Not being able to use iPhone 5 to its fullest can be quite annoying, especially when you are stuck between different carriers. But you can break that chain and free yourself by unlocking your iPhone 5 for good. If you are on any of the following carriers then here is a guide on how you can unlock your iPhone 5.
Unlock iPhone 5 [Sprint]
If you happen to be on Sprint then you can directly talk to their support team, the only thing that they will be asking is you IMEI number and some basic information. The other requisites to unlock your iPhone 5 with Sprint involve you being under Sprint contract for a minimum of 90 days along with full payment of the past bills. As compared to the rest of the carriers Sprint is a bit more strict, so you have to provide them with genuine reasons. For instance, you could be going another country for vacation or business and you need to use that particular country’s carrier.
Unlock iPhone 5 [Verizon Wireless]
As for the Verizon things are way much easier. Unlike CDMA devices that do not offer compatibility with other CDMA networks, the iPhone 5 offered by Verizon is already GSM unlocked, that means you can use the handset with any other carrier that offers GSM supported SIM. So, if you are on iPhone 5 from Verizon then you are good to use any carrier with GSM support.
Unlock iPhone 5 [AT&T]
Most of the iPhone users go for the AT&T carrier and is considered to be the most popular carrier in U.S. Unlocking your iPhone 5 on AT&T carrier requires few additional steps which are as follows.
1) You can unlock your iPhone 5 with AT&T by requesting IMEI unlock which require providing with some information such as your wireless number and social security number’ last four digits.
2) Turn your device off and put in SIM other than AT&T
3) Turn it back on and connect it to iTunes and wait till iTunes detect the new SIM.
4) You are all good to go.
In case your device is jailbroken you will have to restore it back to the latest iOS update.