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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. bendrumin's Avatar
      bendrumin -
      Quote Originally Posted by K8L View Post
      If they ran out of stock then try Buy Now | Cut Your Sim

      It's a legit company mentionned by @veeence

      $169.99
      I bought mine on the 11th, and havent heard since I sent my IMEI in.
    1. tumajay's Avatar
      tumajay -
      Yes. Vodafone uk

      Quote Originally Posted by muddyh2o View Post
      Could you clarify a little--was your iphone locked to one of the supproted networks by rebelmicrosim?
      Yes. Vodafone Uk
    1. indyzzzz's Avatar
      indyzzzz -
      nm delete.
    1. alymlakhani's Avatar
      alymlakhani -
      I just got confirmation from Negri Electronics that my phone was unlocked. All I had to do was connect to itunes and its said "Congratulations you phone has been unlocked". Will be getting a few more iPhones unlocked from them, hope it doesn't stop any time soon.
    1. K8L's Avatar
      K8L -
      You guys should backup your unlock : Backup Your iPhone 4 Activation Using SAM, After a Factory Unlock!
    1. rud3bwoy's Avatar
      rud3bwoy -
      ill do it when price drops i am on atnt so no rush
    1. jdockets's Avatar
      jdockets -
      Quote Originally Posted by giyang View Post
      Happy with my gevey sim.. Lol.. Would this be possible? I know UK ip4s does this.. I cant really rely on that forever unlock cause what if apple finds out? Relock it.. What now?..
      hi, before this remote unlocking came out, i was thinking of buying the gevey sim, but i was still not sure if it really works. as you mentioned that you are happy with your gevey sim... so, is it really working or i mean does it really unlock iphone 4? because if it does, i will have to proceed buying the gevey sim rather than this remote unlock for the reason that this might create problem later on and will relock the phone again.
    1. indyzzzz's Avatar
      indyzzzz -
      I bought a Gevey sim on ebay from a HongKong seller, just got it, it works as advertised.

      Didnt really need it since my GF wants her iPhone on AT&T gophone anyway (mine is soft-unlocked), but couldnt pass it up since I was paying less than $15 shipped
    1. RiotNrrrd's Avatar
      RiotNrrrd -
      I'm really debating whether to do this. I'm on 4.2.1 now, Jailbroken & unlocked with ultrasn0w 1.2.1 on an iPhone 4 with baseband 01.59.00.

      If I could upgrade to 4.3.1 via PwnageTool and keep my BB at 01.59.00 and this remote IMEI unlock would still work (i.e. on something other than 'stock' 4.3.1 with requisite baseband 'upgrade'), I would be tempted to try it - assuming the SAM method for auth info storage/restoration is bulletproof and proven to work. That's a lot of "if"s
    1. mmkk's Avatar
      mmkk -
      Quote Originally Posted by juquan View Post
      just got mines remote unlock for 150$,,,,,,,,yay no more freaking waiting on ultrasnow........well worth the money
      Hey bud.....which site did you use. Pls let me know.
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by K8L View Post
      Good one, I just did this, thanks dude.
    1. nicallen63's Avatar
      nicallen63 -
      Has anyone tried going through this site? Official iPhone Unlocks - iPhone Unlock UK
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicallen63 View Post
      Has anyone tried going through this site? Official iPhone Unlocks - iPhone Unlock UK
      looks legit, but very pricey
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicallen63 View Post
      Has anyone tried going through this site? Official iPhone Unlocks - iPhone Unlock UK
      That site is known for ripping-off the dev team by selling their unlocks as their own. Not saying they couldnt do this unlock but it looks like they are charging quite a bit more than the other sites.
    1. giyang's Avatar
      giyang -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmkk View Post
      Hey bud.....which site did you use. Pls let me know.
      What site is it? Tia..
    1. saab9k's Avatar
      saab9k -
      when in europe i use my unlocked nokia E71. Works great.
    1. K8L's Avatar
      K8L -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicallen63 View Post
      Has anyone tried going through this site? Official iPhone Unlocks - iPhone Unlock UK
      Interesting, there is an option "brute force" code, far cheaper but have to wait 35-50 days.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      I'm not reading all the posts but I can get it done WAY CHEAPER than that and my was doing them ages ago! Naturally I thought everyone knew about this! Hmmmm looks like I better post this on my blog and start offering this service as my pal is legit and had his shop open for donkeys years.

      Yep just checked on xe and it works out 104, I could get that done for 80 easy! And in less time about 2 weeks MAX if he has a lot to do. You guys give me feedback and I'll arrange something 2moro.
    1. Am_I_Evil's Avatar
      Am_I_Evil -
      gonna assume it's too late to hear anything tonight....hope to hear from negri early tomorrow....or might have to email and see what's taking so long...(I did only purchase it at 11pm on the 11th so they prob didn't see it until the morning of the 12th) so 48 hours would be tomorrow morning....even though I did purchase it back when it still said 24....
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      you UK guys almost have it made. i wish i had a buddy who works at O2 and has access to the IMEI database

      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      I'm not reading all the posts but I can get it done WAY CHEAPER than that and my was doing them ages ago! Naturally I thought everyone knew about this! Hmmmm looks like I better post this on my blog and start offering this service as my pal is legit and had his shop open for donkeys years.

      Yep just checked on xe and it works out 104, I could get that done for 80 easy! And in less time about 2 weeks MAX if he has a lot to do. You guys give me feedback and I'll arrange something 2moro.