We are moving to London and we'd like to bring our American mobile phones to use with whatever British network provider we decide to sign up with. We will no longer have a contract with our US carrier once we move. What do we have to do in order to use UK (and other European) SIM cards in our phones and have them work as well as they did in the US? Complication: Verizon [more inside]
posted by theory
on Jan 24, 2014 -
Reliable way to unlock an iPhone 4s w/o bricking? ...off Verizon. Must be jailbroken first? Plenty of AskMe Qs on unlocking but I can't find my answer. [more inside]
posted by Shane
on Jan 21, 2014 -
I know about the AT&T device unlock form
, but is there a reliable way to unlock an iPhone 4 myself without waiting for AT&T to respond? Although it is an AT&T phone, it has been a few years since we've been AT&T customers, so the PIN I entered in the form may not be correct, and this is a time-sensitive matter. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Dec 9, 2013 -
I was given a iphone 4s from a relative as a gift. I already have a nice android and thought it would be cool to just use the iphone as a ipod instead of just selling the gift and risk offending them. It came factory reset and stays on a activation screen awaiting a sim card. I can not figure out how to get past this screen and just use it as a device which is fairly easy to do with any android phone. Do I need to "unlock" or "jailbreak" the phone to bypass the sim card need or do I need to buy a sim card just to use it as a ipod with no carrier or phone functionality? Please help and recommend any useful software.
posted by isopropyl
on Nov 5, 2013 -
I live in Spain and travel regularly to London. I have a Sony Xperia Arc S which I unlocked when I changed mobile companies. It works fine here in Spain for voice and data.
HOWEVER, when I go to London, voice works fine but I cannot get data to work. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear
on Sep 14, 2013 -
I'm going to be traveling in Europe for 3 weeks, which PAYG SIM plan should I get for my unlocked iPhone 4? [more inside]
posted by Joh
on Jul 3, 2013 -
I'm heading to Bangkok in ten days for about two weeks. I looked into using my iPhone 5 overseas and the answers from ATT made me think twice about it. So for 100 bucks I bought a used Iphone 3GS. I figure I'd just buy a sim card there and I'd be all set. But then I thought I should check. Do I need to unlock it? or jailbreak it? Is there anything specific to Thailand and Iphones I need to know? What's the process here?
posted by rileyray3000
on Feb 13, 2013 -
How can I unlock an iphone tied to t-mobile in the UK?
I have received as a Christmas present an iphone which is locked to t-mobile. I am currently on an 02 contract that ties me for a further 6 months. Clearly, I would like to use my 02 sim with this iphone, however, when I went to a shop who specialised in phone unlocking, to get it unlocked, I was told that he could not unlock it and that it would take atleast a month to get t-mobile to unlock it. It was also mentioned that the merger of t-mobile in to the new company everything everywhere will probably delay the unlocking further. I am getting the impression that I will be forced to take out a t-mobile contract as it stands. Anyone out there have any recent knowledge about t-mobile unlocking.
posted by conrad101
on Dec 23, 2012 -
I'm trying to unlock a simple Nokia phone, but every online service that claims to do it seems very dodgy. Have you done this before? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen
on Dec 4, 2012 -
I have an iPhone 3GS, Version 5.0.1, Modem Firmware 06.16.05. Every unlocking method I've looked at states that if the 3rd, 4th and 5th digits of the serial number are greater than 135, unlocking could brick the phone. The digits on mine are 927. Is there any safe way for me to jailbreak and unlock my phone?
posted by amandi
on Nov 14, 2012 -
I live in London and will soon be travelling to Melbourne, Australia. I have an iPhone 4 and a contract with Three UK; this week I paid Three fifteen quid to unlock my phone so that I can use a local sim when I'm abroad.
Three sent me a text telling me my unlock request has been processed, and to finish the unlocking process I need to insert a non-Three sim card and connect the device to iTunes. I don't have another sim card and am not sure where I can get one before I catch my plane on Saturday. Help? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl
on Oct 31, 2012 -
How to root, upgrade to jelly bean, and carrier unlock my galaxy nexus SC-04D locked to docomo? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow
on Oct 25, 2012 -
Can you suggest a USB motor / solenoid / actuator that can by activated via the command line on my Windows 8 PC? I would like my front door to automatically unlock every time I approach it. Details are as follows: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly
on Sep 21, 2012 -
Having trouble making sense of unlocked GSM phones, SIM cards, and unlocking/jailbreaking US phones for travel to Iceland. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie
on Jul 17, 2012 -
I just had my Verizon iPhone 4s unlocked for international use and confirmed working with two different foreign SIM cards. Three questions:
posted by letitrain
on Jan 16, 2012 -
- Is this permanent? Can it ever be re-locked via software or some other method?
- Can this be used with US SIM cards, or are there restrictions?
- Is this phone now identical to an unlocked iPhone, or is it somehow different?
What's the best way to unlock & jailbreak an Iphone 3G (v.3.13) for use in Europe? [more inside]
posted by TDIpod
on Jun 7, 2011 -
How to upgrade my jailbroken/unlocked iPhone 3g from 3.0 to newer iOS, jailbroken and unlocked? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit
on Mar 31, 2011 -
There's a phone accessory booth in my local mall that claims that they can unlock my iPhone. Are they on the level? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR
on Mar 29, 2011 -
Is there something special about Verizon iPhone 4s that would prevent them from being unlocked and used with another carrier? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy
on Mar 5, 2011 -
I switched/upgraded to a Verizon iPhone 4 and now enjoy reception even in obscure places, like my apartment. What should I do with the (slightly cracked screen but still completely usable) iPhone 3gs? Fix/don't fix the screen? Sell it? Unlock it and sell it? Unlock it and keep it for traveling/guests? (I'm in the States). [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous
on Feb 27, 2011 -
Does anyone know the name of the app for myTouch, that lets you swipe a pattern with your finger to unlock the phone? I had it on the phone, but had to reboot and lost all of my apps. (Thankfully all were free) Thank you!
posted by jennstra
on Jan 9, 2011 -
What is the best way to upgrade a jailbroken+unlocked iPhone 3GS from 3.1.2 to 4.x? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by lord_yo
on Sep 27, 2010 -
I am looking to jailbreak and unlock my iPhone 3G with iOS 4.01 to sell on Ebay. My google-fu is failing to find a simple, concise method of doing so. Can you recommend a guide/webpage that does what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by helios410
on Jul 25, 2010 -
Can you please explain cell phone unlocking as it pertains to CDMA networks in the US? Or, more specifically, I have a Palm Centro for Sprint that I would like to use on Verizon, and I would like some advice on if this is possible and if so what do I do? [more inside]
posted by radioamy
on Jan 11, 2010 -
How should I go about unlocking a Canadian phone for use in Iceland? I have a compatible GSM phone but I have no idea how to go about unlocking it. [more inside]
posted by csjc
on Aug 27, 2009 -
Is it possible to unlock an iPhone 3GS without using ultrasn0w, legally or otherwise? Jailbroken apps are allowed.
posted by archagon
on Aug 18, 2009 -
I need advice on unlocking my first-generation iPhone and getting a cheap T-Mobile plan. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Jun 28, 2009 -
I bought an almost new iPhone 3G to unlock to use on T-Mobile. It has the latest modem firmware (2.30.03) and bootloader, so (I believe) there is not currently an unlock available. My question: has there been any indication from the iPhone Dev Team that an unlock is forthcoming for recently sold iPhones with current firmware versions? [more inside]
posted by letitrain
on May 24, 2009 -
I'd like to know the best way to move a selected group of files & applications to a new laptop, and advice to help ensure that my new Mac doesn't get bunged up with duplicate & improperly deleted files like my old one did, with its inexplicably full hard drive and crammed iTunes & iPhoto folders.
This is rather lengthy, geared to the slightly moronic layperson (me), and has 6 sub-questions inside. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus
on Dec 24, 2008 -
Should I upgrade my first gen jailbroken iPhone? Or can I re-jailbreak it to a later firmware? And which apps would you recommend I try out? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset
on Dec 15, 2008 -
Can I use a non-unlocked iPhone (3G if it matters) with another country's official carrier's SIM card? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora
on Sep 20, 2008 -
Rogers Mobile Locked my Blackberry Pearl and Threw away the key, what are some ways for me to unlock my phone. Links and direct solutions are more than welcome I can provide my IMEP key if anyone knows someone with a calculator but thats the only way i can find online and i know there are other, better ways to do this. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks
on Aug 20, 2008 -
I want to unlock my Blackberry Curve. Any free solutions? How do sellers come up with these unlock codes anyway? [more inside]
posted by PFL
on Aug 7, 2008 -