Need freedom from carrier limitations that forbid you from using the SIM card you want? Is your iPhone useless because there’s “no SIM card inserted“ or shows up as “invalid SIM card“? If you eliminate the methods we’ve mentioned, all that’s left is that your carrier modified firmware or installed software to block any SIM cards other than their own. This is obviously caused by greed, and the carrier’s desire to beat the competition, thus forcing you to buy a SIM card from them only. We don’t think that’s fair. If you paid the full price, you should have the right to use it anywhere you want. That’s why we’ll show you how to jailbreak a SIM card. Let’s start.
Clarification. The methods below affect the iPhone directly, which any SIM card in any country to work with it. However, you are not jailbreaking the iPhone. So, you won’t lose the warranty and can continue to receive iPhone updates as normal.
1. Jailbreak a SIM card by carrier request
This is by far the easiest solution if you meet the criteria, which many people do without realizing it. Carriers are bound by laws and regulations to remove the carrier lock after a time, usually 12 or 24 months. Obviously, they won’t do it of their own accord and will wait for you to request this activity. They’ll also throw curveballs and offer discounts and special deals to keep you as an exclusive customer. But if you persevere and utilize the tools mentioned in our article about unlocking the SIM card (headline: Carrier lock), they’ll have no choice. Make sure to specify that you want the NUC (Network Unlock Code), and follow their instructions. We also recommend requesting PAC (Porting Authorisation Code) should you wish to move your phone number to another SIM card later.
2. Jailbreak a SIM card through IMEI unlock
In the aforementioned article, we briefly mentioned it as “third-party unlock” which it is. In essence, you’ll provide the IMEI of your phone, the phone model, the carrier’s name, and pay a little. That’s all – your SIM card and iPhone will work with any network provider worldwide. This is legal, effective, safe, and best of all, permanent. Furthermore, you can continue to use your iPhone in the meantime. First, we’ll show you two quick ways to obtain IMEI. Then, we’ll demonstrate two popular methods to jailbreak a SIM card.
Finding IMEI on iPhone
To look up IMEI on iPhone, you can:
- Dial *#06# on your iPhone.
- Tap Settings, go to General > About and find the IMEI on the list.
Here are the instructions to jailbreak a SIM card with DoctorSIM:
- Visit the DoctorSIM.com Unlock Phone page.
- Click on Unlock Apple.
- Select your iPhone model.
- Select the country and the carrier you want to get rid of.
- Under Contact Details, provide an e-mail address and IMEI.
- Tip. You can provide the current SIM card phone number if you want to get an SMS notification when the process is complete.
- Choose a payment method and finish paying.
- The process will be complete within 24h to 72h, depending on the country and carrier.
- You’ll receive instructions on how to enter a passcode for SIM card jailbreaking and you’re good to go.
This service focuses on iPhones only but is equally effective. Follow these steps to jailbreak a SIM card via AppleiPhoneUnlock:
- Visit AppleiPhoneUnlock.
- Select your country and carrier.
- Enter your IMEI.
- Click on Unlock for any SIM card.
- Complete the payment.
- AppleiPhoneUnlock will request an unlock and whitelist the IMEI in the Apple activation database.
- Within 1 to 5 days, you’ll get a new e-mail telling you the SIM card is jailbroken.
- Unlike DoctorSIM, there’s no code. Connect to the Internet briefly (activation is sent Over-The-Air) and your SIM card is jailbroken.
3. Jailbreak a SIM card with RSIM or XSIM
This technique is based on acquiring a special SIM card, typically known as R-SIM or RSIM. RSIM is an external MOS chip whose electronics spoof the ICCID and thus allow the iPhone to connect to any carrier anywhere in the world. The only downside is that every time you update your iOS, you might be asked to re-enter the ICCID. Alternatively, you can order an X-SIM card or XSIM card. It does the same job but works for both iOS and Android. Furthermore, updates (including ICCID changes) are done automatically.
Steps to use RSIM to jailbreak a SIM card
We’ll demonstrate the process with the up-to-date version named RSIM16, but steps 7 and later are identical for any older RSIM. Here’s what to do.
- Remove the SIM card from iPhone.
- Punch out the appropriate RSIM16 so that it fits the SIM card size of your regular one.
- For almost all iPhone models, you need to place RSIM into the SIM card tray, then place the original SIM card on top of it.
- Tip. The RSIM16 can be expanded to fit both slots in the hybrid SIM slot, so you can jailbreak two SIM cards at once.
- Insert the SIM card and boot the iPhone.
- The custom RSIM menu should pop-up automatically.
- Tap on ICCIDActivation.
- Tap on ICCID UNLOCK.
- Enter the 20-digit ICCID code your seller provided.
- Tap on Accept.
- Choose the carrier you want to start using, and you’re done.