There is a chance that the iPhone you are using cannot let you use another carrier. Unlocking it would be your way around this common challenge.
Note that Apple cannot help you out on this, only your carrier can. Also note that not every carrier can offer you this service. So, be sure to check up on this before putting in an unlock request.
Unlocking your iPhone will require you to get in touch with your carrier, and here is how you go about it.
What are Your iPhone Unlocking Options
You can unlock your iPhone 6 now, using the steps below. Don’t fall into the trap of trying hardware and software unlocking, that will only harm your device and ruin its warranty. Your best option is to get in touch with your carrier for an IMEI unlocking service.
Contacting your Carrier
As mentioned earlier,
Otherwise, once you know that the service is available, you should submit an unlock request. From there, you should just wait for confirmation that your iPhone has been unlocked.
Note that you might be required to meet certain minimum requirements before you can qualify for this service.
Also, the unlocking might not be immediate, you might have to wait a couple of days; but you can always get in touch to see how the process is going.
In the end, you should have a confirmation that your iPhone has been unlocked, in which case it will be time for the next step of the process.
Using a Current SIM Card
In case you don’t use a new SIM card, you should back up your iPhone, erase it, and then restore it from this backup.
Using a New SIM Card
Insert the new SIM card and set up your iPhone once more.
Something to Note
The process above is quite simple. However, you might run into problems with your new SIM card. Usually, you will get a message saying that the SIM card inserted into the iPhone is not supported.
The message will end by recommending that you use the SIM card that came with the device or that you visit a store by the carrier to get assistance.
What You Should Do
- Restore your iPhone to factory settings
- Get in touch with your carrier once more and confirm that they unlocking has been successful based on their system
- Restore the iPhone from backup
The process of unlocking your iPhone is simple and painless, and if your carrier confirms that the unlocking has gone through, you should have no problem using your phone with any carrier as soon as the process is completed.
Otherwise, if you run into problems, as is sometimes the case, you can get in touch with your carrier once more and confirm that the iPhone is truly unlocked.
But it is also important to note that not every carrier offers the iPhone unlocking service. Apple itself cannot provide this solution for you either. So, confirm that your carrier offers the unlocking process before trying out this process.