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Want to remove the Sonofon lock on your iPhone 3G?

Most iPhone 3G models sold by the Sonofon network will be subsidised and therefore, locked so they can only be used on their network.

If you want to unlock your iPhone from Sonofon so that you can use a different network, first you will need to order a Sonofon unlock.


Some of the major networks have operations in numerous countries but each of these still operate independently. Please select the country your particular Sonofon network operates within. A full list of supported countries and networks is available here (iPhone Unlock Services)

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If you are looking to unlock an iPhone 3G from Sonofon so that you can use a different network, this Official Apple iPhone 3G Sonofon Unlock is exactly what you are looking for.

Each iPhone 3G has a unique 15 digit identifier called an IMEI number, Sonofon use this to restrict your iPhone to only use only their network. This service updates your IMEI as 'Sim-Free' on the Apple database, therefore removing ALL restrictions enforced by Sonofon. It does not require any modifications to the phone and when you receive the completion notice, the update is automatic when you insert a new sim card.

  • Official Apple Factory IMEI Unlock for iPhone 3G Sonofon All model versions, all software iOS and all modem firmwares. Quite simply all iPhone 3G's currently locked to the Sonofon network.
  • No technical knowledge or software modifications required - Simply insert a new Sim & unlock recognised via WiFi.
  • Unlock from Anywhere - Unlock from the comfort of your home, office or abroad. No need to be in the same country or without your phone. Unlocks update anywhere!
  • Instant, 24/7 automated submission - Guarantees the fastest unlocking times for the Sonofon Network!
  • Price Match & Money Back Guarantee - All our services are covered by our 100% unlock guarantee.
  • No Hidden Costs - The price quoted is the price you pay!
  • All Networks supported - All networks that support Factory iPhone unlocking are available, Worldwide.
  • Live Support - Live Chat available 10am-4pm GMT Monday-Friday.

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Unlocking policies with the various networks differ greatly. If you bought an iPhone 2nd hand or were gifted an iPhone, if you are not the original contract holder or if a contract period remains (to name but a few) it's likely you will not meet the requirements to unlock directly via Sonofon. This is when an Official Factory Apple Unlock Service is required.

An Official Apple Unlock removes ALL network restrictions imposed by Sonofon both in and around the world. This allows your iPhone 3G to be used with ANY network and unlocked from anywhere in the world. Unless stated, as long as your iPhone 3G has not been reported 'lost or stolen', any iPhone 3G can be unlocked, regardless of contractual period (unless stated) etc. Once unlocked you are able to swap and change network Sim cards at your will. Your will be unlocked to use any sim card and no longer limited to just Sonofon in .

To unlock your iPhone 3G with an Official Permanent iPhone Unlock all we require is the IMEI of the phone and a contact email address to receive all correspondence and ultimately, the 'Unlock Confirmation'.

An IMEI number is a unique 15 digit number that identifies your handset and its lock to the Sonofon network. The process updates your IMEI on the Apple GSX database and it is marked as 'Unlocked/Whitelisted/Sim Free'. This is the only permanent unlock, recognised by Apple.

How to unlock an iPhone 3G on Sonofon:
  1. Locate your IMEI number (Detailed help on how to find your imei is available here)
  2. Select iPhone 3G from the model options.
  3. Select the Country your Sonofon iPhone is locked to.
  4. Confirm the Sonofon network by selecting it once the country has been selected.
  5. Order your iPhone Unlock - Instant submission upon payment.
  6. Unlock confirmation email sent immediately upon status update.
  7. Simply insert a new Sim card whilst connected to an active WiFi signal to complete the unlock.

The iPhone 3G was first revealed on June 9, 2008 and was to become Apple’s 2nd generation iPhone.

The iPhone 3G was internally similar to its predecessor but included several new hardware features such as GPS, 3G data and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA. The device was originally launched running the iPhone OS 2.0. operating system. This new operating system which, included push email and navigation also saw the introduction of the App Store, the third party application marketplace.

On July 11, 2008 Apple actually released the iPhone 3G across twenty-two countries in two storage options, 8GB and 16GB. The 16GB model was produced in either black or white.

Following the release of the successor iPhone 3GS model one year later, the iPhone 3G remained on sale but became Apple's budget phone with its price cut in half. Available only in black with 8 GB of storage and bundled with the updated iPhone OS 3.0 software.

On June 7, 2010, the iPhone 3G was finally discontinued, and replaced as Apple's budget phone by an 8 GB iPhone 3GS selling for the same price of with a 2-year contract.

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  • Samantha Lee, 31.12.2016, 08:32
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    Lets face it, the only reason we read these reviews is to get the confidence of those who have gone before us! It's the only reason I have taken the time to add this, simply because the service and customer service was beyond all of my expectations. I took the chance and I am pleased to say it worked, my iPhone 5s was unlocked from the Vodafone network in under 3 days. Cannot recommend highly enough. Great job

  • Tony Baker, 13.01.2017, 17:07
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    I was tasked with unlocking our 7 company iPhones... All were unlocked from the Orange network within the timescale quoted and contrary to my expectations, the whole process was simple and easy. I had no further involvement other than submitted the IMEI's, they did everything and I simply received an email confirming the unlock for each handset. Will definitely use for all our unlocking requirements.

  • Ryan Simpson, 16.11.2016, 00:12
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    I never expected this process to be quite so simple but their website stated, I got my unlock within 48hrs and my iPhone 5c is now unlocked and working perfectly with a Vodafone sim. I will definitely recommend. Thanks

  • Tony Simpson, 11.12.2016, 15:20
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    I now have an official unlocked iPhone that I can use as normal without the need to worry about relocking, unlike the previous software solution I had to use. An offiical IMEI unlock is the only method I would recommend to anyone.

  • James Simpson, 26.11.2016, 17:04
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    Definitely 5 and not a lot left to say other than it was a lot quicker and simpler than expected. Nothing but an A1 experience and one I will receommend without hesitation. Thank you

  • John Sellers, 23.01.2017, 21:25
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    The unlock completed in a timely fashion but I struggled to get the phone to recognise my new sim. After a few prompt exchanges with customers services and LiveChat it was determined that the new sim I was inserting into the phone had not been activated. I simply borrowed a sim from my colleague and the unlock was recognised straight away. Great company and very professional service

  • John Thompson, 13.12.2016, 15:38
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    The requirement for unlocking your phone doesn't come around that often but I used this service 1 year ago and I was very relieved to find our old communication and use them again. Quicker than the first time and obviously the service has become more refined because great customer service, communication and much simpler to complete. See you again in another 2 years!!

  • Michelle Thompson, 16.11.2016, 16:44
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    Just a quick note to say that I would 100% recommend this service to anybody that needs a phone unlocked!!

  • Nick Lee, 05.02.2017, 12:39
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    I must say, I was really impressed how simple and fast the process was. The services state 'working days' only but I ordered my unlock on Saturday evening and received my unlock on a Sunday which both surprised and pleased me, no end. Thanks for a great jub.

  • Dave Anderson, 29.12.2016, 02:36
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    My EE iPhone that is still in contract was unlocked in just 3 days when EE would not even enterain it. Bit expensive but less than I'd found elsewhere and the price was justified when it was explained to me that the handset is heavily subsidised when purchased on a contract.

Network Lookup - £3.99 (1-24hrs)

Use this service to run a check on the Apple GSX database to determine what network your iPhone is currently locked to.

Enter your 15 digit IMEI number & an active email address to receive the Network Report. If you do not know where to find your IMEI, use the help section below.

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You can display your IMEI by dialing a number into your iPhone, as if making a phone call. Follow these steps to get your iPhone IMEI:
  1. Open your Phone Keypad (to make a call).
  2. Dial *#06# (star-hash-0-6-#)
  3. Your IMEI will display on the screen
The IMEI number can be found in the iPhone Settings. To locate it follow these simple steps on your phone, below:
  1. Click on 'Settings'
  2. Click on 'General'
  3. Click on 'About'
  4. Scroll down to view the IMEI number

On newer models the IMEI number is engraved on the back of your iPhone. Look on the back of the iPhone and at the very end of the small text is the phone IMEI number. The IMEI is very small, be sure to read and copy it carefully.

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