[Blabber] Unlock UK iPhone to use in US?

Jim Harris hardcoded at me.com
Mon Aug 20 15:43:59 UTC 2012


Thanks for help advice everybody

On 20 Aug 2012, at 16:39, Justin Levinson wrote:

> Unlocking.  Jailbreaking (rooting) means running unauthorized software.  Unlocking means you can use any SIM card.  Jailbreaking is much easier, the most recent baseband versions (the software controlling the low-level phone functions) have not been cracked, which means you can't unlock the phone.
> 
> He wants to use a US SIM because his UK one (O2?) is going to cost him an arm and a leg.  Same for if we travel to another GSM network, AT&T absolutely destroys you with cost.  He has to unlock the phone to do that.

I'm on Vodafone - O2, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and "3" are our carriers over here.

> 
> On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Peter Shenkin <shenkin at gmail.com> wrote:
> But is the issue unlocking or is it rooting?
> 
> -P.
> Sent from my G2.
> 
> On Aug 20, 2012 11:21 AM, "Guan Yang" <guan at yang.dk> wrote:
> I just buy unlocked phones.
> 
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> On Monday, August 20, 2012 at 11:17 , Antonio wrote:
> 
> > One of the many reasons I gave up on iphones. Too annoying to keep the phone updated, jailbroken and baseband unlocked. This said there's quite a few backalley shops that will still fix it for you if at all possible. There's a couple of shops on 32nd st. that will do it.
> >
> > On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM, Guan Yang <guan at yang.dk (mailto:guan at yang.dk)> wrote:
> > > They use the same methods we do. A few also use SIM card hacking tricks, like creating a fake SIM or inserting a layer between your SIM and the phone.
> > >
> > > A factory unlocked phone will have no problems with activation.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Monday, August 20, 2012 at 10:53 , Justin Levinson wrote:
> > >
> > > > Do you know how the backalley shops do 'unlocking'? Is it just jailbreak->software unlock? Can they do it if your baseband is past the unlocking point? How does the original carrier do a HW unlock, is it flashing the firmware? Surprised nobody's paid a customer-service droid and taken the procedure/software to do it.
> > > >
> > > > And Jim, yes, unlock means you can use any SIM. I believe there's still an issue if you need to activate the phone without a legit carrier SIM, but it shouldn't be a problem with a phone that was already activated. You can also pick up a 3G/3GS on craiglist/ebay here for cheap.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM, Guan Yang <guan at yang.dk (mailto:guan at yang.dk) (mailto:guan at yang.dk)> wrote:
> > > > > Yup. I think you need the original carrier to do the unlock if you want a clean factory unlock. I don't think AT&T can do it if you didn't buy the phone from them.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On Monday, August 20, 2012, Jim Harris wrote:
> > > > > > Yeah fair point. Unlocking is unlocking full stop is it as opposed to unlocking just for the US, UK, Europe or wherever? That said I'm going to be crazy busy up until I fly so one less job the better!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On 20 Aug 2012, at 15:39, Justin Levinson wrote:
> > > > > > > Provided you haven't updated your baseband past one of the unlockable ones, I can help you. If you have, there isn't much I can do unless you can convince an AT&T shop to do the hardware unlock, which they will for out-of-contract phones.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Why not just get it unlocked in the UK?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Guan Yang <guan at yang.dk (mailto:guan at yang.dk)> wrote:
> > > > > > > > I think here it's more common to find someone on Craigslist who can do it for you. There are fewer shops that do it, but they do exist.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > Unlocking an iPhone can be an unstable process that will be reversed by the next software update. You could just try to unlock it right now and see if it will work with a prepaid SIM card from a different UK carrier. If it does, it should also work here. iPhone 4 can usually also be unlocked.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > When you get your US prepaid SIM card, your best bet is AT&T. Don't tell them you have an iPhone because they are technically not allowed to sell them to iPhone users who are supposed to have an expensive postpaid plan. They'll also mislead you about your ability to get data on it, that's all crap. Just say you have an old Nokia flip phone or something that you left at the hotel.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > Once you have your card and it's activated, call 611 to activate a prepaid data plan. You can get 1GB for $25.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > On Monday, August 20, 2012 at 10:20 , Jim Harris wrote:
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > Hey chaps and chappesses
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > English Jim here. Three weeks until I'm Stateside. Wahoo!
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > Over here in the UK in the right part of town every other shop is a mobile phone shop with jailbreaking, unlocking and what not.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > You got the same deal going on over there?
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > I've an iPhone 3GS that's due an upgrade. I could upgrade to an iPhone 4, leave that here at home, and take old 3GS with me and get it unlocked in the US and a US SIM card put in. Feasible?
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