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  • Official Apple iPhone Unlock Possible!?!


    It is possible to have an iPhone unlocked via Apple rather than jailbreaking and running ultrasn0w according to Olly Farshi of theappleblog.com.

    Being located out of Europe Farshi is subscribed to a carrier other than AT&T (of course). His carrier is Sonera in Finland and he bought an iPhone 3G with them last year when they were the fresh hot and new thing to have.

    Farshi, like most iPhone users, bought his iPhone 3G complete with a 2 yr carrier contract. When the iPhone 3GS arrived on the scen he upgraded. Normal thing. Tons of us did the same. The difference lies with the carrier Sonera who gave him the option to pay off the remainder of his original 3G contract which he did.

    With the iPhone 3G contract paid off Farshi set after getting it unlocked officially - it is his and the carrier had been paid off after all. He contacted Sonera who made not of his IMEI # and submitted it to Apple. Next time Farshi syncd iTunes asked him to install an official carrier update, which he did. Afterwards iTunes popped up the unlocked screen (above) and now his iPhone 3G is unlocked officially by Apple.

    There ya go. Carrier update -> unlocked. Simple. Good luck getting AT&T to even listen to you if you want to do the same thing though

    Update: Yes we are well aware you can buy factory unlocked iPhones that have never been locked for $1000+. The above is concerning unlocking a locked iPhone.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Official Apple iPhone Unlock Possible!?! started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 114 Comments
    1. vIIz's Avatar
      vIIz -
      Nothing new here !
      I bought a 3G iPhone for 0,10 Euro in France (with extra points from a friend's payement plan) and got it officially unlocked for 100 Euro !
      All the rest is rip off !
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I had no idea u could buy a factory unlocked phone does this mean no matter what updates occur in iTunes it will not have u start from scratch?
    1. V.A.M.P's Avatar
      V.A.M.P -
      I bet apple would sell more iphones if it was universal unlocked than have it exclusive to att. I wonder if apple realize this.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by V.A.M.P View Post
      I bet apple would sell more iphones if it was universal unlocked than have it exclusive to att. I wonder if apple realize this.
      A couple of problems with this:

      1. Apple wants certain features with all their iPhones which they can't control if they can't pick which carriers support it. The two most notable are:
      a- Data Package (Preferably Unlimited)
      b- Visual Voicemail

      The first one is doable, even if it isn't unlimited, most carriers have a data plan of sorts. The second one is a bit more complicated because not all carriers support this. More are adopting it now thank to the iPhone but had the iPhone been unlocked from the go, none of the carriers would have any incentive to support it considering the big infrastructure changed this meant.

      Let's not forget, Apple approached VERIZON first to be the iPhone's carrier demanding those things. Verizon said no to visual voicemail so Apple went to AT&T. Like those of you in Verizon asking for the iPhone, I'd email customer services asking WTF were they thinking saying no to it.

      A universally unlocked iPhone would be nice but it would be missing some features people take for granted.
    1. ghedoicy's Avatar
      ghedoicy -
      I am not sure why this is such a big deal, being old news and all. What is the problem with jailbreaking and unlocking with the current methods? Too hard for most? Too time consuming?

      -Matt
    1. carlos805424's Avatar
      carlos805424 -
      u can do this with att in the us i live in el paso tx and i originally wanted to exchange my iphone due to the screen had a dead spot so i echanged and everything when i got the new one back i tried to put my att sim since im a loyal customer and it wouldnt read it so i called apple tech support and i had to get transphered to a superviser since i had just exchanged out my iphone so i told him it was not reading my sim i never said att sim and he asked "did your carrier unlock it for you" me thinking quickly responded yes they did i thought the unlock would transpher to this new iphone he put me on hold for about 2 min and when he came back he asked me for an IMEI number i acted dumb and asked where do i get it he talked me throught it and once he had it he put me on hold once again and 5 min later he said "can you please connect your iphone to itunes "i did and that same carrier update poped up i installed it and viola it was officially unlocked so what did i do...well i sold it on ebay for 800 bucks if u need help just message me and ill help u out thank me if this helped
    1. danpaul's Avatar
      danpaul -
      Dude this method was possible only because he paid off all 2 years contract and because Sonera had this option.
      So, it's not an universal method of unlocking!


      FAIL!
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by danpaul View Post
      Dude this method was possible only because he paid off all 2 years contract and because Sonera had this option.
      So, it's not an universal method of unlocking!


      FAIL!
      most companies offer unlocks, for world phones, when going to another country... i kno t mobile unlocked my blackberry when i called and complained

      As long as you told att you weren't cancelling their contract, you were just going to another country and need the phone to be unlocked so you can use it in places att doesn't have roaming. If your a loyal customer, and had an att phone before the iphone, they SHOULD unlock it... they don't have to, but they have the ability, you just have to convince them.
    1. Aurobbo's Avatar
      Aurobbo -
      That's the exact screen you get when you buy an unlocked iPhone from Apple Australia.
      This happens worldwide. i.e you can sell the phones world wide and simply plug it into iTunes and you will get this screen, USA, Qatar, Ireland etc
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Never had to worry bout that, all my iPhones are factory unlocked lol but this can lead to something!!
    1. vinko's Avatar
      vinko -
      Guys, I agree this is not news.

      Factory unlocked iPhone are sold in Hong Kong through authorized Apple resellers, Apple official carrier partner (3 HK) in Hong Kong and Apple Online Store HK since the iPhone 3G and in Apple Online Store Australia/New Zealand since iPhone 3GS.

      In many countries like Finland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and Taiwan, Apple official carrier partner can unlock iPhones, but those are done as explained earlier in this thread, where the carrier send Apple the iPhone's IMEI number then Apple unlock the said iPhone through iTunes. This method of unlocking is usually valid for carriers within the country that the phone is unlocked in.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      haha wow thats nuts i never wouldve guessed.
      i figured apple wouldve left you SOL once someones contract finished
      good to know they can officially unlock it for u
      not that we need it here
    1. Fear1508's Avatar
      Fear1508 -
      I bet apple would sell more iphones if it was universal unlocked than have it exclusive to att. I wonder if apple
      realize this.
      Actually that is not true at all. If they don't have the iPhone set to an exclusive carrier, the carrier would no longer accept Apples agreement for the iPhone to be allowed in the carriers stores. So Apple would then lose the carriers they sold their iPhones to, which would then mean that they can only sell their iPhones in their own stores. And there is not enough Apple stores to accompany the worlds need for iPhones nor will enough people know about them because you would then only see them at apple stores... Hence they would lose A HUGE amount of sales if they did that. Remember that Apple makes their money from the providers that purchase the iPhones from them, after the provider has purchased them, it is their responsibility to sell them to make their money back that they used to buy them.
    1. Simeon28's Avatar
      Simeon28 -
      Can apple install me cydia please?? would be very kind!
    1. alek's Avatar
      alek -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fear1508 View Post
      Actually that is not true at all. If they don't have the iPhone set to an exclusive carrier, the carrier would no longer accept Apples agreement for the iPhone to be allowed in the carriers stores. So Apple would then lose the carriers they sold their iPhones to, which would then mean that they can only sell their iPhones in their own stores. And there is not enough Apple stores to accompany the worlds need for iPhones nor will enough people know about them because you would then only see them at apple stores... Hence they would lose A HUGE amount of sales if they did that. Remember that Apple makes their money from the providers that purchase the iPhones from them, after the provider has purchased them, it is their responsibility to sell them to make their money back that they used to buy them.
      not true!!!! The blackberry (except the storm) is sold in att and verizon as the same model! And i bet 'now' no company could resist the iphone and would give in.

      the only 2 reason the iphone is locked in the US is that apple wanted full control which ATT was offering and they wanted to make a gsm phone so it would work world wide (T-Mobile is to small in the US)

      Another reason (world wide) is that if it was universally unlocked then they could not add the rebate and phones would cost over $700
    1. Ad1tya's Avatar
      Ad1tya -
      Hehe.. Lookie here > Its here! - Erodov

      Got the same screen when I activated my iPhone 3GS on my carrier Vodafone IN.

      The phone was from Australia, and definitely locked to one of the carriers (because I was 100% aware that the Unlocked ones from Apple's Online Store were Out of Stock.

      I think Apple has removed the necessity to submit the IMEI, Serial No. etc. for the phone's on carriers who "can" unlock it for you.

      It happens automatically now when you switch the carrier.

      Makes sense?
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      I'm still waiting for the Official Apple iPhone Jailbreak .
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Of course anywhere but the U.S. would get all the good sh@t.
    1. Lajcik's Avatar
      Lajcik -
      The same thing applies to iphones bought in Poland from Era. Actually Era unlocks all phones(including iphones) from the beginning of the year.
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      i just emailed o2 saying im going away to thailand lol so i would need it unlocking, they will do so at a cost but i will still have to pay of my contract.

      Im waiting for a defo answer from apple now ( they have to check with apple)