Over the past year and a half I had assisted many people with the unlocking of their iPhones. Many more people ask me about unlocking.
So instead of answering each of these people over and over again, I thought I post an article in my blog, which I can refer them to for more details.
- What Does iPhone Unlock mean?
Many carriers around the world will “carrier lock” a cell phone that they had subsidized for their customers. To ensure the purchaser of the cell phone stays as a customer of the carrier after the purchase, the carrier will normally do two things:
- Make the purchaser commit to a contract that bounds them to the carrier for a number of years (2 years is common). Of course the purchaser can break the contract, but there is usually a penalty to compensate the carrier for the subsidizing the cell phone.
- Carrier Lock the cell phone to the carrier’s network, meaning the cell phone cannot be used on any other cellular network in the world.