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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. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Im sure apple could care less as long as idevices are sold (talking about gevey)
    1. Zama_janana's Avatar
      Zama_janana -
      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...
      Wait till the world ends 2012 Lol lol .... All hail to gevey Lol
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Ok, are there any sites that do the unlock that are still acepting orders?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      No, this unlock is no more. At least for all carriers.
    1. siauw_ming's Avatar
      siauw_ming -
      hi simon so you already conclude that the unlock is no already?because negri still give us hope up...really hopes at least all last order can be processes..why I don't place order first place=pp
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Not sure what negri is doing. All I know is every other person that was supplying this same unlock has shut down and given refunds to people who were in queue. Maybe negri is just overly optimistic
    1. siauw_ming's Avatar
      siauw_ming -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Not sure what negri is doing. All I know is every other person that was supplying this same unlock has shut down and given refunds to people who were in queue. Maybe negri is just overly optimistic
      wkwkwkwkwk..let us see and hope for any update..since it's been 1 weeks already without any light=p
    1. dhlizard's Avatar
      dhlizard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Not sure what negri is doing. All I know is every other person that was supplying this same unlock has shut down and given refunds to people who were in queue. Maybe negri is just overly optimistic
      Nope, just greedy.
      Refunding thousands of dollars.
    1. hardhouseinc's Avatar
      hardhouseinc -
      The Dev Team, Cydia, someone needs to find a way to replicate this somehow. This would be awesome if they could find a way to replicate the process and come up with a program / remote server that would do it for you. Its been done with other phones, Im sure its only a matter of time untill someone comes up with a way to do it. The 175$ monolopy is crazy talk. Just saying, a remote unlocking proecdure / server / unlock box / would be pretty dern handy I think
    1. Zama_janana's Avatar
      Zama_janana -
      Quote Originally Posted by hardhouseinc View Post
      The Dev Team, Cydia, someone needs to find a way to replicate this somehow. This would be awesome if they could find a way to replicate the process and come up with a program / remote server that would do it for you. Its been done with other phones, Im sure its only a matter of time untill someone comes up with a way to do it. The 175$ monolopy is crazy talk. Just saying, a remote unlocking proecdure / server / unlock box / would be pretty dern handy I think
      True
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by hardhouseinc View Post
      The Dev Team, Cydia, someone needs to find a way to replicate this somehow....)
      We can always hope
    1. freeze4real's Avatar
      freeze4real -
      If they do this they could be SUED. The only way to do this AFAIK is hacking APPLE database.
    1. Zama_janana's Avatar
      Zama_janana -
      Quote Originally Posted by freeze4real View Post
      If they do this they could be SUED. The only way to do this AFAIK is hacking APPLE database.
      Difficult but possible
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The fact that it's only 40 bit encryption, not the 256 bit which I believed it was, means it is possible.

      But I wouldn't hold your breath.
    1. mikejinuk's Avatar
      mikejinuk -
      Perhaps NCK@Home is in order. I would gladly dedicate cycles on my 8-core Mac Pro if it meant unlocking this infernal phone.
    1. dhlizard's Avatar
      dhlizard -
      Quote Originally Posted by freeze4real View Post
      If they do this they could be SUED. The only way to do this AFAIK is hacking APPLE database.
      I completely agree, this is way illegal.
      That is not what the DevTeam is about.

      As Confucious says, don't hold your breath.
    1. Zama_janana's Avatar
      Zama_janana -
      my friend have a iPhone 4 unlocked using GEVEY sim. iPhone was originally locked to 3 and is now in use with the service provider Telenor in Pakistan. The phone is running firmware 4.3.2 and baseband 04.10.01. When he went under network settings there is no personal hot spot or tethering. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
    1. hardhouseinc's Avatar
      hardhouseinc -
      I see the same thing here in Japan with SoftBank. Even when everyone updates to 4.3.1 which is suppose to have the teathering, it is not available. It is blocked by the phone carrier originally and will never be available. They will have to get MyWi which has USB and wifi teathering. no warez
    1. K8L's Avatar
      K8L -
      Quote Originally Posted by hardhouseinc View Post
      I see the same thing here in Japan with SoftBank. Even when everyone updates to 4.3.1 which is suppose to have the teathering, it is not available. It is blocked by the phone carrier originally and will never be available. They will have to get MyWi which has USB and wifi teathering. no warez
      Don't crack: it's Evil and it shrinks penis.


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    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      So, has anyone received an unlock from negri in the last day or so? Keeping hope alive is one thing. But when you state that you haven't heard the service is discontinued from your "source" it's almost as useless as stating that your "source" hasn't told you that the service is still alive either.