How to tell if your iPhone is factory unlocked

By , Oct 31, 2012

We just retired my wife’s iPhone 4 as she finally upgraded to the iPhone 5. After making sure she had backed up every picture of our beautiful daughter, I got in touch with AT&T so they can unlock the phone. As we explained before, the AT&T unlocking process is fairly simple, and before I got off the phone, the Customer Service Rep I was talking to notified me that the phone had been unlocked. Talk about being fast!

Before listing the phone for sale on Craigslist, I wiped it off clean by performing a restore. During that time, I went to Starbucks for my daily dose of overpriced caffeine, and when I came back, my wife’s iPhone was as good as new. I had missed something though. I hadn’t seen the screen telling you that your iPhone has been unlocked, which made me doubt: is this iPhone really factory unlocked? Besides putting a SIM from a different carrier into it, how can you tell the iPhone has been factory unlocked for sure?

A quick search in my email archive later, I finally found the tool I was looking for to verify my iPhone is factory unlocked. Here are the step by step directions:

Step 1: Find out your IMEI number by going to Settings > General > About.

Step 2: Go to IMEI.info and enter your IMEI in the box. Click “check”.

Step 3: The website will load information about your iPhone. At the bottom right of the page, click on “Free simlock status check”, as showed below.

Step 4: The website will check your IMEI against the database of factory unlocked iPhones and will let you know whether your iPhone is officially unlocked or not. Additionally, it tells you about the warranty status of your device.

The whole process should take you just a few seconds, assuming you have your IMEI handy.

Those of you looking to unlock their iPhone should get in touch with Chronic.  His unlocking services are well priced and extremely reliable. I speak from experience as he has unlocked my iPhone and iPhones from several of my friends before.

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  • Zzz

    Please help

  • Riz

    I got this msg after IMIE Code….

    Simlock status: Unlocked connect to iTunes
    Warranty to: None

    Can anyone tell me, what is mean about the above message?

  • Sham

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bhie102210 Jonard Nueva

    what is the meaning of unlocked connect to itunes? pls need help here

  • Joezan

    It says Simlock status: Unlocked connect to iTunes. It means my phone is factory unlocked right? Please reply.

    Warranty to: 21.01.2013

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.dacote Gérard Dacoté

    Yeah yeah… and you have to pay for that…

  • nazir

    how i know my iphone 4 is factory unlocked or not

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.mcpherson.75 Matthew McPherson

    status simlock says: “Unlocked connect to itunes”
    Is this the same as “unlocked”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.richter.71 Gary Richter

    I just tried on my iphone 4 after AT&T unlocked it. Initially I got a message of “Unlocked, connect to iTunes”. After I connected it and did a new restore, I tried again and got the message “Unlocked”. So this worked perfectly for me.

  • Nathan

    search for iphonefactoryunlockers very reliable and not over priced iphone factory unlock service.

  • satinder

    Keep Trying… It work for me…. Great website..keep up ..the good work..

  • hamid reza

    how i can check that my iphone 5 is lock or not

  • hamid reza

    how i can make unlock my lock iphone 5

  • anonumus

    guys this is a fake website just to track the imei numbers kindly dont give it in…

  • http://www.facebook.com/giorgi.gabunia Giorgi Gabunia

    I’m getting error “Database is currently inaccessible, please try again later”
    I get similar error on other imei checking sites as well..

  • Sharne

    I registered and also got database unavailable right now so I paid the $2.99 fee and just got a blank screen, not amused total con

  • lexschellingsca

    iPhone bought in Switzerland, Carrier Orange Switzerland. Data about iPhone most of it is correct, not everything. Check simlock does not work: “Database is currently inaccessible, please try again later”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1082021113 Vincent Tsie

    they charge $2.99 now.
    Is there any other site where I can check if my iphone is factory unlocked?

  • http://www.facebook.com/danielle.rodgers.12 Danielle Rodgers

    it costs 2.99 now

  • http://www.facebook.com/thuglifewestside Sim Ran

    not free anymore you have to pay 2.99 every time you look for a new IMEI #

  • dr_guru

    not showing option ‘free simlock status check’…..
    any other way to check locked/unlocked status?

  • Adam Herstein

    Unlock check is no longer free. :-(

  • Badre

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  • http://twitter.com/florinhrib Florin Hrib

    i unlock iphone 4, 4s lifetime and you pay after you see your iphone its unlocked!! florinchisinau at g mai l point c om !

  • Adam Daieh

    My
    iPhone 4 iOS 6.0 baseband 4.12.02 is unlocked without any problems! I live in
    Toronto. Great Stuff. I highly recommend WWW.JAILBREAKHOME.COM

  • http://www.facebook.com/nobee4.azzura Azzura Bagoez

    i have to check my imei but they ask to pay by paypall only to get answer unlock or lock

    how it can be

  • http://www.Save-Our-Paws.org Anonymous Amputees

    That seems all fine and dandy, but my iphone is still not unlocked, and AT&T is NOT helping at all. Everytime I click on the status check, it gives an error message. :(

  • John

    That’s service you get from them even if you PAY. IF you don’t pay even if they says its FREE u will get Error Message and IF you pay them then they will send you this …..

    Your Phone blacklist check history

    Thank you for your order.
    It might take few minutes before we will receive confirmation from PayPal.

    All orders will be visible as soon as PayPal confirms your payment.

    They keep me like this for Almost 3 hours by now and i am still waiting for their response. Now u can make your mind, whether you should their service or not.

  • frrfff

    Hey, Solar Mecano is really efficient to unlock iphone and various sim carriers (AT&T, SFR, Bouygues…). Staff is great and the service is really professional! Go solar Mecano!!

  • frrfff

    Solar Mecano is the best stuff to unlock your AT&T iphone!!

  • Dan

    It doesn’t work. This is a scammm…

  • mrsgreen

    I checked mine three times; first response phone is locked, second response phone is unlocked, third response unknown. I actually know it is unlocked as I have ATT and contacted them, received green light to unlock it and proceeded to do so. Why does this site not know but give three responses?

  • Mclaura Trezil

    when it says unlock does that mean it is factory unlocked?

  • Putu Ardana

    (iPhone 5 – Model A1429) I have a problem
    Activate iPhone
    This
    iPhone is currently linked to an Apple ID (d●●●●●@hotmail.com). Sign in
    with the Apple ID that was used to set up this iPhone.

  • Art

    SIM lock: Unknown, what it is mean?

  • Hedlund Shavon

    I recommend you guys use FreshUnlock. com .
    They have the best and most professional iPhone unlocking services. Cant go wrong with freshunlock.

  • Kashif Javed

    i have just updated my ipone 3gs from ios 5 to ios 6.1.3 but now it is not activating i checked from imei info it shows that iphone is carrier unlock and sim unlocked too but why it is not activating then? plz help me out

  • iPhoneholik

    Do you realize what somebody can do with your iMEI number and you are putting your IMEI number in this website?