How to unlock iPhone and use SIM Card from any Network

How to Unlock iPhone and use SIM Card from any Network

In this post, I will show you how to unlock iPhone. Unlocking your iPhone will enable you to SIM card from any network or carrier.

Some iPhone are locked to a particular service provider or carrier. But that doesn’t mean that you are stuck with the service provider. You can change the service provider and be free to choose a carrier you want once you unlock your iPhone.

There are basically two ways to unlock iPhone. You can either contact your service provider to unlock your iPhone for you. You can unlock iPhone through an unlock code from the network. This service is absolutely free.

On the other hand, you can also unlock your iPhone yourself using third party unlocking tools.

How to unlock iPhone and use SIM Card from any Network

1. How to unlock iPhone by Contacting Carriers

1. Contact your carrier or service provider and request an unlock. Make sure you meet the unlocking requirements. That is, you have paid all the outstanding bills  for your contract or you purchased it outright unsubsidised. Submit your unlocking request and wait for few days to complete.

Here are the unlocking contact details for different carriers.

How to unlock EE iphone

EE (including Orange and T-Mobile): If your device is locked to EE netowrk, i.e., Orange and T-Mobile, you can request then to unlock your iPhone by filing this form. It will cost you £8.99 in contract OR free out of contract if you are have An EE pay monthly device. This will usually take up to 7 days.

Unlock EE phone out of contract free is  £8.99. This mean that if you’re a Pay as You Go customer and you have  enough credit to pay the £8.99 admin fee, then EE will unlock your iPhone for you at that price.

On the other hand, if you got a second hand iPhone locked to EE, either you bought from eBay, Gumtree or inherited, you will need to have the detail information about the previous owner of the device. These include; original owner’s name, EE phone number, and maybe some additional account information.

If you don’t have all the information you need to unlock EE iphone, then you might need to use a third-party unlocking service ( I will described later in this article).

How to unlock Vodafone iPhone

If you’ve bought an iPhone locked to Vodafone from a third party, you can get the device unlocked to use on another network. In this section, I will show you how to unlock iPhone that is locked to Vodafone carrier.

Just like EE iPhones, Vodafone requires you have an account with them or have account details of someone who previously own the device. They can only unlock your iPhone when they are convinced that the phone belongs to you. If the phone was given to you by a friend or family member, I will advise to tell them to unlock it for you.

If you have the details available, you can go straight up to request them to unlock your iPhone by filling the form to request a Network Unlock Code (NUC). Unlocking Vodafone iPhone is free and it takes between 48 hours to 10 days for this to be done.

How to unlock Three iPhone

The process to unlock iPhone locked to Three network is quite simpler compared to other carriers. According to information on Three website “If you bought your device from us after 1st January 2014, Three has already unlocked your iPhone as soon as you connect to it to iTunes or WiFi.”

On the other hand, if you purchased your iPhone before 1st January 2014, you will still need to connect your device to iTunes and restore the device before you can unlock it. Before you restore your device, make sure you backup all your content because restoring your device will wipe out your data.

Alternatively, you can request Three to unlock your iPhone by filling the unlocking form.

How to unlock Verizon iPhone

Follow the requirements and instructions below on how to unlock a Verizon phone without the code. According to Verizon they do not lock their $G Lite devices. Therefore, there is no code needed to program your device to use another carrier.

That means that any iPhone 5 or higher iPhone brand with Verizon has already been unlocked. That is you can seemingly remove their SIM and insert SIM from another carrier and it will work same. So there is no need to search for how to unlock iphone 6 Verizon passcode.

How to unlock AT&T iPhone

In this section, I will show you how to unlock your iPhone locked to AT&T carrier. Just like other carriers, there are requirements to unlock iPhone that is locked with AT&T.

Eligibility requirements to Unlock AT&T iPhone

Requirements for unlocking AT&T phones, tablets, and mobile hotspots.

  • Your device isn’t reported lost or stolen, or involved with fraud.
  • You must complete your contract or installment plan (including early termination fees). Or, pay off an installment plan early and then make another unlock request in 24 hours.
  • Your device isn’t active on another AT&T account.
  • If you upgraded early, wait 14 days to unlock your old device. Business customers wait 30 days.
  • Your service must be active for at least 60 days with no past due or unpaid balance.
  • AT&T PREPAIDSM (formerly GoPhone®) devices must have at least 6 months of active service.
  • If you’re military, we’ll ask you to email your TCS or PCS (Temporary / permanent change of station) documents for eligibility. You won’t have to complete installment plans or contracts.
  • If you have a business-owned device, your company must authorize you to unlock it.

How to Submit AT&T unlock request form.

If you are very sure that you meet the unlocking requirements stated above, then go ahead the follow the instructins below:

To unlock your device to work on another wireless carrier’s network:

  1. Go to att.com/deviceunlock.
  2. Select Unlock your device.
  3. Review and agree to the requirements
  4. Complete and submit the form.
  5. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the unlock request number.
  6. Select the link in the email within 24 hours of receipt to confirm the unlock request or the request will be cancelled.
  7. AT&T will respond within two business days to let you know the status of the unlock request.

How to unlock Sprint iPhone

If you want to unlock iPhone locked to Sprint, then follow the instructions below.

If you bought your iPhone after February 2015, Sprint automatically unlocks your iPhone within the US (domestic us) when it becomes eligible. By so doing, you don’t need to contact Sprint customer service or make a request for your device to be unlocked; the unlock will be applied automatically.

On the other hand, if the iPhone was purchased before February 2015, Sprint will notify you when your iPhone is eligible to be unlocked, and you must submit an unlock request to get it done.

Also note that domestic (withing the US) and international unlocking are handles separately. You must complete both request if you wish to use your iPhone outside the US territory.

Requirements to Unlock Sprint iPhone

Before Sprint will unlock your phone for domestic use, you have to meet several minimum criteria including:

  • The device is Domestic SIM Unlock capable
  • The device must be or have been active on the Sprint network for a minimum of 50 days
  • Any associated Service Agreement, Installment Billing Agreement, or Lease Agreement has been fulfilled including payment in full of any applicable early termination fees or end-of-lease purchase options.
  • The associated account is in good standing
  • The device has not been reported as lost or stolen, associated with fraudulent activity, or otherwise flagged as ineligible to be unlocked

International unlocking requests have a similar see of rules which include the following terms:

  • The device is capable of international SIM unlock
  • The person requesting the international SIM unlock is a current Sprint customer that can authenticate as the Account Holder or an Authorized Contact
  • The applicable device is currently active on a Sprint account and the applicable account has been active for at least 90 days.
  • The account is in good standing
  • Each phone number on the account is allowed up to two unlocked devices within a 12 month period.
  • The device has not been reported as lost or stolen, associated with fraudulent activity, or otherwise flagged as ineligible to be unlocked

How to Submit Sprint Unlock Request Form

If you meet the criteria above, you can contact the Sprint Customer Care (1-888-211-4727) to request for the Domestic SIM Unlock and Sprint Worldwide Care (888-226-7212) for international unlocking. Sprint’s unlocking policy details are available here if you need additional information.

2. How to Unlock iPhone using a third-party unlocking service

Apart from contacting carriers and asking them to unlock your iPhone for you, you can use a mobile phone unlocking services online. There are many third-party phone unlocking services online that charge small fee. I will soon review and publish the best iPhone unlocking services that you can use.

What to do After Unlocking your Phone

Once you unlock your iPhone, you can use your phone on any carrier by the following the instructions below:

  1. Power off your iPhone.
  2. Remove the existing SIM card from your phone.
  3. Insert the new SIM card (from the different carrier) in the SIM card slot.
  4. Restart the iPhone.
  5. After the iPhone restarts, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

Read Also: How to backup iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to iCloud, or iTunes

That’s it on how to unlock iPhone and use SIM card from another carrier. Hope this article has helped you, kindly share it. Thanks


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