The latest iPhone 4S is proving to be the hottest phone on the market, selling quicker than any of the previous iPhone releases. However, it’s also been something of a pain for US iPhone users who are often trapped into expensive contracts and subpar service. As a result, many iPhone 4S users are keen to unlock their phones and enjoy unrestricted network access around the world.
There are some wacky theories out there regarding the best way to unlock your iPhone 4S and get it to function on any network. Some mobile gurus claim to be able to unlock the phone without using any external hardware or unofficial software, using a series of other SIM cards and internal glitches to switch the iPhone over to T-Mobile and other networks.
Others claim that the best way to get your iPhone unlocked it to deal with the professionals, and we have to agree. While free unlocking methods can work, and occasionally do work with no unwanted effects, they’re also a fairly risky way to go about unlocking your phone. While we haven’t heard of any ‘bricked’ iPhones recently, we have heard of users losing their data by unlocking incorrectly.
This can mean that all your photos, music, applications, and messages are cleared during the unlock process, often due to a poor file transfer or corrupted iPhone software. This type of data loss isn’t as uncommon as you think, and with many iPhone users failing to back up their phone data before the work takes place – or backing it up incorrectly – a poor unlocking job can sometimes be disastrous.
Some of the more risky amateur methods involve switching the phone on and off while sticking an external SIM card – generally from another network – into the phone itself. Through tricky timing, accurately following the method, and a little bit of luck, some users have reported success. Others, however, have reported major data loss and issues resetting their iPhone – two things that no user wants to experience.
The smart alternative, and the method that we suggest to any iPhone 4S users looking to safely use their phone on other networks and internationally, is to unlock your phone using a dedicated unlock guide from a professional source. This gives you the information required to unlock the phone in a safe, risk-free way, often without voiding the factory warranty that Apple gives to your phone.
Keeping the warranty intact is of vital importance, especially considering the somewhat troubling failure rate on recent iPhones. Both of the fourth-generation iPhones are prone to issues with the home button, including a total loss of sensitivity. While some of these have been ‘fixed’ through an on-screen button in recent software updates, it’s still not worth losing the warranty due to them.
Finally, unlocking your iPhone 4S the ‘right way’ means that it’s completely untraceable after it’s been unlocked. With privacy issues popping up left and right on modern phones, keeping yourself free of the ability to be tracked is important. As always, the unlocking action is fully reversible for iPhone users – all it takes is a simple reset to return your phone to its previous state.
Whether you’re aiming to save money on international service by using another SIM card, use an alternative carrier within the United States, or simply enjoy the extra functionality that you’ll get with an unlocked iPhone, unlocking your factory iPhone is a great idea. Just make sure you have some professional information on hand – information that’s often best found on the internet.