Unlock the treasure inside your iPhone!

The interwebs have been bursting at the seams lately with an exploding business: cell phone unlockers.  There are are literally thousands of these services available, and chances are many are legitimate, however that would also imply that there are quite a few that may have nefarious means behind gathering user data.  Today, I have the pleasure of sharing a recent experience USAPhoneUnlockers.

Having enjoyed the experience of ordering my new iPhone 5, I was left with the exciting task of unloading my iPhone 4S; as you may well know, selling an unlocked version of your iPhone could increase its value by as much as $100 - $150 dollars.  Ultimately, I was able to find Art and Adam with USAPhoneUnlockers.

If you’re active on Twitter, you’ll know that these unlock services often have their own Twitter identity, as does USAPhoneUnlockers, and I had the chance to converse with them long enough to feel comfortable doing business with them.  Depending on the deivce / carrier you have, these unlocks can take as quick as a few hours, or as long as a few days.  While I didn’t “need” an unlock quickly, I opted to test their performance, for our followers and readers who may find themselves in a situation where they need to quickly unload their device.

The buying experience itself is pretty simple - provide the necessary information, add to Cart, then checkout and wait for completion.

On Thursday, I submitted my information (Device type / Carrier / IMEI etc.) at around 6AM.  I proceed with my day as usual, and came home from work anxious to check the status of my unlock.  DISCLAIMER: Having never used a service like this before, I’ll freely admit my n00bish awareness of the process.  While I knew to plug my phone into iTunes, I didn’t know it should be rebooted in order for any unlock to take effect.  After a quick Google search, I realized I should reboot my phone and then plug it into iTunes, and was then greeted with this lovely sight:

In real time, about 12 hours passed between my submission and the time I realized my phone was unlocked.  Because I hadn’t realized I should reboot my phone to check the status, the service itself was possibly finished hours earlier!  Not long after my realization the unlock was completed, the verification email came through from USAPhoneUnlockers, along with their acknowledgement of a busy day.  As it turns out, getting your iPhone unlocked was a popular thing to do on Thursday.  Not sure why, it’s not like a new phone was being released the next day.

You may recall that AT&T recently offered a web portal to request iPhone unlocks; having attempted that myself, and having spoken with numerous people at AT&T, the challenge there is entirely based on how long the contract still exists on the device.  In my case, I got the 4S on opening day last year, so it was “under contract” until October of 2013 and ineligible for an unlock.  Unsatisfied with that conclusion, I sought another option.

USAPhoneUnlockers did a great job in my estimation and therefore I provide my endorsement of their service to you.  If you’re getting a new phone and looking to sell the older one, or perhaps buying a phone and looking to switch carriers, you’d be wise to consider the services via USAPhoneUnlockers.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Babak-Mir-Eschghi/621128626 Babak Mir-Eschghi

    Even if you don’t meet AT&T’s requirements to unlock your iPhone, it can still be done with UnlockStreak activations for iTunes, which turns it into iPhone unlock software. That type of unlock is permanent like the one from AT&T.

  • http://www.youtube.com/matthewmspace matthewmspace

    I unlocked my 4S today via @chronic. It was just $30. And it worked. Great experience with him.

  • Eric Foust

    I just unlocked two iPhone 4s’s today with AT&T one bought on lauc day and one bought a month later. They asked no questions and unlocked the devices sice I had just bought two new iPhone 5′a that replaced the 4s’s even tho I bought the 5′s with other lines on my contract.

    • http://twitter.com/The_liv80 The Liv

      Good to hear! Not everyone is in the same boat, with multiple lines on their account to use for upgrades. But yes, in your situation, that is a possibility. For others, unlocking via AT&T is a very tall order.