Why I Did It
I decided to unlock my iPhone after realising the numerous benefits offered by an unlocked device. Actually, the process of trying to unlock my iphone 4 was not complicated and did not take long as many people think. You too can unlock yours by following the following simple steps.
Contact the Service Provider
Begin by checking if your carrier offers unlocking services because only a carrier can unlock the iPhone. Most importantly, inquire about your service provider's unlock policy. In case your carrier offers unlocking, request them to unlock your device. In most cases, after the carrier submits the request for unlock, the process takes about one week. Alternatively, contact the carrier you intend to switch to because many service providers will gladly unlock phones from their rivals so that they can beat competition.
I unlocked my iPhone because I wanted to switch to another carrier. However, before I could do that, I had to make sure that the new carrier could work with my phone. Note that some carriers may not work with certain phones. Therefore, you can know the compatibility of your iPhone to the carrier by asking the new service providers if they support your phone.
Steps When Unlocking Through a Paid Service
Due to some personal reasons, you may decide to unlock your phone through a paid service. If you choose this route, begin by looking for a service and you can do that by going through the many online companies that sell unlock codes for various types of phones. Do thorough research before making any payment to ascertain the legitimacy and the effectiveness of the online company of choice. Then obtain the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) code of your phone.
You can find the IMEI number printed on the back of the phone or on the SIM card tray.
Next, give the IMEI number to the selected company so that they can add your iPhone to their list. After presenting the IMEI code, do not forget to pay for the service so that the company can process your request and send you the unlock code. It may take the company a few hours or days to get the unlock code, which means you may have to wait. Once you get the unlock code, activate unlock by inserting the new SIM card from your preferred service provider and enjoy the services of an unlocked device.
Why I Unlocked My iPhone 4
Unlocking an iPhone opens you to wide range of opportunities. For instance, after unlocking, I got the benefit of using multiple networks unlike before when I could only use the services of a single service provider. In addition, it now offers me more bandwidth thereby enabling me to listen to the radio on my phone even without using Wi-Fi services. Looking back, I know I made the right move when I chose to unlock my iPhone.