What are the options to unlock the iPhone 5 and what is the best option available to unlock your device?
As most of you know it can save one a significant amount of money if you unlock your iPhone and break free from your locked carrier.
Especially when traveling it can pay off to use much cheaper local simcards in your iPhone.
What are the options to unlock the iPhone?
This used to be a difficult question to awnser up until a few months ago, when there were several software and hardware solutions to unlock the iPhone. The iPhone 3GS models could be unlocked with software only ( jailbreaking the device was a requirement in order to enable the unlock)
iPhone 4 users had several options: Depending on the installed iOS version on the iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S device, one could unlock either via the same software as used to unlock the iPhone 3GS, or one could choose to use a Gevey sim to unlock the devices. Gevey sims are a nifty hardware unlock solution that enabled the user to unlock his device without the need of jailbreaking. Simply insterting the Gevey sim inside the iPhone would unlock the phone for use with all carriers worldwide.
Downsides of these described methods were obvious: it was impossible to update the iOS version of the iPhone: doing so would relock the device.
Also it was not possible to sync with iTunes to create backups, sending text messages was tricky, Facetime would often not work and often the unlocked iDevice would require a reset.
The better option to unlock your iPhone was just released before the release of the iPhone 5: Permanent Factory unlock that will work with any iPhone model and version, without the need of jailbreaking the device.
Why Permanent Factory unlocks are the best way to unlock:
Permanent factory unlocked are IMEI based unlocks. Every iPhone has a unique IMEI number printed inside the hardware.
Apple keeps 2 databases off all IMEI numbers of every iDevice sold worldwide. The default database is the database of sim locked iPhones. The second database holds all the IMEI numbers of unlocked devices. By Factory unlocking your iPhone your unique IMEI number will be listed in apples database of unlocked iPhones. Once your iPhone is listed inside this database your iPhone will be unlocked permanently.
Benefits of Factory Unlocking:
Factory unlocking has many benefits: Once your device is unlocked via imei unlocking, the device will stay unlocked forever.
There are no restrictions like with the software unlocks or Gevey sims: Once your device is IMEI unlocked you can sync your device normally with iTunes, you can upgrade to future iOS versions without having to worry to loze the unlock. All functions of the iPhone will work as normal, and the best thing about the factory unlocks: Your warranty will stay intact. It will not void your Apple warranty like with other unlocks available.
Conclusion: Factory unlocks are your best option if you want to unlock your iPhone.