Factory unlocked iPhone

Updated: July 7, 2012

On June 14, 2011 Apple released an unlocked version of the iPhone 4 in the United States. To determine if your iPhone is factory unlocked launch Settings, press General, then select About then look at the Model entry.
  • MC603LL/A is the black 16GB version.
  • MC605LL/A is the black 32GB version.
  • MC604LL/A is the white 16GB version.
  • MC606LL/A is the white 32GB version.
On November 11, 2011, Apple released an unlocked version of the iPhone 4S in the United States.
  • MD234LL/A is the black 16GB version.
  • MD241LL/A is the black 32GB version.
  • MD257LL/A is the black 64GB version.
  • MD237LL/A is the white 16GB version.
  • MD244LL/A is the white 32GB version.
  • MD260LL/A is the white 64GB version.
On April 8, 2012, AT&T began unlocking iPhones for customers that have completed their contract, or have paid an early termination fee. You simply log in to your AT&T account, then go to Technical Support and intiate a chat session. You then provide some account information along with the IMEI of the iPhone. AT&T verifies that your iPhone is able to be unlocked and submits your IMEI to Apple for unlocking. You then connect to iTunes and restore the iPhone (or just use redsn0w to deactivate it then reconnect it) and it is unlocked. I unlocked an iPhone through AT&T and documented the process here.





I own an unlocked iPhone 4S, and am creating this page to show you what to expect when you receive one. It's really nothing special at all. I will then refer you to another of my tutorials so that you can jailbreak with the Absinthe or redsn0w program.

To order the unlocked iPhone go to this page: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone   Then select whether you want an iPhone 4:

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Or an iPhone 4S:

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Step 1.

The unlocked iPhone does not come with a SIM card. Upon boot up you will see this screen.

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Regardless of the SIM installed, you must connect the iPhone to iTunes to activate it. Activation is immediate (even with an inactive SIM installed).

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Once you've made your choices in iTunes you'll see a screen like this next.

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Everything else takes place on your iPhone as far as set up. The iPhone searched for the network, and my T-Mobile SIM was working within a minute. I used a custom firmware to maintain an older baseband just as proof the method worked.

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Step 2.

To jailbreak your iPhone check out the Read Me First page here.




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