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    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. K8L's Avatar
      K8L -
      Quote Originally Posted by ahmad12 View Post
      He did not he just tried to get me to try again and again and then said he lost $150 and the iPhone is unlocked even though i made a video of the whole thing as a proof and said i was going to claim it as fraud at the end i got a full refund so waiting on it to hit my Credit card



      I am on the latest update now and its not Jailbroken so how do i do that consider that i a little new to this Thanks



      I am on the latest update now and its not Jailbroken so how do i do that consider that i a little new to this Thanks
      If your device isn't jailbroken and that you inserted a foreign sim, it should get unlocked simply by connecting to itunes. If not, ask for a refund.


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    1. K8L's Avatar
      K8L -
      Quote Originally Posted by aijay View Post
      "Update 3:05PM PST 4/22/2011 – Thank you for your patience while we are still waiting on the service to resume we are attempting to update you and answer all the questions you may have. First of all we do plan to successfully unlock all of the iPhone IMEI’s that were submitted prior to the discontinued date (see above). Many rumors are flying about the service being terminated. We have not yet been told this by our source, so we can not confirm this rumor. We can tell you that we have direct contact with the source and that we have not been told or recommend to refund these orders. There may be many sources for this service so please keep that in mind. Second thing is that if you would like a refund, we will issue this for you, simply fill out the form in the previous post and we will take care of this for you. No questions asked. Third point we would like to make is that we have successfully unlocked over 550 iPhones and plan to do the rest of the 700+ submissions which remain. Many times it is hard to trust an online source for this type of service, in this instances please just fill out the form above and we will immediately cancel for you. If you do not feel comfortable with your pending order, we do not feel comfortable keeping your order/money. We have NO intention of keeping funds for an unsuccessful service, please know this. The fourth order of business that we need to make you aware of is that as soon as this service is back up and running with a quick turn around we plan to offer this service first to all the orders that we have cancelled. We know that you waited and trusted this service and we want to offer you this service. While we can not give you an exact date we want to let you know that we are working on obtaining other outlets to factory unlock your devices. We ask that you please remain patient, many of you have been great and understanding. We do not appreciate threats, so please know that we do take them very seriously and would appreciate if you simply ask for a refund. We promise we are doing out best. While you may have been refunded by other sites, we still have faith in this service. We still have faith in our source. We ask that you keep your faith with us. The fifth point we do need to make, and the most important one; if an any time we hear that the service is dead, and no longer available we will immediately notify you and refund everyone with pending orders. We will be updating the blog as soon as we receive “postable” information regarding the service. Hopefully we have answered your questions and put your mind at ease. Please email us if you have questions beyond the information posted above and we will get back to you on Monday morning. Please have a safe and happy Holiday weekend."
      I also heard that there is still some hope... Wait & see.


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    1. Italia411's Avatar
      Italia411 -
      This means I have to wait for Monday for the soap opera to continue??..darn..I'm sure Sunday this will be the last thing I will be thinking about..Happy Holiday all!!
    1. K8L's Avatar
      K8L -
      Quote Originally Posted by Italia411 View Post
      This means I have to wait for Monday for the soap opera to continue??..darn..I'm sure Sunday this will be the last thing I will be thinking about..Happy Holiday all!!
      There is so much money to make, those guys are surely doing whatever they can to find a solution... if it exists.


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    1. ahmad12's Avatar
      ahmad12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post


      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:

      I dont know how it worked for you but so far it hasn't worked for me i have been emailing and talking to Ryan and he is very helpful but i dont have an unlock yet please help
    1. K8L's Avatar
      K8L -
      Ahmed check your pm


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    1. ahmad12's Avatar
      ahmad12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by K8L View Post
      Ahmed check your pm


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      Replied Thanks Do you know where can i look for a solution to this issue Thanks Again
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      We don't need to keep reposting Kyle's post. We can all see it plain as day on page 1.
    1. siauw_ming's Avatar
      siauw_ming -
      hi ahmad is it ryan from negri?so you already got your mail said that your phone unlocked?
      this is the things that I called not feeling good since we waste our money and now we feel worrying about it...here is a tip from me..if you are really concern about the money just ask for refund but if you are readily to lost (wait for long time) them just keep for the update..since it's not good for your health to keep stress each day passing even you can't have a nice holiday just to think of this problem...just my thinking..
    1. ahmad12's Avatar
      ahmad12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by siauw_ming View Post
      hi ahmad is it ryan from negri?so you already got your mail said that your phone unlocked?
      this is the things that I called not feeling good since we waste our money and now we feel worrying about it...here is a tip from me..if you are really concern about the money just ask for refund but if you are readily to lost (wait for long time) them just keep for the update..since it's not good for your health to keep stress each day passing even you can't have a nice holiday just to think of this problem...just my thinking..
      I did get a refund but i am suppose to be in Amsterdam on Monday and dont have a phone to use and the countless hours I've spent trying to do this
    1. siauw_ming's Avatar
      siauw_ming -
      so ahmad when did you place your orders..since as I know since 18th april no one is getting any email said about unlocking...can you confirm is it ryan CEO from negri?hope you can find another phone to use..
    1. ahmad12's Avatar
      ahmad12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by siauw_ming View Post
      so ahmad when did you place your orders..since as I know since 18th april no one is getting any email said about unlocking...can you confirm is it ryan CEO from negri?hope you can find another phone to use..
      Order placed on the 12th and i Got the email it was unlocked on the 15th i was one of the first lucky or unlucky since its still locked
    1. siauw_ming's Avatar
      siauw_ming -
      ow so you are the first generation order=pp....at least you already got your refund..hope there will be any update..thanks
    1. tumajay's Avatar
      tumajay -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      So despite the awful reports in this thread and the fact that it's not a proper unlock you still recommend this rubbish?

      After my experience of them (before UtraSnow)I would certainly never use them again.

      I would advise avoiding at all costs!
      as afar as i know they av a legit access to unlocking ur iphones cos they av selected carriers dat they work with and also the prices difer from one carrier to the other. I av been unlocking uk and australian locked iphone4s thru them since december last year and av not had any issue. I guess this improper unlock just started and ended all of a sudden . BTW wen this improper unlock started, i contacted rebelsim about at&t unlock, they sed they dont support it and directed me to where i will see d list of supported carriers. So I dont see how they are improper except u av a peculiar case which i'm not aware of. Pls let me know of any case against rebel cos i really rely on getting unlock from them n i wouldnt want to be let down
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I would not trust Rebelsim. If you do, that's your choice. My experience of them in the past and other things I've read, including in this thread mean that I would not buy from them.

      It's your choice though.
    1. Zama_janana's Avatar
      Zama_janana -
      My friend is using gevey sim... He is so satisfied with it...
    1. jainy25's Avatar
      jainy25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zama_janana View Post
      My friend is using gevey sim... He is so satisfied with it...
      yeah. me too. very satisfied so far. even though mine is a counterfeit one as claimed by ApplenBerry. Still works without any issues. *touchwood*
    1. Zama_janana's Avatar
      Zama_janana -
      Quote Originally Posted by jainy25 View Post
      yeah. me too. very satisfied so far. even though mine is a counterfeit one as claimed by ApplenBerry. Still works without any issues. *touchwood*
      High 5
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I'm still waiting for the storm when they start blocking the SIMs of people using Gevey...

      I'm still waiting for the storm when they start blocking the SIMs of people using Gevey...
    1. jainy25's Avatar
      jainy25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I'm still waiting for the storm when they start blocking the SIMs of people using Gevey...

      I'm still waiting for the storm when they start blocking the SIMs of people using Gevey...
      who? Apple? they will never get to know it.

      As for carrier, they won't in most probability too.