So when our son got a new iPhone a few months ago, we were thrilled that he gave his old iPhone 4s to us! (Thanks again Alex!).
But the iPhone 4s was "locked" to the Telus network here in Canada. We wanted to have our iPhone unlocked so that it could be used with any SIM card with any cellular carrier in the world.
Here's how we did it...
One of our readers suggested we try cellunlocker.net, a popular online service that will unlock just about any type of smartphone device.
It's a really simple procedure.
First, you need to get your phone's IMEI number. Every device has a unique 15 digit number that acts as that phone's identifier. Most devices will display the number by entering *#06# using that device's keypad...
Usually, you won't need to hit enter or send.
The 15 digit number will then pop up on your screen...
15 digit IMEI number.
Once you've sent cellunlocker.net the IMEI number and your contact info, they'll send instructions on how to unlock your device. Every brand and carrier is different, but usually you'll receive your unlock code with detailed (but easy to follow) instructions on how to proceed within 24 hours of placing your order.
With the iPhone 4s, I had to have a SIM card from a different carrier ready to use. So I put the SIM that is from Bell, currently being used in our mi-fi device into the iPhone. Then. simply had to plug my phone into iTunes, making sure that iTunes was recently updated. Then, after iTunes recognized the device, unplugged it, waited 10 seconds, and plugged it in again.
Simple...just like that!
Using that Bell SIM card, the iPhone searched for a network, found it, and we were online.
Our iPhone 4s, now working perfectly on the Bell network.
Simple procedure, with everything happening as it's supposed to. It depends on your device and carrier, but unlocking prices range from $19.99 to $69.99 USD.
Wouldn't hesitate to use cellunlocker.net again.
Now, we can use our iPhone in any country that we visit simply by picking up a pay as you go SIM card when we arrive in that particular country. Looking forward to trying it out during our 6 week visit to Colombia this coming November!