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  • GIVEAWAY - Unlocking the iPhone 5


    A few million people got an iPhone 5 this morning.

    We're betting some of you are looking to unlock it - whether for resale value down the road, or to use a foreign SIM in the iPhone already (good luck though - your carrier will need a compatible nano-SIM).

    There's an abundance of sites offering unlocks. Some are legit, some are scams. We have used various ones in the past, and thought we'd share a couple we recommend now since iPhone 5 support has just been added (note - these services unlock other iPhones as well - 3G, 3G[S], 4, 4S).

    Neither of these services require a jailbreak, and both are permanent unlocks (you can update your firmware normally, etc, and your device will still be unlocked).

    iUnloc.kr

    iUnloc.kr is a newer service, but from guys who've been developing for iPhone for a while now. This service is wholly automated, with an emailed response when you're unlocked. Plus their site is pretty.

    They offer a variety of service speeds and prices:
    • 2-5 hour turnaround. on sale for $45.
    • 1 hour turnaround - $55.
    • 24 hour turnaround - $25.

    iUnloc.kr will also be releasing a Cydia app here in the next few days, which you can grab through the ModMyi repo. We'll update here when that's available.

    NegriElectronics.com

    NegriElectronics has been around a long while, and has a reputation of quick customer service and quality products. They sell unlocked phones as a specialty, and their iPhone unlock is quick and effective. You also receive an email when your device is unlocked.

    The iPhone unlock service from NegriElectronics runs $120, but is on sale for $18.50. It is "instant," which is labeled as a 2-3 hour turnaround.

    You're in great hands with either of the above services - ModMyi.com recommends them (we should mention - we don't receive anything in exchange for these reviews, although we did test an unlock to verify it works with each service).

    We're also giving away 10 unlocks - 5 from iUnloc.kr, and 5 from NegriElectronics.com. Use the widget below to gain entries into the raffle, and we'll pick a winner Monday morning!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: GIVEAWAY - Unlocking the iPhone 5 started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 173 Comments
    1. sungod661's Avatar
      sungod661 -
      I purchased the 25 dollar - 24 hour unlocker from iunloc.kr and have received nothing. Its been 34 hours since my purchase, when i check the status of my order i get nothing basically seems like i got swindled. I emailed them through the website and their "support" and no answer. I will keep everybody posted but i would definetly wait before buying to see what happens with me... I have a bad feeling im out 24$
    1. Dongiuj's Avatar
      Dongiuj -
      Would love this. I'm in Japan and these people are all up for monopolization when it comes to mobile phone services. I've got 2 phones i need to unlock and this would reasure me to use either of the websites to unlock my other phone and recommend them to my friends too.
      I NEED THIS!!!!!
    1. Cooliydude's Avatar
      Cooliydude -
      Free stuff is always good
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      Legit? Getting tired of hearing this from you. Literally I am aware of hundreds that never had an issue (including over 30 that I have personally done, they claim a 95% success rate, I have heard of a few that had issues, 4 perhaps. I have also read about issues with the seller you posted. What's up with that?
      Use it or don't use it, it is what it is.
      This is an open forum, so express your opinion, but unless you have fact to back up the "legitimacy" as you continually use, please allow members to decide, not a he said, she said.
      In fact, weren't you one of the people that used this company? Odd.
      Notice "I'm" the one plugging them here first, Blkcadi! ;-) Cause I did have success - thanks to your introduction of them to many of us. But I will remind you again. Just because something 'works' doesn't mean the method they use is 'legit'. Jes' sayin'. Simon himself raised the concern of their method of doing the unlocks. I don't want to go down this path again as it was the cause of two closed threads. The only thing people should know is that not every unlock service is created equal. Nuff said.
    1. Dongiuj's Avatar
      Dongiuj -
      These only unlock AT&T phones. Should have mentioned this in the first place.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
      :-). Fair enough.
    1. MacOSG's Avatar
      MacOSG -
      I could use one!
      ]BTW...Verizon iPhone 5s are ALL shipping UNLOCKED. Any GSM nano SIM will work in them. There is a drawback though. LTE will not work on the phone in the US--only 3G
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by MacOSG View Post
      I could use one!

      ]BTW...Verizon iPhone 5s are ALL shipping UNLOCKED. Any GSM nano SIM will work in them. There is a drawback though. LTE will not work on the phone in the US--only 3G.
      How do you know this?
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^It's true, read the news.

      Quote Originally Posted by MacOSG View Post
      I could use one!
      ]BTW...Verizon iPhone 5s are ALL shipping UNLOCKED. Any GSM nano SIM will work in them. There is a drawback though. LTE will not work on the phone in the US--only 3G
      I edited your post for the humongous fonts, we can all read thanks.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      ^It's true, read the news.
      It just doesn't make sense. LTE functionality is part of iPhone 5's functionality. Are you saying its limited or turned off on the CDMA phones with a GSM SIM in them? Even an AT&T sim that has LTE coverage?
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      It just doesn't make sense. LTE functionality is part of iPhone 5's functionality. Are you saying its limited or turned off on the CDMA phones with a GSM SIM in them? Even an AT&T sim that has LTE coverage?
      Verizon iPhone 5 Unlocked and Ready for GSM Networks Right From the Factory
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      It just doesn't make sense. LTE functionality is part of iPhone 5's functionality. Are you saying its limited or turned off on the CDMA phones with a GSM SIM in them? Even an AT&T sim that has LTE coverage?
      Correct different frequency bands depending on the device model
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dongiuj View Post
      These only unlock AT&T phones. Should have mentioned this in the first place.
      Yup.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      Just did the for my iPhone 5 and received an email my iPhone was unlocked and gave these instructions:

      1. Plug iPhone into iTunes via USB cable.
      2. Backup and Restore iPhone.
      3. Insert foreign sim card into phone.
      4. Unplug and replug into iTunes for detection.

      How am I going to get a foreign sim???
      Can it be AT&T or does it have to be T-Mobile???
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^Anything other then your official carriers sim. Doesn't even have to be an active sim card. Any prepaid will work also.
      I did my new iPhone 5 today also, used unlock fusion again. Worked like a champ.
    1. gdgtmania's Avatar
      gdgtmania -
      Used CutYourSIM before on the iPhone4, wasn't sure if there were other legit unlocking sources. Thanks for the tip, ModMyI. Winning this just might tip me over to getting the iPhone 5.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      Thanks, blkcadi!
    1. Joey_shadow's Avatar
      Joey_shadow -
      This is a great way to unlock your iPhone.
    1. brownan's Avatar
      brownan -
      Please does anyone know of a service that offers unlocks for Rogers iPhone 5's?