The reason many network providers SIM lock the iPhone is that they offer the phone at a discount to customers in exchange for a contract to pay for the use of the network for a specified time period, usually between one and three years.

This business model allows the company to recoup the cost of the phone over the life of the contract. Such discounts are worth up to several hundred pounds, Vodafone for example give you a 4S free of charge if you sign up to a 2 year contract. If the phones were not locked, users might sign a contract with one company, get the discounted phone, then stop paying the monthly bill (thus breaking the contract) and start using the phone on another network or even sell the phone for a profit. SIM locking makes it more difficult to do this.

Of course, this also means stuck to their contract rates, inability to use local sims when travelling (to save literally hundreds or thousands of pounds per month) and trying to keep us spending money with them for as long as possible.

An official iphone unlock provides an inexpensive way to factory unlock your handset so that you have total network freedom. Their permanent factory unlocks which whitelists your IMEI in the Apple iTunes database meaning that when you connect it to iTunes, it turns the unit into a factory unlocked unit – FOREVER.

If you owned the phone from new or you have finished your contract you can request an IMEI unlock from your mobile provider but this will still cost. (Networks Vary).

If you’re like me and bought your iPhone second hand you might find it easier to get help from a third party company to permanently unlock your iPhone.

I chose to take control of my iPhone unlock because they were extremely friendly, polite and answered all my questions over the phone. With so many fraudulent unlocking sites on the internet these days I certainly had my list of questions for them.

The thing I loved about their website was it was so easy to navigate around. The whole process of booking my permanent iPhone unlock was made simple and I didn’t even have to send off my phone to get it unlocked – it was all done remotely!

If you do decide to get an official iPhone unlock then will certainly keep you informed of the progress via email, from submission to unlock server, to whitelisting complete.

If you are thinking of selling your iPhone then you may find a previous post of interest. Read it HERE> Prepare yourself for the new iPhone and get ready to sell your iPhone 4S


Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) , What Stationers (2007) and more recently, Peter Millikin (2018). Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment.

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