For iPhone owners who want total carrier freedom, the only solution so far has been to jailbreak one’s device and unlock it. Of course, there is also another huge limitation, and that’s the software version an iPhone owners is running, too, since iOS updates tend to break and disable unlock hacks. However, a number of websites are offering iPhone unlocking services remotely, but the price is pretty hefty.
iPhone hacker MuscleNerd says the following:
they’re not using a hack. They’re using actual access to the Apple database (which is why the unlock happens through iTunes)
Cut Your Sim was the first to gain attention for the service, charging $169.99 for a device unlock. The site does, however, appear to be working through a third party to perform the unlocking rather than performing it directly themselves. Several other sites (1, 2, 3) are offering similar services priced in the $170-$180 range. It is unclear, however, whether they are operating independently or if they are all working with the same party that has decided to offer the service to various storefronts while remaining silent behind the scenes.
It’s definitely pricy, but it should act as a permanent unlock if the IMEI is in Apple’s unlocked iPhone devices list. Of course, once this thing really becomes huge, Apple will undoubtedly find a way to get rid of the practice and make sure no one takes advantage of this exploit. So if you’re looking to unlock your device, and you don’t mind spending upwards of the cost of a new, subsidized iPhone, you should get on this now!
If you decide to jump on this opportunity to free yourself from your carrier’s grasp, feel free to let us know how it went. The price is a bit steep, but as an unlock solution without jailbreaking, it might be worth it to those who plan on jumping from carrier to carrier, or country to country, while hanging onto the same device. Or for those who plan on reselling them at outrageous prices.