Find Out To Which Carrier Your iPhone Is Locked To Using IMSI Number
When you bought your iPhone in official Apple store and using official carrier then you know your network. But if you bought iPhone on eBay or something like you don’t always know to what network your iPhone is locked to, that’s why I offer you to find out how to check iPhone operator to complete unlock. All you need to know is your iPhone IMSI number, its five first digits.
IMSI code is a unique number that belongs to the Sim and sends its data to the network during iPhone registration. It consist from 15 digits and first five indicate country and operator to which your iPhone is locked. So if you want to enjoy factory iPhone unlock you need to know your carrier and your country.
You need this because if you want to use forever unlocked iPhone you need to know your network and only then you can use this list of supported networks for IMEI unlock. So quickly discover it.
Where To Find IMSI Number
Unfortunately you can’t find IMSI in Settings app on iPhone. Don’t confuse IMSI with IMEI or ICCID. It is different codes and means different things. For this time we need just to check iPhone operator and prepare your phone to unlock. For more information about how to decipher IMSI number use the link and then we’ll continue.
There are two ways to do that and both are very quick and easy to do.
How to Check iPhone Operator / Carrier
It is funny but all IMSI bundles are stored in:
For instance, if you use AT&T SIM card then look for:
ATT_US.bundle var/mobile/Library/Carrier Bundles
And it doesn’t end. iOS also creates shortcut to that folder:
The second method to check iPhone operator is to install Minicom and Terminal app for iPhone. Then open Terminal and using Minicom add the following command:
Now press enter and you will see your IMSI number.
This method is perfect for those who use jailbroken iPhone and even more better for those who are using SAM unlock right now. If you want to find out to what carrier your iPhone is locked to you need to install SAMPrefs app on your jailbroken iPhone. These easy steps will help you to do it quickly.
Note: Your iPhone must be jailbroken and activated.
Open Cydia and got to Manage => Sources => Edit => Add this source:
After adding the SAM repo to your iPhone you need to install SAM. In Cydia go to Manage => Sources => Binger => SAM and install it.
Next on your Home screen open SAMPrefs app and got to More information and below you will find your IMSI number. After you have IMSI code you need to check the operator. For this you need 5 first digits of IMSI number and
So now you can easily unlock your phone using IMEI code for iPhone 04.12.01 unlock or any other baseband, model and iOS firmware. When you know the network you can easily free your phone. Now you know how to check iPhone operator and have the opportunity to use permanent factory unlock.