How to Unlock an iPhone with SAM on iOS 5.0.1/5.1 [Video Tutorial]


Earlier we noted a nitty gritty tutorial on how to unlock your iPhone with newcomer SAM via Cydia. Below is a video tutorial of the process to guide you in your quest of unlocking your iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4/4S on either iOS 5.0.1/5.1, via our own Kris Meador.

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  • Ecua3000

    Can this be done without the original SIM? I have an AT&T phone without a SIM and need to unlock to use on Rogers.

  • Kris Meador

    Yes it should.
    I have not tried it, but you should be able to put in the Rogers Sim, launch SAM, deactivate phone under utilities, then make sure SAM is enabled like in the video, make sure it’s on auto-detect, and then attempt activation. If you get errors, just keep trying activation and it should work.
    Again, I have not tried this, but it should work.

  • Dare_devilz94

    Does it work on IOS 4.1?  Baseband 02.10

  • roadcarver

    Thanks for this informative video tutorial.  I thought you had to use iTunes to activate?  Or was booting and connecting to iTunes only required if you want to use your jailbroken tweaks?

  • Asokken

    My phone is currently locked to Bell but I dont have bell sim and i have a Rogers sim that I want to use for this phone.  I installed sam and keep trying to activate but I am getting error msg.  Can you please help?  Do I have to have bell sim in order to unlock? 

  • Asokken

    did it work for you…because i am in same situation.
    I hae bell locked phone but i dont have bell sim.  I want to use my rogers sim on this phone.  Let me know if it worked for you.

  • Ean

    At the reactivation step, my screen goes black with a “loading” icon, then goes back to the home screen.

    ATT iPhone4 / 5.0.1I even have an ATT sim. Didn’t help.

  • Karl_0716

    hi kris! i did all the steps that you’ve shown in your video but nothing happens. it always says error on it. what should i do? 

  • Jason

    Hi Kris,

    I did not see in the video that your are connected to iTunes? do I need iTunes to activate? or it can be done without having the phone connected to computer?

  • Joe

    Hi, I got the  same problem, always the error message

  • Ztauby

    whenever i take out my sim i lose service…..

  • Meadorsmusings

    This can be done without iTunes. Make sure you have the latest version of SAM.

  • Kris Meador

    I should work with any sim. I’ve tried it with Bell and Telus and it works.
    Make sure you are running the latest version of SAM.
    If that doesn’t work, uninstall all the SAM items that were installed, and re-install SAM

  • Kris Meador

    This newest version of SAM doesn’t require the computer process.

  • Kris Meador

    I believe it should although I can’t test it as I’m on 5.0.1

  • Kris Meador

    I’m not sure – so here are a few suggestions I hope will help.
    Try re-installing SAM.
    Make sure you’re running the newest version of SAM
    Try uninstalling all the SAM items that were downloaded from the BINGNER repo, and then re-installing SAM.
    That’s all I can think of right now.

  • roadcarver

    Awesome, thanks. 

  • Ean

    After updating SAM…

    I click “reactivate”, the “attempting” window appears and it goes to the black loading screen within a second.  When the lock screen comes up, it says no service.
    Is the base band an issue at all?

  • Jordyn

    Will this work with 5.1.1? As well, what if I have a phone that is locked to one carrier (say Bell) but not actually activated? (IE I don’t have a Bell account). I tried the method to use a Fido SIM, but it wasn’t working. Any hints??

  • ramsed

    what s up? any news from bell

  • sunny

    hi I just want to know could I unlock iphone 5 from bell network

  • spartacuswines

    Hi Gary, as you mentioned the SAM Notification “Activation reports Error:’ continues to pop up. I have hit the “Attempt Activation” button more times than I can count and I still receive the error and I can’t get past it. Do you have any idea’s?