Users who purchase Apple smartphones must activate iPhone with the carrier it is locked too. This is an important step for those who are planning to resell a device or purchasing a gadget and unlock iPhone via factory IMEI unlock tool. Here is how to activate iPhone [instruction] that will save your time and let you do different things with the handset.
Here comes iPhone activation guide that will be useful to all new consumers. It is impossible to use a device without its activation.
How to Activate The New iPhone
Step 1. You should turn iPhone on. It is useless without power.
Step 2. You also need iTunes on your computer. Visit Apple website and get the app from there. Here is a direct link to where you can download iTunes.
Step 3. Install iTunes. It might take a couple of moments.
Step 4. Plug in the handset to your PC or Mac with your original SIM card inserted. Use the official Apple cable / dock that come with your smartphone. Some people like to use third-party accessories but this can be risky.
Step 5. On-screen guide will appear. Follow it to sync the gadget with iTunes.
Step 6. That’s it. Your device has been activated and you can use it with your carrier now.
If you need to port iPhone number over from another mobile operator
You should first activate iPhone. Follow the above walkthrough to do so. If you are using AT&T iPhone you should call the carrier at 1-866-499-8008 and ask them move your number to another smartphone or ask them to factory unlock your device. You will be asked the phone number you wish to port, SIM ID [you can find it on the back of the gadget’s box if you purchased the device from AT&T] and IMEI code that can be found by dialling *#06# [the number will appear on your screen]. If you will ask for the unlock they will ask for contract details so prepare it too.
What to Do to Unlock iPhone
Now when your iPhone is activated you can easily factory unlock it. If you know the carrier (mobile operator) to which your iPhone is locked just select the right package and place an order. In case you don’t know the locked carrier you can always use iPhone Network checker and quickly find out it.
The prices and delivery time depends on the carrier to which iPhone is locked and every operator has its own price for unlock.
PS. With the introduction of iOS 7 all iPhone users are highly advised to download the free Find My iPhone program and install it. Turn it on and in case you lose or someone steals your device you will be able to erase your personal info distantly via this application and iCloud.