How to Unlock Your iPhone 5

Published: 15th October 2012
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The Apple iPhone 5 went on sale Friday September 21, 2012. It's a terrific cell phone, that features a bunch of fantastic upgrades. It provides a simple yet attractive style, has blazingly fast LTE data speeds, provides a considerably better camera, an even better screen having a better resolution, along with an incredible battery life. The new IOS6 also reveals some great modifications while still keeping it quick and simple to use.

A few of the impressive capabilities of this smartphone include a Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor chip, Apple A6 chipset, PowerVR SGX 543MP3 GPU, 16/32/64 GB of integrated storage space, 1 GB RAM, 4.0 inch Corning Gorilla Glass with oleophobic coating, LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, 8 Mega pixel autofocus LED flash digital camera, 1080p@30fps video, secondary 1.2 MP 720p@30fps camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Gps, and works on the iOS 6 Os. The phone can work on 2G networks (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428, CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429), 3G networks (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429), and 4G networks (LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429, LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429).

In the event that you bought an iPhone 5 and decided to change service provider, or perhaps you are vacationing and wish to use the phone with a different simcard, you will have to get it unlocked. If you don't unlock it, a warning message will be displayed on the phone the moment you put in a new simcard.

Unlocking your iPhone 5 by using this process will result in a permanent unlock, and therefore you can take updates from Apple without the fear of re-locking the phone. It will work for any iPhone 5, no matter what the software/firmware version.

The following are the details you will need to unlock your iPhone 5:

1. Place a non-accepted simcard into your phone (a simcard that isn't from the original service provider).

2. Power on phone.

3. Phone will show "Activation Required". If you've already acquired an unlock code, you can skip to step 4. If you don’t have an unlock code, take a glance at the footer of this article for instructions on where you can get one.

4. After paying for an unlock code, you will need to wait for your unlock activation email. This is an email that we will send you to inform you that your cell phone is now unlocked.

5. When you get the activation e-mail, you are ready to perform the unlock process. Open the apple itunes software on your computer. If a new version of iTunes is offered, take the update.

6. With iTunes open, plug your phone to your computer. Your iPhone should go to the home screen and you ought to see some signal bars from your new carrier in the top left hand corner. On your computer, the message "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked" will be displayed. Click "continue" to finish configuring your iPhone.

7. Your phone is now factory unlocked.

Once unlocked, you may pop in a sim card from just about any provider and your phone should instantly pick up the network. Sometimes you may have to adjust several settings on the phone (e-mail and other internet affiliated services) by simply pointing them to your new carrier.

If you are interested in unlocking your cellphone, you can visit They can provide you with your iPhone 5 unlock code, as well as unlock codes for any other cellphone make or model. Or, in case you simply need more detailed instructions on how to unlock iPhone 5 cellphones, take a look at their customer support section.

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