Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How does Permanent iPhone Unlock Works on iOS 6

Last night we informed you concerning LetsUnlockiPhone5, a web site which provides permanent unlock for iPhone for the hefty price of $170. A number of people have been speculating on how this company really works. The most explained possible way LetsUnlockiPhone5 operates was that in some way, Apple’s database of unlocked iPhones had been hacked into, enabling online hackers to insert any kind of iPhone to the directory.

This is not how services like permanent iPhone Unlock work. We actually wrote about the way an official iPhone unlock works last year, but I guess it’s time to refresh everybody’s memory.

How can an iPhone be permanently unlocked?

First, in order to be officially and permanently unlocked, your iPhone IMEI (your iPhone fingerprints) has to be added to Apple’s database of unlocked iPhones. For example, if you live in France where you can buy an unlocked iPhone from one of the official carriers, this carrier will send your IMEI to Apple, which will add it to its database of whitelisted/unlocked iPhones.

Once added to the database, you need to sync your iPhone in iTunes. By communicating with Apple, iTunes will see that your device is whitelisted and will remove the lock on your iPhone, for good.

How can a web site just like LetsUnlockiPhone unlock your iPhone?

No, LetsUnlockiPhone along with other related websites didn’t hack into Apple’s database. They’re unlocking iPhones in almost complete legality. The way that they are doing it is by using accomplices at huge phone carriers that offer valid iPhone unlocks. For example, the blokes at CutYourSIM may know somebody (and most likely pay him a lot of money) which works for USA T-Mobile. The accomplice is sent a couple of IMEIs to add to Apple’s database on behalf of T-Mobile and voila, a bunch of iPhones have been permanently unlocked.

I used USA T-Mobile as a preview, but it could very well be another official iPhone wireless carrier that gives permanent iPhone unlock. The truth is nobody was hacked. Several intelligent individuals just identified a not-so-legit way to legitimately unlock any iPhone. I’m sure Apple will figure out soon enough who submitted these IMEIs to unlock and will act accordingly.

via LetsUnlockiPhone

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