If you buy your new iPhone on a contract, it will be locked in to a specific carrier network. This means, for those who are not in the know, you cannot use a SIM card from any other network carrier. Until you unlock iPhone 5, that is.
Buying an iPhone on contract is fine because you get a nice phone at a good price. OK, you are locked in to a contract but that does not mean you cannot go ahead with an iPhone unlock. You could have the best of both worlds – the security of a contract so you know you always a fall back and the freedom to use another SIM card if you choose.
How do I Unlock an iPhone?
If you are locked into a contract, you can either by yourself out of your contract and then purchase a Porting Authorization Code. This will allow you to transfer your existing phone number to another network.
On the other hand, you could just leave things as they are, unlock iPhone and just have a different phone number for different networks.
Whichever way you choose to go about it, there are 2 pieces of information you will need for the iPhone unlock:
1. Current Network
Any iPhone 5 unlock service provider is going to need to know which carrier network your iPhone is currently locked to. This has an effect on the price you will pay unfortunately – while some carriers are easy to unlock, there are those that make it a little bit more difficult and, as such, it costs a little more to do it.
2. IMEI Number
The safest type of iPhone 5S unlock is a factory or IMEI unlock. For this, you will need your IMEI number. There are several ways to find this but there are only three that really work:
- Dial *#06# on your iPhone 5 – the 15 digit number will appear on screen
- Open your settings app, tap on General and About and scroll down the screen to find your IMEI number
- Hook your iPhone 5 up to your computer and open iTunes. In the summary for your iPhone, click on your phone number and the IMEI number magically appears.
These are the only 3 certain ways to get the correct IMEI number for when you unlock iPhone 5S.
Unlocking the iPhone 5 is one of two ways to gain complete freedom – the second is jailbreaking. People still confuse the iPhone 5 unlock with jailbreaking but they are two separate things. Years ago, it used to be that you had to jailbreak in order to unlock.
That is no longer the case. The iPhone unlock gives you freedom from your carrier, jailbreaking gives you freedom from Apple. Unlock your iPhone and then jailbreak it to gain complete and utter control over your iPhone
Both are easy procedures and neither is very expensive. Whatever the cost though, you can rest assured that it is well worth it.