If you’re planning on traveling overseas or if you simply don’t want to have to stick to one carrier, unlocking your phone is a great option. Just make sure you don’t make these all-too-common mistakes:

  • Letting the wrong person or company unlock your phone. It can be difficult to unlock apple iphones so if you’re not technically inclined, it’s a good idea to let someone else do it for you. However, be very careful who you let unlock your phone. Make sure it’s a person or company you trust who knows what they’re doing. There are plenty of reputable companies online. Look for a company with a guarantee policy and plenty of positive reviews.
  • Not knowing the difference between unlocking and jailbreaking. There is a universe of difference between these two things. Unlocking your phone is simply making it possible to use any service provider. Jailbreaking your phone makes it possible to install apps created by third party developers (apps not developed by Apple or available in the iphone_6s_-copyGoogle Play store). While neither of these activities is illegal, jailbreaking can expose your phone to security risks while unlocking it does not.
  • Using the wrong unlocking method. When it comes to iPhones, there are three methods of unlocking. You can do through using software, hardware or through the International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) code. Using the IMEI code is the safest way to unlock your iPhone. You can find your IMEI code either in the battery compartment or by entering *#06# into your phone. You can also open settings, tap general > about and then scroll down to see your IMEI number. Tap and hold the number to bring up a copy bubble and then copy it. Once you have your IMEI number, you can unlock your phone either yourself or through an unlocking service.
  • Not checking the fine print. There are some circumstances in which you can have your service provider unlock it for you. Recent legislation in the U.S. has passed making it possible for service providers to unlock your phone as long as you have fulfilled your contract and don’t owe any money on your phone or to your current carrier (or you can pay an early termination fee).

 

In the near future, your phone may even unlock itself once your contract is up. Until then, keep your phone safe by avoiding these phone unlocking mistakes.