If you have just bought a locked brand new iPhone, it’s hard to unlock it so that you can use your iPhone with a SIM card of any carrier you like. However, if your phone has been ages, and when you bought it was locked to a UK carrier at a subsidized price, and a completed two-year contract, here are potential ways to unlock your iPhone locked to a UK carrier in 2019.
Solutions to Unlock iPhone in the UK
Below are numerous methods to unlock an iPhone to use any SIM card in the UK.
Unlock iPhone by Carrier
Unlocking your iPhone can be seen legally if you have completed paying for your contract. Your iPhone will be unlocked for free if you have already finished the contract period or have paid the “early termination fee” (ETF).
The IMEI Unlocking method will be the best option since it is permanent, and official even when you perform a factory reset. It does not require you to jailbreak or use Grevey SIM on your iPhone as well. All iPhone models with any iOS versions can be unlocked through this method.
Unlock your iPhone on Vodafone
If you have postpaid Vodafone carrier, you can request for a Network Unlock Code (NUC). An admin fee is not asked by Vodafone, so it’s completely free.
If you are Pay As You Go, customer, you can get a Network Unlock Code to unlock your iPhone after 1 month.
If you have bought your iPhone from a friend, then the best way to unlock your phone is to ask him/her to unlock it for you. If you’ve bought it from a reseller, make sure the iPhone is yours. You should prepare a Pay As You Go SIM, and then use it at least for a month.
You can visit the link to request for a Network Unlock Code. The process can take 7-10 days until you get the unlock code, so be patient. After that, just follow the simple guide attached in an email to unlock your iPhone through the NUC.
Unlock your iPhone on Three
When visiting Three’s website, you can see that all iPhones purchased after January 1, 2014, can be unlocked for free once it’s connected to Wi-Fi or iTunes, so you can then use your iPhone with any UK carrier SIM you want.
Phones purchased before 2014 can be unlocked if they are connected to iTunes, and perform a restoration.
Unlock your iPhone on O2 Carrier
Regarding O2 carrier, all iPhone models purchased after August 1, 2018, can be unlocked directly. If your device is locked, you can contact the customer support department to ask for a free unlock if you are on Pay As You Go period. If you are Pay Monthly customer, you need to complete the minimum term of your contract so that your iPhone can be unlocked.
Currently, there are three ways to unlock your iPhone on O2 carrier:
- Fill in the unlocking form
- Visit the website My O2.
- Contact O2 carrier through Live Chat or make a call on 202. It’s free if you are a Pay Monthly phone, or 4445 if you are Pay As You Go phone.
Unlock your iPhone on EE
EE is the leftover UK carrier that requires a fee to unlock the iPhone, but the fee is very small. If you are on the EE’s postpaid service and have paid it for at least 6 months, then you need to pay £8.99 for an admin fee to unlock your iPhone.
If you are on Pay As You Go, it requires £8.99 admin fee from your credits if you want your iPhone to be unlocked
If your iPhone is locked to EE carrier, then it is tricky to get your iPhone to be unlocked since you have to know the original buyer’s name, his/her phone number, and other related information.
Just visit this link to check whether you can unlock your device.
If you don’t have any information, then unlocking your iPhone for free is impossible.
Hopefully, this post helped you un unlocking your iPhone in the UK so that you can use it with any carrier SIM card. Drop your comment in the section below if you have any question.