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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. ChillY85's Avatar
      ChillY85 -
      Quote Originally Posted by douflag View Post
      The seller actually offered a $40 discount through the make offer button.

      Besides, what does reputable even mean?? Wirelessfreedom came on this site maybe a week ago and began offering his services. We don't know who the real distributor is and his feedback is far less than some ebay sellers. Not that I don't trust him, but what's to stop him from leaving this site at any time, and not ever coming back again? This is the internet after all, and everyone must exercise vigilance for any seller regardless of their feedback. Nevertheless, by buying through eBay, at least you're offered buyer protection and if anything does happen, a chargeback can always be filed (FYI: NEVER USE PAYPAL GIFT!!!).

      NOTE: I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST WIRELESSFREEDOM615!!!

      This is the remote IMEI unlock thread, and I'm just letting others know there are lower prices out there. Honestly, $140 isn't out of reason considering how prices have dropped more than $30-50 within the week for this service. My guess is that it probably only costs these guys $50 or less to unlock. Still, $110 is quite a bit more than I would want to spend, but I thought people should know the prices that are floating around.
      By the way, I'm gonna try this guy... just payed 120 with paypal, tried offering 100, didn't quite work...
      Recieved an email:

      ok, imei received.
      The process can take 2-5 days.
      I will get back as soon as possible.
      Thanks.


      We can unlock any iphone.
      Big disconts on big pack.
      Will keep you guys up-to-date

      P.S. I used the iPhone VODAFONE SPAIN auction!!! (Because my iPhone is locked to Vodafone Spain)
      P.P.S Also checked that hey has other auctions with worldwide imei unlocking.... (160$)
    1. mikejinuk's Avatar
      mikejinuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChillY85 View Post
      By the way, I'm gonna try this guy... just payed 120 with paypal, tried offering 100, didn't quite work...
      Recieved an email:



      Will keep you guys up-to-date
      I wouldn't bother until tomorrow at the earliest. There's a chance that the all carrier unlock via IMEI whitelisting door has been closed.
    1. nebo1ss's Avatar
      nebo1ss -
      Rumour is that apple has shut down the database. Probably to buy time to analyse what is going on,
    1. ChillY85's Avatar
      ChillY85 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikejinuk View Post
      I wouldn't bother until tomorrow at the earliest. There's a chance that the all carrier unlock via IMEI whitelisting door has been closed.
      Thats where Paypal kicks in If he can't deliver then I'll report it to paypal, will be a hastle, but I'll get my refund sooner or later...
    1. mikejinuk's Avatar
      mikejinuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by nebo1ss View Post
      Rumour is that apple has shut down the database. Probably to buy time to analyse what is going on,
      It's difficult to say. UK unlocks, which supposedly use the same whitelist database are still going through. Perhaps Apple simply pulled access from the rogue suppliers that are offering the all-carrier unlock services. On the other hand, it's possible that the suppliers are middlemen themselves that go through a single higher-tier supplier and it's that single bottleneck that is having issues: hopefully trivial server maintenance
    1. siauw_ming's Avatar
      siauw_ming -
      I don't think apple doesn't know because it's seem the order is placed by so much people and it's already been announce anywhere...and thinks yourself everyone including negri all said that they are the middle man but then when you see the price that they offer..it's very ridiculous because the range is so high..and then now as you can see the posting at negri..they didn't know what happening too...ow...isn't this service suppose to be secure and comfort?not make us feel like being scammed or else..
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by siauw_ming View Post
      I don't think apple doesn't know ...
      Of course Apple knew .... The only questions they had were:

      1. How to fix it permanently.
      2. Which ones can we undo.
      3. How many can we sue.
      4. And .... for how many Millions.
    1. dhlizard's Avatar
      dhlizard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      Of course Apple knew ....
      Agree !
      Anyone who thinks Apple didn't know about this 2 hours after it began is naive
    1. iphenomen's Avatar
      iphenomen -
      Quote Originally Posted by kjones2 View Post
      Has anyone tried

      Unlock iPhone 4 ios 4.2.1 - Lifetime Updates & 24/7 Support

      They are advertising $19.99 for remote factory unlock
      Fake unlock site, do not believe.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      ^^Stay away!!!! Guaranteed to take your money and run!
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Some of you need to think a little bit (and I realize that is asking A LOT). Everyone is charging $150 and up for this unlock. Do you REALLY think you are getting the same thing for $20? Why wouldn't this person be charging $150 too and make a killing? You didn't just stumble onto the deal of a century. You are being duped. You are letting your excitement get the better of you. If there was a legit $20 option don't you think this forum would be FREAKIN' FLOODED with posts about it?

      Think McFly, think.
    1. Fdxgnd79's Avatar
      Fdxgnd79 -
      Think McFly, think.

      One of the greatest movies ever. Sorry, had to say it.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Negri's last blog post (in case people don't realize there is a hidden blog for iphone unlocks):

      "Update 8:04AM PST 4/18/2011 – We have discontinued the service online due to the large amount of orders and requests. All orders placed prior to 8:00AM PST 4/18/2011 will be processed. Your iPhones will be unlocked within 2-3 business days and you will be notified of this as soon as they are completed. Please see this post for any new updates. This is the newest information we have. If you have questions about your order, please see the first line of this post. If you have urgent matters/questions you can email us at [email protected]. Otherwise please know that we do not have any more information on when the service and the"re may be a delay in reply to your email in regards to your order.


      How interesting itunes 10.2.2 is now out... What do you think this may prevent?
    1. K8L's Avatar
      K8L -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      How interesting itunes 10.2.2 is now out... What do you think this may prevent?
      Not sure, but it may explain why the servers went down ?
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      FSM emailed me and said everyone is suspending service cause apple is doing monthly maintenance and that's what's going on. And that everything should be up and running by tomorrow morning. He is still taking orders.

      This all via the email conversation with him I've been having in the last hour.
    1. Baz1205's Avatar
      Baz1205 -
      MuscleNerd has just posted on Twitter:

      @MuscleNerd: iTunes 10.2.2 confirmed safe for JBers (DFU, saved SHSHs, syncing). *Safe for ultrasn0w and recent IMEI unlockers too.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Baz1205 View Post
      ..
      Location: Up Norf of En ger land
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      Here is exactly what FSM told me:

    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Been playing with samprefs today. Last night when I went to retrieve my file from the sam server it sent me a wildcard_record.plist file which was encrypted. Today when I run that same UDID again it sends me backup.plist which isn't encrypted.

      Did sbingner make some change to his program????
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      I put my order in this weekend with Wireless (see the unlocking section for his thread). He says anyone who placed an order this weekend could get a refund if they wanted.

      I'm keeping my order in, for now. I got a gevey sim today, so I'm up and running currently. And if the remote goes through, I'll already have my micro sim anyways cause of the Gevey. So I'll be set. If it is apple shutting it down, my I4 is still unlocked, and I'll save $150 that I'll blow on something else I probably don't need