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How to Unlock Your iPhone

Is it possible to unlock your iPhone? Yes, you can unlock your iPhone and use it on a network other than AT&T. This method was first made public in August 2007. Both PC Magazine and MacWorld have published instructions on how to unlock your iPhone. Make sure you are running iPhone firmware version 1.0.2 or earlier; do not upgrade your phone to version 1.1.1 or later as this will relock your phone. Here is how to unlock your iPhone.

Step one – Make sure you have your iPhone, the data cable, and a strong WiFi connection. Before you begin, cancel the iTunes helper that is running in the background on your PC or Mac. On a PC, bring up the task manager and in the process tab, find the iTunes helper and click "end process" or "kill process". On a Mac, go to the activity monitor, select the iTunes helper, and click on the "Quit Process" button.

Step two – Go to the website and download the file, then unzip it to your PC or Mac desktop. Also, download and unzip www.widgx.or/ to your desktop. Once you have these files unzipped and available on your desktop, you are ready to begin unlocking your iPhone.

Step three – Get iTunes version 7.4.12 from and install it on your computer. When you start the unlock process, you may receive a message to upgrade iTunes. Ignore this message and do not upgrade.

Step four – If you are not unlocking a new iPhone straight out of the box, then back up all of your content including music, videos, photos, and applications to your Mac or PC. If you leave it on the iPhone without backing it up, you will lose all of your content forever.

Step five – Put your iPhone into restore mode by pressing and holding the sleep/wake button and the home button at the same time. Continue holding these two buttons until you see a yellow warning triangle, then let go. Ignore all other icons and wait for the triangle. Ignore the Apple logo, which may appear several times. Once the triangle appears, let go of the buttons.

Step six – Make sure you have firmware version 1.0.2 on your desktop. Then launch iTunes. You will see a message stating that iTunes detected your iPhone in restore mode. Press the shift key and then press restore. It is very important to press and hold the shift key before clicking on restore. You will then receive a message asking you which firmware you want to restore to. Choose 1.0.2 by double-clicking on it. Then wait. This process will take some time as your iPhone goes through several different cycles to install the firmware. Let everything finish and do not touch your computer or phone until this step completes. When this step completes, close iTunes.

Step seven – Open the folder that you downloaded earlier and look for the AppTapp installer. Launch the AppTapp installer. When prompted for the firmware version, choose version 1.0.2. Then click "install". This process will take some time as the program downloads and installs files to your computer. Make sure no other programs are running at this time. Your iPhone will cycle through a few times; let everything go. When it is done, click "OK". The install bar may not go all the way to the end, but when your iPhone goes back to the home screen and the black screen closes on your computer, you are done.

Step eight - Go to the folder that you downloaded earlier and look in the backup folder for a file that says "point and click here for activation". Then click on the file that says "CLICK HERE". A message will ask if you are ready; just hit any key to continue. Once this is done, turn the phone off, then on again. Now you are ready to insert the SIM of your choice into your iPhone.

Step nine - Turn off your phone. Using a paper clip, unfold it and insert it into the hole located next to the headphone jack. This will open up the SIM holder. Remove and replace the SIM with the one you prefer. Turn on your iPhone and that's it. This is how you unlock your iPhone.


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