Today, following the recent excitement surrounding the Untethered iOS 8 through 8.2 Jailbreak, in light of iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, I’ve decided to update my previous “Complete Guide to Unlocking” with a new installment. In addition to the above video, the information outlined below will assist you in fully unlocking any iPhone model (running any version of iOS) with any baseband (modem firmware) for use on carriers beyond the one said iPhone was initially intended for.
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First, prior to jumping into one form of unlock, it’s important to realize that there are three forms of unlocks, only one of which is a viable option for today’s iPhone ecosystem.
That being said, I’m going to outline all types of unlocks regardless, in case you own an older iPhone running an older version of iOS.
To start, we have the software-based unlock, which since the release of the iPhone 4, hasn’t functioned on any of the newer basebands (you can check your baseband inside of the General > About portion of the Settings app. However, if you own an obsolete iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 on the supported baseband, or single baseband if you own an iPhone 4, you’ll be able to utilize Ultrasn0w from one of the default Cydia repositories (simply search for Ultrasn0w) once Jailbroken – our Jailbreak archives are available here, simply find the tutorial that’s applicable to your device.
Hardware unlocks, using something like a Gevey SIMI, are slightly more practical. However, hardware unlock solutions are restricted to certain devices, firmwares and basebands, iOS 6 is really the latest version of iOS that supports iPhones similar to the aforementioned. Unfortunately, like software unlocks, the hardware variant simply cannot unlock devices like the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C.
Finally, we have the preferred unlock method: IMEI, or factory, unlocks. The benefits for this type of unlock are near endless, including the fact that an unlock increases a device’s resale value, the iPhone can be used internationally with any pre-paid SIM and the fact that it’s not limited by what should be trivial factors, such as firmware, device type and baseband.
There are a number of various IMEI unlocking services, all of which charge a fee to unlock iPhones, as the individuals with the authority to actually perform the unlocks by inputing a device’s IMEI into the carrier’s whitelist database charge to do so.
Although any IMEI unlock site can be utilized, it’s good practice to ensure that you’re utilizing a trusted site – we advise visiting FAL Unlocks for complete details surrounding IMEI-based unlocks and to get started when shopping for a service that fits your needs.
Additional information concerning everything outlined in today’s article, including the steps to take once your iPhone has been unlocked, can be found highlighted in the above video.
Stay tuned for complete coverage on not only unlocking, should an improved method arise, but also iOS 8 and Jailbreaking – don’t forget to like us on Facebook for additional updates.