Comparing the Different Methods To Unlock An iPhone
Factory IMEI Unlock:
The first method for unlocking your iPhone,is a Factory unlock by IMEI which is done when the request from your carrier or a 3rd party unlocker such as CanadaUnlocking.com, the unlock is done by whitelisting the IMEI number in the Apple database.
This is usually the best solution as it is an official unlock from Apple however for some Carriers it is either very expensive or unlocking is not available at all.
When you Factory unlock your iPhone by IMEI method it is unlocked forever and you can update to new iOS versions, without worrying whether it will affect your unlock or not. IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity and it is a string of numbers which Apple uses to categorize iPhone’s as locked or unlocked.
If you want to Factory Unlock your iPhone, or to enquire about the pricing, go to this page, where you will find Factory Unlocking services for the USA and over 40 other countries:
How to Unlock the iPhone:
- Order the service by selecting the name of the carrier that your iPhone is locked to currently. [If you do not know then order our iphone carrier checker service first.]
- Wait for the e-mail stating that your order is completed successfully [ unlock code = Unlocked]
- Back up your iPhone using iTunes.
- When you have a backup, erase your iPhone.
- When you see the Welcome screen, connect your device to iTunes.
- Click the RESTORE button in iTunes
- After the RESTORE process is complete, you will be prompted to update your NEW carrier settings.Click the "UPDATE SETTINGS" button.
- The Message will be displayed: "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked"
iPhone Unlock Chip Method
The iPhone Unlock Chip Method of unlocking an iPhone involves purchasing a passthrough card or SIM interposer.
You purchase one of these special passthrough cards that essentially sits on top of your SIM card. In order to maintain this sort of unlock you must always keep the card between your SIM card and SIM card tray.
This method of unlocking has become more popular because our new Unlock Chip now supports the latest iOS versions, functions perfectly, it is less expensive and you can always use this same chip on other iPhones.
For example if in the future you buy a new iPhone or get your iPhone replaced by Apple then you can remove the CHIP from your old phone and place it into your new phone easily.
Some older Sim Chips were known to have issues, meaning they would suddenly stop working or they would not support all of Apples features such as iMessage etc. CanadaUnlocking.com is happy to have released the latest iPhone Sim Chip which works with all iOS versions.
It is the smallest and most powerful unlock chip to date, it has been rigorously tested and has proven to be the most reliable chip ever made.
To put our money where our mouth is, we are also offering a 3 month replacement warranty on them. Also it supports all of the iPhones great features such as iMessage. To date there is no noticeable difference in features between our sim chip and a Factory unlock by IMEI.
Which iPhone Unlocking Method To Choose?
Essentially you have two options when it comes to unlocking your iPhone.
- Sim Unlock Chip (Passthrough Card/SIM Interposer)
- Factory Unlock (Unlock by IMEI)
If you have chosen the IMEI Unlock then proceed to place your
If you have chosen the SIM Unlock Chip then place your order on the Top of this page.
Please note, that the chip will be physically mailed by USPS to your confirmed paypal or credit card billing address. Typically, the card is mailed out within 48 hours, and depending on where you live it should arrive by regular mail (USPS) within 2-14 days. Rural areas make take a little longer.