Is your iPhone 5 locked to one carrier? Ouch, we know how that feels- no freedom!
You can’t switch to a cheaper provider, it’s hard to sell your phone, you can’t travel (well, you can, if you want to rack up hundreds of dollars in roaming charges!)… it’s a drag.
So, how can you solve this? Luck for you, we have all the answers. Here’s how to unlock iPhone 5, updated for 2019.
Method 1: Pay Apple a gazillion dollars
Or, pay someone else who pays Apple a gazillion dollars. This is the method you have probably heard about, IMEI unlock. It’s quick, it’s effective, it’s expensive. The high price may be worthwhile for newer phones, but it’s hard to justify for an iPhone 5. We love the 5, it’s a great compact phone, but let’s be honest- spending up to $100 to unlock a phone that is worth $200 at best just doesn’t make sense for most people.
Method 2: Try Jailbreaking
…where you download sketchy software from the internet and put it on your computer and then on your phone. At best, it’s risky and frustrating. At worst… you can imagine. We don’t recommend this.
Method 3: Hardware unlock for under $20
This is the method we recommend. You order a small chip called R-SIM 13 online, put it in your phone, punch in a secret code (don’t worry, it’s not really a secret- we give it to you for free here), and voila! Your phone is unlocked. It’s not quite instant, because you’ll need to wait until the chip is delivered to you, but we think it makes a heck of a lot more sense for an iPhone 5 than any of the methods above. Order your R-SIM 13 here.
The best way to Unlock iPhone 5
So, if you were wondering how to unlock iPhone 5… now you know! While it might make sense to pay for an IMEI unlock for a new phone like an iPhone X, we believe that for an iPhone 5, R-SIM 13 from GeveyStore is your best solution.
It’s affordable, effective, and most importantly, it doesn’t pose security risks like jailbreaking does. You need to be a little bit patient, but we know you can do it!
Can i use the R-SIM 13 on more than one phone and can it unlock 5s phones?
Hi, Harvey. Yes, the R-SIM 13 did work to unlock multiple phones. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued so instead we recommend buying the R-SIM 12+ (here) or X-SIM (here). Both will work well with most iPhone models, but they can only be used on one phone at a time.
If you’re unlocking an iPhone XS Max or XR, check out the R-SIM 14 or X-SIM Max instead.