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How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:50pm by iClarified
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These are much easier instructions on how to unlock your iPhone using SAM. This method will work with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G on any jailbreakable firmware including 5.x. The original instructions can be found here.

***Update: Apple is reportedly in the process of blocking this unlock***

***Update x2: Apple has BLOCKED this method. It no longer works. You can follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS to be notified when a new unlock is available.***

Step One
Jailbreak your iPhone. You can find instructions on how to do that using the iClarified Jailbreak Wizard.

Step Two
Tap to launch Cydia from your SpringBoard.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Three
Press to select Manage from the tabs at the bottom of the screen.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Four
Press the large Sources button.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Five
Press the Edit button at the top right of the screen.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Six
Press the Add button that appears at the top left of the screen.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Seven
Enter http://repo.bingner.com and press the Add Source button.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Eight
Press the large Return to Cydia button.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Nine
Press to select Bingner from the list of Sources.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Ten
Choose SAM from the list of packages.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Eleven
Press the Install button at the top right of the screen.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Twelve
Press the Confirm button to begin installation.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Thirteen
Once installation has completed press the large Reload SpringBoard button.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Fourteen
Insert your new SIM card and tap to select SAMPrefs from your SpringBoard.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Fifteen
Make sure your Method is set to Auto Detect and tap Utilities. Note**: If Auto-Detect doesn't work you can change Method to By Country and Carrier and select the phone's ORIGINAL carrier manually.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Sixteen
Press the Attempt Activation button. If you don't see Attempt Activation then select De-Activate iPhone and the Attempt Activation button should appear.
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Seventeen
A popup will appear letting you know that "this may take a while".
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Eighteen
Eventually your iPhone will respring and after searching for a bit your new network will be detected!
How to Unlock Your iPhone Using SAM [Easier]

Step Nineteen
You should now backup your iPhone unlock ticket in case this method is ever blocked. You can find instructions on how to backup the unlock ticket here.

Your phone will work normally with your SIM card and that SIM card ONLY since we have tricked iTunes to think that ICCID is one of the intended carrier's. The phone can be rebooted and connected to iTunes freely without losing the "unlock", at least for now.

A big thanks to Sam Bingner, Loktar_Sun and Laforet for their contributions!

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Di Scott
Di Scott - June 6, 2016 at 4:35am
If anyone is having a problem with their code or is looking for a place to get a code to unlock their phone, I would suggest giving www.unlockyoursim.com a go :) It doesn’t cost at all, you just need to complete a short survey (I know, one of those!) but it worked for me so.. it’s worth trying out. Hope this helps!
Dana - September 4, 2014 at 9:25pm
SAM does not work anymore. Apple has out smarted the "nerds"... for now anyway.
Taha - May 4, 2014 at 4:49am
hi! i dont know on which carrier my phone is locked to please help
zafar - January 10, 2013 at 10:30pm
i try to unlock with every thing SAM ULTRASNOW even gevey sim but still not unlock...why is gevey sim is not working in it ...i have another iphone same model number MC603B DIFFERENT baseband 03.10.01 working fine in it but not with this baseband 04.12.01 why? please help me out thanks
zafar - January 10, 2013 at 10:18pm
done it showing wildcardactivated but still no service iphone 4 baseband 04.12.01 version 5.1.1 model mc603b
Mark Chiu
Mark Chiu - November 11, 2012 at 4:17am
I would like to ask has anyone recently unlock the iphone 4 locked to bell?? I would like to unlock it to "Chatr" in toronto canada. I have followed at the end and everything supposed to happen, happened and stuck at the itunes unlocking step....I have a couple of questions would like to calrify... 1st: I used and paid the service from iphone-unlockme...and the first step that I followed is sent in my IMEI ID and I received a message stating that I need to wait 10 - 15 days to let apple unlock my iphone...is this correct?? 2nd: which carrier should i choose if I want to unlock from the original to the new sim carrier when I set up the SAM??? Thank you all~~
J - November 11, 2012 at 1:19pm
SAM unlock is not working for a long time already, so dont bother. And yes, you have to wait certain time, to get unlock, if you used a web service. When the unlock is completed, just restore you phone and it will work.
Mark Chiu
Mark Chiu - November 13, 2012 at 12:18am
Hi, thanks for the comment! But may I ask what do you mean by "restore" my iphone?? And may I ask why as long as i sent in my IMEI number then the phone will be unlocked??? Thanks
J - November 13, 2012 at 6:02am
Switch off your phone, launch iTunes, then connect the phone to the computer by holding the round button pressed. hold it until computer says that it has detected a phone in recovery mode, then press restore. Before you do this, back up your phone.
derin - September 7, 2012 at 5:39pm
today i install sam, it is work perfect, and i did all steps and i Hit attemp activation, it restart my iphone, but finally it is not give services, please help me
derin - September 8, 2012 at 3:05am
can you told me how? it need how many $? please explain
Leandro - September 8, 2012 at 2:05pm
Hy, on ebaycom you can find many sellers that can unlock your iPhone, I payed 13$ to official unlock. You only have to send your imei , after 24h its completely unlocked you can even do updates. Go to this website and type unlock iPhone. You ll find this sellers.
Keron Jones
Keron Jones - May 26, 2012 at 11:58pm
i found a way to unlock.. u need to use redsnow and flash the baseband with the ipad baseband and it should work. i have an iPhone 3gs running on 5.1.1 untethered.
RC - May 28, 2012 at 12:34am
could you explain how to flash the baseband?
Tash - May 6, 2012 at 11:24pm
will this work with an at&t iphone4 5.1 bb 04.12.01? Im scared to do it if it doesnt work. please help!
Granny - May 6, 2012 at 11:27pm
Tash it won't work anymore. Apple fixed there servers a week ago I think. You'll have to wait. Sorry babe
Tash - May 7, 2012 at 2:24am
Ahhh! So now i have to wait for another unlock update? i need it unlock bc im an international student, is there any other way i can unlock this phone?
Granny - May 7, 2012 at 1:06pm
What phone do you have?
Tash - May 7, 2012 at 1:17pm
iphone 4... version 5.1 BB 04.12.01
Granny - May 7, 2012 at 5:05pm
Yea you'll have to wait. I waited 7 months for this last one. :). Keep your eye on this page
Leandro - May 15, 2012 at 9:54am
Hi, i spend 30 days trying to unlock my iPhone, the only way that i found is unlocksolutionscom, i bought it last week and now my iPhone is unlocked, 100% trustfull, its little expensive but you dont need to buy other phone
10k - May 3, 2012 at 2:23pm
No service. Did Apple already block this? Is there anything that needs to be undone before making a 2nd attempt?
quiksilver - May 4, 2012 at 6:26am
Like it says on the top. Apple is blocking this unlock method. We are patiently waiting for a new way to unlock our new devices. Hope it will be possible soon.
quiksilver - May 3, 2012 at 11:44am
when can we expect an update or another way to unlock?
rorouni - May 2, 2012 at 2:33pm
Is this Unlock still working? please update us if this is still usable..
PG - May 2, 2012 at 2:35am
Didn't work for me either, iPhone 4, iOS 5.1.. It continues to say - No Service. Anybody had luck in activating on a similar platform?
LEANDRO - April 29, 2012 at 1:43pm
Work with all basebands?? including 4.12.01 ? tks
Jas - April 28, 2012 at 5:37am
I used this simple method now, but I'm getting an option of invalid sim... What to do
ken - April 28, 2012 at 5:34am
I guess this unlocking method is no longer work since Apple has just fixed it. I just tried on my iPhone 4 5.0.1 and it didn't work. Anyone else has the same problem?
cedric - April 28, 2012 at 5:20am
Is it correct that using the SAM unlock, I can only work 2 SIM cards max?
Danny - April 27, 2012 at 9:28pm
I have an: iPhone 4 V: 5.0.1 BB: 4.10.01 JB and unlocked with Gevey Ultra & running Furious Mod I'm tying to unlock it using this SAM method so I don't have to rely Gevey Ultra anymore but every time I click the "Attempt Activation" button I get this notification: "SAM notification "activation reports Error: activationinfo rejected. you must select the original carrier SIMID of your phone." I tried using the Auto Detect method which is recommended and Method to By Country and Carrier and select the phone's ORIGINAL carrier manually (U.S & tried both AT&T) with no luck. Anyone else have this problem or a solution to this?
J - April 28, 2012 at 4:56am
SAme problem for me...
JeePy - April 28, 2012 at 8:00pm
Same for me too... If anybody knows how to fix this, please post-it
Hassan Ahmed butt
Hassan Ahmed butt - April 27, 2012 at 6:08pm
Hi it took me 2 min to unlock my iphone4 but for last 2 hours I'm trying to unlock 3GS its giving the error about carrier and use simid any 1 can help will b very appreciated
simon D
simon D - April 27, 2012 at 10:00am
Hi All, I have a iphone 3G which has been jailbroken to iOS 4.1 with the iPad baseband Will this SAM trick help with this as when i use ultrasn0w i get Call failed Any help or advice on the use of SAM with my setup or my ultrasn0w issue is appreciated Cheers S
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