iPhone 6(S)(+) Online unlocking services

rockitdog

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Has anyone ever used an online unlocking service? My father in law is about to retire and his company is letting him keep his company 6s. He has t-mobile as his personal provider. Anyone ever used an online unlocking service or have one they can recommend?
 

Banglazed

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T-Mobile unlocks are expensive unless you're willing to pay for third party unlocking. Since it is an older device, it should be out of EIP by now. Do you know if it is? If it's already paid off, request it through T-Mobile rep either on the phone or T-Force on FB and they should be able to unlock it for free.
 

eyoungren

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Online unlocking is a scam. They charge you for what you can do for free.

If the phone is paid off, T-Mobile will unlock it for free.
If the phone is not paid off, even the online scam companies can’t unlock it.
I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a scam.

It's certainly unethical, I will grant that. Unlock services use inside employees to submit unauthorized unlocks and to install unauthorized software that allows outside access for the purpose of submitting unauthorized unlocks.

But if the carrier is telling you that they will not unlock a paid off device and you're willing to overlook how it happens…you can get your device unlocked.

The price reflects the risk and danger in burning the inside contact or software hack.
 

Helmsley

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Online unlocking is a scam. They charge you for what you can do for free.

If the phone is paid off, T-Mobile will unlock it for free.
If the phone is not paid off, even the online scam companies can’t unlock it.
+1.

In the UK at least, mobile operators must unlock devices for free. I did this when I had an iPhone 5 that was locked to the EE network. A quick call to them and it was unlocked.
 

KGB7

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I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a scam.

It's certainly unethical, I will grant that. Unlock services use inside employees to submit unauthorized unlocks and to install unauthorized software that allows outside access for the purpose of submitting unauthorized unlocks.

But if the carrier is telling you that they will not unlock a paid off device and you're willing to overlook how it happens…you can get your device unlocked.

The price reflects the risk and danger in burning the inside contact or software hack.
That’s not how it works. There is no software installation to unlock your phone.

You go to the scam website, submit your phone details; serial number and emie number.
Then they use those numbers on cell phone carrier website to submit a request to unlock your phone.
If your phone is paid off, they get a code for free.
If your phone is not paid off, they will get an email stating that phone can’t be unlocked.

It’s the same steps you and I can do, but you pay some one else to do it for you.

So yes, it’s scam.
 

eyoungren

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That’s not how it works. There is no software installation to unlock your phone.

You go to the scam website, submit your phone details; serial number and emie number.
Then they use those numbers on cell phone carrier website to submit a request to unlock your phone.
If your phone is paid off, they get a code for free.
If your phone is not paid off, they will get an email stating that phone can’t be unlocked.

It’s the same steps you and I can do, but you pay some one else to do it for you.

So yes, it’s scam.
You have two misunderstandings.

One. I did not say software installation to unlock a phone. What I said was unauthorized software installed on the CARRIER'S network to allow OUTSIDE submission of unauthorized unlocks.

If you don't understand what I mean by that, look up AT&T and their lawsuit against Swift Unlocks. Swift Unlocks paid AT&T employees to install software on AT&T computers that allowed remote access by Swift Unlocks to access AT&T's systems from the outside in order to submit unauthorized unlocks.

Swift Unlocks was found out because AT&T's IT personnell wondered why unlocks were being submitted by their computer systems during non-business hours (eg. 2am) when those facilities were closed and barred to employees.

Second misunterstanding. iPhones don't use unlock codes. Which is why the carrier has to submit the unlock request to Apple.

You may be right in regards to other phones, but not with iDevices.
 

KGB7

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You have two misunderstandings.

One. I did not say software installation to unlock a phone. What I said was unauthorized software installed on the CARRIER'S network to allow OUTSIDE submission of unauthorized unlocks.

If you don't understand what I mean by that, look up AT&T and their lawsuit against Swift Unlocks. Swift Unlocks paid AT&T employees to install software on AT&T computers that allowed remote access by Swift Unlocks to access AT&T's systems from the outside in order to submit unauthorized unlocks.

Swift Unlocks was found out because AT&T's IT personnell wondered why unlocks were being submitted by their computer systems during non-business hours (eg. 2am) when those facilities were closed and barred to employees.

Second misunterstanding. iPhones don't use unlock codes. Which is why the carrier has to submit the unlock request to Apple.

You may be right in regards to other phones, but not with iDevices.
I didn’t say anything about installing it on phone self.


With AT&T branded iPhone and I’m speaking from personal experience.
You submit unlock request on the AT&T website.
After about 24 hours, AT&T sends you an email, either denying a request or approving unlock request.
 

eyoungren

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With AT&T branded iPhone and I’m speaking from personal experience.
You submit unlock request on the AT&T website.
After about 24 hours, AT&T sends you an email, either denying a request or approving unlock request.
Yes.

But the assumption is that the device is paid off. Or that they will approve it.

Where do you go if the device is not paid off or the carrier denies the unlock?

Is third party unlocking a scam then?
 

KGB7

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Yes.

But the assumption is that the device is paid off. Or that they will approve it.

Where do you go if the device is not paid off or the carrier denies the unlock?

Is third party unlocking a scam then?
If unpaid phone can be unlocked, then it’s not a scam.
 

westislander

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Thankfully we no longer have these issues in Canada. Since December 1st of last year, all phones sold by the carriers must be unlocked and if you've purchased one before that date, they have to unlocked them free of charge regardless whether the phone is paid for or not. Before the law change, carriers used to charge $50 to unlock your phone and only after 90 days from the date of purchase.
 
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iPhonagain

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Thankfully we no longer have these issues in Canada. Since December 1st of last year, all phones sold by the carriers must be unlocked and if you've purchased one before that date, they have to unlocked them free of charge regardless whether the phone is paid for or not. Before the law change, carriers used to charge $50 to unlock your phone and only after 90 days from the date of purchase.
That sounds great but doesn’t Canada still have incredibly high prices regardless of carrier?
PS, I love Canada!
 

westislander

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That sounds great but doesn’t Canada still have incredibly high prices regardless of carrier?
PS, I love Canada!
Yeah plan prices are pretty up there here in Canada but luckily for me, I live in the province of Quebec where we have more competition resulting in significantly lower rates compared with the rest of the country.

For example, a 12GB plan here in Quebec with the major carriers costs $85 CAD while the same plan in Ontario and several other provinces costs $125 CAD.

Regardless of pricing, it's one less hassle to go through and that my friend is priceless.
 
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