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  • Remote IMEI Unlocks Now Available for iPhone


    Reports have been trickling in the last few hours via my email, IMs, etc that there is a new remote unlocking via IMEI available for all GSM iPhones. There have been a few forum goers mention they can do it, which seems a bit shady (no actual business, no way to get money back other than trust, etc). By far the most reputable we've seen though is Negri Electronics, whom we've known for years. They've been selling unlocked phones for years, and are trustworthy good folks.

    Here's the gist of it - you pay someone $175 (that seems to be the going rate across everyone we've heard from), and send them your iPhone's IMEI. Within 24 hours, they send you an email saying it's unlocked. You then sync with iTunes, and your iPhone is unlocked. That's it. No codes to enter - you're just unlocked. It doesn't work with Verizon iPhones (they don't take a SIM card), and it doesn't work on any iPads. But any GSM iPhone - $175 for an unlock that won't care what firmware, update, or jailbreak status you're on. Just like a factory unlocked iPhone (which it basically then IS), it's unlocked for the life of the phone.

    How does it work? Well - Apple has a database already which they query when you do a sync in iTunes to check your devices lock status. That's how it works if you call your carrier and they unlock the device for you - you sync in iTunes and it is unlocked. There is a source wholesaling remote unlocks, and many in the industry suddenly today picked up the ability to do this. It would seem someone with access to this db is basically selling that access - as far as my research shows, everyone who is selling this is getting it from the same source. This could be totally sanctioned and legit, or this service may just as suddenly stop being available one day (although once you've been unlocked you'll be so forever).

    If you've got a need for this, and your carrier isn't going to do it for you - this is good news. I have not yet personally tested this, although the folks at Negri have, and my IMEI is in the queue to be unlocked, I will update this story tonight with my personal results. I would strongly recommend you stay away from random eBay folks and websites that are popping up to do this, and use Negri Electronics's service (same cost) if you're interested (no, we don't get a cut and we aren't getting anything out of recommending their service over others, ha). They've been around a decade doing this with a solid track record.

    Again, I will update this story with my personal experience sometime tonight.

    UPDATE: I received word back from Negri Electronics that my iPhone was unlocked. I synced in iTunes, and didn't get a "unlocked" message (only 60% of users do though). I am currently trying to find a non-AT&T SIM I can cut and install to verify the unlock. I do not have ultrasn0w installed on this iPhone, nor have I ever. I will update again asap when I can confirm.

    Negri Electronics has also paused the service as they have had a huge response and the source has a queue of thousands of IMEI's. Once those have been processed, the service will reopen.


    UPDATE 2: Success! I have verified my iPhone 4 is unlocked. It wasn't QUITE as simple as advertised - I wound up having to make sure I was updated to 4.3.1, and when I did iTunes told me "Congrats, your iPhone has been unlocked!" But I did no processing other than update to 4.3.1, and have verified the iPhone works on an active T-Mobile SIM. I do not have ultrasn0w installed, nor have I ever on this device. Here's a couple screenshots:

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Remote IMEI Unlocks Now Available for iPhone started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 1028 Comments
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by Holyloktar View Post
      If you restore to the stock Apple ipsw I'm almost positive you will lose the 01.59 baseband.
      I must restore with Stock IPSW or can I add one with holding shift and pressing restore?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      I wonder how many people read their webpage on the proceedures to unlock...
      From what I see on the website:
      Get on the latest iOS.
      email them IMEI and they do unlock.
      When they let you know that you are done, sync with iTunes and you are done.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Do you know how to check shsh's
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      Do you know how to check shsh's
      I have all my SHSH saved with tinyumbrella.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Download a 4.0.1 ipsw from felixbruns.de or use one you have if you have it click start tss server and use the shift restore method
    1. WCR46's Avatar
      WCR46 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      This won't work, my iPhone 4 is locked to AT&T and I tried, 24 hours later I got a message from 02 saying this "iPhone cannot be unlocked"
      Of course it won't work!

      I had to take my iPhone 4 into an Apple Retail Store in the UK to get a cracked screen fixed back in January. The Genius bloke who dealt with me scanned/inputted the Serial Number of the handset into his handheld barcode scanner terminal they all have which queries the Apple Database.

      It comes back with several details - the IMEI Number (which is cross referenced with the handset), the Network that the phone is locked to - and the town/city where the phone was purchased/sent from.

      I was using my originally purchased Orange iPhone Jailbroken and Ultrasn0wed as I wanted to use my existing O2 SIM in it (which I was). I tried to bluff the Genius that I had bought the phone directly from O2 in one of their local stores, and that they should replace it with a similar one locked to O2 (thereby negating the need for Ultrasn0w in the future).

      The Database Query results on his terminal (which he showed me) correctly showed that I had an Orange SIM Locked Handset which was sent to the store I bought it in locally from their main Warehouse in Oxford. There are actually two entries returned on the results that read "IMEI Unlocked?" and then either "Yes" or "No" and one which displays the Phone Number that the Handset uses.

      They therefore replaced it like for like with another handset which was locked to Orange. Thankfully I was just about eligible to get the handset unlocked by Orange themselves (as I had it for over 3 months) - cost me 20 and I now have a fully Factory unlocked handset (which is running on the Giffgaff network)
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      Download a 4.0.1 ipsw from felixbruns.de or use one you have if you have it click start tss server and use the shift restore method
      Im actually on 4.3.1.. :S I wanna stay on 4.3.1... can I do it with 4.3.1 ?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Oh i thought you were on 4.0.1 then you should be able to use a custom firmware using pwngetool or sn0wbreeze
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by iFan View Post
      Screenshot please ! showing your baseband version only. Remember to remove your IMEI and serial from the screenshot.
      Not that it proves much (the reliability here is the fact we've been doing this iPhone stuff for years, ha - you can Pshop anything you know) but I went ahead and screenshotted the details for ya. (Image Photochopped to merge details into one image instead of two with overlap is all).

    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      Oh i thought you were on 4.0.1 then you should be able to use a custom firmware using pwngetool or sn0wbreeze
      Well, can u be more clear bro, my english isn't that good... so i need more explanations... all I have to do is

      Start TSS Server
      Pres Shift + Restore (can I do it with official apple IPSW?)
      and restore until i het 1013 error...

      than jailbreak and after jailbreak Itunes will show me the activation complete message?

      and do i have to do this with my SIM ON THE PHONE ?
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by volvik View Post
      follow up....after the update thru iTunes to 4.3.1 and new BB you got the Congrats msg....did you then do a JB and if so which one did you use?

      Thanks...
      Yes, re-jailbroke with redsn0w.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      yes that should do the trick. Although I am not familiar with the tinyumbrella way I use custom firmwares. I'm sorry didn't know you aren't very good with english
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      yes that should do the trick. Although I am not familiar with the tinyumbrella way I use custom firmwares. I'm sorry didn't know you aren't very good with english
      Thanks so much bro, im gonna try it.. cuz I fear the worst.. if i upgrade the baseband it will re-lock my iphone and i'll be ******.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      That is why I wanted you to use a custom firmwware with makes sure the baseband won't upgrade
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      That is why I wanted you to use a custom firmwware with makes sure the baseband won't upgrade
      Yeah but when the sent me the mail, they said use official apple ipsw.. thats why I wanted to use the official one :S
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Oh well then use the tinyumbrella method. I wish you luck.
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      Oh well then use the tinyumbrella method. I wish you luck.
      Do i have to restore it with my sim on my phone or i should remove the simcard ?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      restore with the sim.
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      restore with the sim.
      Dude, if we were living in the same country i'll call you for a coffee.... thanks a lot for your effort and help. Much Appreciated.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post
      (this is what i'm going to do)
      Glad I could help Kyle.
      Now I need to buy a new ip4 since I sold mine 24 hours before this was released. Don't want to waste the money on my 3Gs, bad timing for sure for me. Should have never sold the ip4, worked great with the Gevey sim, but had conflicts with Navigon app, only was accurate about 40% of the time.
      Hope AT&T doesn't stop this and it still will work once I buy a new phone.
      Almost tempted to wait for the i5 to come out instead of buying another ip4, decisions- decisions