4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2013 9:45 AM by Keith Doherty3
charliepaul0511 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

hi ive got a iphone 4 on orange network ive upgraded to the iphone 5 but wanted to unlock my iphone 4 to any network does anybody have any idea how to get it unlocked?? all help appericated thanks

iPhone 4, iOS 6.1
  • 1. Re: how to unlock carrier
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    Contact Orange and ask them. They are the only people who can do it.

  • 2. Re: how to unlock carrier
    charliepaul0511 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ive asked them but they said its going to cost £20 and i will have to wait over a month for it to work!

    i just feel disapointed as ive finished my contract with them on the iphone 4 and they are not helping

    thought i would see if any one else had any ideas

  • 3. Re: how to unlock carrier
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    As I said, only Orange can do it. There are no other ideas. They set the terms of the unlocking process.


    Some networks unlock for free within a couple of days, but as you are with Orange, you'll have to do it on their terms.

  • 4. Re: how to unlock carrier
    Keith Doherty3 Level 4 Level 4 (1,735 points)

    The iPhone differs from all other phones in that the network lock is in software controlled by Apple however Apple require the network to authorise the unlock (NOT the user)


    The process for unlocking an iPhone requires the registered owner to contact their mobile operator and request an unlock and pay the requisite fee around £20.


    The mobile operator then contacts Apple to request white listing of the said iPhone.

    Apple confirm this is completed back to the mobile company

    (This takes anything between 3 days and 2 weeks)


    It will not take a month (never does)


    Once the mobile company has received the notification from Apple, they (the mobile operator not Apple) sends a text or email to the registered owner inviting them to connect the iphone to their computer using the supplied USB cable and to launch iTunes.


    A series of on screen prompts are followed and finally the Congratulations Your iPhone has been unlocked appears


    At this point the iPhone is disconnected from the computer and the original network Sim can be removed.


    Any network compatible Sim can now be placed in the iPhone.


    Caveat if you use a Virtual Network Sim card  (Tesco/GifGaf/BT Mobile/ Virgin etc.. ) you may loose the ability to send TEXT/MMS messages in some instances.

    Some Sim cards add support in settings that allow you to enter the correct APN (Wap) settings manually , however not all.

    Those that don't add this functionality may lead you being able to receive TEXT/MMS messages however not be able to send them.

    BE AWARE !