How I factory unlocked my iPhone 4S in 10 minutes

By , Aug 28, 2012

Recently, I’ve been interested in factory unlocking my still on-contract iPhone 4S. I’d heard of various services over the past few months, but never really investigated them until recently.

After asking around on Twitter, I stumbled upon Cellular Medic — one of many services available online that claims to be able to factory unlock the iPhone for a fee.

I was pleasantly surprised that the entire unlock process took a mere 10 minutes. I went from an iPhone 4S locked to AT&T, to a permanently unlocked iPhone 4S that’s usable on virtually any GSM carrier. Take a look inside for a video walkthrough documenting the experience…

For the record, let me just say that there are many unlocking services available on the web, but Cellular Medic promised to have my iPhone unlocked within a very small amount of time — generally within 10 minutes using their “Instant” service. Granted, they did perform this unlocking service free of charge for me, as a means to test it out, but this should be fairly indicative as to what you can expect if you use their service.

Cellular Medic charges $75 for their “Instant” unlock, and $60 for their unlock within 24 hours. Again, there are other options out there on the web, and many on eBay that have a good reputation. Many times, you may even be able find similar services for even cheaper than what Cellular Medic offers.

Their process works like this for AT&T customers:

  • Visit their website, and choose the unlock — instant, or regular
  • Pay with PayPal, and include your IMEI number in the PayPal notes
  • Wait for a response from Cellular Medic via email to verify the IMEI
  • Your iPhone should be unlocked within the selected time frame

If you’re locked to another carrier besides AT&T, you still may be able to unlock; check their website, or contact them to verify. To find your IMEI number, open up the phone app, and dial the following code: *#06#

If you have an iPhone 4S, it’s as simple as popping out the current SIM, and replacing it with a SIM from another carrier. The iPhone will automatically go through the activation process.

If you have an iPhone 4, you will need to perform a backup, and then restore. During the setup process, your device will activate the SIM card from the alternate carrier(s).

The great thing about a factory unlock is that it is permanent, and requires no jailbreaks, special SIM cards, etc. It just works.

Again, check around the web, and perhaps even eBay, and see what works for you. Though, I can say that I’ve personally used Cellular Medic, and recommend them; they lived up to their claims.

Right now is probably a great time to start considering a factory unlock for your iPhone 4S, especially if you plan on selling it to get the next iPhone. For a small up-front investment, a factory unlock will command much more resale value on eBay or Craigslist.

Have you considered factory unlocking your on-contract iPhone? Have you already done so? Which service did you use, and how much did it cost? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • james

    we can factory unlock any iphones (please detail which carrier you are currently locked into) under 24 hours. lowest rates! contact us for details s2jsolutions@gmail.com . we are able to unlock the iphone 5 as well as soon as it is released

  • Joey

    hey guys i factory unlock all iPhones cheaper n quicker… i unlock at$t in just $40 n all payments are through any method you want including wire transfer … :) just contact me at iunlocker@live.com

  • Fran

    75 dollars for an unlock???? Sorry buddy, you got ripped off. I got my iPhone 4 factory unlocked for 10 bucks on ebay from fresh_technologies. Took less than an hour and now it works with t-mobile!

  • Carlos

    Hi everyone, I offer the factory unlock service for iphones of AT&T
    only $20. 100% real no scam. I have an ebay listing you can contact me
    at carlos_arg5@yahoo.com

  • Sarah

    I used a different unlock service online. It was cheaper $40.

  • Nishil

    Unlock Any AT&T Iphone Including Iphone 5 @ 25$…

    Contact nishil@unlockmobile.in

  • sach

    i bought a that to unlock my iphone 4. does it expire when i fail to do it on time?

  • http://twitter.com/GHaukland Geir haukland

    the wesite is down.. Any reason for that???

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ellmooo Courtney Rogers

    If You need Your Phone Unlocked or Have Any Questions Just Email Me TalkTooMeeh@Gmail.com I Can Unlock Any AT&T iPhone On ANY iOS

    • Shay

      I really need my phone unlocked please help me in due to have a baby in 2 weeks I stay hours a way from my family & And have no way to contact them l

  • Scammers

    $5 unlocks on ebay!

  • http://twitter.com/_lbf lbf ┼

    I paid $6 for a IMEI unlock on ebay. Ive been waitin for about 15 hours and i came here, put the at&t sim in and connected to itunes and got the Unlocked screen. Put my tmobile in and wala. bang

  • idummy88

    i used a service through ebay. The seller’s name is super_fast_unlock and they had it done in about 18 hours with my order placed at 2pm Sunday afternoon. It was less than $10 and very smooth w/ no hassles. I have no affiliation with this seller just trying to help others save $ and not get ripped off.

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    <——— We can unlock ANY At&t iPhone 2G 3G 3GS 4 4S and iPhone 5 under a few hours PERMANENTLY. We offer a permanent factory unlock solution for at&t locked iphones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/serenaGLEEfreak Serena McCartney

    do u have to pay termination fee?

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    Unlocked all types of phones/ network with best – best – best price contact at kash.tarun@gmail.com

    Skype: kash.tarun

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    I can unlock Iphone on USA, Canada, UK, France and Ireland Carrier. Send me a mail at techunlockingqc@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/Matrixmxm Ab S Ibra

    I have unlocked tones of iPhones for less that $10.00 on eBay why would I pay $75.00?

  • draco

    this guy on ebay unlocks iphones cheap his seller id is engelrot

  • Yazz

    I can unlock any AT&T iphone for under $4 :) please hti me up

  • JACrazy

    $50 to get it unlocked from your carrier. Anything more expensive than that, whats the point.

  • http://twitter.com/LuzArellano4 Luz Arellano

    If a have an i-phone 4s from verizon, can I still unlock it?

  • nani

    i got a problem on my iphone.. i already reset/format it but it still lock.. how can i unlock it . i need an expert help please help me

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  • Vjag Vally

    Hi, Is there any Factory Unlock for free on the web? Or is that even possible? Coz im gonna try it My self so I can really explore the “iPhone Inside”, Im more interested to this matter rather than taking my phone outside to pay for Factory Unlock but you’re not even sure if they won’t do anything on your phone.. Thanks, Happy Holidays Everyone

  • Nathan

    search for iphonefactoryunlockers really good prices and reliable service.

  • flo

    glad it’s not a worthless one like a lot others out there, however, I still don’t trust the “personal experience” from other people, I googled att iphone unlocking, seems like the price is 30, how come so many other sites and ebay do it for lower than 20.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001041823021 Eduardo Perez

    IF THERE IS SOMEONE WHO NEEDS TO UNLOCK AN IPHONE FROM AT&T JUST FOR $15, IN A FEW HOURS GUARANTEE CONTACT ME, I CAN UNLOCK OTHER CARRIERS TO. lep981@gmail.com

  • Test User

    I used a seller from eBay for $2, iphone 4S was unlocked within 24 hours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Matrixmxm Ab S Ibra

    that $60-$70 is an old school thing today! I have unlocked 100+ iPhones just since Octomer of 2012 and it costs me only $5.00 per iPhone! If you want to get it done for that cheap simply e-mail me at matrixmxm@gmail.com I’m NOT the guy who does it but I can give you his phone # or e-mail.

  • Paul

    Thanks a lot! I just updated my iPhone4s running iOS 5.1.1 to 6.1 and my Gevey Ultra-S stopped working immediately, after googling a little bit I found your post and decided to give it a try, it took more than 10 min (about 6 hours) but it cost only $25 to unlock my AT&T phone and now I’m running iOS6.1 like a charm!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaOchie Ochie Christina

    why are you guys buy this service on that price if you can get it for $10 only?

  • http://www.facebook.com/budget.catalina Budget Catalina

    We can unlock your iPhone for only $4.99

  • http://twitter.com/DmitriDon Dmitri

    Wow, I just unlocked my AT&T locked old iPhone 3GS for 1.95 on ebay, look there for unlock_fusion, very cool…

  • Martin Stewart

    If it is factory unlocked can i resetit on itunes with no problem??

  • Onose

    Please how do i unlock my iphone4 online? please put me tru, thanx.

  • http://www.facebook.com/giorgi.basiashvili.3 Giorgi Basiashvili

    what will happen to contract after unlocking iPhone 4s?

  • http://www.facebook.com/giorgi.basiashvili.3 Giorgi Basiashvili

    what will happen to contract after unlocking iphone 4s?

  • Adam Daieh

    I did my unlock in WWW.JAILBREAKHOME.COM

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  • http://www.facebook.com/leisa.paul.5 Leisa Paul

    factorycrack. com does it for 15$

  • http://www.facebook.com/andre.leblanc.3994 Andre Leblanc

    SCAM AT&T unlocks phones for free, just go to the website and fill out a form.

  • ianlena

    i can’t unlock my iphone even when i dial the correct password to unlock…… can one one help me to unlock it. it would be so kind of you!

  • jade

    hi i cant watch your video could you please tell me how to unlock phone but sending me an email to jadykatie@hotmail.com thanks x

  • malikirshad_shahwani@yahoo.com

    hi