itunes restore unlockThose of you who want the latest and greatest iPhone (although not necessarily the best smartphone out there, depending on who you talk to) could always purchase one while being tied down to a 2-year contract, although AT&T customers who are in good standing with the carrier will be able to get the iPhone 5 unlocked for free after forking out $649 for it, but the process is not all that straightforward since you will still need to go through the hassle of filling up a web form, faxing a form over, and perhaps to wait for over a week. Just as how there are many roads to Rome, so too, can one find a different way to unlock an unsubsidized iPhone 5 – through restoring the device in iTunes. It is that simple, really.

TechCrunch confirmed that this process is possible, where they tried it successfully with a T-Mobile SIM card. Once the device is restored in iTunes, the user will be prompted with the usual unlocking message: “Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked.” Have you given this process a go, and did you meet success with it? Just make sure you do not let a particular rabbi know that you own an iPhone 5, otherwise you might have to burn it.

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