Anyone know how these eBay sellers are unlocking phones?

in iPhone edited January 2014

Anyone know how the people on ebay such as "mobilehotshots" can unlock your phone? (With no hardware, changes no simcard, entirely over the net.)


Here's an example listing: ; (There's lots of other sellers on eBay you can search for, I have no affiliation with any of them. Don't take this link as an endorsement.)


They claim that you send the your IMEI number and they email you back when they've unlocked it. Then you (in the iPhone's case) restore from a backup and your phone is unlocked when activating again.


Sounds like a scam.


But-- the thing is they have like 38,000+ feedback rating , with almost 5,000 this month and only 5 negative ratings. Anyone know how they do this? Is it some guy who works at AT&T unlocking your phone against the rules? Is there some telecom standard they're exploiting? Is it some formula where your phone has a key and at&T has a private key and they've figured out how to reverse it? Can the phone be re-locked at a later date?


Anyone know how this works exactly? Looking to unlock my in-contract iPhone 4s.


  • Reply 1 of 2

    It COULD be actual AT&T employees with actual access to the database, I suppose. Eventually he WILL be found and fired, but it would be next to impossible to know what phones he was responsible for unlocking, and there's absolutely nothing AT&T could do about it, because if they DID somehow magically re-lock phones over the air, there would be a lawsuit like absolutely no other in the history of their existence.


    If you find someone claiming to be able to add an iPhone's MEID to Verizon's network outside the standard forced plans, let me know! image

  • Reply 2 of 2

    I did it and my phone say it's unlocked - but I still want to know the process on how this works.


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