Things to know about unlocking an iPhone 4  

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Gadgets

Phone unlocking refers to the process of enabling a phone to work on different carriers. iPhones are very popular smartphones and the iPhone 4 was probably the best sold model, but they are also quite expensive, which is why many people buy them through carrier subscriptions, in order to get better deals. When that happens, the iPhone comes locked to the network that sells it, meaning users cannot change carriers or use the phone with another SIM card from another network, unless they unlock the phone. If you want to know how to unlock an iPhone 4, the answer is pretty simple: resort to an unlocking service. There are numerous providers out there that operate in the field and can provide you with an unlocking code for your phone. All they need is the current carrier that the iPhone 4 is locked to and the IMEI number, which is the 15 digit number that you can find in the original box or by pressing *♯06♯ on the dial pad. However, before resorting to such a service, there are a couple of things you should know about iPhone 4 unlocking, or better said, things you should inquire.

A lot of people are worried about the safety of the process, mainly because few people know exactly how to unlock an iPhone 4. There had been numerous misconceptions about how unlocking an iPhone may damage the phone or the OS or even limit its functionality, but the truth is that the unlock process is completely safe, if you find a reliable and experienced service, and there will be no damage to your phone whatsoever. Other people worry about the legality of the issue. There are some who seem to believe that unlocking your phone is illegal, but the truth is the practice is perfectly legal anywhere in the world, except for the US, where you have to ask permission from the original carrier before proceeding with the unlocking. Another thins you should know is that, since the process is so popular, there are also many scams running around the Internet, so you should be very careful in choosing a service.

 

The way this entire unlocking goes is that you find a website that performs the service, enter Apple in the make field and iPhone 4 in the model field, then select the carrier that the phone is locked to and provide the IMEI number and your email address. After that, you submit your payment and the service will send you the unlock code on the email provided. If the service was a scam, the code won’t work and your phone will be locked still. In order to make sure that you don’t pay for nothing, look for reliable services, conduct a through market research, go on forums and blogs that debate this topic and you will certainly find recommendations from others who have used these services in the past. Also, be sure that the service you choose offers a guarantee, such as money back if the code doesn’t work. The bottom line is that it’s wise to be a little educated on the matter of how to unlock an iPhone 4 and what the process entails, before going on and paying for one.