My story, I received an iPhone 7 from my sister, it's an used one though but I was very happy with it. There's a problem with my iPhone, it's locked to AT&T while I'm using T-moible. So of course, I did some searching on Google with keywords "unlock at&t iphone" and found some results.
iPhoneIMEI.net appeared and it's the most prominent one. Everything were good, their website looks professional, lots of good reviews, money back guaranteed in case the unlock failed... I almost decided to place my order but just a little skeptical because I wonder how can they unlock my iPhone without touching to it. I googled something again about how does it work. People said somehow, using 3rd party service (iPhone IMEI unlocking), service provider will whitelist my IMEI from carrier database.
So I realize that I can do it by myself, I submit my unlocking request to AT&T from their unlocking website and I thought it would work. I was very eager, after a few hours of waiting, AT&T gave me a response that I didn't expect. They said they can't unlock my iPhone because my iPhone is in case of something like Unpaid Bills blah blah. Whatever, this isn't my iPhone and I didn't know if it's "Paid" or "Unpaid" the bills. I didn't want to call my sister to ask her please pay all the bills, because this is a gift and I didn't want to be asking so much, I'm not a hassle person.
I looked further for another method on Google but there's nothing much, people almost just discussed about iPhone IMEI unlocking, about contacting carrier to unlock the iPhone directly (I tried it already), some other results said it's possible with some "tweaks" on Cydia but they were from 2007.
Finally I decided to get a help from 3rd service provider. I looked around all and decided to go ahead with iPhoneIMEI.net. I did some research about their services and there're some good and some bad reviews as well, really confused.
Some people expressed their upsets with iPhoneIMEI.net and said it's a big SCAM and never try using it, never blah blah. Some others said it works and it's perfect, unlocked their iPhone quickly blah blah (WHAT?!?!?). It made me really confused, I don't know what's the truth and what's the lie. I read through about hundred of reviews and found some people say that in case the iPhone is blacklisted or something, the unlock won't work and they won't refund because it's their right in the service policy, but they'll offer to pay extra to "Premium service", fee to clear blacklist status first to make to unlock works, I guess.
I'm not sure if my case would be treated as "Blacklisted", but I guess it will. But whatever, this is a gift and I can pay some money to use it, definitely cheaper than buying a new iPhone. In case they require an extra payment, I'll accept the offer and go ahead with it.
So finally, after a whole research, I decided to place my order. It was pretty easy, I paid $29 for that and hope it'll work...
Once again! Everything didn't happen as my expectation, after a few hours, iPhoneIMEI sent me an email saying that my iPhone is Blacklisted/Unpaid Bills... then the unlock won't work unless I pay extra for $59 to upgrade to Premium service!!! I was not happy now, total $88 if I pay that invoice. But whatever, I was out of patient, I already paid $29 and I just want to get my fucking iPhone unlocked. I accepted the deal and take the "risk" to pay extra $59 and wait....
I was waiting everyday for their email, but my order still "Processing", I contacted them for status update and they said I don't have to, their system will inform me as soon as the iPhone is unlocked.
3 days passed and nothing happened, I felt like "SCAM" and a little worried about losing my money for nothing! But thank god, finally, at the 5th day, I woke up and check my mail box, there's an email from iPhoneIMEI.net telling me that my iPhone is unlocked! You can't understand how happy I was, I immediately tried to put my T-mobile SIM card to my iPhone and it works, signal appeared without any error message! I even didn't believe it's real because it worked like a charm, miracle!!! It's total $88 but worth it.
- If you wanna unlock your iPhone 7 (like my case) or whatever iPhone, I recommend iPhoneIMEI.net for the 1st option
- (Question) So, is iPhoneIMEI a SCAM or not?: From my experience, I think they're not