Getting a new iPhone is always exciting, but sometimes parting with the cash is not so easy. Many people turn to eBay and other second hand outlets, to find perfectly good handsets at reasonable prices.
However, many people quickly find their sim card, or chip, doesn’t work in their new iPhone. This is due to network locking – when most big mobile networks offer free or discounted phones, on a contract period, the phone is locked to that network until the contract has been paid.
Once that contract has been paid off, the phone legally belongs to the contract holder and can be unlocked to pass on to someone else, or sell for an upgrade. If you buy a new phone, be sure it isn’t stolen and that the contract is over and you will be able to unlock the phone to all other networks.
When researching how to unlock your iPhone, you might consider Jail Breaking. A popular tool to enable greater customisation of the phone and download none approved apps. Jail Breaking your phone is not illegal but it can become “relocked” with iOS updates and is a lot more susceptible to viruses.
For some people the risk of being relocked from their phone is minimal, so we have produced a list of pros and cons to help you make up your mind, if you find yourself with a network locked iPhone.
- Easy to do online.
- Paid apps for free.
- Often free or cheap and very easy to use.
- It unlocks the phone to other sim cards.
- You can customise the appearance on your iPhone and iPad.
- Jail-breaking is not illegal.
- It will void your Apple warranty.
- You will not be able to perform iOS updates.
- Unauthorised apps may cause viruses and put you at risk for malware.
- You compromise the security of the phone, allowing app producers to enter your phone through the app.
Official iPhone Unlock
- It is cheap.
- All you need is an IMEI number and wireless connection.
- It is quick.
- It is completely legal.
- It lasts a lifetime – despite iOS updates.
- Will work with any sim in any country.
- You keep your Apple warranty.
- It is the exact same phone that can simply accept different sim cards.
- It doesn’t open up your access to outside of Apple apps.
- You cannot personalise the phone.
Robyn Edwards currently writes for Official iPhone Unlock, a worldwide iPhone unlocking service that works on all UK carriers and most worldwide networks too. If you’re headed to a new country, want to sell your phone to someone else, or simply just want to change your network visit our site today to find out more about unlocking your iPhone or iPad.