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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. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      I've been waitIng for a unlock for my Motorola Razr. Will this work? LOL
      lol no way. This is based for Apple iPhones, but there are ways to hack the RAZR. Just search youtube for razr unlock.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by rayzeur22 View Post
      lol no way. This is based for Apple iPhones, but there are ways to hack the RAZR. Just search youtube for razr unlock.
      You know he was joking right?
    1. Am_I_Evil's Avatar
      Am_I_Evil -
      seems cheaper on the rebel sim site...and says at&t...but then when you try to buy it an AT&T iphone is not an option....
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rayzeur22 View Post
      lol no way. This is based for Apple iPhones, but there are ways to hack the RAZR. Just search youtube for razr unlock.



      I don't see this lasting long honestly. Seems like in order for this to work someone has access to Apple's NCK database, which means that Apple will probably close this hole pretty quickly. Isn't there also a possibility that Apple could somehow revert the status change in the database and the next time someone syncs with the iTunes the phone could be re-locked?
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      This sounds... this sounds like someone is going to make a lot of money!
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Quote Originally Posted by rayzeur22 View Post
      lol no way. This is based for apple iphones, but there are ways to hack the razr. Just search youtube for razr unlock.
      lmao!
    1. douflag's Avatar
      douflag -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post



      I don't see this lasting long honestly. Seems like in order for this to work someone has access to Apple's NCK database, which means that Apple will probably close this hole pretty quickly. Isn't there also a possibility that Apple could somehow revert the status change in the database and the next time someone syncs with the iTunes the phone could be re-locked?
      I agree. Not to rain on anyone's parade, but I'll be surprised if this service is still available by the end of the week.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      It says the service is guaranteed and your phone will not re-lock, ever. How good is that guarantee if the company goes out of business, Apple remotely locks it, AT&T remotely locks it, unscrupulous employee at Negri remotely locks it, etc.

      I'm pretty sure if someone were gaining access to Apple's databases, they'd know about it.

      Lastly, I don't like the part where they say "to deter possible fraud, we reserve the right to remotely lock your device by IMEI."

      Yeah, call me paranoid, but I'm a but uncomfortable with this place having that much control over my phone. Thanks, but no thanks.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      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 use a local carrier that is just as reliable as any of the big names for half the price. Seems
      like a good reason to unlock to me, whether AT&T buys tmobile or not.
    1. dmb41302's Avatar
      dmb41302 -
      Guys - this is a totally legit unlock, I own an unlocking site (not going to plug) and this works 100%. It is done via iTunes by having someone insert the IMEI into the "clear" list and it is then processed. The whole thing takes under 24 hours to get added, then you just plug it in and its done.

      Negri Electronics has no idea what they are talking about, do not read their fine print "has the right to remotely lock the phone" they have no access to this, they are blowing smoke to make people scared if they steal someones identity that their phone would get locked.

      It is a high price, it will go down, and it DOES 100% work....I will post a video of it working on youtube within the next day, you can all look at it.
    1. ParadoX's Avatar
      ParadoX -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      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?
      Anything is possible. Apple has complete control over the unlocks.
    1. Goof's Avatar
      Goof -
      Quote Originally Posted by x98car View Post
      you know he was joking right?
      lol.
    1. jonathan1683's Avatar
      jonathan1683 -
      what carrier is that pig sounds cool I would pay 40 bucks for this but not at that price.
    1. ParadoX's Avatar
      ParadoX -
      People lets get something straight. All these unlocking companies are working with a man in the middle. who is then inserting your IMEI in apples unlock database (who knows how). Once turning over the IMEI to the middle man, it is out of their hands. They cant become malicious and lock your phone again. Apple can, but that is it.
      Dont get worked up and create all these crazy theories. it's as simple as this

      1. submit your imei
      2. company submits to middle man
      3. unlock through itunes

      yes apple can revoke if they wanted. BUT NO ONE ELSE CAN.
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ParadoX View Post
      yes apple can revoke if they wanted.
      That would be my biggest worry after dropping $175, if Apple was able to filter changes made between certain dates and revoke those changes then next time you sync with iTunes there goes the unlock and you're out of that money.
    1. ParadoX's Avatar
      ParadoX -
      I doubt they would, that would make for some bad PR, not to mention that would be thousands of phones. For all we know apple is in on this. The problem being we have no idea who this middle man is.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      For reference, a similar thread is located here: ? unauthorized official Factory Unlock available?. They are now consolidated here (I think ).

      Bottom line: I took the plunge with a different reseller and currently waiting for the authorization. Rest assured I will thoroughly test this puppy. Call me crazy Why? Because my phone is a 3GS, because the BB is 4.26.x, because it's currently unlocked with Ultrasn0w, because it not needed and almost a total waste of money. Once in awhile I do crazy things just for the sake of doing them
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      What firmware u on by chance n iPhone 4? Sorry I'm directed this to tristianlyons1022 who said "If only the 3G T-Mo service was compatible, I would be sold. Especially with AT&T sending me hate mail for "tethering without a plan".
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      ^3GS, iOS 4.2.1
    1. iFrosty's Avatar
      iFrosty -
      This is a very informative thread
      RSA, NCK, etc...

      I think im learning!! haha