How To: Unlock iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS On ANY Baseband (iOS 5.0 To iOS 5.1) With SAM

Yesterday we told you that MuscleNerd pointed out a Chinese hacker Loktar_Sun managed to manipulate SAM (Subscriber Artificial Module) to unlock any model of the iPhone on any baseband. This is some very big news because we have not seen a new software unlocking solution that adds support for all basebands and all models of the iPhone for a very long time. For those of you who are interested in unlocking your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S (CDMA + GSM) on any firmware above iOS 5.0 and also any baseband version you will be glad to know in this how to guide you will learn how to do just this.

Before you start however, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all you need to make sure that you have Jailbroken iPhone that has not been listed on any  IMEI blacklists. Secondly, you will need to ensure you have the latest version of iTunes and also know which carrier your iPhone is locked to. Finally, please keep in mind that this process only applies to the SIM card you carry it out on. This means if you have another SIM card you wish to use on your unlocked iPhone you will need to repeat this process.

Unlock Jailbroken iPhone On Any Baseband

Step 1) – The first thing you will need to do is open up Cydia on your iPhone and add a 3rd party repository from the developer who created SAM. With Cydia open go into the Manage tab, followed by the Sources section, and then tap the Edit button proceeded by the Add button and type in the following URL:

Unlock iPhone With SAM

Note: Be patient when adding the repo shown above. It is currently under a lot of stress, and it took me about 10 minutes before Cydia was able to process the repo properly.

Step 2) – Once the repo shown above has been added you will need to go into the sources page by simply tapping on it from the list of installed source and then find the SAM package.

Unlock iPhone With SAM

When you see SAM you will need to install it to your iPhone.

Unlock iPhone With SAM

WARNING: Make sure the SIM card you would like to use on your unlocked iPhone is inserted before moving on.

Step 3) – With SAM installed you will now need to open the utility by tapping the SAMPrefs icon on your SpringBoard (homescreen).

Unlock iPhone With SAM

Step 4) – Go into the Utilities tab and then tap on the De-Activate iPhone option. In order to double check that your iPhone is truly de-activated return to the main settings menu and go into the More Information tab. Look at the ActivationState label and it should display as Unactivated.

Step 5) – Now go back to the main settings pane once again, and then into the Method tab where you will need to select the By Country and Carrier option. You will then need to select the Country you are going to be using your iPhone in and then your actual Carrier. Please keep in mind that for some carriers with more than one network ID you will need to select the SIM ID option instead of selecting your carrier’s name.

Step 6) – After you have selected your carrier that you wish to use your unlocked iPhone with go into the More Information tab once again and copy the IMSI number that is present in the SAM Details section

Step 7) – With the IMSI number copied down somewhere safe you will need to click the Spoof Real SIM to SAM button.

Step 8 ) – When you have pushed the Spoof Real SIM to SAM button you will need to once again go back to the main screen, find your way to the Method tab and select the Manual option. Upon selecting the Manual option and returning to the main screen you will notice an IMSI input field. Paste the IMSI number you copied in step 6 now.

Step 9) – Grab your iPhone’s USB cable and connect it to your computer so that you can use iTunes to re-activate your iPhone. When iTunes has finished re-activating your iPhone you will need to double click the Phone Number label found in the details pane and ensure the ICCID matches that found on the SIM Card. Unfortunately if the numbers do not match you will need to restart the process from the beginning.

Unlock iPhone With SAM

Step 10) – As long as the ICCID numbers do match you will need to unplug your iPhone, go back into SAMPrefs and disable SAM by sliding the Enabled button to the off position. Finally re-connect your iPhone to iTunes and do not be worried if any error messages pop up alerting you that your iPhone cannot be activated. Simply ignore these messages and restart iTunes a few times.

Step 11) – After a few minutes you should notice signal bars on your iPhone. This means the process has been successful and you now have an unlocked iPhone with the SIM card of your choice. One last thing to keep in mind however, is that if you notice push notifications are not working you can simply select the Clear Push option found in SAM, followed by once again re-connecting your iPhone to iTunes.

For all of those that have successfully unlocked their iPhone following this How To guide please keep in mind that this process only works with the SIM card used during the unlocking process. If you would like to use multiple SIM cards on your unlocked iPhone then you will need to repeat the process on the other SIM cards. Additionally, it is also recommended that you manually save the activation ticket generated that allows you to use your iPhone unlocked as it could be crucial in the future to preserve your unlock.

Manually Save Activation Ticket

Step 1) – An unlock ticket will be generated after you successfully follow steps 1 – 10 outlined previously.

Step 2) – Use an SSH program to access your iPhone’s filesystem (WinSCP Windows or Cyberduck Mac OS X). You can of course also use something like iFile on your actual iPhone.

Step 3) – Navigate to the following directory:


Once you are in the directory shown above you will need to copy the contents of the directory for each SIM card you unlock your iPhone with.

Congratulations! You should now have an unlocked iPhone with the SIM card of your choice, with its activation ticket backed up. Please leave any additional questions or thoughts in the comments section below….

Update #1: For a more detailed guide on backing up your iPhone’s unlocked activation ticket please click here.

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  • r a V i o

    Does this solve the network related issue of baseband 6.15.00?

  • Fourth Be Dangs

    has anyone try this?pls comment..tnx

  • Riko Miraka

    i did  and i fucked my iphone 4 i prefer applenberry sure stuffs cause for this shit now  i restored my iphone 

  • Robin Jonsson

     Probably not no, since this is only spoofing, and not actually unlocking it.

  • BlueRaider

    The problems with the 6.15.00 baseband are never going to be fixed. I don’t know why it’s so hard for people to understand? AT&T has unlocked OVER 75,000 iPhones in the last few weeks. Nobody cares about phones stuck on the iPad baseband anymore because there is no need for them. Sell the thing for whatever you can get for (likely not much) and buy an IMEI unlocked phone with none of the problems. 

  • Yoused

    Wow finally I got my iPhone locked !

  • Derin

    I cant Lock my Iphone, It say ‘The Simcard Inserted in this iphone does Not  appear to be supported” :(

  • Done

    Just worked for me and it’s pretty simple. Thanks

  • JadenEllett

    Yes MuscleNerd has mentioned this method with work with the 06.15.00 baseband. I am not sure if it will fix the network related issues though.

  • Viperheart Apple

    My Sim Card is Activated!! Why….. 

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  • Stephan Kostreski

    worked with 06.15.00

  • Adrianrey2

    Is all this true or is false like all the others videos.

  • Guest!

     same here… and i dont know whats the problem… i thought we can unlock…

  • Wmuhamma

    In step five above….when you speak of choosing the actual carrier…..are you speaking of who I have a contract with or the carrier I want to unlock to (such as t-mobile)?  Thank you……

  • Wmuhamma

    Maybe you want to provide more simplified instructions for the simple fact that some people are not technologically informed.  For example; in step five above it is stated to choose your carrier…some people would choose at&t if that,s who they are with now…but does it mean another carrier like t-mobile. etc.  simplify.

  • phen

    It doesnt work, I tried different carriers here in philippines but itunes says “Sim card inserted is not supported”

  • phen

    As i observed in the video, you need to copy the original carrier’s IMSI and paste it to your new Sim. I think this is how SAM worked. If you dont have your original Carrier’s sim then i think this doesnt work. What if you dont have the original carrier IMSI? Does this SAM still works? I bought my iphone 4 in a pawnshop and it doesnt have its original carrier and i dont have any idea about its original carrier. 

  • Skymkim

    thanks it’s worked

  • Deepak Rao

    Hi All,

    I am getting SIM card not inserted after step 8, I am in India.. do it work here also??

  • ace

    it works!! but as phen said in his comment below, you will need the original carriers imsi and paste it on sam..

  • Skymkim

    it’s worked for me. now i can use t-mobile.

  • Kingeli23

    what happens to my att acount if i unlock it?

  • phen

    You can still use it, just insert your At&t on your iphone.

  • phen

    It will work as long as you still have the original sim of your iphone. Just copy the ISMI of your original sim then everything goes well. 

  • bligui

    No the original carrier for the phone for example bought it for ATT you need to select ATT

  • Divyesh

    my phone is not de-activating… stuck at step 4….

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    it shows that ” your iphone is currently factoryactivated-this means you are hacktivated. until you are not hacktivated your phone cannot be activated so SAM is disabled.”

  • Guest!

    follow step 5 to 9… be careful not to skip the IMSI…. or else you’ll start all over again…

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    stuck at step 9.. itunes is not detucting my iphone….

  • Mustafa Ahmed

    You need to press revert lockdowned stockification to finish hacktivation

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    sim card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported….
    getting this error while activating in step 9…

  • Thefuhrer666

    I Dont have the Original SIM :(

  • bligui

    You do not need it

  • Jseals1984

    i see above this says CDMA+GSM.  phone that r cdma do not have sims for the original career. like say C Spire. so how would you go about it on companies like C Spire?

  • bligui

    Check SIM ID

  • Phen

    you can still give it a try. some people got it worked without the original sim. just make sure you identify the original carrier of the iphone, if it is at&t then choose US.

  • Ivan

     Hello. I unlocked iPhone 4 (5.0.1, 4.11.08) for one Serbian career. Is
    that unlock for one SIM, or for all SIMs on that career? Which is
    procedure to unlock for other career? Is needed to do every process or
    someone is not needed?

  • Real_steps

    unlocked or locked?

  • Real_steps

    OKAY!!!!!!!! Went through the process successfully but this is what i am getting when i  was activating for the first time via itunes ‘we are unable to continue with your activation at this time’

  • Ivan

     Disconnect iPhone from computer, disable SAM, and connect again to iTunes. Maybe is needed to disconnect/connect many times…

  • Thefuhrer666

    Thx for the reply.
    Phone is unlocked to AT&T.
    I am stuck at Step 4. Doesn’t Deactivate!
    Activation State Shows:Factory Activated.
    Pls help :(

  • Real_steps

    When sam is disabled, it says sim card inserted is not supported. Gosh!!!!!

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    had made mistake….

    had removed SAM without activating my iphone… now it sucks..
    can u pls help mee out in activating it….pls

  • Real_steps

    i’m wondering if this is really working. who has tried this successfully? because it either u get ‘
    e are unable to continue with your activation at this time” or the unsupported sim error.

  • Divyesh_pargi_007

    can’t able to add repo… verification error… request time out… now??

  • Thefuhrer666

     Thanks a TON bros its worked!!!!!!
    Just Select Revert Lockdown to Stock if it doesn’t Deactivate.

  • Khanpreston

    Work Fine for me ( waridtelecom Karachi,Pakistan

  • Vijay

    Unlocked successfully. Thank you so much!!  For guys in India, Karnataka .. Please note that unlocking will work only for these service provider SIM cards – 
     Vodafone, Reliance and BSNL.

    Currently the SAM module has wrong/old SIM IDs for other networks and hence the problem with unlocking. 

  • :))

    servers are busy..

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  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    will it work with airtel gujrat>????

  • DJ

    Does it work for iOS 4.2.1 with firmware 03.10.01?

  • thomas

    When i’m adding the repo it shows “Verification Error The request timed out”

  • DJ

    In step 6, both the SIM details and SAM details are blank. An it shows invalid SIM on the status bar. Any help?

  • thomas

    it’s been over 20 mins and it shows “verification error the request timed out”

  • thomas

    Same thing is happening with me

  • Sad Day

    When I’m actually downloadingthe source for Repo, it keeps finishing all the way up until the end and says POSIX: Operation Timed out and if I reload cydia then the Repo source is empty, and I’ve deleted the source a couple of times and re-done it a couple more. ANy ideas or options? 

  • Sad Day

    So when I download the source, at the end it says POSIX: Operation has timed out
    and I’ve already reloaded cydia and redownloaded the source and the same thing keeps coming back up, any ideas?

  • bligui

    Check your SIM if not reboot phone

  • DJ

    Solved. I adjusted the sim card a little bit.

  • DJ

    It works.

  • lheewhoo

    What is the carrier for mc604c iphone4… Need ur support guyz… i dont have the original sim and i dont know which carrier it was locked to..did anybody faced this issue? need your help guys,.,,,

  • Yoused

    lol ! i mean unlocked 

  • Umair Asif


  • Roni

    hi in step 9 after i connect my iphone to itunes it says the sim card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported what can do ?? help please!!! 

  • phen

    I got the same problem with my other iphone, unlocking is pain if you dont know what carrier your iphone is locked to. I think your iphone is from Canada, i suggest you will choose all the carrier from canada 1 by 1 since you really dont know what carrier your idevice locked to. Good Luck

  • Mohamed

    You are mistaken ID of the SIM / country of origin or the carrier of the iPhone which is locked, you should repeat the procedure if you have the original SIM and insert it before you start and take a note of Sim (Click Method and select by country and carrier and thereafter select the country of origin of the iPhone is the operator with which it was sold / blocked, so you can get the ID of the SIM to be inserted later) Note: this must be done only if you have the original SIM, otherwise you can go to sim attempts selecting an ID at a time

  • Jonuhten

    Everything is perfect, the activation state says activated, the imei and the iccid numbers are a perfect match in itunes but no matter how long I wait, It still says No Service at the top left. Any ideas on how to solve this?

  • Mohamed

    You are mistaken ID of the SIM / country of origin or the carrier of the iPhone which is locked, you should repeat the procedure if you have the original SIM and insert it before you start and take a note of Sim (Click Method and select by country and carrier and thereafter select the country of origin of the iPhone is the operator with which it was sold / blocked, so you can get the ID of the SIM to be inserted later) Note: this must be done only if you have the original SIM, otherwise you can go to sim attempts selecting an ID at a time.

  • phen

    Try it later, maybe the server is bc or loaded. 

  • brandon

    I have simple mobile and I cannot find the carrier in the sections also what is the SIM ID i do not know which one to choose please help!!

  • DJ

    Please help I think I have followed all steps properly maybe 20x now… but I will have service & see my carrier name but only very briefly, then goes to no service. 

  • DJ

    Brandon you need to select the carrier to who the phone is already locked to, not simple mobile (t-mobile)…was it locked to at&t?

  • Roni

    i bought my iphone 4 last year from app store and it came with at&t sim but i never used it, and now when i do as you said in the itunes it says sin is not active, what should i do???? help me i really want to unlock it

  • Roni

    can you be more specific with details of what to do please step by step 

  • bligui

    Great I was having a little issue the pop up did not come up but the phone activated.

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    my phn hving lock of uk three network….
    in carrier opt i can’t find three carrier…. wat 2 do??

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    m getting error msg like  “we are sorr. the iphone u connected may be damaged or cannot be activated for service…””

  • Ronald Bern

    how do you find “sim attempts”

  • bligui

    Did you check by “bundle” if it shows there?

  • bligui

    Read step number 9 make sure you turn SAM off

  • bligui

    Reboot the phone

  • bligui

    Reboot the phoen that solved it for me

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  • ryann

    if we already unlocked it on 5.0.1 with sam and have 4.11.08 baseband, could we now update it to 5.1 and 4.12.01 basebnad and keep the sam unlock or do we have to do the process all over again?

  • Vatsal Vaghasiya

    do i need to insert sim without turbo sim as i m using gevey sim for my iphone 4 5.0.1 fw 4.10.1??
    please help me out..

  • vats22

    do i need to insert gevey sim along with my sim card before installation??
    please help me out..

  • vats22

    same here somebody pls help wats next step??

  • nwacorpor

    For Bulgaria there is only “Globul” and “Mtel” when will support and VIVACOM ?

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    worked for mee now… unlocked succeccfully… now using airtel gujrat india…

    thanx a lot friends….

  • Mohamed

    insert the original SIM first to take the ID code of the SIM. In selecting the method by country and carrier, then select the country of origin country of the iPhone, the manager with whom Carrier is locked and finally going to ID Sim should find the ID selected automatically. Note: This is used to derive SIM ID.
    To unlock you have to insert the sim you want to use from the beginning. Among the comments you should find my guide detailed enough. Mohamed

  • Flashallan900

    my iphone is locked to at&t?. Do i need a at&t sim for the unlocking process too?

  • Keeganmaher

    when i get to the itunes stage it gives me the message ‘the simcard inserted into this iphone does not appear to be supported’

    can someone please help?

  • aflamanat

    Hi I need help please, I unlock my phone using SAM from AT&T to T-Mobile, my question is if I want use any T-Mobile sim card after that or does it have to be this T-Mobile sim card only I used with SAM, thank you

  • Krishfm

    but when i connect after procedure its show the sim card in this phone does not be supported

  • vats22

    how did u do it divyesh even m using airtel gujarat. i jus dont know wich carrier my fone is locked to except i kno is its from uk.. plss helpp

  • r a V i o

    Do you have any network related problems. I mean at times it shows full network n suddenly the network is lost.

  • r a V i o

    WHy do u know to which carrier it is unlocked? This tutorial never ask fot tat info anywhere

  • Felix

     It worked with my Iphone4 base 04.11.08
    Felix – Nigeria

  • nwacorpor

      Thanks a lot to these good people :) We will be always own you! Thank You again guys! Work perfect! My iPhone is 5.1 bb 4.10.01 Succsessfully unlocked by SAM

  • Minh Pham

    when i try to install sam it doesnt load all the way it freezes half way.. anyone know whats wrong? thank you!!

  • Umar

    Finally I unlocked my iPhone stuck on BB 4.11.08. In above steps you can choose auto detect in step 5. Enjoy

  • PhantoM

    Hi there, just a quick question… what about those “replaced under warranty” iphones? I have one here from AT&T fully updated (iOS & BB) with no signal outside US… will this work on such a model?

    Thanks in advance

  • suhail

    imsg and factime is not working and have incoming calls but when i make calls it says callfail . . . .any sloution

  • Milanlopchan

    i don’t have a sim that my phone is locked with…….what shall i do now.? plz help

  • Milanlopchan

    my sim is not compatible…..what should i do? plz do relply

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    i don’t know how to find the carrier… mine was three network from uk…
    m from surat.. u???

  • Kam

    Hi, I can’t get past step 4. I deactivate it but in the main information page it always says FactoryActivated. Help?

  • Guest

    will this unlock method work on IOS 5.0.1? Please help

  • Minusten

    can sam unlock sprint’s phone ?? i am running a gsm sim, itunes continues to say sim cant be activated, plus in more information it keeps saying unactivated

  • Kam

     I was able to solve this problem by unhacktivating the phone!

  • Matt

    I am having the same problem.. It is staying at the screen with the Apple logo on start up and won’t advance any further..

  • thomas

    I have been trying this process repeatedly with no luck, I get all the way to the itunes step and always just get the register screen or sometimes the apple ID login, I never get the error.  I am going from Sprint to AT&T on an iPhone 4s, can anyone help?

  • Hari Ravilla

    3 network is of Hutchison 3G UK

  • Roni

    but if my iphone is originally for at&t and i want it to work with t mobile what carrier should i pick and what sim id ???
    when i am doing it with t mobile sim inside in step 9 itunes say that the sim doesn’t appear to be supported what should i do please helppp!!!

  • Hari Ravilla

    Please correct me if I’m wrong Divyesh… I still assume that 3 network is of Hutchison UK.

  • Roni

    can you tell me how you unlock it from at&t to t mobile , because i have been trying alot of times and it always says in i tunes(step9) that the sim (t mobile ) that is in the iphone does not appear to be supported ? can you please help me? 

  • DJ XtAzY

    Confirmed working on two devices, one has baseband 01.59.00 and the other is 02.10.04. The thing is that my reception quality indicator is always showing one bar, even though I have great service here.

  • Real_steps

    Yoused tell me i think i am missing some steps, do u really have to use ur new sim for the process or you would have to select the carrier it was locked to, this is really confusing.

  • Mero Mindspring

    Any experiences here with SAM unlocking Sprint CDMA/GSM combo iPhone 4S in US?
    Have never contracted with carrier but iTunes and subsequent 5.0.1 locked my GSM.
    Have had a happy jail broken “i Pod” and excited to finally be unlocked, but this is a no sim CDMA unlock and i’m not sure how to proceed.  I have a foreign   sim if needed.  Thanks for any and all suggestions….GL

  • Akeuro08

    i got it to work for those of u who get sim not support u did not copy the correct sam imsi number. regenerate it and copy it once i did that it worked and then make sure you quit itunes few times once you do it will activate phone and its unlocked

  • Mero Mindspring

     Where did you follow the procedure to unHactivate from…What did you do and what errors were you getting…Seems like a lot of Sprint 4S phoneds are having trouble when a SIM is introduced and they have not been activated and freed from the cdma obligation….

  • Sexymarla58

    hi  i dont unlock my iphone4 cuz i dont have the original sim..what i can do…pls help me

  • Phxffemt

    anyone having problems with sam,, I follow the instructions and when i open iTunes  still says unsupported sim 

  • McEwen

    I have a Gevey unlocked iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3.5. Would this method of unlocking still work if I update my iOS version, which would relock me? I just want to be sure that I won’t be locked permanently by doing that.

  • bligui


  • bligui

    Reboot the cell

  • bligui


  • Vatsal Vaghasiya

    Same surat! How did u do it? Xplain me about dat by country & name step. Wat u selectd in dat?

  • speedy07

    stuck after step 8. Can anyone help?

  • bligui

    Details help you know…. Like exactly stuck on what.

  • Khush915

    Its Working Great…..!!! Unlocked Iphone 4 IOS 5.1 Baseband 04.12.01 Successfully…!!

  • Jhun

    Anyone who use SAM here in the Philippines?

  • Nipun Sankla

    same problem….have a verizon CDMA/GSM combo…..i get the sim card not recognized error
    And no!!verizon is not listed in the bundle’s list also

  • Saurabh Bhatnagar

    You need to use your new sim in sim card tray , and need to provide the details of the career the iphone was locked to.. I have done it, i did the restart of the iphone and sometime redone all the process, and it all worked and i have a unlocked iphone now

  • Hari Ravilla

    After all the steps my Activation Status is “Activated”, when connected to iTunes it doesnt throw any error. But still I’m not getting any signal bars… I’m using Aircel India. Anyone please help!

  • Micha

     are your push notifications working?
    i have trouble with it and can’t receive any push ntifications at all.

  • rickiss

    worked great thanks… note: i didn’t have original sim but i poked around with ifubox and found some logos from at&t so i assume thats one possible way to find the original carrier… also did trial and error with the sim id until it worked. followed all the other steps accordingly

  • Aem 89

    i keep getting ”the sim card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported” ive done 1-8 steps like 20 times and keep getting this error.. also ive tried rebooting iphone.. nothing happens.. any ideas?

  • Divyesh0 Pargi

    hari its right..

    vatsal in country u hv to enter the country name by which ur phn is locked.. in ur case enter uk..

  • Divyesh0 Pargi


  • Godofberca

    jailbreak again without cydia (with redsnow)

  • r a V i o

    I faced the same problem initially. I used the redsn0w to jailbreak again. I selected the “deavtivate” option and unchecked “Install cydia” while jailbreaking. 
    By this i was able to get past this problem but got stuck on step 9. On step 9 while connection to itunes.. it says that there is no sim card.

  • r a V i o

    before starting the process what was the status in more information. mine is showing factory activated. what does that mean.

    In some places it says that i need to un hactivate and i got no clue how do I do that

  • vinni navlani

    How to use Unlock tickets in future ??
    and is it possible to unlock with 3-4 sim and save tickets,
    and when we want any sim to use, by just using that ticket ?

  • Hari Ravilla

    Finally I tried with my Vodafone SIM and it got unlocked.. :D  it took 150days to unlock my iPhone… :) :) :) 

  • r a V i o

    And with which SIM wer you trying to unlock earlier.

  • Mirald Gina

    I have the same problem, but im running iOS 4.3.3. You got any solution?

  • Mirald Gina

    Were you using it previously with Gevey sim or what?

  • Dennis Escala

    in my case mc604c is Rogers

  • Dennis Escala

    same happened to me at first. but works fine now =D

  • McEwen

    Nothing yet. I’m waiting for someone to enlighten me. It can’t be that uncommon of a problem.

  • Nipun Sankla

    hi…i unlocked mine finally…phew….
    1)insert the original sim(the one that the phone is contracted with)
    2)open SAMPrefs…and copy all the imsi and iccd’s no given
    3)insert the unofficial sim….and manually enter all the imsi and iccd values
    and connect the iphonme to the comp
    bang…it’ll show that the iphone could not be activated and stuff
    then close itunes
    disable samprefs
    open itunes
    and voila!!!
    u r done

  • Real_steps

    Now i have an invalid sim, is there any way to solve this? pls help.

  • Diego Arthur

     Got your push notifications working? I still didnt. But my iPhone is unlocked at least.

  • Embeminh

    so i unlocked my iphone, i get signal then after a few mins no signal.. then signal again then no signal.. it keeps fading in and out.. do anyone else have this problem? HELPP ME!!

  • Yoused

    Saurabh Bhatnagar said!

  • Pikesabeast

    How when i plug mine into itunes all it does is say the sim card is not supported??

  • Pikesabeast

    Cant get mine to work i do everything and then when i plug my phone back into itunes it says its not supported any ideas why?? 

  • Pikesabeast

    Got it to work thanks again great guide!!!!

  • Amjadpathan

    I dont have a AT&T sim card. Can you please please share your AT&T IMSI number.
    My email id is

  • Amjadpathan

    Use AutoDetect instead of selecting the country and carrier.
    After that activate thru SAM
    no need of itunes

  • Amjadpathan

    Guys i successfully unlocked my iPhone 4 iOS 5.1 tethered Jail Break with Baseband 04.12.01
    1) no need of Sim to which it is locked to.
    2) Those who are getting
     the sim card in this phone does not be supportedmessage thru iTunes
    must use AUTO Detect instead of selecting Country and Carrier
    3) I Activated thru SAM (wifi must)
    no need of ITUNES

  • Ankitgera

    even i am facing the same issue..

  • Real_steps

    After step 8, i get unsupported sim, Any Help?

  • FLY

    I can’t go further than the deactivate step (step 4) the  ActivationState label just keep  Activated no mather what I do.  I think it’s probably because I had chosed previously the activate method when jailbreaking my I phone 4 (Because I don’t have the ATT Sim card anymore). What should I do?

  • Aem 89

    im not gay.. but i really cant tell how much i love you right now dude.. i made it using your guide:D thanks a lot bro

  • Aem 89

    u have to use unhack(or whatever its called) option in utilities list

  • Senarath1234

    Pls help me my itunes says sim not supported. pls give me a guidance. 

  • Nipun Sankla

    go with the bundle method…i had to do it manually because verizon isnt listed in the bundle name
    instead of country and carrier go with the bundle method

  • Marci

    what have you done..??? i still get this error :((

  • Mrplenty

     how did you get it to work?
    Ive tried loads of time but to no avail !!!

  • Omar

    yes it would but just incase update your iphone while preserving your baseband so you can use your gevey sim incase it doesnt work.

  • Omar

    give me your email and i will send you the steps for notifications because it is too long

  • omar

    it says that because you have chosen the wrong sim ID from country/carrier/sim ID if you dont know which one is yours u will hve to keep trying until it works

  • Omar

    If you have ANY questions about unlocking with SAM just email me and i will help you:


    Guys I need your help, I try to unlock my Iphone 4, I did what they say on the notes but now my phone that’s not wand to power up, please Tell me there is a way to fix this … Maybe a reset and how to do it. thanks.

  • Pathills2000

    obviously u are messing up the IMSI, try again making sure SAM and SIM match

  • Gizmo87

    What does it mean when you click Spoof Real SIM to SAM using original sim and then you put the sim you want to unlock to in and click attempt Activation and it flash backup activation and de-activate for a second carry on with please wait but then fails any idea please?

  • Firasezzat
  • Cleomene

    I want to use simple mobile. but at the end of the process, itunes returns the message “the sim card inserted does not appear to be supported”. The sim card works in another phone that i have. What can I do?

  • Real_steps pls i need help as well.

  • Real_steps


  • Real_steps

    the problem is iccid and everything matches, but after sam is disabled and i reconnect, it says sim not supported again. 

  • Real_steps

    FELLAS!! it’s the end of the line… Apple’s activation servers has been patched and sam unlock is no more.. do not waste ur time. 

  • Real_steps

    Please does any knows how to use sam activation ticket to restore iphone unlock? , After reboot, no service appears again.

  • Party Pooper.

    Sooo Apple has now Fixed its activation issues and broke the SAM trick. All who have activated are good for 3 years or until a firmware upgrade. All those that are trying sam now, It does not work anymore .

  • Sprint iphone on att.

    I used this when it came out. I am now on sprint iphone 4s on att. This is probably why i cannot do this on my friends Sprint iphone 4s with tmobile or my att sim that is working in my sprint phone.

  • Ishworsilwal2001

    does anyone know how to use the ticket we gt nd activte the sim we want…

  • SpartanG713

    I tried and it seem to work when i select Auto Detect and the springboard reloads then comes back and says “Searching..” then comes the nightmare “No Service” i hate you apple greeedy bastards

  • Ajibolabello26 pls i need help as well.

  • Real_steps

    Notification Push is still not working after sam unlock, can sam still fix  this?

  • Fata

    Dear I have tried as you uploaded the video, i was on ISO 5.0.1 with baseband 4.11.08 …..and it worked perfectly, but i don’t know what happened I Lost the signal, then i tried the whole day and was not been able to get the signal. so i upgraded the ISO to 5.1 with baseband 4.12.01 and it didn’t worked at all.. please tell me what to do..? Is SAM is working for you guys? or i did mistake to upgrade..? HELP ME IF POSSIBLE…. 

  • Djdowis

    I have problem in 10 step when enable sam itunes dont show error he seys put original sim card to active phone.Can help someone?

  • Prasad M Sap

    Hi I jail breaked my iphne 5 IOS5 4.11.08 using SAM but finally when i Insert the sim it doesnt activate.. unlock is nt wrking any help please let me knowl

  • Justin

    Hello, I accidentally pressed hactivate and now the SAMprefs software is not able to be used. I then restored my phone and re-jail breaked and downloaded SAM, but I am getting still the same error message from the first time I used the software (prior to restoring). Anyone know what to do and what is exactly is going on with the phone? (iphone 4, 5.1, 04.12.1, ATT). Thanks!

  • johnny

    ireyes119@gmail:disqus .com   

    pls i need help as well, i bought this phone on craigs and it’s jailbroken but not unlocked.

  • Mohammad Al Warnahly

    Is Sam Unlock method still working ??

  • Diego Hartmann


  • Mohammad Al Warnahly

    then please tell me how to unlock my iphone 4s and 4g plzz i dont know how ,, my 4s carrier was at&t and now its Zain Jo ( the network in my country ) i insert a sim and get full network coverage ut cant make calls or recieve any plzz what should i do

  • Iamzolanski23

    it tells me sim not supported when i plug into itunes! Why could it be?

  • Aem 89

    sam doesnt work anymore bro..

  • Isiah_ellis

    was you using gevey before that ?



  • elgindy

    hello, can u give me ur mail and we can chat
    this is my mail

  • Pipokeno1

    Hi everyone, Im typing on behalf of my friend. He recently unlocked his Iphone 4 with SAM and it works properly, except for one thing.
    He can’t recieve push notifications anymore. We tried many things but its still not working.
    Does anyone have any idea?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Thank you

  • Suffiantalib

    ho i done can u please send me step by step proedure ………. thnx ……… suffiantalib@@yahoo:disqus .com

  • Suffiantalib

    suffiantalib@yahoo:twitter .com

  • Elgindym

    can u tell me how u activated through SAM ?

  • Ali Lbs

    sam is not working any more apple close their activation servers and fix the loop holessss dont waste ur tym

  • Ali Lbs

    tymmm is over Sam is now not workingggg apple close their server and fix the loop holes :(

  • Natasha-tomlinson

    i did this but now comes up with no sim on itunes and sim failure in sam??? what do i do??

  • Taimoor_habib

    is SAM still working??? i mean can i still unlock my iphone 4s?

  • Rollin88

     Can you also send me the steps to Thanks.

  • Saud Zaman

    hey guys i was trying to unlock my iphone 4 with this sam method but i keep getting the sim card not supported icon in itunes everytime i connect my phone, and i think i made a mistake at tthe end i clicked on factory settings and it went to the begining i cant even get in the phone anymore since i dont have ATT sim which the phn is locked to, can u help me i would really appreiciated, my email is saud.zaman@gmail:disqus .com. 

  • Alushi1

    I spent all step better but  when i disable Sam and connected with itunes i dont get ,,error saying that your phone cannot be activated,, but i get ,,the sim card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported,,
    plsss help

  • Aliakram039

    i also dont have a AT&T sim card. Can you please please share your AT&T IMSI number. plz give me tooo plz

    mil :

  • Aliakrm039

    canu explan

  • Yyujikarl

    itunes says there is no sim installed in the iphone you are attempting to activate.
    how do i fix this??? please help me.

  • Ognerd95

    does this work for tmobile?

  • Spikekinger

    Ok so i have a problem, i bought my iphone from someone from craigslist and they didn’t include the sims card but i know my phone is atnt locked and it isn’t blacklisted. I do however have a h20 wireless sims card that does work on locked iphones (it’s sort of linked with atnt is why it works with locked iphones) and i was wondering if i would you that sims card instead of the origion one that came with the phone because i don’t have the origional one?

    Please respond, i am in great need. My skype a6010fd0. Email

  • Skittles6752

    Is this diabled? because after completing i get no service… and in itunes i get the this sim card is not supported… i dont know what to do??

  • Mwiche Silanda


  • Gracemoringlane

     Hi! I tried using the saved sam activation ticket and when I connected the iphone to itunes the message: Sim card not supported appeared. I did have the iphone unlocked with sam but I stupidly turned off the iphone and I lost my unlock. What should I do!?

  • karim hofer

    is it still working or not ?

  • Mac

    Apple patched this hole. It no longer works. Even grevy had to refund everyone as it no longer works. Sorry folks!

  • Amsgill
  • Kennethmacron

    Hellño men, I have two iphones with SAM but at the end of the process it says no service :.( can you please help me

  • Robertocorderoalonso

    where  u hable to do it

  • Kennethmacron


  • Kennethmacron

    I cannot do it, all I know is that this iphones are for AT&T, I have jailbreak, SAM and both iphones are activated but no signal

  • Kenneth Vargas


  • muthu TM

    i got my unlock,  thanks 

  • Chrisj23225

    my email is i need help i did everything n when i open itunes it said doesnt support sim what am i suppose to do 

  • Lee561

    Worked great on my 4s 5.1

  • Jameskim2196

    i cant deactivate the phone its still saying factory activated ?

  • Jameskim2196

    my phone is factory activated what will i do when i try to revert lockdown it says failed and still on factory activated what will i do ?

  • Marianafd79

    I unlocked and have signal but can’t make calls or send text, it will say Call failed, is a sprint 4s 5.0.1 any ideas???

  • Mohammadseifeldine

    the sim card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported. how can re-activate the iphone with itunes when getting such a message

  • Yuuya Smith

    I have a 4S and want to update the software to iOS 5.1.1 It’ll still work if I do that, right? 

  • Hundredmile

    pls email me the steps i tried its not working…

  • Contactshashank Y

    Hi! My iphone is on 3-network, UK. will this work on it and if yes can you please send me step by step procedure, to unlock the phone. My email id is contactshashank.y@gmail:disqus .com….please help

  • Arslansddq6

    can anyone please help me. done everything still say invalid sim. 

  • Free

    is this work for sprint iphone 4 cdma only?

  • beesheep

     hey, is that 4 real????

  • beesheep

    on the pic #5 where the iphone its connected to itunes, said.. 5.0.1, does it work for a 5.1.1 baseband 4.12.01   iphone 4 in guatemala  ????

  • Firetruckin

    I have a question… I have an iPhone 4 from USA that was previously on the AT&T network… It’s now in Canada and I think the sim has been deactivated. So how does this change the carrier unlock process? Do I have to get an activated sim from AT&T and do this process?

  • A_rousey12

    Why does it still say activated when I hit De-activate?? Help!

  • Namit

    This doesn’t work in 3GS running on iOS 5.1.1 BB 05.16.05. I tried innumerable times but all I get in the end is ” The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported”. Crap and waste of time.

  • Erdenur

    How did you do that I m rtrying 3 iphone 4 not chance yet.

  • Dpak

    I guess this procedure for limited time & now stopped.

  • Seesunil

    boss my mob is locked to AT&T 4.11.08 BB, now iam having airtel connection, Can i unlock it??
    pl reply to me at

  • ple101

     email to me

  • Dwaitie

    The SIM card inserted in this IPHONE does not appear to be supported :S error itunes any help? appreciated

  • Jackieliu33

    what carrier did you used?and for T-mobile user which SIM ID should i use?

  • Seemr4u

    I can factory unlock any iphone with any BB, Interested peoples contact me at

  • theCaptain

    has anyone successfully unlocked an iphone 4s baseband 2.10.12 and ios 5.1.1?

  • Rasa Zubrc

    i have the same problem, when i go into Utilities tab to deactivate Iphone it replies that it’s deactivated but when i go to double check it still says ‘activated’, any ideas what to do?

  • Finn Wilkens

    My iTunes says they are unable to re-acctivate it, what’s wrong? :o

  • Archerdr1

    ok, nothing is working, can someone give me all of the steps, step by step after installing sam?  I am not computer illiterate, but this thing is making me feel really stupid.  I have done all of the steps, but I must be missing something little.  please be as detailed as you can.  you can email me the steps to:  Thank you.

  • Archerdr1

    oh, I have the Iphone 3gs it has 5.1.1 firmware with 5.16 baseband if that helps any

  • Archerdr1

    I get it to activate the phone, but as soon as I choose disable SAM, it says that I don’t have the right sim

  • purple

    My iPhone 4 got updated to the 5.1.1 IOS. The baseband is a 4.12.1. Is there anyway I can activate it with T-Mobile? I had  it unlocked before, and then for some reason the signal never came back up, so I restored it. The phone is jailbroken, and I installed cydia, and ultrasn0w. The bar at the top still says no service. My email is let me know if you can help me out. Thanks!

  • Iamlui

    didnt wor on mine please help via

  • Benmehatzri

    Its Steal Working ?

  • Mariana Cruz-Flores

    this doesn’t work anymore?

  • Nachi

    Whenever I use any app that uses internet (FB, emails etc) the
    whole phone goes off the network and says “no
    signal” & starts searching.

    Even stranger; it also loses wifi connectivity for about 30
    seconds or so if connected via wifi.

    Is there a fix for this that I’m not able to find?
    My phone details are 3GS JB / 06.15.00 / 5.1(9B176)

  • Wayne

    Just tried to unlock an iPhone 3GS and it wouldn’t de-activate.  It still says it’s activated.  HELP!  please send help to  Thank you!

  • Wayne

     Edit:  Now I’m at the point to select country.  However Taiwan is not an option… Any ideas?

  • Cdkevents

    can you email me them too

  • Andrewscochonegron

    Hey same to me Im using T-mobile do you got the At&t IMSI number.

  • Emi_arreola

    when i connect my iphone to itunes it says “the sim card inserted does not appear to be supported”

  • Emi_arreola

    itune recognizes my iphone and it has the correct iccid number when SAM is enabled but whn i disenable it and reconnect it to the computer for step 10 itunes no longer recognizes the sim

  • Ma Gosurf

    Why does it still say activated when I hit De-activate?? Help Please!!,!,!

  • help

    This has not worked, simply says sim is invalid? is this because of the unlockin process or the sim itself??? please help

  • Rakeshhans1981

    earlier i unlocked my iphone 4 version 5.0 BB 4.11.08 with my Airtel Sim and i saved activation ticket also..but now i want to use different carrier (like Vodafone) on is this possible to use different carrier sim card or i just able to use the sim which i use at the time of unlock??? please reply ASAP…i really need help.

  • Ripprecords

    Hey I’ve followed all the steps but when I plug my iPhone in it says The sims card is not supporte what do i do someone pleaseee help me please

  • Lindsey Aus

    Please help! I got a jailbroken iPhone from a friend of mine who has now left to travel and am unable to contact him. I had to upgrade the phone before i could even begin to use it and that was fine but now it is telling me sim not valid and won’t finish setting up! Please help. I don’t even know what network he was with… :/ 

  • Mannandogar

    i bought an iphone 3gs 8gb from amazon  which is locked to A T& T with ser no xx147xxxxxx and baseband 05.16.05 and version 5.1.1,,,when i searched on the net i found out that this model can not be unlocked,,,because it was manufactured in nov 2011 and models upto june 2011 can be unlocked at the moment,,is it true

  • Syedmorad

    my iphone stuck locked even with uts original sim now locked also

  • DevilbearNY

    Hi i have iphone 4s from sprint. trying to unlock it for a t-mobile account. i currently on ios 5.0.1 and jailbroken. I have tried the above guide over and over and when i go to itunes always get the same sim card not supported mess… Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance e-mail ty ty ty 

  • Belal

    Omar but i have the same problem and i have only one SIM ID ?????? any help please

  • Belal

    @77a43eeb63948c71ade0a8c35f849124:disqus please help

  • argentinakidd

    does this still work???????????

  • Glen

    I have a 3gs which is on 5.0.1 jailbroke and unlocked with ultrasn0w
    I was originally on O2 UK i don’t have the SIM any longer

    I really would like a fix to get Push Notifications with out locking my phone up is it possible?

  • A

    My carrier is not coming up and I have tried twice with the auto detect method and then manual. Country is Sweden and carrier is 3 (three). Any way to get the carrier put on the software or any other way I can unlock it? thanks!

  • Red Rodex

    i dont have the orginial sim card what shul i do ?

  • knshk

    i have unlocked my phone using SAM,i have to change my sim card now,so if i change my sim then do i need to unlcok the phone again??
    Does this unlock working this time also???

  • FH

    I need Help…
    Everything runs smooth until i get to step 9 and I plug my iphone and get in itunes the message THE SIM card in this iphone does not appear to be supported…
    Is there something i can do to fix this?? thanks

  • Mhacky Fatslimboi

    sir can you help me how to open my iphone 4s 5.1.1 baseband 2.0.12, it can open to my version using this sam unlock? my iphone are still locked to AT&T, pls help me, how to open this using sam,, pls email mhe to , many thanks!

  • Kash

    brilliant, thank u very much!! I manage to unlock my iPhone 4S on base-band 04.12.02 with iOS6.0. Thanks a bunch mate!!!

  • Mario Ioannou

    you seem to know a lot about sam iphone i am having an issue that its saying wildcard activated but its not doing anything and it says no service it just dont work can you help me or private message me please would very much appreciate this

  • Mario Ioannou

    sam iphone i am having an issue that its saying wildcard activated but its not doing anything and it says no service it just dont work can you help me or private message me please would very much appreciate this

  • NAVI

    it says sim card on this iphone does not apper to be supported..what step did i fail to do?

  • Ring

    Hi does this still work now? I read somewhere saying Sam wouldn’t work since a few months ago?

  • Snehit Ajwalia

    same here

  • frustrated Iphone 4s User

    Hi there, does this work only with phones in USA only, how about phones from Australia esp Telstra?
    Anyone out there have experience with this version for phones in other countries than USA?

  • diwan

    hi vijay is there any option to work with airtel sim

  • Ben Yerkess

    This just does not seem to want to work for me in any way shape or form. i follow everything step by step but still will not let me activate it form itunes.

    Please drop me a mail asap to help out, thanks:

  • khok

    please man just a simple question, does the unlocking works even with blacklisted iOS or Iphones, ? and is it good when it shows that “wildcardactivated” or factory avtivated, ?
    plaese help me bro

  • Luiz Augusto Siqueira

    Does anyone knows if this works for the Brazilian carriers ? Which should be the option for Claro ?

  • ssshhhaaaiii

    I cant do it, please help it says
    The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported.
    its not activating

  • Saravu

    i did everything listed above, but itunes, still says i “you have unsupported sim card” … any clues??

  • Saravu

    PLEASE help?? at the end of things still says no service

  • Waheed

    I did it with my iphone 4 suddenly rebooted and said activation required then I restored and updated in itunes but still says sim card invalid and etc.. Plz help me guys

  • KDMI

    this is bullshit, I de activate, it has a pop up that is complete. but nothing is listed when I go to more information. It is blank and when I click it… It is an input only. How do I get the IMSI if it is already at an input only section.

  • Dingo

    How much costs unlock iPhone 6 AT&T? Where can I do it?


    hi all,
    I have a CDMA phone which does not have a option of sim tray


    is there any way to unlock it