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A simple consumer guide to risk-free iPhone unlocking

by Milcah Lukhanyu
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2020 has been a pretty crazy year, to say the least, from start to finish it’s been anything but simple and straightforward. In the majority of western nations many of us have been spent the year confined to our homes, unable to shop and socialise, or in many cases even attend work. The liberties and freedoms we took for granted have been swept from under our feet and we’re left reminiscing about the good old days when things were easier. Though a lot of day-to-day tasks previously taken for granted are now exponentially more difficult, there has been an impressive level of adaptation in many industries. 

From remote working to refreshed digital marketing strategies and new online services, the coronavirus pandemics means that now more than ever it is of the utmost importance that companies do absolutely everything they can to do business and provide products and services despite customers inability to go out freely as they did before. Perhaps most interesting is that as a result of this heightened focus on digital consumers have begun to realise just how much they can do online from the comfort of their home, things they previously left the house for are in reality just the touch of a button away. Amongst these things is something that could save us all money, something that could help us all get the most out of our smartphones. 

Being able to Unlock iPhone handsets from the comfort of your own home is a big win for consumers the world over. According to the latest data, Californian tech giant Apple has sold over 2 billion iPhones worldwide. Since its introduction in 2007, the iPhone has taken the world by storm, changing the way we use our smartphones and creating an unprecedented level of hype around new device releases unheard of with any other manufacturer. As the functionality of Apple’s devices has gotten better and the technology more impressive, our reliance on these devices and their integration in our personal and business lives have never been greater.

The price of these devices is also steadily increasing, making ownership difficult. To get around this price increase and to satisfy the insatiable demand of consumers, networks have introduced the network contract which allows buyers to spread the cost of a handset over many months, with the caveat that the device is ‘locked’ to that particular network.

The benefits of unlocking your iPhone

Network contracts make ownership more affordable but locked devices come with their own problems. First and foremost, they’re worth about 20-30% less than unlocked devices so when it’s time to sell up you’ll make a great return on investment by unlocking your device. Network contracts also almost always charge more for usage than SIM-only deals, meaning your monthly costs are higher than they need to be. Whether your device is paid off or not, unlocking it means you can remove the network SIM and switch to a more affordable SIM-only deal, giving you flexibility and saving money. Travelling is also less expensive with an unlocked device because they’re not subject to roaming charges. Unlocking your device means when you travel you can simply purchase a SIM from a local store and swap it with your domestic SIM which means you can continue to use your device as normal for a fraction of the cost.

The safest way to unlock your iPhone

I’ve heard no end of horror stories about people having tried to unlock their iPhones using unreliable methods and providers only to be left without a working device and out of pocket. Dodgy repair stores and online companies often claim to be able to ‘jailbreak’ devices leaving them open for use with any network. This is a risky business and should be avoided at all costs.

Given the importance of your smartphone and the sensitive data, it holds you’ll want to make sure you unlock it reliably. Having scoured the internet, we came across DirectUnlocks who has over a decade experience of unlocking iPhones. Working with third-party providers, DirectUnlocks are able to ‘whitelist’ your device within the manufacturer’s database, meaning it remains unlocked even in the face of a firmware refresh. They’re also able to do all of this from the comfort of your own home, all you need is your IMEI number and within 24 hours your iPhone unlock will be complete. 

So, if like many others, you want to Unlock iPhone 8 or Unlock iPhone 7 handsets, these two being amongst the most popular iPhones in the second-hand market, get online now and you can access the benefits discussed above from the comfort of your own home without being without your mobile for even a single hour. 

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