-ups or syncs when I do this or is just this as simple as it seems?

    2. I assume based on your answer that there are SIM cards for say Alcatel in Mexico, Bell in Canada, and say Vodaphone for EU. I also assume there are companies that just have flat rates for each country and once you pop their card in, you are set regardless of where you are? In other words, I don't have to buy a specific card for use in Canada. I can but a card that is good in Canada or Mexico or Europe, however there may be different rates for each. Correct? and if so, what is my best bet? It seems what I see on ebay is questionable at best.
    10-04-2012 11:48 AM
  9. Peligro911's Avatar
    That helps. My basic questions are:

    1. I have a Verizon phone so I know it is unlocked already. So, I assume I can just pop in a SIM card when I say go to Germany from a local carrier and use their network. When I come home, I put in my Verizon SIM card and all is good. My question on that is do I have to do any sort of back-ups or syncs when I do this or is just this as simple as it seems?

    2. I assume based on your answer that there are SIM cards for say Alcatel in Mexico, Bell in Canada, and say Vodaphone for EU. I also assume there are companies that just have flat rates for each country and once you pop their card in, you are set regardless of where you are? In other words, I don't have to buy a specific card for use in Canada. I can but a card that is good in Canada or Mexico or Europe, however there may be different rates for each. Correct? and if so, what is my best bet? It seems what I see on ebay is questionable at best.
    1. Yes that simple
    2. I would check for the best deal once i am there
    10-04-2012 12:25 PM
  10. Fausty82's Avatar
    The linked listing above is sold out... he has a new listing....

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=200828055635
    10-04-2012 12:38 PM
  11. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Just got my email...going to finish up when i get home tonight. Thanks Irish!!!
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    10-04-2012 12:48 PM
  12. Ringfinger's Avatar
    1. Yes that simple
    2. I would check for the best deal once i am there

    I think I got it now. I just need to shop around. Thanks!
    10-04-2012 12:58 PM
  13. Eric808's Avatar
    This is probably a stupid question, I received my "unlock screen". If I didn't restore from backup and restored as a new phone, will this void the unlock? Or is restoring from backup is just a convenience so you don't have to deal with adding everything back on your phone? I went through setting up my phone as new but I don't know if my phone is unlocked and I don't have another carrier's SIM. If anyone can help that would be great! Thanks
    10-04-2012 01:00 PM
  14. vietalogy's Avatar
    This is probably a stupid question, I received my "unlock screen". If I didn't restore from backup and restored as a new phone, will this void the unlock? Or is restoring from backup is just a convenience so you don't have to deal with adding everything back on your phone? I went through setting up my phone as new but I don't know if my phone is unlocked and I don't have another carrier's SIM. If anyone can help that would be great! Thanks
    You need to restore in order for iTunes to unlock it. You don't need a different carrier sim just google sim lock status and and use one of the sites and input your imei and it will show your phones lock status.


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    10-04-2012 01:11 PM
  15. Fausty82's Avatar
    You need to restore in order for iTunes to unlock it. You don't need a different carrier sim just google sim lock status and and use one of the sites and input your imei and it will show your phones lock status.

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    The link above (included here, too, for convenience) also has a checker... reporting IMEI is AT&T but already unlocked on my son-in-law's phone that I unlocked yesterday.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=200828055635 (scroll down)
    10-04-2012 01:31 PM
  16. Big Zeus's Avatar
    I have used in the past, works great!
    10-04-2012 01:47 PM
  17. Eileen89's Avatar
    Just got my email...going to finish up when i get home tonight. Thanks Irish!!!
    Awesome, Sean. Enjoy your unlocked 5!
    10-04-2012 01:47 PM
  18. Big Zeus's Avatar
    BTW if you all look harder he does iPhone 5 unlocks for $6 in other auctions! That's what I paid.

    10-04-2012 01:49 PM
  19. Eileen89's Avatar
    This is probably a stupid question, I received my "unlock screen". If I didn't restore from backup and restored as a new phone, will this void the unlock? Or is restoring from backup is just a convenience so you don't have to deal with adding everything back on your phone? I went through setting up my phone as new but I don't know if my phone is unlocked and I don't have another carrier's SIM. If anyone can help that would be great! Thanks
    You don't have to restore from a backup in order for it to be unlocked. When I did my son's 3GS I restored as new. You may or may not receive the unlock message. I don't remember getting the unlock message with his either, however, his prepaid T-Mobile SIM card worked just fine so I know it really was unlocked..... If you type in your iPhones IMEI number in this link, it will confirm for you that your iPhone has been unlocked. Free iPhone IMEI Checker with Free Simlock Status Check Only by IMEI
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    10-04-2012 01:57 PM
  20. Big Zeus's Avatar
    You don't have to restore from a backup in order for it to be unlocked. When I did my son's 3GS I restored as new. You may or may not receive the unlock message. I don't remember getting the unlock message with his either, however, his prepaid T-Mobile SIM card worked just fine so I know it really was unlocked..... If you type in your iPhones IMEI number in this link, it will confirm for you that your iPhone has been unlocked. Free iPhone IMEI Checker with Free Simlock Status Check Only by IMEI
    This is true I never do. Just put the "invalid SIM" in and plug into itunes with an internet connection. Let it sit for 2-4 minutes and you get the same message. But you of course have to have an off network SIM card to do it this way.
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    10-04-2012 02:00 PM
  21. vietalogy's Avatar
    This is true I never do. Just put the "invalid SIM" in and plug into itunes with an internet connection. Let it sit for 2-4 minutes and you get the same message. But you of course have to have an off network SIM card to do it this way.
    Hmm didn't know this will keep this in mind next time I unlock a phone.


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    10-04-2012 02:13 PM
  22. elementbt's Avatar
    So wait if it is free to unlock my AT&T phone if I bought it outright, who do I go about doing that?
    10-04-2012 03:13 PM
  23. Eric808's Avatar
    I guess I did the process wrong because when I checked my IMEI on that website it says that the phone is still locked. Thanks for the replies though, at least I know I need to go back to the drawing board.
    10-04-2012 03:17 PM
  24. Eileen89's Avatar
    So wait if it is free to unlock my AT&T phone if I bought it outright, who do I go about doing that?
    You have to use AT&T's Device Unlock Portal to submit your request to have your phone unlocked. Use this link to submit your request and info. AT&T will send you an email with unlock instructions once your request has been approved. (check the box and click on I agree to get to submit your info) https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/
    10-04-2012 03:38 PM
  25. elementbt's Avatar
    Ok great. Also I am still under contract with them, however this phone was bought outright and the phone that was attached to the contract was sold. Does that matter?
    10-04-2012 03:43 PM
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