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Best site for phone unlocking?

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I have also had good experiences with mobifree. I purchased an unlock for a Rogers iPhone and got the unlock confirmation in less than 24 hours.
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mobifree wrote:
Mar 14th, 2017 10:30 am
I just did a quick ebay search and I definitely cannot match the dirt cheap prices listed there.
Even my source charges more than what the ebay sellers are selling for.
Where do they get their codes from?
Are they international sources which you don't have access to or from a hacked/leaked db?
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NoCountry4RFDer wrote:
Mar 18th, 2017 6:28 pm
Where do they get their codes from?
Are they international sources which you don't have access to or from a hacked/leaked db?
Chiming in here. To my knowledge for Apple phones, there isn't a database out in the wild because of the way Apple does unlocks. for android phones? It depends on the company and how they decide to lock their phones to a carrier. Some use algorithms (easier, cheaper), others do connection to a secure server(More expensive, harder). That is all I have to say about that.

But since you're specifically asking about Apple....Apple has a secure connection to the carrier, and the carrier updates the information on their end. So when the carrier tells them "Okay, this phone is now unlocked", apple does something in their backend to update that information, so when the customer puts in a new sim, the phone is now unlocked. I won't speculate on if and where mobifree has a source in this route, but the biggest cost is access to any of the points.

Mobi, if you feel like I've divulged too much, please let me know.

This was told to me second hand, as I wasn't in the unlocking section of the company I worked for, but the repair section. I may be completely off but this was how the guy who did apple unlocks explained it to me.
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Apple Unlocking
- All iPhones are shipped UNLOCKED, but if you do NOT buy the iPhone outright at full price, it will be LOCKED the moment you purchase it.
- Apple maintains a database of all their iPhones. Apple basically "calls home" whenever it can and connects to Apple's servers. This record also controls whether an iPhone is network locked or not.
- If you go to a carrier and request an unlock, they submit a request to Apple's database telling it to change your iPhone's status to "unlocked"
- You'll have to connect your iPhone to the internet (WIFI) or cellular data to "call home" and receive that unlock message.
- 3rd party websites basically have "sources" who have access to said database or access to submit a request to said database (people who work for carriers and are willing to risk their jobs for a few bucks to request the unlock).

Non-Apple Unlocking
All phones are sold to the carrier with their respective unlock codes by the manufacturer.
When you go to a 3rd party website, a "source" simply looks up the code for the IMEI from the carrier's internal database. ($15ish)

Motorola, LG, HTC, Alcatel, ZTE
There are "sources" who have either fitured out the algorithm used for the unlock codes of these phones OR have direct access to the manufacturer's database of unlock codes, hence they're selling it cheaper.
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audit13 wrote:
Mar 14th, 2017 6:58 pm
I have also had good experiences with mobifree. I purchased an unlock for a Rogers iPhone and got the unlock confirmation in less than 24 hours.
I also have had good experience with mobifree. He's unlocked 3 phones for me so far. Got the codes for 2 of them really really quick. The code for the Huawei Mate 2 took a little longer , but I was kept updated. His prices are competitive with anything on eBay. And the guy's a long-time RFD member. Yeah, so what's not to like?!
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Rogido wrote:
Mar 24th, 2017 3:02 am
The code for the Huawei Mate 2
Wait, when did we ever get Mate phones in Canada? That sounds like something really interesting.
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crayonhead wrote:
Mar 24th, 2017 3:29 am
Wait, when did we ever get Mate phones in Canada? That sounds like something really interesting.
I got mine from one of those Windmobile Lightly Loved phone sales.
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