I decided that I would unlock my iPhone yesterday (legally) as I am currently working in New Zealand and I desperately wanted to use a different SIM card to not get charged extremely expensive phone and data costs. So I called Telstra on 125111 (actually +61 4 3912 5111) and asked to go to the “iPhone” section… Then I spoke to a persons who put me on hold as they put me though to the iPhone unlock department. I then waited about 5 minutes on hold and I finally spoke to someone in the iPhone unlock department. I had to pay the $150au iPhone unlock fee and then I had to tell them my phone’s IMIE number, Phone number, my Name, Date of Birth. After that I was told that I had wait 24 to 72 hours (But i want it now ARGH!!) for Apple’s systems to register my new setting on my phone. Apparently the only way to legally unlock the phone is for the network provider to tell Apple which then in turn configured my phone.
So I patiently waited 23 hours and decided to try to do the unlock. To do the unlock I was told I had to do a full restore of the phone. So I did this and after 15 to 20 minutes to my pleasant surprise it worked on the first go and I got this message “Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked”. AWESOME!!!
I then did a restore of the device (another 20 minutes) from the most recent backup then after this I had to wait another 20 minutes for a another sync to restore all my apps and data… What was the restore from back-up for then…? I don’t know..
But now I have a fully “legal” unlocked 32gb iPhone 3GS for the low price of $1280au ($1130 for the phone + $150au for the unlock).