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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. ihappy's Avatar
      ihappy -
      Quote Originally Posted by orbyorb View Post
      EDIT: If this actually works: I implore anyone and everyone to install SAM (Subscriber Activation Module) and select "Backup Activation" under Utilities. That should save your permanent unlock if this system is using the unlocking method I suspect it to.
      +1. I totally agree with this statement as I was thinking the same thing. Thanks for bringing it up Orby
    1. Hamdan510's Avatar
      Hamdan510 -
      See modmyi u guys removed my post I knew it was legit. I had posted the same thing on the same topic but it was removed because the say it was a spam. Which is wrong for deleting it, but it's all good still love modmyi
      Thanks
    1. dee9299's Avatar
      dee9299 -
      apple will close this quickly
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      $175 seems a bit to pricey if you ask me!!

      I just purchased a gevey turbo slim sim unlocker

      $175 seems a bit to pricey if you ask me!!

      I just purchased a gevey turbo slim sim unlocker for a friends iPhone 4 from eBay for $15 which is quite cheap cause the actual price goes for $65 if you buy it from tue gevey website.

      So this is a rip off... And also what ever happen to the ultrasn0w update? Didn't they announce here a while back that musclenerd had a working unlock for 4.2.1 and 4.3 but wasn't going to release it until all bugs were fixed and apple released the final firmware version of 4.3??
    1. Brr's Avatar
      Brr -
      Quote Originally Posted by dee9299 View Post
      apple will close this quickly
      but probably leave those who got it alone rather than piss some people off.
    1. iRepairIndy's Avatar
      iRepairIndy -
      To high of a price..

      What are you guys going to do when Apple or AT&T finds out about this and relocks your iPhone? I'm sure its possible.

      There will be nothing you can do if this happens either..
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Edrill View Post
      If they can unlock phones remotely, doesn't that also mean that Apple/the carrier could also re-lock your phone remotely? At least in theory?? Negri Electronics's website states that they reserve the right to remotely lock the phone in case of fraud. Which means that Apple/the carrier can also do it. Which also means that if this is being done without the permission of Apple/the carriers, there's still a chance that the phones can be locked in future, maybe while syncing with iTunes in much the same way that it was unlocked.
      You are talking Bullsh!t...
      If you don't give your IMEI number to apple how they know to lock your phone.
    1. dee9299's Avatar
      dee9299 -
      they can thru a software update.......and most people who pay for this service will update

      Apple - Support - Discussions - iOS 4.3 Locked my factory unlocked ...
    1. Nelly998's Avatar
      Nelly998 -
      +2
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I got my unlocked iPhone a lot easier. My Rogers one was broken so i went to the Apple Store and they gave me a new one, unlocked!
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      They didn't ask you anything
    1. yogs's Avatar
      yogs -
      BTW, the rebel sim team is also selling the itunes unlock as an option when you buy the "rebel sim" ...
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      The price is a little high, but is TOTALLY worth it, since it saves you all the hassle and waiting, plus all the n++bs wont damage their phones
    1. Turntablist83's Avatar
      Turntablist83 -
      This is how I unlocked my iphone 4 , I just emailed a mod on 02 forum website he asked for my imei num couple days later received a txt telling me to sync with iTunes . And it was free I'm living in Ireland tho .
    1. dee9299's Avatar
      dee9299 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Turntablist83 View Post
      This is how I unlocked my iphone 4 , I just emailed a mod on 02 forum website he asked for my imei num couple days later received a txt telling me to sync with iTunes . And it was free I'm living in Ireland tho .
      i thought that the phone had to make a phone while on the 02 network before they would supply the unlock info for it
    1. Turntablist83's Avatar
      Turntablist83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dee9299 View Post
      i thought that the phone had to make a phone while on the 02 network before they would supply the unlock info for it
      What!??
    1. dee9299's Avatar
      dee9299 -
      example i live in the USA and i called 02 and they said the phone had to make atleast 1 call connected to there network
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      are there any other US GMS carriers at all? I know most of the smaller carriers like Boost and Tracfone use CDMA.
    1. Turntablist83's Avatar
      Turntablist83 -
      If your pre pay at least 150euro/pound had to be payed onto the sim so if the sim is only new that's how much you pay for the unlock but if it's an old sim obviously you've put more than that in , I was bill so I hadn't got that problem here's a link explaining ...

      http://community.o2online.ie/t5/iPho...ht/true#M29910
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by rayzeur22 View Post
      are there any other US GMS carriers at all? I know most of the smaller carriers like Boost and Tracfone use CDMA.
      Simple Mobile and h2o are the 2 other gsm options in the USA.