iPhone By My Smart Gadget / January 14, 2015 Share 2 Pin 1 Share 6 If you have previously bought an iPhone through a carrier network, normally you will have a contract with the network for 1 or 2 years. The price of the iPhone is normally much lower than the actual market price due to the subsidized cost by the network carrier. Unlocking your iPhone when you still have a contract is illegal as it will be consider a breach of contract with your network carrier. However, if you purchase the iPhone together with a subscription data plan separately with your network operator, unlocking your iPhone can be done. This is due to the fact you did not sign any contract that do not allow you to unlock your iPhone. So, how do you unlock your iPhone? First, make sure you have finished your contract with the network operator and you can request from the operator a code that will unlock your iPhone. Once, it is unlock you can either stick to the original network operator or change to other network carrier. Depends on the network operator, you need to be in a contract from six months to two years. However, some network operator such as Vodafone allows you to unlock your iPhone and change network with a certain charge fees. So, you do not need to wait out until your contract with the network operator ends. So, unlocking an iPhone can be completely legal and there is no need to ‘jailbreak’ your iPhone just to get out of a network. This is because for some network operator especially in the UK, you can legally unlock your iPhone if you own the iPhone outright and have paid all the outstanding contract. And finally, if you do not know whether your iPhone is lock or not, you can check by inserting a different SIM into the iPhone and try to make a call. If the call is blocked and not working, it means that you have a lock iPhone.