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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. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      I just thought about this based on what you guys said. It wouldn't be terribly bad for Apple to secretly be allowing this because obviously the end result would be more iPhone sales and the only one who wouldn't like it would be AT&T but it isn't like Apple could say anything because technically AT&T is the one that provides the unlock codes. Once done, I don't think there is anything AT&T can do about it since the database belongs to Apple.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      It be cool if the unlock is around $50.
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by x98car View Post
      You know he was joking right?
      Yes I did, I was just having fun in here. Who knows, maybe he does need an unlock!
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ParadoX View Post
      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. Didn't see what you wrote until after my post
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lastsonofkrypton View Post
      lmao!
      i know, right!?
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      Quote Originally Posted by CONVBMW View Post
      This is REALLY COOL. I can see the Anarchist "wrong doing" in this and for me, I love the premise and the concept of Anarchy when dealing with Apple. I hold my middle finger up to Apple with pride.

      $175.00 is a heavy price to pay for a "factory UL" but even still there are many that are willing to not have to deal with the issues of having to wait for the UL from Dev. (no disrespect to Dev Team and I am a HUGE supporter of them.

      FTW and Rage Against the Machine.
      I must agree as well. Rob from "today in IOS" kept suggesting to wait for the unlock from the Devteam when I hinted wanting to buy a factory unlocked from Canada, but look how much we've waited and nothing. I'm willing to shell out $175 because I'd like to use it with another SIM when international traveling.



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    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      I'd be interested in this.
      I can see why they do this though, AT&T is going to buy T-Mobile which means AT&T is going to be the GSM carrier even if you switch to T-Mobile you will still be paying AT&T soon.
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      Quote Originally Posted by dee9299 View Post
      apple will close this quickly
      No, apple will thanks them, because make apple sell up more iPhone in the future.....
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      No, apple will thanks them, because make apple sell up more iPhone in the future.....
      Try again.

      The carriers that Apple are contracted with will kill somebody at Apple if this hole isn't shut. Apple has to abide by the carrier's wishes if they want the phone on their networks, particularly subsidized (and therefore continuing Apple's deferred revenue stream).

      For most of the world (e.g., most of the EU, some Asian markets, Australia and New Zealand, etc.), the carriers are being cut out of the unlocking deal and are getting shorted on a contract; and the very few markets that are one carrier and don't offer unlocking at all (US and Japan are all I can think of) are going to be furious, likely for contract escapes and (at least for AT&T) exorbitant international roaming money-printing services.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      I'd be interested in this.
      I can see why they do this though, AT&T is going to buy T-Mobile which means AT&T is going to be the GSM carrier even if you switch to T-Mobile you will still be paying AT&T soon.
      it will still be awhile till it takes effect. But I agree
    1. LiYHu's Avatar
      LiYHu -
      If everyone listen to dev team when the new firmware comes out everything would be fine expect those who get the phone late and I believe apple will lock the phone again because the way apple thinks 'I controls every iPhone" which is true lol and if it really work I bet its apple itself doing this they'll earn hell loads of money from it... I heard someone is earning like 50K a month for unlocking the iPhone... Lucky him!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by orbyorb View Post
      Try again.

      The carriers that Apple are contracted with will kill somebody at Apple if this hole isn't shut. Apple has to abide by the carrier's wishes if they want the phone on their networks, particularly subsidized (and therefore continuing Apple's deferred revenue stream).

      For most of the world (e.g., most of the EU, some Asian markets, Australia and New Zealand, etc.), the carriers are being cut out of the unlocking deal and are getting shorted on a contract; and the very few markets that are one carrier and don't offer unlocking at all (US and Japan are all I can think of) are going to be furious, likely for contract escapes and (at least for AT&T) exorbitant international roaming money-printing services.
      exactly orby
    1. zenj's Avatar
      zenj -
      I have used IMEI unlock for about 6 iphones and it was successful all the time.

      Better than waiting for free unlock that never comes !
    1. jbounce's Avatar
      jbounce -
      So is this confirmed by someone reputable from here? Any mods?
    1. agmi's Avatar
      agmi -
      $175, it is a lot of money
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      at least it's an option
    1. fluffybunnyabc's Avatar
      fluffybunnyabc -
      Only cost me 15 from my network in first week of having my iPhone 4
    1. fircic's Avatar
      fircic -
      If they have access to apple db why they just dont unlock the whole list if it is for a couple days whole? Make us a nice present !!!!!!
    1. FredieC's Avatar
      FredieC -
      if some one can confirm it with a video i would feel much better to continue with this. Im a reseller and i have about 400 phone in stock waiting for this god damn unlock for about two months now. Can some one PLEASE video confirm this PLEASE = )
    1. sknet's Avatar
      sknet -
      why 150 only why not 550 for unlock? so rip-off this hasnt been proved but the price already rocketed-high....