Contract buyout/Unlocking

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rayjay86, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011

    I'm new to unlocking; I had ultrasn0w installed once on my 3G a long time ago but I didn't really need it, just wanted to see if it worked.

    I now have an iPhone 4 that's been under contract for a year. I am moving out of NA for school in February and would like to take the phone with me rather than buy a new one. I upgraded to 4.3.3 without knowing about the whole baseband preservation thing. My current phone is jailbroken (

    What are my options? I'm with Rogers and their contract buyout doesn't seem to also come with an unlock for your current hardware (which I find bull#*$% but that's another issue).

    Should I:
    1. buy a new iPhone in the new country and try and sell this one with 1.5 years of contract remaining
    2. update to iOS 5 and preserve my current (4.10.01) baseband in the hopes that it will be unlocked soon?
    3. ...I don't know, suggestions would be nice.

    Thanks for your help. Also, I really don't understand this SHSH blobs thing. I've tried to figure it out. Is it worth it for me to start "saving" them?
  2. forcetactic macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    I would buy a Gevey ultra for ~$15 on ebay. It's hardware that requires a jb but will unlock your phone for you. However, it doesn't work on iOS 5.

    And sorry I'm not familiar with contract buyout. Does that mean that Rogers will pay the ETF for your US carrier if you switch to them?
  3. rayjay86 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    I'm not sure what ETF means.
    I think if I buy out of my contract ie. pay the penalty to end the contract early, I was under the impression that I would be able to get my phone unlocked, since I am not longer under contractual obligations to the company therefore the phone is now my property.

    I have Gevey Pro that I bought for my current phone but haven't used it. I had planned to use it in Europe this summer but ended up getting along just fine with wifi and texting. Hopefully they figure out a way to make it work for iOS 5 though...
  4. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    ETF = Early Termination Fee = penalty to end the contract

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