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Do you have to jailbreak the iPhone 4 to get it unlocked?

Or are these 2 completely separate things?

Most Useful Answer iamdamien  Feb. 2, 2011 at 11:15

They are 2 separate things. If you bought direct from Apple, then it will be unlocked already for any network. If you have a contract from any other supplier they do unlock your phone for use on any network but this may be subject to a charge, and may not be possible until a certain point within your contract.
Jailbreak is different as it is the "opening" of the phone to 3rd party applications that are not allowed by Apple, you can enable features that are not already available or won't be available as standard.

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iamdamien  Feb. 2, 2011 at 11:15

They are 2 separate things. If you bought direct from Apple, then it will be unlocked already for any network. If you have a contract from any other supplier they do unlock your phone for use on any network but this may be subject to a charge, and may not be possible until a certain point within your contract.
Jailbreak is different as it is the "opening" of the phone to 3rd party applications that are not allowed by Apple, you can enable features that are not already available or won't be available as standard.

juniperberries  Feb. 2, 2011 at 15:05

I see. My iPhone 4 is from Tesco Mobile, so I am not sure if it is even unlocked yet. Jailbreaking is probably a little out of my comfort zone.

Thank you for your help!

iamdamien  Feb. 2, 2011 at 19:45

OK. Jailbreaking tends to be very safe and relatively easy. It does allow certain features that I could not be without! Although I currently have a standard iPhone 4 running the latest iOS 4.3b3. And unlock can be done but this is dependant on the firmware you are running.

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