5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2012 4:30 PM by Lawrence Finch Branched to a new discussion.
ecua_moreno Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I need to know if I can unlock my Iphone 4s, or how to do it. There is nothing online that helps with this.


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.0.1
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,215 points)

    The ONLY place that can unlock an iphone is the carrier to which it is locked AND ONLY if they offer this service.

     

    AT&T for example , does not unlock any iphone for any reason.

  • jordanfromgubbio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    you need to take your iphone into the store that you have bought it and ask if they can unlock it

  • tech4life Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    the iphone 4s is known as a world phone meaning all you have to do is insert a different sim card and your done it even says so in the fine print on the back of the box i got the iphone 4s and it wasnt unlocked and i use it on multiple carriers when i travel

  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,215 points)

    tech4life wrote:

     

    the iphone 4s is known as a world phone meaning all you have to do is insert a different sim card and your done it even says so in the fine print on the back of the box i got the iphone 4s and it wasnt unlocked and i use it on multiple carriers when i travel

    This is simply not true.

     

    While it is capable (in regard to hardware) to use GSM and CDM networks, they are not all unlocked ( software capable) of doing so.

     

    Some countries do offer unlocked iphones ( you can use them on any compatible netowrk).

     

    Many coutries do not offer this.  You would have to get the carrier to which it is locked to unlock it, and many carriers simply do not do this.

     

    You can see this here:

     

    iPhone: Locating wireless carriers

     

     

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (31,400 points)

    Wrong. Apple sells unlocked phones, but unless you specifically ask for an unlocked phone at an Apple store (or a carrier who offers unlocked phones) and pay the full price it will be locked to a carrier. Some carriers will unlock it after purchase, others will not. Some independent stores will hack phones to unlock them, but these are risky purchases because they do not have an Apple warranty, and if iOS ever needs to be reinstalled (or you upgrade iOS) they will cease working.