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Unlock iPhone SE


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Our promise to you when we unlock your iPhone SE:

The price you pay to unlock your iPhone SE will NOT differ from that advertised above. There are NO hidden charges in our unlocking service. With our unlocking, everything is upfront.

We offer a full refund guarantee for any iPhone SE handset that we cannot unlock.

Some useful information about unlocking your iPhone SE handset:

Why should I unlock my iPhone SE?
How do I know if my iPhone SE is locked or not?
What steps should I take before I unlock my iPhone SE?
How do I tell if my iPhone SE is blacklisted or ‘bricked’ prior to unlocking?
Am I allowed to unlock my iPhone SE?
How do I find my iPhone SE handset’s IMEI number to start the unlocking process?
Common misconceptions about unlocking my iPhone SE.
What other networks can you unlock for my iPhone SE?
Unlocking the iPhone SE: Some interesting facts about your SE handset.
Unlocking the iPhone SE: A case study from an industry reseller.

Why should you unlock your iPhone SE? What are the benefits of an unlocked iPhone SE?

There are many benefits to having your iPhone SE handset unlocked so you can use it on a network of your choice.
Unlocking your iPhone SE allows you to move to a cheaper network tariff. Simply insert the SIM card of the network of your choice into the unlocked SE and take advantage of the cheaper rates. It is not just a cheaper rate that changing network can mean for you however: coverage issues are also dependent on networks, so changing them might give you better reception on your unlocked iPhone SE in your area.

An unlocked SE can also sell for more money than one that is locked to a network, as a buyer can use the SIM card and network of their choice with the second-hand SE handset. If you see what happens to the price of a used handset on the release of a new iPhone model, then it makes sense to preserve as much value as you can by getting it unlocked before you sell it on.

And if you’re fond of travel around Europe or further afield, then an unlocked iPhone will allow you to take your SE with you and use foreign networks to avoid any roaming charges.

It is also the case that having an unlocked iPhone SE will allow you to take advantage of any good deals that are on the market, as you can jump onto networks that offer such incentives such as free minutes and texts. The money saved is the obvious advantage here, though to make serious savings users do have to be quite proactive in their bargain hunts, which might not be for everybody.

How do I know if my iPhone SE is locked?

When you buy a second hand iPhone SE it is always better to have it unlocked so you can use it on your preferred network. To check the status of the handset and to see if it is locked/unlocked, then simply go to SETTINGS > MOBILE > MOBILE DATA NETWORK. If the iPhone SE is locked, then the last of those options won’t appear.

But the best method to see if your iPhone SE is unlocked already is simply to substitute its original SIM card for one of your own from a different network. If you can use it successfully on restarting the handset, then your iPhone SE is already unlocked. If the iPhone SE is still locked, it will say: “SIM not valid,” on the display.

What steps should I take before I unlock my iPhone SE?

At Unlock, we advise that everyone takes the following actions before they order an unlock service from us (or anyone else!) for their iPhone SE.

Firstly, check if your iPhone SE is already unlocked by the methods outlined above. Many people presume their handsets are locked automatically, yet this isn’t always so. Secondly, (and if the iPhone SE is locked), then it is recommended that you back up all the handset’s data - photos, videos, and contacts etc. This can be done through iTunes and the iCloud. Once that is done then you can find the iPhone SE IMEI number (see our section on how to do this, below). After that, and if you are not sure, then you can verify the model of the iPhone in your possession by checking the back cover of your iPhone and seeing the A1*** identification near the bottom.

The iPhone SE should be one of the following: A1662, A1723 or A1724.

The final step you should take before unlocking your iPhone SE is to ensure that the iPhone isn’t blacklisted. Only carriers and networks can blacklist an iPhone SE so you will need to check it with them to confirm the status of the iPhone. If the SE handset is blacklisted, then we at Unlock my iPhone can’t help you unlock it, I’m afraid.

How do I tell if my iPhone SE is blacklisted or ‘bricked’ before getting it unlocked?

iPhones that are lost or stolen and have been reported as such by their original owner are blacklisted to prevent them being used. You should always check before you purchase a second-hand iPhone SE whether this is the case and there are generally two ways of doing this.

The first way is to insert a SIM card from the same network that the iPhone was originally locked to. If it works, it shouldn’t be blacklisted. The second way is to use a third-party checking service, and we would refer you to Checkmend, a useful website for determining the status of iPhone handsets. It isn’t free however, and each check costs £1.99. Still, if it saves you spending £200 on a useless handset that has been bricked by its network, then it is money well spent. So if you buy a second hand iPhone SE then please ask the seller for the IMEI first and make sure you do the proper check!

Again, it is worth noting here that if your handset is blacklisted, then we cannot unlock your iPhone SE.

Am I allowed to unlock my iPhone SE?

Unlocking an iPhone SE is NOT illegal in any way, so long as you own the handset (so you have if you have finished paying off your contract or you purchased the iPhone SE outright). If you are still in the process of paying off the contract, then we would advise that you check with your carrier and network first to be sure of where you stand.

How do I find my iPhone SE handset’s IMEI number to begin the unlocking process?

To unlock your iPhone SE, you will need to provide us with the IMEI number. Every phone and mobile broadband device has a 15 digit IMEI number that is unique to that handset. To find the IMEI, simply take your iPhone SE and dial the following (without needing to press ‘call’):


The iPhone’s IMEI will then show up on the SE’s display.

If this doesn’t work, then are two ways to find it. You can still find the IMEI on an iPhone SE by simply looking at the back cover. Finally, if that’s obscured or scratched beyond recognition, then open the iPhone SE and go into SETTINGS > GENERAL > ABOUT > IMEI.

Another way to find the IMEI for your iPhone SE is via connecting it to iTunes via your PC or Mac. Go to DEVICES > YOUR IPHONE > SUMMARY and the IMEI should be displayed.

Common misconceptions about unlocking the iPhone SE.

We frequently receive emails off customers who enquire when they can expect to receive their unlock code after purchasing our services to unlock their iPhone SE. We DO NOT SEND UNLOCK CODES OUT as our unlock process does not work in this way: we unlock your iPhone SE at IMEI level on Apple’s database. Once that is achieved, you will receive an email confirmation from us telling you how to complete the process via iTunes with your new SIM card.

Occasionally, people confuse our unlocking service for the iPhone SE with Jailbreaking. This process is very different to our iPhone SE IMEI unlocks and is actually based around removing certain software restrictions on Apple’s operating systems. The legal basis of this is grey as it can crossover into Copyright infringement, depending on how the jailbreaked iPhone is used, but it is something that we at unlock do not offer. We never have and we never will. Messing around with the iOS of an iPhone SE attempting a Jailbreak (basically a hack) can leave the iPhone SE open to exploitation and takeover by third parties, and will obviously void your warranty.

What other networks can my iPhone SE be unlocked on?

We can actually unlock a number of networks for the iPhone SE, but we offer the best service on UK networks. If you have a particular network that you do want us to unlock, (UK, European, or beyond) please contact us and we’ll get back to you with a quote and estimated time.

Unlocking the iPhone SE: Some interesting facts about the handset.

The iPhone SE first hit the shelves in spring, 2016. In the UK, the specific date of the SE’s release was on the 31st March. The SE’s design marked a return to the 4 inch screen, after the iPhone 6’s larger 4.7 inch. The size of the handsets were identical to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, and Apple pointed out that the same covers for these phones would fit the iPhone SE too.

The iPhone SE sold well, particularly in the United Kingdom, with market analysts Kantar claiming that it was the nation’s “top selling smartphone,” and the positive sales figures made an impressive boast to Apple’s total number of devices in the UK marketplace: with a move up to 37.2% of all handsets being Apple iPhones - an increase of more than 3% in the previous period.

The hardware under the shell of the iPhone SE was similar to that of the recently released iPhone 6s: With an Apple A9 chip, an M9 motion coprocessor, it offered impressive capabilities. The iPhone SE also supports Near Field Communication and thus offers Apple Pay. The iPhone SE was also the last of the Apple iPhone lines to be released with a 16GB internal memory storage - this changed with the iPhone 7, which had a 32GB base capacity.

The iPhone SE also came with a very switched-on Siri - the “Siri always on” function should keep you on your toes! (She might not like overhearing an intimate discussion!) However, with the iOS 9 which was built into the iPhone SE, Siri herself has been upgraded to better understand more fluid verbal requests: it was now possible to ask her, for example, to “show me the photos I took last January.” (In a world where we are seeing the release of Amazon’s Echo and ever more verbal control mechanisms, it is a interesting to see this new form of interaction becoming a source of competitiveness amongst technology giants. I don’t think we’ll ever want to get rid of touch control anytime soon however).

The iOS 9 operating system that came built into the iPhone SE was well received by industry watchers. It included a ‘low power mode’ that simplified the iPhone SE’s power consumption, giving it an extra 3 hours of battery life. The iOS 9 also included better encryption, and a two-factor authentication for security systems. Perhaps best of all, it also allowed ad-blocking plug ins for its Safari browser to cull those annoying pop-ups!

In the words of one reviewer: “It’s a kick-ass upgrade!”

Unlocking the iPhone SE: A Case Study.

Unlocking the iPhone SE for an industry reseller.

David runs a business that buys up old iPhone handsets from organisations around the UK and then, after quality checking and grading each handset, they are sold on. Often, handsets will be sent abroad for use by charities and communities that need limited smartphone technology to help after some natural disaster.

“Recently we started buying up the latest generation of handsets to come on the second hand market - the iPhone SE,” David said. “This was far more apparent after the release of the iPhone 7, and yet many of those we were buying in from companies and public sector bodies were still locked to their networks. For us that presents three problems: firstly, the resale value is considerably lower, secondly, the customer base is narrowed to people who want to stick to that same network, and finally, if it’s to be sent abroad, then it needs to be unlocked from day one.”

“Over the years I have been in business I have used many online services to unlock my iPhones, but when we started getting in the locked iPhone SE handsets, I made the decision to set up a proper process with Unlock my iPhone. We have now got in place a pretty robust system that works especially well for UK networks - though they do also offer non-UK carrier unlocks too. It’s made a big difference to the business operationally, as from my side we just have to send in a weekly list of IMEI numbers and models. Then it’s up to them. So far, more than 95% of our handsets have been successfully unlocked. Of that number, some of them go to our charity scheme - we donate a percentage of handsets to causes around the world where smartphones offer a valuable lifeline. Although the unlocked iPhone SE isn’t being donated as such, older models are, and it’s good to see them going to make a proper difference for doctors operating in camps and aid workers helping to provide clean drinking water.”

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  1. Unlocked! 5

    Posted by G. Butler. on 29th Nov 2016

    Thanks for unlocking the iPhone SE. Took 3 days in total but it will received emails every step of the way. Thanks.

  2. Took longer than they said, but now unlocked. 4

    Posted by George M. on 31st Oct 2016

    I used this website to get my iPhone SE unlocked from Vodafone. It took longer than expected - 2 days, but it came through in the end and it all works. Would recommend them. (They said it took longer due to the release of the latest iPhone 7 which slowed things down a bit).

  3. No problems with this site. 5

    Posted by James M. on 20th Oct 2016

    My iPhone SE is now unlocked, so I would like to thank the team for all the help. The order was put in on the Monday and the unlock email was received on Wednesday night. Thanks.