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Hack lets you unlock your iPhone without jailbreaking it

By Emil
Apr 12, 2011
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  1. GSM Phone Source is offering a new service that claims to unlock your iPhone so that you can use it on any GSM carrier, without jailbreaking your device first. It works by adjusting your phone's IMEI, the number unique for every GSM phone that allows your carrier to identify your device. The unlocking process will set you back $180, but it does reportedly work, according to BGR.

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  2. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 843   +11

    Its kinda a cool sounding idea but its $180 and it sounds WAY to easy for that IMEI number to be removed from the whitelist. On top of that IDK how comfortable I would be giving that number out to a stranger.
  3. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    >.> Just jailbreak it... it'll cost you next to nothing if you do it yourself. lol
  4. It is also illegal to tamper with the imei of a handset, at least in Europe it is, no telling what its like in the lawless west!
  5. The GSM Phone Source website mentions this while describing the step by step to get your iphone unlocked:

    Simple. All you need is give us the IMEI of the phone and model. Within 1-2 days you will be emailed confirmation that the process is complete. Then you will just need to sync your phone to iTunes to finalize the process.

    This is in direct opposition to the comment made on the article that:

    There's just one problem. As easily as someone can add your IMEI to the database to whitelist your iPhone, it can be removed as well. As a result, your iPhone will be locked again as soon as you connect it to iTunes. In other words, use this service at your own risk.


    Who should we believe, could the author double check things out? Cuz 180$ is pretty hefty if it's that easy to revert the IMEI mapping by accident
  6. Dobblar

    Dobblar Newcomer, in training

    Just buy it from New Zealand...Comes out the box unlocked :)


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