How to Unlock iPhone 5

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Need to unlock an iPhone 5 to use any sim?

This Apple iPhone 5 Unlocking solution is called a Factory Unlock or Official IMEI unlock. It is not requested via the network, instead your IMEI is updated as 'unlocked' on the Apple database. If you are not the original owner, if you do not satisfy the current networks unlock criteria or you simply want a quicker, easier and guaranteed unlock, an Official Apple Unlock is for you!

All that is required to unlock your iPhone 5 is the IMEI number and the network it is currently locked to.


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If you are trying to find out how to unlock an iPhone 5 so that you can use a different SIM card from a different network, quickly and easily, this Official Apple iPhone Unlock is exactly what you are looking for.

Each iPhone 5 has a unique 15 digit identifier called an IMEI number, by submitting your IMEI to be unlocked and updated on the Apple database, 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 5, all models, all software iOS and all modem firmwares. Quite simply all iPhone 5's on supported 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 without your phone.
  • Instant, 24/7 automated submission - Guarantees the fastest unlocking times for all Networks!
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  • 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 on Ebay for example, were gifted an iPhone, if you are not the original contract holder or if a contract period remains, to name but a few, you probably will not meet the requirements to unlock directly via the network. This is when an Official Factory Apple Unlock Service is required.

An Official Apple Unlock service removes ALL network restrictions imposed by the existing network and allows your iPhone 5 to be used with ANY network, around the World. Unless stated, as long as your iPhone has not been reported 'lost or stolen', any iPhone 5 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 iPhone will be unlocked to use any sim card and no longer limited to any individual provider.

To unlock your iPhone 5 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 the network it is locked to. 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 iPhone 5:
  1. Locate your IMEI number (Detailed help on how to find your imei is available here)
  2. Select the Network/Country that your iPhone 5 is CURRENTLY locked to.
  3. Order your iPhone Unlock - Instant submission upon payment.
  4. Unlock confirmation email sent immediately upon status update.
  5. Simply insert a new Sim card whilst connected to an active WiFi signal to complete the unlock.

Revealed in September 2012, the iPhone 5 was the sixth generation of the iPhone, replacing the iPhone 4S later to be replaced by iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

The iPhone 5 featured major design changes which included an aluminum-based body which was thinner and lighter than previous models, a taller screen with a nearly 9:16 aspect ratio, the Apple A6 system-on-chip, LTE support, and the Lightning port, a new compact dock connector which replaced the 30-pin design used by previous iPhone models.

Within 24hrs of release, over two million orders were received and demand for the iPhone 5 exceeded the supply available upon the launch date of September 21.

The iPhone 5 was officially discontinued by Apple on September 10, 2013 with the announcement of its successors, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. With the release of its replacement models, the iPhone 5 was only produced for 12 months.

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  • Zoey Johnson, 16.12.2016, 13:11
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    I had been contacting Orange for over a month to try and unlock an iPhone I purchased on ebay without any success. After a further 2 weeks of waiting and getting nowhere I decided to look elsewhere. I was a little hesitant of the the reliability of an online solution opposed to an Orange shop but after purchasing the unlock I received confirmation of the unlock in just 3 days. Wish I'd done it right at the start!

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    I bought what I thought was an unlocked iPhone but they are not really unlocked!!I bought an unlocked iPhone 6 to take with us on our 6 months travels throughout Europe so that we could use local sim cards during our trip and avoid high roaming charges. I put my UK O2 sim in the phone and it worked fine but when we than came to put a French sim card in the phone it said Sim Not Valid!! After phone calls to Carphone Warehouse I was told that it would only work with the O2 network now! It's not unlocked then is it!!When I came across this service online the customer support girl explained everything clearly to me and the 'Next Tether Policy' whatever that meant? My only option was to unlock my handset and chose to go ahead because the timescale was so quick compared to other sites I'd seen. Took less than 2 days to get my phone unlocked and now I truly have an unlocked phone that will allow me to use any network.CAnnot thank these guys enough HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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    I didn't want to simply change networks, I'm more than happy with my current EE network but they told me that I could not unlock my iPhone within 6 months! I just wanted to use my phone with my Italian network when I spend time at my holiday home abroad.I was a little concerned because if my network wouldn't help me, I wondered how this site could? I need not have worried, within a very short time I received the unlock confirmation and my phone was unlocked. I now swap between sims when I travel and they did what my network said they wouldnt. Many Many Thanks

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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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