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#431889 - 17th Sep 2010 10:20pm How to Unlock an iPhone
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We had a customer come into us last week and ask if we could unlock her iPhone, we told her that there were two ways to do it, either "jailbreak" (hack) the phone or get her service provider to do it, which, as she was at the end of her contact would take a few days and be a free service.
She said she was asking for her partner and would let us know. She came back in a few days later and said that she'd been told in the market (she did say who but I wont say here) that it couldn't be unlocked that way, and charged her 45 to do it, which took a few days.
I can't believe that someone can charge so much for what is essentially a free service, or 10mins of your time if you're doing it for someone.
So nobody else has to pay this charge I'll try and explain how to unlock your iPhone, properly.

Jailbreak - This essentially hacks away at the phone so you can load apps for free and use any sim card, it's not always successful and many people have "bricked" their phones doing this, there are many programs on the net which show you how to do it, most, if not all, are free, but use them at you own risk.

Orange - You must have been with them for at least 3m and have spent a minimum of 5 per month for those 3 months. There is a charge of 20, for Contract users this will be added to your bill for pay as you go this must be loaded as credit on the phone. You can't do this by email you must call them, Contract on 150, Pay as you Go on 450. They will take your details and process the request.

* The unlocking (for all networks) is done via Apple, the network sends the request to them and a few days (I have known it be the same day) later you get a text through saying that your iphone can now be unlocked. All you do is change the sim for one from another network and then connect the iPhone to iTunes, this then unlocks the phone and you can use any sim that you want to.

Vodafone - This is (usually) free if you are on contract or 15 if on PAYG. You simply fill in a form on the Vodafone website iPhone Unlock Vodafone and send the request, in a few days time you will recieve a text message and follow the instructions as above.

O2 - This is free if you are on contract (or if you give a contract phone number) and I have also known PAYG to be free but BE AWARE, if you are a PAYG customer and have 12m free Internet access this will cease as soon as you unlock the phone and they will ask you for 15p/m for it. Simply fill in the online form O2 iPhone Unlocking and you should get the email back in a few days, then simply follow the instructions above.

If anyone is confused, I've missed something out or you need to know more feel free to ask.

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#431890 - 17th Sep 2010 10:26pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: TheDr]
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here's an even easier way to jailbreak your iphone, ipod touch and ipad. just open this link in the safari browser on your idevice and slide to unlock: http://www.jailbreakme.com/

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#431895 - 17th Sep 2010 10:55pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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Originally Posted By: Shadow_Omega
here's an even easier way to jailbreak your iphone, ipod touch and ipad. just open this link in the safari browser on your idevice and slide to unlock: http://www.jailbreakme.com/


Easier than what ? I didn't tell people how to jailbreak their phones I gave the links and instructions how to do it properly.

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#431896 - 17th Sep 2010 11:06pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: TheDr]
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easier than having to contact your service provider, saves having to tether it to a PC or MAC with a majority of tools by accessing the site through the phone directly. plus it also enable you access to programs that are useful (such as better multitasking apps for older models that don't support the full IOS4 capabilities as well as extra app space, custom themes, emulation of older computer platforms) for free that aren't available on Apple's App Store.

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#431897 - 17th Sep 2010 11:20pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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Originally Posted By: Shadow_Omega
here's an even easier way to jailbreak your iphone, ipod touch and ipad. just open this link in the safari browser on your idevice and slide to unlock: http://www.jailbreakme.com/


Wow thanks, done in under 2 mins and works fine, now my iphones a sega megadrive too! laugh
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#431901 - 17th Sep 2010 11:32pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: _Ste_]
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Streets of rage and golden axe lol

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#431902 - 17th Sep 2010 11:34pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: _Ste_]
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i've managed to use one as a wii remote emulator alongside a Gamecube, Wii emulator. works very well but it's a shame it doesn't have any IR stuff.i've even managed to get Android, Flash to work on the iphone as well as having it as a portable NES, SNES, N64, GBA, NDS, Megadrive, Dreamcast emulation machine.

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#431903 - 17th Sep 2010 11:59pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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U know of any spectrum emulators for nokia? Ive got a mega drive 1 and a cracked tom tom on my phone.

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#431907 - 18th Sep 2010 12:09am Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: chev_chelios]
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Originally Posted By: stephen1972
U know of any spectrum emulators for nokia? Ive got a mega drive 1 and a cracked tom tom on my phone.


also Shadow can you get m.a.m.e for the iphone? asteroids, rally x, pacman, space invaders, galaxians, defender etc?
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#431910 - 18th Sep 2010 12:16am Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: _Ste_]
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you can find Zx Spectrum emulators for Nokia Models and Iphones Here: http://www.worldofspectrum.org/emulators.html

As for MAME. MAME4Iphone is a port of Mame 137 to the iphone. you can either search the Cydia store for it. or use this link for more info: http://www.zodttd.com/wiki/index.php/Mame4iphone plus it also has a link to info for a PSX emulator for iphone.


Edited by Shadow_Omega (18th Sep 2010 12:18am)

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#431911 - 18th Sep 2010 12:18am Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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Ta!

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#431916 - 18th Sep 2010 12:41am Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: chev_chelios]
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withthat

Thanks shadow happy
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#432362 - 19th Sep 2010 3:39pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: _Ste_]
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frown RRR mame don`t work on ios 4 yet, guttered
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#432371 - 19th Sep 2010 3:56pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: _Ste_]
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woohoo found another one that works laugh
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#432374 - 19th Sep 2010 4:10pm Re: How to Unlock an iPhone [Re: _Ste_]
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All networks HAVE to unlock any phone on request, as they are not allowed to tie phones to one network. They can charge a fee for unlocking though.

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