Who doesn’t love to be able to carry an unlocked iPhone all over the world with him? Usually, when you’re signing with a new carrier, you might not be aware of the fact that there might not be a “legal” way to unlock it later on. Why some carriers choose to lock the iPhone is quite obviousy – their interest is to keep you their client and also, you might have bought your iPhone for a subsidized priced, which means that you’re paying more for your data plan so that carriers could make a profit out of this.

But as consumers’ needs evolved and they started to travel more, sell more their “old” gadgets, carriers too realized that they need to go with the flow and offer services that will make customers appreciate you as a service providers. If your carriers allows you to unlock your iPhone, why would you want to quit using it? To be able to know that you can travel with your iPhone and you can sell it, too, is a comfort and a clever way to retain clients, much more “ethical” than primitively locking them.


Carriers that allow/offer iPhone unlocking

While some carriers simply allow your iPhone to be unlocked at a later stage, there are quite a few that actually offer unlocked iPhone, so for the less tech-savvy out there, this is just awesome. Also, you must understand that if your carrier is a CDMA carrier, then your unlocked will work only on other CDMA networks, so that you wouldn’t start swearing your carrier once you’ve reached your travel destination point.

Find below a list with the most important carriers worlwide that allow iPhone unlocking. To quickly find your country, press CTR+F then type in the name of your country and you’ll see the carriers that you need. We have tried to link to relevant information regarding the iPhone unlocking policy of some of the carriers, where available. If you know other carriers or if you find more time accurate info regarding the iPhone unlock (since carriers can change their policy just as we speak), don’t hesitate to inform us!

USA

Canada

Australia

UK

Germany

Italy

  • 3 Italia
  • TIM
  • Vodafone

France

Austria

Belgium

  • Mobistar
  • Telenet

Bulgaria

  • GLOBUL
  • M-Tel

Croatia

  • T-Mobile
  • VIPNet

Czech Republik

  • O2
  • T-Mobile
  • Vodafone

Finland

  • Elisa

Denmark

  • 3 Denmark

Greece

  • Vodafone
  • Cosmote
  • Wind

Hungary

  • T-Mobile
  • Vodafone

Ireland

  • 3
  • eMobile
  • Meteor
  • O2
  • Vodafone

Poland

  • Orange
  • T-Mobile

Portugal

  • Vodafone

Romania

  • Orange
  • Vodafone

Russia

  • MTS
  • Beeline

Netherlands

  • KPN
  • Vodafone

Slovenia

  • Si.mobile

Slovakia

  • Orange

Spain

  • 3
  • Movistar
  • Orange
  • Vodafone

Sweden

  • 3

Switzerland

Turkey

  • Avea
  • TurkCell

Argentina

  • Claro
  • Movistar
  • Personal

Brazil

  • Claro
  • VIVO
  • TIM

Chile

  • Claro
  • Entel
  • TMC

Colombia

  • Comcel
  • Movistar
  • Tigo

Ecuador

  • Claro
  • Movistar

Paraguay

  • CTI Movil

Peru

  • Claro
  • TM SAC

Uruguay

  • CTI Movil
  • Movistar

 South Korea

  • SK Telecom

China

  • China Unicom

Hong Kong

  • 3 HK
  • 1010
  • One2free
  • SmarTone

India

  • Aircel
  • Airtel

Indonesia

  • Indosat
  • Telkomsel
  • XL

Malaysia

  • Celcom
  • DiGi
  • Maxis

New Zealand

  • Telecom
  • Vodafone

Singapore

  • SingTel
  • M1
  • StarHub

Thailand

  • AIS
  • Dtac
  • TrueMove

Vietnam

  • VinaPhone

Israel

  • Cellcom
  • HOT Mobile
  • Orange
  • Pelephone

Jordan

  • Zain

Kuwait

  • Viva Kuwait
  • Vodafone

Qatar

  • Vodafone

Saudi Arabia

  • Mobily
  • STC Saudi
  • Zain

United Arab Emirates

  • Etisalat
  • DU

South Africa

If the country you’re searching for, is not in the list above, check out this link to see if any carrier there offers unlocked iPhones.

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  • Alessandro Pomponio

    This is so damn good. I particularly love the direct links to the carrier’s policy page. Must have been a hard work guys. Love it.

    • http://www.maindevice.com Radu Tyrsina

      It’s been and still is, we are constantly updating the list with new links!

  • Gerardo

    If i buy a Iphone 5 (Verizon) in USA, will it work in Israel??