How old is your iPhone? If you bought it within the past two years, it would likely be unlocked and free to use with any SIM. But older iPhones, such as iPhone 5/5s/5c, are usually locked to a particular provider.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with that provider forever. You could unlock your iPhone fairly easily. There are several ways that you could try.
The first thing that you should do is to contact your network provider and ask them to unlock your iPhone 5. If you have finished the contract, you should be able to get your iPhone unlocked easily, and most of the time, for free.
Since there are too many different carriers in the world, and each one has a specific way of unlocking the phone, it’s impossible to describe them one by one.
You could also try to use the help from one of the many mobile unlocking services. Many retailers can help you for a small fee.
Please remember that not all mobile unlocking services are reputable. So always read all of the small print before you pay as some of them can surprise you with extra bills at the end of the process. Find the one that promises you refund is the process is unsuccessful.
These services require your iPhone’s IMEI number before they can unlock your phone. To get your IMEI number, you could dial #06#, view it from your iPhone Settings General > About menu, or view it from iTunes while the iPhone is connected.
Once your phone has been unlocked, you will receive a confirmation from the carrier. Now follow these steps:
That’s all for how to unlock your iPhone 5 with/without SIM card. Remember backup your iPhone data before you do anything. If you forgot the password for your iTunes backup, there’s a tool that you can use to bypass the backup lock called Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker.comments powered by Disqus