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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. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      But there ISN'T a flood of world CDMA carriers, Simon. That's the point. CDMA (Verizon, Sprint in American) is unique to this side of the pond. The rest of the world is GSM.. The context of my answer was CDMA phones.
      You answered this:
      Hey guys, do you mind adding also the operator when you announce successful i5 unlocks?
      Just wondering if all these are just for AT&T.
      Thanks
      with this:

      99.8% are for AT&T only. And the new iPhone 5s from Verizon already come unlocked - so no need to pay for an unlock service.
      So not sure what you are trying to say. Not making sense with saying this:
      But there ISN'T a flood of world CDMA carriers, Simon. That's the point. CDMA (Verizon, Sprint in American) is unique to this side of the pond. The rest of the world is GSM.. The context of my answer was CDMA phones.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      So not sure what you are trying to say. Not making sense with saying this:
      C'mon, Simon.. :-).. The "obvious" context of this post:

      Hey guys, do you mind adding also the carrier when you announce successful i5 unlocks?
      Just wondering if all these are just for AT&T.
      Thanks
      ...was hoping to find unlock services for CDMA phones. Otherwise he wouldn't have been asking for 'carrier' (operator) distinction when we post unlock sites. My response to him was exactly what we was looking for --- he wanted to know from us CDMA carrier unlock services. There's really no other way to interpret his question, sir. :-)

      So I answered his this way..
      99.8% are for AT&T only. And the new iPhone 5s from Verizon already come unlocked - so no need to pay for an unlock service.
      Please tell me you can see that context..... ;-)

      I certainly had no problem with you referring to many different carriers around the world -- but those 'many different' carriers aren't CDMA. Knowing more GSM carriers wouldn't have solved his problem - which seemed clear to me.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      I don't see the connection at all. He didn't mention CDMA iPhones in his post anywhere and I don't find it obvious that he was referring to them at all. Looked to me like you were just assuming he was.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      I don't see the connection at all. He didn't mention CDMA iPhones in his post anywhere and I don't find it obvious that he was referring to them at all. Looked to me like you were just assuming he was.
      So '..Just wondering if all these are just for AT&T"-- doesn't indicate to you that he's American and that the only 'other' service he'd be looking for is the only other carrier type we have in Amerca, CDMA? Okay. Fair enough. It was obvious to me. And he didn't ask for clarification. So I guess he got his answer.

      And you always give me good answers too, Simon! Thanks! Sorry we can't agree on this point.

      And you're right - we do get a bit "Americo-centric" over here. Fair enough..

      Moving on.. :-)
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Nope. Doesn't indicate that to me at all. I guess that is because I am not American.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Nope. Doesn't indicate that to me at all. I guess that is because I am not American.
      Exactly! Now we agree. ;-)
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Exactly! Now we agree. ;-)
      Lol, ok
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      Lol, now that's funny!!!
    1. RiotNrrrd's Avatar
      RiotNrrrd -
      I have no idea how those services are legal, since technically you're not supposed to be allowed to ask for an unlock if you are still on contract. Maybe those sites - iUnloc.kr, NegriElectronics.com, unlockstation.com - are "legit", but I don't see how anyone with an AT&T iPhone can use them unless we're talking off-contract (eBay etc.) purchased phones. Right?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by RiotNrrrd View Post
      I have no idea how those services are legal, since technically you're not supposed to be allowed to ask for an unlock if you are still on contract. Maybe those sites - iUnloc.kr, NegriElectronics.com, unlockstation.com - are "legit", but I don't see how anyone with an AT&T iPhone can use them unless we're talking off-contract (eBay etc.) purchased phones. Right?
      Wrong my iPhone 5 is unlocked and I just signed a new 2 year with AT&T.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by RiotNrrrd View Post
      I have no idea how those services are legal, since technically you're not supposed to be allowed to ask for an unlock if you are still on contract. Maybe those sites - iUnloc.kr, NegriElectronics.com, unlockstation.com - are "legit", but I don't see how anyone with an AT&T iPhone can use them unless we're talking off-contract (eBay etc.) purchased phones. Right?
      I battled with this in my mind too, like you are Riot. What ends up happening is that that the 'legit' places have an agreement with AT&T for 'x' amount of 'in contract' unlocks. And the unlock service pays AT&T for that block. AT&T isn't stupid - they know there are software hacked unlocks and Gevey Sims which can be purchased to unlock 'at will'. AT&T sorta 'plays the game' knowing that people are gonna do what they do and that hackers are everywhere and can do anything. So they figure - okay -- let's find a way we can keep SOME of the $ we're losing here.. So they lease 10's of thousands of IMEI unlocks to 3rd party sellers.. AT&T gets a little $ for things they would have lost probably anyway - and the eBay sellers and other unlock services make a buck too. Everybody's happy.

      Yes - AT&T knows it's losing millions on overseas calling charges by people unlocking - but think about it.. You STILL have to pay your contract out through the 2 years - or they sue you and you still have to pay up to half the original contract. It's not like you're going to unlock your in contract AT&T phone - put a TMobile sim in it and never pay AT&T again. You can't. You still have to pay you AT&T bill every month unless you cancel contract and then pay the accelerated fee to get out of the contract.

      So - AT&T LIVES with the lost $ for people using phones overseas.

      AT&T themselves will unlock your phone when it's out of contract - so don't ever pay for an unlock service online when your phone's OUT OF contract. They'll do it for free.

      So call it a 'symbiotic' relationship between AT&T and the hacker community and the eBay selling community.

      Ya understand? :-)

      But all PERFECTLY LEGAL.. Something AT&T and other carriers just 'live with' and build into their pricing.
    1. X242's Avatar
      X242 -
      About the generosity of AT&T unlocking a phone off contract, even at the request of the original contract owner, it's just a myth or at best a hit and miss process, I know from my own experience, you're doing well if 25% of the request are successful. Yet, paying even $20. Using a third party to unlock, my actual experience is 100% and WITHIN the time promised. The AT&T request process
      Is badly broken!!
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by X242 View Post
      About the generosity of AT&T unlocking a phone off contract, even at the request of the original contract owner, it's just a myth or at best a hit and miss process, I know from my own experience, you're doing well if 25% of the request are successful. Yet, paying even $20. Using a third party to unlock, my actual experience is 100% and WITHIN the time promised. The AT&T request process
      Is badly broken!!
      In contract? - yes, badly broken... I would agree with you. Out of contract? Works perfectly w/AT&T. I've had 100% success rate on phone call or live chat with them over 5 phones I've sold. It's in their contract that they WILL unlock at satisfaction of contract. 2 of the 5 were 'original owner not me' scenarios. Again - Easy AT&T unlock. The other 3 of 5 were personal phones out of contract.

      Sorry we disagree - but it's a waste of $ to use an unlock service for out of contract phones.

      But $8 (for the average 24 hour unlock service) is pretty cheap to pay for 'zero' potential of AT&T getting weird on you. We can agree on that point.