iPhone iPhone repair shop/stores methods of unlocking

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by WhoUcallinNooB, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. WhoUcallinNooB, Jul 29, 2012
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    WhoUcallinNooB macrumors newbie

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    Well I guess the first step when trying to unlock your Iphone would be to call your carrier, and simply see if it's possible for them to factory unlock your phone right? But what if your not with that carrier, or you may not be out of your contract yet. There are even some cases where a carrier customer my have reached their limit on unlocking through their account.

    So because of these limitations put on your phone one has to resort to ether jailbreaking or going to a third party unlockers (phone repair/hacking shop), which can be quite pricey! I guess the question that I'm putting to the forum is, what are the methods used by these shops, and why isn't possible for everyone to use them?

    From my very limited understanding, the idea is to get your imei number white listed on the apple server, and since this is only possible through apple, how can a third party do this? Hacking seems to be unlikely since no one has figured out any algorithm with the nck password (at least not to my knowledge).

    IS THIS JUST AN INSIDER THING? ;)
     
  2. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    It is possible for every carrier to unlock every iPhone they sell.

    The real question is will they unlock your iPhone.
    Each carrier has their own policy - from none to some to all iPhones
     
  3. WhoUcallinNooB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, I understand that point, but what is it that allows these third parties to unlock iphones and not your average joe?
     
  4. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    They have a source to get your IMEI into Apple's whitelist unlock server.
     
  5. WhoUcallinNooB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Whats the source? Is it a software? Is it someone working at apple?
     
  6. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    It isn't a single source. Each grey market dealer has their own contact.
     
  7. WhoUcallinNooB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ohhh ok, so what are some they use?
     
  8. labman macrumors 604

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    kind of like a street drug dealer won't reveal there contacts. ;) if they did we could cut of the middle man or steel the contact and start our own grey market. Also explains why it's called a grey market.
     
  9. WhoUcallinNooB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, but this is my attempt to cut out the middle man and and post for free!! Do you have any idea? Because honestly, people who aren't tech literate, they'll still go to grey markets.
     
  10. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    I think you are missing the point.
    Persons with access to add IMEI numbers to Apple whitelist are not doing this for free.
    They are charging a fee and the grey market dealers are adding a surcharge of their own.
     
  11. WhoUcallinNooB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok I see, gotcha. Any brute force software?
     
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  13. WhoUcallinNooB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Lol I know right... But I'm kinda taking the position of not knowing anything... I actually know a lot about iphones, and I know a couple of sources for $50 a unlock. I could do that and charge $150. What I was hoping to luck up on is maybe some kind of brute force software.
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No, there is no brute force software that will officially unlock an iphone.
    They use official methods, someone with acess to a carriers system that sends imei's to Apple for unlocking.
     
  15. WhoUcallinNooB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the insight apple, any news on a 5.1.1 unlock?
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nothing as far as I know but if you really want it factory unlocked theres plenty people selling IMEI unlocks for $50-60
    Might be worth it.
    Some gevey sim unlocking adapters sell for $30-40 and they can become useless if you upgrade your phones firmware.
    An official unlock is forever for that device.
    Up to you.
     

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