Thanks to legislation passed in is the last two years, it is now a lot easier to switch your iPhone from one cellular service provider to another without having to abandon that device entirely and buy a new one or even worse, jailbreak your phone and run the risk of “bricking it”.
The new legislation makes it possible to open up ANY smart phone device to be used on ANY wireless carrier network – and not just in the United States, but around the world. This means that you’re going to be able to purchase a brand-new iPhone and use it whenever and wherever you feel like with any company providing you with the service that you’re looking for. That being said, most iPhones aren’t going to come unlocked right from the factory unless you purchase them directly from Apple and pay almost $800 for one right up front. On top of that, all previous version iPhone devices can be unlocked as well, but you’ll have to go through the software process of doing exactly that – and that’s what we are going to help you out with below.
Let’s dive right in!
Figure out how much it’s going to cost you to switch ahead of time. Sure, you won’t have to buy a brand-new iPhone to use on any carrier you like any longer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t really think about how much it’s going to cost you to jump from one wireless service to another.
Disconnect fees, new customer fees, service provider fees, taxes, and a whole host of other costs need to be calculated before you make the jump to that you know you aren’t getting taken for a ride by the new cellular service carrier that promise use you a much cheaper service without any loss in connectivity or performance.
Run these numbers before you cancel your service and you’ll be good to go. Always (ALWAYS) use the legitimate unlocking process provided by carriers and third-party agents. The absolute worst thing you can do when you’re trying to unlock your iPhone is go through the illegal process of “jailbreaking”. Not only do you run the risk of infecting your brand-new iPhone with malicious software looking to steal your personal, private, and payment information from you without you even recognizing it, but you also run the risk of locking down your device so that it cannot be used on ANY network just because a jailbreak process failed.
No, instead you’re going to want to unlock your IMEI number (think of it as your phone’s digital fingerprint) that ties you to one cellular service or another, allowing you to then use the device on any network you feel like using it on. Most of the major cellular carriers out there will help you go through this unlocking process, but some are going to charge you an extra fee as you go out the door. Others are going to really slow the process down on you, making it as inconvenient as possible that just because they don’t want to lose you as a customer. Third-party services, like the Unlock iPhone Den service, are going to provide you with near instant unlocking services that allow you to use your phone on any network of your choice around the world almost immediately.