iPhone 3 month wait before unlock with orange....jailbreak?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by iloatheorange, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. iloatheorange macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2012
    recently I was given an iphone 4 that was locked to the orange network; it was my friends phone originallly but they forgot to unlock before cancelling their account and moving abroad ...... :/ have to be careful, because at the end of the day they still gave me a free iphone so I'm not ungrateful, its just I'm so tantalisingly close to having an iphone.

    anyway. after dealing with orange and their absymally shameful policies regarding unlocks and their atrocious customer services, I have decided I refuse to give them another penny of my money unless I can absolutely avoid it.

    I have three routes to iphone nirvana; A) I speak to my friend and try get it unlocked via the network, but that may prove tricky being abroad and all. B) I run an orange sim in the phone for 3 months and then they will perform an unlock for me.... C) I jailbreak it and use it on a network that is cheaper, and who has better customer service and generally I am happier giving my money to.

    so to my point:

    Going with option c, could I potentially run the jailbreaked phone for 3 months before briefly reverting to an orange sim to get my free unlock?
  2. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    A jailbreak is not equal to unlock. You need to check the baseband and see if it's unlockable.
  3. iloatheorange thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2012
    hi there, thanks for the quick response, though I'm not sure that answers my question; when I said one option is to jailbreak the phone, I meant that I would jailbreak the phone and then unlock it using the 'unofficial means', I could then use the jailbroken phone elsewhere with a different sim....

    unless there is something I am missing...?
  4. TriJetHero macrumors 601


    Oct 13, 2010
    Yes you are missing something.

    Jailbreaking is one thing
    Using any SIM on a locked phone, unlocking, is a different thing.

    You can either have a software unlock, a SIM interposer or an IMEI unlock.

    Depending on your BaseBand (radio portion of your phone) 1 of the 3 might work.

    For a software unlock you need to Jailbreak first to be able to install the software.

    The SIM interposer doesn't work on all iOS versions and BB's

    An IMEI unlock through either Orange or a gray market online vendor is a permanent unlock and is independent of iOS or BB.

    What iOS/BB does the IP4 have?
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Guess what?
    Even if you JB the iphone 4 you will not be able to unlock it with "unofficial means" via a cydia hack unless the iphone 4 has baseband 01.59.00
    Anything higher than that and you cannot unlock it.
    Jailbreak does not mean unlock. 2 diffferent things.

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