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I just had confermation off o2-uk that my iphone 4 can now be unlocked. But i would like to know if i restore my phone will i lose the unlock?
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    Default Is a carrier unlock permanent?
    I just had confermation off o2-uk that my iphone 4 can now be unlocked. But i would like to know if i restore my phone will i lose the unlock?

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    Yes, You will. It will than become locked again.
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    Seriously?!
    I thought the whole purpose of a carrier unlock was that it was a legal and "PERMANENT" unlock. Otherwise there's no point in it. Every time you update you'd have to re-apply for an unlock
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    In the UK, it's a permanent unlock if you do it through the mobile network. I can't remember what they charge (it's a fair bit), but it'll remain unlocked.

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    Thanx for your replies. I have since had confirmation off o2-uk that it is permanent. (which i thought in the first place) but better to be safe than out of pocket. Goodbye o2-uk. Imo its a piece of sh¥te.

    And so you know its only £15 and it took little over a day to do it.

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    once your IMEI is on the white list.. (stays on the white list) its permanently unlocked via iTunes

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    Wow... I just learned something new. I never knew that was an option in the UK. I'll have to keep that in mind. If you're is the United States, You would have to rejailbreak and unlock it again for every new software update.
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    Carrier unlocks are never done in the US. You practically have to buy a factory unlocked device which they barely started doing with the iPhone 4 and now 4S. Thats pretty much like a carrier unlock since its straight from Apple themselves.

    The only type of carrier unlocks I have ever seen in the states are from people who apparently gain access to Apple's whitelist servers.

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    Lol people have unlocked iPhone's in the US all the time, It's not uncommon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X H4CK3R X View Post
    Lol people have unlocked iPhone's in the US all the time, It's not uncommon.
    I didnt say people didn't have unlocked phones. I said carrier unlocks. Like basically walking into an AT&T store and having them unlock your iPhone 4/4S. They just won't do it. You would have to find one with a preserved baseband that's unlockable or just buy a factory unlocked iPhone straight from Apple.

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    Oh didn't know exactly what you meant there lol. Yah AT&T would NEVER do that here is the US. They're not allowed to do that, Otherwise they'll lose their job. If I were someone else I would also just buy it straight from Apple too.
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    Yeah. It's pretty much the only logical way of retaining an unlock aside from having a preserved baseband. It's pretty but the days of software unlocks seem to have disappeared and we are only left with hardware sim unlocks nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihappy View Post
    Yeah. It's pretty much the only logical way of retaining an unlock aside from having a preserved baseband. It's pretty but the days of software unlocks seem to have disappeared and we are only left with hardware sim unlocks nowadays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexdakidd View Post
    And so you know its only £15 and it took little over a day to do it.
    £15? So you were on PAYG (it's free on 02 contract) - and a little over a day? They are seriously slacking - it normally takes between 5 minutes and 4 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
    £15? So you were on PAYG (it's free on 02 contract) - and a little over a day? They are seriously slacking - it normally takes between 5 minutes and 4 hours.
    Yep i am on PAYG. So it was £15. It says it takes upto 2 weeks . So a day was fine with me. Well worth it to escape ****** o2.

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    Yeah I was under the impression that once a carrier unlocked the iPhone it's good for life. Wish US carriers would do that, instead we have to pay a butt load of money for a factory unlocked one lol.

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    AT&T have unlocked at least one iPhone - see member written news forum.
    Hopefully that is just the start.
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    If only they'd do that for everyone for no other reason than to unlock and not for travel

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    Here in the UK most carriers will - usually for a fee. I had to tell T-mobile what they needed to do though as I didn't buy the phone from them they told me to take it to a market to get it unlocked. I eventually managed to get them to unlock it for me despite their insistence that they couldn't....
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    Yeah I know in the UK some carriers will do it. It's funny that you got them to do it anyway, even though they said they couldn't. Think T-Mobile does that here too, they tell you they can't do something but if you're persistent enough they do it. Just not with unlocking iPhones apparently.

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