CutYourSim & Others Offering Permanent iPhone Unlock Service, No Jailbreak Required

By , Apr 12, 2011

Tired of waiting tirelessly for a version of UltraSn0w to come out that supports your updated baseband?

Is your iPhone 4 more like an iPod touch because you can’t use it to make traditional phone calls?

Ladies and gents, your worries might be over, that is if you have $169.99 lying around. CutYourSim.com is now offering permanent iPhone unlocks, no jailbreaking required.

You can even update your baseband, and your iPhone will remain unlocked; what’s more, is that it can be unlocked remotely.

Just how is this being accomplished, and better yet, is it even legit?

Obviously these are a few questions that anyone who is considering parting with $169.99 would like to know. Per CutYourSim.com:

The solution we offer is a permanent solution. Jailbreaking, or unauthorized hacks are NOT required. This unlock will carry on forever, you can now update your phone to the newest version without worrying about waiting for an unauthorized unlock to be released. The unlock will work with any iPhone version, and any baseband version, no need to worry about updating to the latest version anymore, your phone will be unlocked forever!!!!!

100% Guaranteed to Work!  This method is 100% Guaranteed, and the only time we will offer a refund is if you provide video proof that the phone did not get permanently unlocked with our method.

Okay sounds good, but how can we be sure? Thankfully, a few high profile developers from the iPhone Dev Team, the folks behind the jailbreak unlock UltraSnow, are vouching that CutYourSim’s methodology for unlocking your iPhone is legit.

On the other hand, they also remind us that Apple has the ability to go in and revoke an unlock if they wanted to.

The process is apparently accomplished via whitelisting the iPhone’s IMEI — the number used by GSM carriers to identify valid devices on their network.

For that reason, you might want to keep in mind some of the caveats that go along with pursuing this method of unlocking, including the possibility of losing your unlock just by updating your iPhone’s firmware.

So while it looks as if it’s legit, any repercussions from using this method on your iPhone are still relatively unknown at this time.

One thing you can do to as a precautionary measure is to backup the activation auth (NCK) with the SAM tool available on the following Cydia repo: http://repo.bingner.com. You can read more about that here.

According to @veeence:

It will make sure you will remain unlocked when Apple “blacklists” your IMEI. It serves as some sort of NCK SHSH blob to ensure activation.

Of course that means that you would have to jailbreak your iPhone, but if you’re considering this, you most likely already do that anyway.

If your iPhone has basically been serving as a paperweight for quite some time, it might be worth taking the plunge. In the case of CutYourSim.com, the turnaround time is said to be about 2-5 days.

Will you be trying this method to unlock your iPhone, or will you continue to wait for a free software unlock?

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  • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2011/03/29/nokia-files-another-itc-complaint-against-apple/ lucky

    what about gevey sim then

    • szdifjcnkvfj

      Gevey SIM is illegal. Plus, this goes directly to Apple and puts your iPhone into one of the permanently unlocked ones(international ones), so it is way more convenient. And there are no bugs, GPS issues or anything.

  • Burge

    In the UK you can call your network carrier and they will do it for you ..cost £ 0.00 to £ 20.00….you can even find this sort of service on eBay …

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2011/03/29/nokia-files-another-itc-complaint-against-apple/ lucky

      u are right i am on t-mobile and i got my iphone 4 unlocked for 15 pounds only

    • remo

      hi, could you tell more how to do that? I bought my iphone4 from ebay, but i have no signal at all. Three carrier

      • jamie

        Hey i saw u have an iphone4 3carrier that u have no signal u bought off of ebay i bought 1 frim donedeal on 3 carrier and have no signal did u ever get it sorted?

  • Bird

    There are two options: it is about to buy new unlock or waiting for free. But the problem is that ” how long do we need to wait fir free software”. Be patient.

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2011/03/29/nokia-files-another-itc-complaint-against-apple/ lucky

      why dont u buy givey sim mate

      • soccerkrzy

        Because that is illegal…

  • Bird

    There are two options: it is about to buy new unlock or waiting for free. But the problem is that ” how long do we need to wait for free software”. Be patient.

    • http://mripod.wordpress.com/ mripod64

      We heard you the first time…

  • AMB

    Not in a hurry, the iPhone 4 is due to be unlocked eventually so I’ll still wait for the free unlock. Not really worth it to shell out 170$ just to have the unlock revoked after a restore…

  • DebTym

    i like it. hope there is some sort of this unlock in the philippines.

    • ghiles

      there is it’s supported everywhere

  • HasanM

    Well , it is very tempting , but I think it’s over priced
    time will tell if I’m gonna use it or not

  • KarlC

    far too overpriced.

  • zvadi

    so how this unlock work, i visited website and they arent saying anything way they unlock it

  • http://cosmoGeek.info Avinash Kumpati

    What happened to NCK method Dev team is working from long time? This is take more time than Steve Jobs’ official autobiography..

    • Burge

      Read the post again .. You give them you imei No and Thay contact your network provider and Thay contact apole who send you a unlock over iTunes .. You can contact your network yourself and pay them to do it..no need to pay someone to do something you can do your self ..

  • iphoneuser16

    pricy, and i think its illegal?

    For All you who dont know what a Gavey SIM is first things first its illegal, you have to modify your sim and, follow a boot up process every time you restart(kind of like a tethered jailbreak)

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2011/03/29/nokia-files-another-itc-complaint-against-apple/ lucky

      thata not illegal if that is illegal then why they advertising on wesites

      • Hede

        Are you dumb?

        Do you trust everything you read on the internet?

        I can make a website that sells drugs… that dosent mean that its legal now does it?

        hehe, well anyway OT:
        I think this is wothless.. If you wanted to buy a unlock do it @ your carrier…

        If they dont have that service wait for the software unlock… This is bound to be fixed anyway, unless they have permanent access to the database… and this is probably illegal anyway, and when the carriers will be aware they will make apple fix it!

  • OttawaCan

    I was checking local sale sites here and there are many ads that just popped up claiming this too. “permanent unlocks with any firmware and any baseband”. Got me curious but I can’t imagine it being cheap.

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2011/03/29/nokia-files-another-itc-complaint-against-apple/ lucky

      that sim is only for $ 25 only

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2011/03/29/nokia-files-another-itc-complaint-against-apple/ steve

      u are too much u dont know anthing u talking abt

  • Manuel

    These people must have done their research. They see that the iPhone can’t be unlocked right now, so know some people who really need one will shell 175$ for it. Personally, the can go to Hell, because that’s not doing any one a favor. 175 is a brand new phone. Instead of being so damn greedy, they should sell it for at least 50 max.

  • http://tinhte.vn thainam2k

    At the last, is this true? Can they change iphone 4 locked AT&T into world version?

  • George W. Bush

    Yes I just got my AT&T USA unlocked and I put in my wife’s T-Mobile USA and it worked. Also I was on 4.2.1 when I did he unlock and when they sent me the email I plugged it in into iTunes I after ward updated to 4.3.1 and it was still unlocked. But I still feel I got ripped off it sucks that the’re taking advantage of people like this. Im going to be a prick and call my Amex and tell them what happen they might get me back 50% : ) And if anyone has a problem with then suck it….

    • Geohot

      how does who process work? do you have to send your iphone to them? and how long did it take?

  • Reno Sanchez

    This is actually bullshit! I don’t know if there would be an idiot out there who would pay that ridiculous amount just to unlock the iphone. Here in the UK if you like your iphone unlocked you can phone customer care of your carrier and they will unlock it for you for a few quid.(e.g.£15.20 on 3Network, O2 is free if your contract is finished and so as others). And this is legit in all aspect. Well, not all iphone users are from the UK anyway so they are excused.

    • GM

      i dont get it we buy phones and they still dont allow us to unlock it, somebody needs to step up and fight for it!! why only in US???

  • David

    Can’t you buy a factory unlocked phone directly from the apple store?…. Try looking in British Columbia where you have competing GSM carriers.

    Just a thought about something I heard from a BC apple store employee…. I have not done it or verified it myself.

  • http://www.trenpennrepairs.com Jj

    I have been seeing this advertised all over the place. I was gonna ask about this yesterday. Crazy that the next day you would have a post about it. I would like to know if it actually works. We have a repair shop and everyone wants the unlock. But even buying in bulk it sill coat 160 a piece.

  • Jimboinafghan

    I paid 150. Well worth it to use my iPhone 4 in Afghanistan on local networks. Just had to restore to 4.2.1 with no activation. Let iTunes activate and now any sim works!

  • zvadi

    i thought they charge $170

    • Jimboinafghan

      blowfishunlocks.com 24 hour turn around.

  • JDI

    LAFAO at this guy “Instead of being so damn greedy, they should sell it for at least 50 max.” Maybe you should let people set their own prices and when you have your own CO, you can set your prices

    This guy is even funnier…”Im going to be a prick and call my Amex and tell them what happen they might get me back 50% : ) And if anyone has a problem with then suck it….”

    That is CC fraud and you should be put in jail!! You got what you paid for and knew what you were paying for when you did this. Karma is a real B___H. It will snap back at you for sure. It’s people like you that give humans a really bad name!!

    • George the W. Bush

      F**k face, when people like that take advatige of us because they know we all been waiting for an unlock then f**k them and you too bitch. It’s my CC and I can file any claim I want. It’s f****s like you that sapport them. So go f**k your self you dick head. also take your iPhone and stick it in your ass maybe it will unlock you prick.

  • farook

    This process of unlocking iphone is officially available in india from the past 2months but the guys who are unlocking it told me it is available only for UK iphones. They are charging $86 to unlock 1 iphone. i got 2of my iphones 16 n 32gb unlocked through them n have even updated them to the latest 4.3.1 n they still remain unlocked n my baseband got updated too. n moreover we just hav2 give the imei of the phone no need to give them the phone. Everything worked pretty well n $86 is not a big amount but the amount they have mentioned here is way too much..

    • nitinsavaliya

      @farook i am also from india , can you tell me where i can unlock my iphone?
      my iphone is lock with at&t carrier.

  • farook

    This process of unlocking iphone is officially available in india from the past 2months but the guys who are unlocking it told me it is available only for UK iphones. They are charging 86 dollars to unlock 1 iphone. i got 2of my iphones 16 n 32gb unlocked through them n have even updated them to the latest 4.3.1 n they still remain unlocked n my baseband got updated too. n moreover we just hav2 give the imei of the phone no need to give them the phone. Everything worked pretty well n 86dollars is not a big amount but the amount they have mentioned here is way too much..

    • balpreet

      hello farook…from where did you got ur phone unlocked .? and wher you from.? i got my phone from canada.. and from where can i get this unlock.? i am from chandigarh..

      thnx in advance.

      • Lucky

        ebay.in par search kar yaar.

  • Z

    They have someone working at Apple to sneak your IMEI number into the whitelist or something ?

  • Icarus

    I think its too expensive, but in the other hand i have this iPhone 4 since january And i cant Wait any longer, i think ill buy it And tell you guys later how it went…

  • Luqman

    Mine was unlocked a month before. It quite easy in here just pay 6000 PKR and u get it on the next day. But same only limited to UK networks except three.

  • dabe

    Basically charging you to factory unlock your iPhone. I doubt it will work with US sold iPhones though, and the countries where it does work will unlock already for next to nothing. I dont see the market or how they are able to do this without either high level hacking skills or apples complicity.

  • James

    Buy your iphone from asia countries, which is full unlock. But the price is more expensive.But you can put any sim card and do updates.

  • Amjad

    Just buy your iPhone from the Canada, UK or KSA store … you’ll get it factory unlocked. No issues. #win

  • JDI

    “F**k face, when people like that take advatige of us because they know we all been waiting for an unlock then f**k them and you too bitch.”

    Someone call the whaaaaaambulance…..Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Your english, spelling, and attitude is that of a child. If you don’t like the price someone puts on their goods or service, then don’t use them and then cry like a spoiled baby after. Is this what it has come to…. buy it and then cry foul to the CC company??

    If you really want them to lower their prices, don’t buy it. It’s called supply and demand. All you do by playing your CC fraud hand, is pushing the prices up higher for everybody else.

    Now come back with a whole lot of cussing…. That’s all you’ve got!! How does your wife put up with you??

    • eat my balls

      Go f**k your self. I’m old enough to be your dad. I have the money to pay for it. You have to f**k over companies like that so they wont take advantages of us. So if you wanna droop on your knees and eat there dick then go right ahead. Dick faced mother f**ker. Fuck you and your english you f**ken rasist bitch, and don’t tell me about fraud 90% of this community uses Pirated Apps.

  • Sony Ho

    Just got mine done today, 24 hours wait time for IMEI whitelisted. Not even advertise for this ad., but it works. Here is the image

    http://img864.imageshack.us/i/img0002ilz.jpg/

    $175.00 is worth it to set my mind at ease for future updates.

  • Lucky

    on ebay there is a guy working within O2 UK who offers official unlock or £40. search around. in fact, there r many more on ebay worldwide.

    • balpreet

      who’s there on ebay..?? r u nut..if u dnt the guy den y r u saying us to search… if u cant help others den pls stop saying to search.. dat is wt we all are doing from past months..

      btw did u got your iphone unlock done.. if yes then tell me from whr u got unlocked..

  • JDI

    I guarantee you’re not old enough to be my dad…lol. Most likely the reverse. You’re such a foul person with nothing more than a potty mouth.

    Seek help fast.

    • http://wp.me/1hFXl mripod64

      Here Here!
      He does need a bar soap ;)

  • MEPCC

    Cut your sim – gsm phone source – negri electronics have all suspended their service due to backlog from overwhelming demand.
    The only service I can find available ATM is unblock base.com form$175 plus 5% payment fee paid thru paypal.
    Not sure if I want to go there yet as their Help and FAQ pages do not detail instructions for u.s. AT&T phone.

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  • :)

    I have an iphone4 i bought second hand from donedeal and i am getting no signal its a 3carrier its after being blacklisted is there any way of sorting this?