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Thread: Official Carrier Unlock...How?

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    Default Official Carrier Unlock...How?
    It seems to me that when Apple sells a "factory unlocked" phone in the rest of the civilized world where the consumer comes before the corporation, there must be some super secret firmware (hardware?) code written onto the iPhone.

    If one were to buy a carrier unlocked iPhone in Canada, for example, wouldn't it work just fine down here in the US of A? I assume jailbreaking and routine updating of the ipsw through iTunes wouldn't somehow "lock" the phone, would it?

    What gives? Why can't we copy whatever they do to make the unlock permanent? (I assume the unlock is permanent and no "accident" by the Canadian user will accidentally lock it). Is that safe to say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredBilly View Post
    It seems to me that when Apple sells a "factory unlocked" phone in the rest of the civilized world where the consumer comes before the corporation, there must be some super secret firmware (hardware?) code written onto the iPhone.

    If one were to buy a carrier unlocked iPhone in Canada, for example, wouldn't it work just fine down here in the US of A? I assume jailbreaking and routine updating of the ipsw through iTunes wouldn't somehow "lock" the phone, would it?

    What gives? Why can't we copy whatever they do to make the unlock permanent? (I assume the unlock is permanent and no "accident" by the Canadian user will accidentally lock it). Is that safe to say?

    A carrier unlock is different from an unofficial unlock for one main reason. It's supported by apple. Hence it works forever.

    Apple don't want you to unofficial unlock their devices, why? Well most importantly, money, a carrier sells a phone at a reduced price, the 'true' value of the phone is when it is unlocked, hence the consumer base increases (because they can use it regardless of sim).

    If apple supported unofficial unlocks that allow anyone to buy an iphone locked to whichever supplier provides them for cheapest (in some cases free with a monthly contract), unlock it unofficially and sell it on for profit.

    So back to the point in hand, when it's officially unlocked it connects to iTunes, verifies that the carrier unlocked and unlock's it for you then. I have my phone factory unlocked and every time I update FW (or restore for that matter) my unlock is verified by apple and done by them.

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