Saturday, September 25, 2021
Ios/Mac

How to Unlock iPhone & Use Any SIM


If your iPhone is locked to a particular carrier, it can be truly frustrating. Some iPhones will only work with a SIM card provided to the carrier they’re locked to – O2, EE, Three or Vodafone, for example. But there are other ways to unlock your iPhone so that you can use any SIM card. Here, we show you how.

Some iPhones are easier to unlock than others, depending on the carrier and the phone’s circumstances. Most iPhones purchased within the past few years will actually be unlocked already, but if your iPhone is older, your mobile phone provider may be able to unlock the phone for free, or you might find that you’re able to unlock your iPhone yourself.

You’ll discover that your iPhone has been locked to a particular network if you insert a SIM card from another network into the iPhone and attempt to make a call. If it doesn’t work, it’s likely that your iPhone is locked to your network. You might see an error messages such as “Invalid SIM,” “PAYT Lock,” “SIM Card Not Accepted,” “Enter SP Code,” or “Insert Correct SIM Card.”

Don’t forget that the iPhone 4S uses a MicroSIM, which is bigger than the nano-SIM you’ll find in all of Apple’s newer models.

Unlocking your iPhone is completely legal if you purchased the device unsubsidised or have finished paying for your contract. However, if you’re still paying for your contract, you technically don’t own the iPhone yet, so you really should check with your carrier before unlocking it.

Here, we’ve got a list of popular UK carriers and how to go about getting your iPhone unlocked by them.

Unlock an iPhone on EE

Unlock an iPhone on O2

Unlock an iPhone on Three

Unlock an iPhone on Virgin Mobile

Unlock an iPhone on Vodafone

Unlock an iPhone on Tesco Mobile

Third-party unlocking services

The Final Step





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