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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. Edrill's Avatar
      Edrill -
      The reason I brought this up was because of a tweet by MuscleNerd.

      Apple - Support - Discussions - iOS 4.3 Locked my factory unlocked ...

      Of course, the guy in the post says that his iPhone was factory unlocked to begin with, so who knows.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ParadoX View Post
      Once the NCK is applied (through itunes) the unlock is perm. The Seczone (where the lock is stored) is never touched by a baseband update, which would be the only way (that I know of) to re-lock a phone. In all the years iphones have been out, apple has NEVER had a seczone update.
      Ok but what about this scenario?
      At the moment my iPhone is locked.
      I sync with iTunes, it checks the DB and it reports "yup, should be locked"
      Then I do this unlocking process...
      I sync with iTunes, it checks the DB and it reports "woohoo, you're unlocked"
      The NCK thing you mentioned is stored in the Seczone.
      .
      .
      .
      Apple becomes wise to this way and finds out that my IMEI should be locked so they revert the DB.
      Then I sync with iTunes, it checks the DB and it reports "yup, should be locked"
      The NCK is removed or overwritten or whatever in the Seczone.
      iPhone becomes locked again.

      Possible?
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by ParadoX View Post
      Once the NCK is applied (through itunes) the unlock is perm. The Seczone (where the lock is stored) is never touched by a baseband update, which would be the only way (that I know of) to re-lock a phone. In all the years iphones have been out, apple has NEVER had a seczone update.
      I think there's just one problem with that, though.

      Unlocks aren't done through just the NCK anymore--there's also the WildcardToken you'll have to deal with. That can be changed very quickly--a new token can apply a new IMSI mask and change the lock_state bit back to 0 (locked) and the NCK entry will be irrelevant--the RSA token will never be verified.

      Be very careful with this one, folks. This just screams "PS3 jailbreak dongle fiasco" to me--if it's not illegal, it'll get open-sourced. Even if it gets open-sourced (and if its legal), believe Apple /will/ do everything in their power to revoke and resign WildCardTokens, rendering the unlock useless.

      EDIT: If this actually works: I implore anyone and everyone to install SAM (Subscriber Activation Module) and select "Backup Activation" under Utilities. That should save your permanent unlock if this system is using the unlocking method I suspect it to.
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      I've been waitIng for a unlock for my Motorola Razr. Will this work? LOL
    1. RPL88's Avatar
      RPL88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by orozcoj4 View Post
      If AT&T does acquire T-Mobile, unlocks, in the US at least, will be unnecessary. There aren't any other GSM carriers in the US with relatively reliable 3G service, so why unlock?
      i agree with u ....

      Quote Originally Posted by Edrill View Post
      If they can unlock phones remotely, doesn't that also mean that Apple/the carrier could also re-lock your phone remotely? At least in theory?? Negri Electronics's website states that they reserve the right to remotely lock the phone in case of fraud. Which means that Apple/the carrier can also do it. Which also means that if this is being done without the permission of Apple/the carriers, there's still a chance that the phones can be locked in future, maybe while syncing with iTunes in much the same way that it was unlocked.
      agree
    1. trigun989's Avatar
      trigun989 -
      check thier site.

      step 2 makes no sense.


      1. Purchase the Unlock from our site.
      2. You will see an email from us for order confirmation - Reply to that with the IMEI (S) by typing *#06# on your iPhone
      3. Wait for the the email from us letting you know we have remotely unlocked your iPhone.
    1. momohammed20's Avatar
      momohammed20 -
      Nice to see the news for this is up. My customers have been skeptical, and I do not blame them. This is still very new, and I did not believe it at first either.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by trigun989 View Post
      check thier site.

      step 2 makes no sense.


      1. Purchase the Unlock from our site.
      2. You will see an email from us for order confirmation - Reply to that with the IMEI (S) by typing *#06# on your iPhone
      3. Wait for the the email from us letting you know we have remotely unlocked your iPhone.
      It is just saying you need to reply to the email with your IMEI. That *#06# is a quick way to get your IMEI.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      +1
    1. trigun989's Avatar
      trigun989 -
      ahhh laziness ftw. i make my purchases from my desktop, prly like almost everyone else
    1. Patato22's Avatar
      Patato22 -
      So anyone try this yet ? lOl i got the money ready xD

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      This is getting fishier and fishier.

      Apparently these unlocks are coming through one or two central distributors, who apparently have access to Apple's NCK/WildCard database. I'm calling "internal leak from disgruntled Apple employee," or "hacked in to the DB," which means these will evaporate sooner rather than later.

      What is it with the recent string of "questionable legality" unlocks?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Patato22 View Post
      So anyone try this yet ? lOl i got the money ready xD

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      Mes is trying it
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Kyle also said he is trying it in the OP.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by orozcoj4 View Post
      If AT&T does acquire T-Mobile, unlocks, in the US at least, will be unnecessary. There aren't any other GSM carriers in the US with relatively reliable 3G service, so why unlock?
      Quote Originally Posted by RPL88 View Post
      i agree with u ....
      There is a whole world outside of the U.S.
      This unlock is not limited to U.S residence.
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      This is for US and Canada guys? or for Europe too ?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      For anyone!
    1. trigun989's Avatar
      trigun989 -
      it will make the phone facotry unlocked. so any network around the world
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      correct
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Quote Originally Posted by trigun989 View Post
      check thier site.

      step 2 makes no sense.


      1. Purchase the Unlock from our site.
      2. You will see an email from us for order confirmation - Reply to that with the IMEI (S) by typing *#06# on your iPhone
      3. Wait for the the email from us letting you know we have remotely unlocked your iPhone.
      Makes perfect sense. The email you to confirm you ordered the unlock. You dial *#06# on your iPhone. This will display your IMEI. Then you reply to the email including your IMEI. Wait for your unlock.

      175.00 is steep, but if you buy the iphone with a 2yr agreement, tack on the 175.00 & you would save a lot of money. Unlocked iPhones are priced way to high.