Hack lets you unlock your iPhone without jailbreaking it

By on April 13, 2011, 7:00 AM
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.

When you sign up for the service, you must provide your iPhone's IMEI (connect your iPhone to your computer, launch iTunes, click the Summary tab for the device, and then click on Phone Number). They'll email you within 48 hours to confirm that your phone has been unlocked. You'll then have to sync with iTunes before inserting any GSM SIM card into your iPhone.

For those in the US, remember that this will only work with the AT&T iPhone, not the Verizon iPhone.

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.




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TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

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.

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

>.> Just jailbreak it... it'll cost you next to nothing if you do it yourself. lol

Guest said:

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!

Guest said:

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

Dobblar said:

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

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