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Upgrade to iPhone 7

Upgrade to iPhone 7 IPad and iPhone For Musicians For Dummies

The choice to upgrade to the newest Apple iPhone is a decision that only you can make, following deep and meaningful consultation with your significant other, your financial professional, and possibly any members of the clergy you wish to involve. No matter who’s on your team, though, you should always go in to the process with all of the available information and a little bit of sound advice.

So read this article, learn how the iPhone 7 upgrades strike you, and make your decision!

More power with iPhone 7

Most folks don’t get excited about the power under the hood of their mobile devices, as long as they can play any game, video, or song they want at any time. The iPhone 7 carries a faster A10 chip, but you won’t notice this much. The real benefit is that you won’t notice any problems when using other apps. Unless you really load down the system, you shouldn’t have any issues.

Apple also claims the screen is brighter and more colorful, which you really need to see side-by-side with a previous model to appreciate. Still, if you spend a lot of time looking at photos or videos on your phone, or playing every single video game you can get your hands on, this could seal the deal for you.

Apple also claims faster network speeds for this model, but the usefulness of that feature depends on where and when you try to use it. Having the fastest phone in the world won’t help you if you can’t find coverage or if you’re in a large crowd with everybody trying to tweet the same fantastic baby panda picture at the same time.

More room on the iPhone 7

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus tops out at 256 GB of internal memory, which doubles the previous cap of 128 GB. That’s laptop-level storage on a mobile device, so those who want to carry large amounts of apps, music, or video on their phones without wanting to rely on a network (or encounter network overage fees and slowdowns) might want to make the step up.

This feature won’t mean much for streaming services or those who access everything from the cloud, so those users who stick to these services could probably choose a lower-storage model.

More cameras added to iPhone 7

If you’re deeply involved with photography on your iPhone, this update brings you a lot more to play with. The iPhone 7 adds a spiffy new 12MP camera that handles more light and adds an improved flash.

This model also offers optical image stabilization, which is software that eliminates blur and other things that make your photos appear to be shot by crazed zoo animals. Toss in 4K video (the current industry-leading standard) with some other features, and you could be creating intricate photo or movie projects in between calls to your friends and parents. (It has been a while, you know.)

True photo enthusiasts will want to take a look at the iPhone 7 Plus, which adds a second camera for wide-angle and telephoto shooting. The key is a 2x optical zoom. As many times as you see fancy 10x or 20x digital zoom numbers, this 2x may look a little puny. The key term here is “optical.” An optical zoom presents a more clear and detailed zoom than digital zooms, which just make the pixels in the picture larger until the image looks fuzzy.

The iPhone 7 Plus may not replace a professional camera for those so inclined, but it will certainly handle whatever the rest of us need to do.

Are you a klutz?

Making the phone resistant to water and dust may not be the sexiest feature, but those who may have experienced unfortunate incidents in the past with their iPhones may see this new feature as a true benefit.

Where do you plug in your headphones?

Ah, what’s probably made the most news about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is what it’s missing. Yes, this release does away with the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, you’re invited to plug the included earbuds into the Lightning connector jack. Theoretically speaking, the Lightning connector lets you possibly take advantage of high-resolution audio, above and beyond the CD-quality preamp built into previous iPhone models.

Unfortunately, if you stick with what’s in the box, you’ll probably not get the benefit of this audio because you’re listening on the included earbuds, which don’t have a great history of quality audio. Apple does offer an upgrade to wireless AirPod earbuds, which let you interact with Siri by voice prompt. But that’s an extra cost for an already pricey device.

However, you can always use third-party Lighting headphones or Bluetooth headphones, just like you could with previous models. And if you’re absolutely stuck on your old headphones, just use the adapter included with the new iPhone to connect those headphones to the Lightning port. The drawback is that you can’t charge the phone at the same time, but some enterprising manufacturer is already crafting an adapter to fix this situation.

Bluetooth headphones introduce too much latency (delay between sound creation and when the headphones actually play it back) to be efficient when making music. Plugging into the Lightning connector takes away the charging option while using power-hungry music apps. Sadly, musicians may lose out the most here. But if you’re not intent on making your next great audio masterpiece on your iPhone, you should be able to skate by without much trouble.

And don’t put too much credence into the stereo speakers included in the iPhone 7 itself. You won’t be getting audiophile sound out of something that small, so it’s better to stick with the headphones or external speakers on this one.

So should you upgrade to the iPhone 7?

Again, the ultimate choice is yours. If your current and treasured iPhone still does everything you need it to do, you probably don’t need to rush out and get the newest version. Everybody with an iPhone 5 or later will be able to use iOS 10 anyway, so no matter what you’ll get some new features this month. But if any of the previously mentioned features solve an aching need for you, and your bank account can stand it, now might be the time to upgrade.

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www.dummies.com

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Apple introduces iPhone 7 - iPhone 7 Plus

Apple introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus, the best, most advanced iPhone ever

The new iPhone features the brightest, most colorful Retina HD display ever in an iPhone, now with a wide color gamut for cinema-standard colors, greater color saturation and the best color management in the smartphone industry. An all-new, advanced, solid-state Home button on iPhone 7 is designed to be durable and responsive, and working in tandem with the new Taptic Engine, provides more precise and customizable tactile feedback.

Featuring iOS 10, the Biggest iOS Release Ever

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with iOS 10, the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 10 introduces a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, new ways to interact with apps and even more places to use 3D Touch, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app, delivering a simple and secure way to manage home automation products in one place. iOS 10 also opens up incredible opportunities for developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages APIs, allowing customers to do more than ever with the apps they love to use.

Pricing & Availability
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models starting at $649 (US). and the new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from apple.com. Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.
  • Through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, customers in the US, and for the first time in the UK and China, can get an unlocked iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, with the protection of AppleCare+, choose their carrier and have the opportunity to upgrade to a new iPhone every year. The iPhone Upgrade Program is available at apple.com and Apple Stores in the US with monthly payments starting at $32. 3
  • Customers will be able to order iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus beginning Friday, September 9, with availability beginning Friday, September 16, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia beginning Friday, September 23. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will also be available to customers in India beginning Friday, October 7.
  • The new Apple-designed wireless AirPods including charging case will be available for $159 (US) from apple.com and Apple Stores beginning in late October. All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with Lightning Connector and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, also sold separately at apple.com and Apple Stores, for $29 (US) and $9 (US). respectively.
  • Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colors will be available starting at $35 (US) and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case will be offered in black and white for $99 (US) from apple.com and Apple Stores. Lightning Docks in several color-matching metallic finishes will also be available for $49 (US) .
  • Every customer who buys iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online 4. to help them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus or iOS 10 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store.

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Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

1 Data plan required. LTE is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and see apple.com/iphone/LTE.

2 iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529. Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.

3 Prices are rounded to nearest dollar and are based on a 24-month installment loan. Full terms and conditions apply.

4 In most countries.

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7 cell phones designed for seniors and the elderly

7 cell phones designed for seniors and the elderly

Posted: 11 Jan 2015, 15:28. by Nick T.

If we had to describe smartphones as a whole using a single adjective, that would probably be "amazing". Because they are – they're amazing for all the functionality they bring right at our fingertips. Smartphones are not quite for everyone, however. Some people just don't have enough grasp on technology to handle one. People like senior citizens, for example. At the same time, finding a decent, easy to use phone isn't as easy as it used to be as all major cell phone companies have shifted their focus onto the development of smartphones. That's why we thought we'd scout the web for the best phones suitable for elderly folks.

7 cell phones designed for the elderly 1. Emporia Euphoria

Emporia is an Austrian company specialized in designing cell phones for the elderly. The model pictured is the Emporia Euphoria, which, as all other handsets under the brand, has huge buttons and a high-contrast screen. Emporia has also included a 2MP camera and a button for emergency calls.

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2. MAXCOM MM461

This is the MAXCOM MM461, which has a bright 1.8-inch screen, an exceptionally loud speaker, a simple user interface, and a built-in LED flashlight. The extra-large keypad and easy-to-read text fonts make this phone very suitable for senior users.

3. Jitterbug 5

Built by Samsung, the Jitterbug 5 flip phone is designed to be as simple to use as possible. This is why it has been equipped with large, easy-to-press buttons and an amplified loudspeaker. Furthermore, its menus are easy to navigate, and text is displayed in large, easy-to-read letters. In addition, a dedicated button connects the user to the 5star service, which can provide help in case of medical emergencies.

4. Snapfon ezTWO3G

Here's one of the cheapest senior-friendly cell phones you're going to find – the Snapfon ezTWO3G, costing only $20 bucks. You get a simple handset with large buttons, giant letters throughout the interface, a built-in flashlight, an SOS button, and even a basic camera.

5. Doro PhoneEasy 612

Folks in the UK might want to take a look at Doro's lineup, which features a variety of senior-friendly cell phones. Here's the PhoneEasy 612 clamshell phone – it has a bright screen, widely spaced buttons, shortcut keys for favorite contacts, extra-loud speaker, and a simple camera.

6. Just5 CP10S

This colorful handset is the CP10S by Just 5. It's as simple as a phone can possibly get, yet manages to fit an FM radio and a flashlight in its feature set. The latter works even when the phone's battery is dead, which is nice. On the back of the phone is the so-called SuperButton, which contacts 5 pre-defined emergency contacts.

7. Kisa

And this is Kisa – a phone built from the ground up with seniors in mind. It doesn't have a screen. A keypad is also absent. Instead, all the phone has on its front are up to 10 programmable buttons and the names or images of up to 10 contacts. These can be personalized at the time of purchase. Information about the phone's owner, including medical conditions they might have, can be printed on the back of the handset.

Source:

www.phonearena.com

IPhone 7 Plus vs

iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7: Cameras Compared

We benchmarked the iPhone 7 Plus's cameras and compared them with the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are here, and if you believe Apple's claims, they pack the best smartphone cameras on the market.

Both phones have a newly designed 28mm wide-angle lens with a 6-element design and fixed f/1.8 aperture. The iPhone 7 Plus adds what Apple is calling a telephoto lens, but it's actually a standard-angle 56mm optic with a fixed f/2.8 aperture.

We just got the phones in for testing, and I was able to run some quick benchmarks to see how the new cameras compare to those of its predecessor, the iPhone 6s . and Samsung's flagship handset, the Galaxy S7 .

For the purposes of this comparison, I tested the iPhone 7 Plus. If you're interested in an iPhone 7, understand that its main 28mm camera is identical to the 28mm lens on the 7 Plus. You just won't get the secondary 56mm camera.

Resolution
The playing field is level in sensor resolution. Both rear cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus are backed by 12MP chips, as are the 6s and S7. But sensor sizes vary. Samsung has the largest sensor, a 1/2.3-inch form factor that matches the type you'll find in point-and-shoot cameras like the Panasonic ZS50 . Additionally, the S7 lens is slightly wider than the main lens on the iPhone 6s and 7 series—it covers a 24mm field of view rather than a 28mm.

The iPhone 6s and 7 Plus's main camera is married to a smaller 1/3-inch image sensor, and the 56mm lens on the 7 Plus is backed by the smallest imager of the bunch, a 1/3.6-inch chip. It's also the only lens of the bunch that is not optically stabilized.

Since the sensor resolution is identical, the actual sharpness of images is determined by the quality of the lens and the image-processing techniques employed by the phones. The iPhone 7 series and 6s series support Raw image capture with iOS 10 loaded, but you'll need to use a third-party camera app to enable that feature. We performed all of the tests using the default camera app, which is limited to JPG capture for Samsung and Apple devices.

I used Imatest and our backlit high-resolution SFRPlus test chart to check the sharpness of each lens. It's a new chart that I can set to be brighter than the one we used for previous comparisons. so I was able to test all of the phones at their lowest ISO.

The iPhone 6s is the weakest performer in terms of sharpness. It resolves 2,055 lines per picture height, with even performance across the frame. That's a solid result for a 12MP sensor. But not quite as good as the iPhone 7 Plus's 28mm camera (2,454 lines) or the Galaxy S7 (2,717 lines). The 7 Plus's 56mm camera lags behind, notching 2,154 lines.

The S7 resolves the most detail, with the 7 Plus's main camera lagging just behind. And because all of the phones use 12MP 4:3 sensors, they can record 16:9 4K video.

ISO Performance
If you're shooting outdoors during the day, the camera is going to default to its lowest ISO. For the iPhones that's ISO 20, and for the Galaxy it's ISO 50. As you can see from the pixel-level crops below (taken from our ISO test scene), each phone is at its best here. Images from the Samsung don't show as much color saturation or contrast as the iPhone, but it's easy enough to add a little bit of contrast using any phone image-editing app if you prefer photos to have a punchy look.

Normally I'd test each camera at full-stop ISOs from base all the way to the top for exact side-by-side comparisons. There's a problem with this when dealing with an iPhone: The iOS camera app does not support manual ISO control. I'm able to adjust the power of our studio lights in order to force the iPhones to use higher ISO settings.

For the ISO 100 test, that means the 7 Plus's main camera is shooting at a slightly higher setting, ISO 125, and the 56mm camera has dropped to ISO 64. Differences in real-world shutter speeds are modest when at these settings, especially between the main cameras. The Samsung shows the most detail here, with more smudging apparent in the iPhone 7 Plus 28mm camera. The 56mm camera lies somewhere in between. You're still looking at pretty good performance (for a phone camera) across the board here.

I was able to get everything a bit closer for the ISO 200 test, with only the 7 Plus's main camera not cooperating and dropping to ISO 160—a fairly negligible difference in terms of exposure metering. The three iPhone cameras are about equal in quality here, with the Galaxy S7 delivering crisper results.

The 7 Plus's 56mm camera is sitting out the ISO 400 test, and the iPhone 6s landed at ISO 500. The results from both iPhones are very similar, with 7 Plus showing a little more detail, just about matching the Galaxy S7. At ISO 400, you're looking at a tie between Apple's and Samsung's latest models.

The Galaxy S7 can be manually set to shoot at ISO 800. But even with our studio lights set to their dimmest setting, the highest ISO I could get out of the 7 Plus is ISO 500 for the main camera and ISO 640 for the 56mm camera. So they both show some detail than the S7 does at ISO 800. I'd prefer to see the S7 apply a bit less noise reduction here, but none of the phones do a great job when pushing the sensitivity this far.

One last image reveals a dirty little trick performed by the iPhone 7 Plus. In very dim light, you may think that's you're shooting with the 56mm camera if you've enabled the 2x setting. But in my lab tests with the studio lights set to their lowest setting, that shot indicated that the 28mm camera was used. In that specific situation the 7 Plus switches to the wide-angle camera, and utilizes digital zoom and upscaling to maintain the 12MP resolution, but at great harm to image quality. The image below is an example of that effect, shot at ISO 640.

The Verdict
When comparing the main cameras on the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S7, the S7 wins out in our lab tests. Its larger sensor size gives it an edge as the ISO is pushed higher, and it scores the highest on our sharpness test. The iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus) come in a close second, with the older 6s trailing the pack.

But, you can't discount the flexibility of dual camera modules, which is a feature that Samsung doesn't offer in its Galaxy line. The iPhone 7 Plus gives you the option of shooting at 56mm, and while you won't be able to benefit from the second lens in very dim lighting, it's a boon for use in daylight, especially for shots where a wide-angle lens is just too wide.

It's early in the game. The 7 Plus's two-camera system is a work in progress. Apple is still working on the software required to capture images with a shallow depth of field using the dual cameras, and it will be interesting to see what other applications Apple and third parties cook up in the future.

Source:

www.pcmag.com

How to Unlock your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

How to Unlock your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

Summary: Owning the brand new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus is exciting. Being locked to a carrier who charges through the roof and gives you substandard customer service is not.

If you want to switch to a carrier that actually provides value for money, or even just want to be able to use a local carrier while overseas, you need an IMEI unlock. An IMEI unlock safely and permanently unlocks your iPhone 7 from your carrier meaning you’re free to use your phone with whichever provider you want.

The cheapest and most reliable iPhone 7 IMEI unlock provider to use depends on your location.

If you’re locked to a carrier inside the US, Canada, or the UK, use iPhoneIMEI.net . They have the best prices, best support, and are the most reliable provider we tested, but have a limited range of unlocks outside North America and the UK.

If you’re locked to a carrier outside the US, Canada, and the UK, use OfficialiPhoneUnlock . They have can unlock your iPhone from almost every service provider in the world, have great prices, solid support (including phone support) and are very reliable, but are slightly more expensive than iPhoneIMEI.

The Complete iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Unlocking Guide

The latest and greatest iPhone has landed on our shores, and with it comes the same old problems. Phone service providers are still charging ridiculous fees, providing poor network availability and customer service, and charging crazy international roaming fees to anyone who heads overseas.

These high rates and substandard service wouldn’t be acceptable in any other industry, but companies like AT&T, Sprint, O2, and Vodafone can get away with it because of iPhone locking.

iPhone locking is where your iPhone is tied to a particular carrier and you’re not able to use it with any other carrier. This means they can charge what they want and provide as little as they want and they know you’re not going to leave them.

That is, of course, unless you unlock your iPhone 7 or 7 plus.

iPhone unlocking is where you remove the restrictions that prevent you from using your iPhone with another carrier and get the freedom to escape all the problems they’re creating.

There are three methods for iPhone unlocking available on the market. But, only one that works…

iPhone 7 Unlock Method 1: Software Unlocking
(Hasn’t worked since the iPhone 3G)

The first iPhone unlocking method to appear on the market was the software unlock. It first became available when the iPhone 3G first hit the market and exploited a hardware loophole on the phone to allow some iPhone 3G users to move their phone to any carrier they wanted.

Unfortunately, this method was identified by Apple and the loophole was closed with the release of the iPhone 4 meaning that it’s not effective on the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 Unlock Method 2: Hardware Unlocking
(Dangerous, unreliable, and will void your warranty)

The next unlocking method identified once the software unlocking loophole was closed was hardware unlocking. Hardware unlocking is where you pay a suspicious looking guy in a suspicious looking back alley to physically open up your iPhone and play with its internal hardware.

It’s dangerous, dirty, only has a 30% effectiveness rate, and will completely void your warranty in the off-chance it does work. Does that sound like something you want to do to your brand new iPhone 7 / 7 Plus? No, I didn’t think so.

iPhone 7 Unlock Method 3: IMEI Unlocking
(Only safe and effective method for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus)

The final, and only effective method for unlocking an iPhone 7 is the IMEI or factory unlock. An IMEI is the unique identifying code used to identify your iPhone. Each iPhone has a different IMEI and it’s stored on the Apple database along with other identifying features, including model number, colour, storage size, year of production, and most importantly, whether it’s locked to a particular network.

An IMEI unlock is where the status of your iPhone is changed from being locked to a particular network to being unlocked on the Apple database.

This is safe, effective, permanent, and most importantly, does not void your warranty. Because of this, an IMEI unlock is the only iPhone 7 or 7 Plus unlock I recommend.

IMEI Unlock Provider Testing Process

The explosion of iPhone sales over the last 8 years has been followed by an explosion of IMEI unlock providers. And as with any industry, the quality, level of service, and reliability of those providers varies greatly.

To make sure you only end use an IMEI unlock provider who’s going to deliver, I’ve gone through and reviewed and tested the major players in the industry. Even though I’ve already done this with both iPhone 5/S/C/ and iPhone 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus. it was important to make sure that these service providers could deliver with the iPhone 7. Here’s how I conducted that test.

Finding Test Subjects

Probably the hardest part of this test was finding enough people with an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus who wanted them unlocked! It’s a new phone and most people haven’t had enough time to become dissatisfied with the level of service provided just yet. But, I didn’t manage to find 8 iPhone 7 owners and 4 iPhone 7 Plus owners through my network of friends and website readers to test these IMEI unlock providers with.

These iPhones were locked to the following networks:

  • 3 x iPhone 7’s locked to AT&T USA
  • 2 x iPhone 7’s locked to Sprint USA
  • 1 x iPhone 7 locked to Vodafone UK
  • 1 x iPhone 7 locked to O2 UK
  • 1 x iPhone 7 locked to T-Mobile USA
  • 1 x iPhone 7 Plus locked to AT&T USA
  • 1 x iPhone 7 Plus locked to EE UK
  • 1 x iPhone 7 Plus locked to KDDI Japan
  • 1 x iPhone 7 Plus locked to Rogers Canada
Culling Down Factory Unlock Providers

The first step in testing these factory unlock providers was to reduce the 29 providers down to a number I could test. I only had 12 iPhones to play with and I wanted to test each provider with multiple phones so I had to reduce the number down to three.

To do this, I created a list of unlock providers and then set about reading through various online review websites like TrustPilot. Ripoff Report. and Trustmark Reviews to find who was legitimate provider and who was simply running a scam.

It was easy to weed out the obvious scams and keep reducing the list until I had what looked like the top three iPhone 7 IMEI unlock providers.

Testing Methodology

The test itself was simple. I purchased 4 iPhone 7 IMEI unlocks from each of three providers I’d identified as being legitimate.

I then allowed the process to run it’s course whilst contacting their customer support along the way, so I could discover who was value for money and who was a ripoff.

Judging Criteria

There are 6 criteria I used to judge the performance of these unlock providers:

Criteria 1: Success of unlock

This has to be #1 here: did they or did they not deliver on their promise to unlock the iPhone they were paid to unlock? If they did, hooray! If they didn’t, boo!

Success / failure is critical because THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE PAID TO DO.

Criteria 2: Range of unlocks

There’s no point in recommending an IMEI unlock provider if they can only unlock iPhone 7’s locked to some obscure carrier in a small eastern-European country that no-one’s ever heard of.

The recommended unlock provider needs to have unlocks for a wide range of carriers from a wide range of countries, otherwise, there would be no point in recommending them.

It’s great for the unlock providers to have a wide range and actually deliver on their promises, but if each unlock costs more than the iPhone they’re unlocking, what’s the point?

Because of this, the third criteria used to judge the quality of the providers was cost, with preference given to the cheapest provider who could deliver a quality product.

Criteria 4: Payment Methods

Can unlock my iPhone 7? Great. Have a big range of unlocks? Awesome. Have decent prices? Excellent. Only accept payments with seashells sent via registered post to the Solomon Islands? Bad. Obviously, this isn’t a real scenario, but there are some IMEI unlock providers who only accept Western Union money transfer, which is a pain in the arse, whereas other accept PayPal and all major credit cards. It’s pretty easy to guess who I’m going to recommend.

Criteria 5: Customer Service

Paying someone you’ve never met before to perform a process you’re not familiar with can be a nerve-wracking experience. The only thing that can calm these nerves is solid customer service.

Because of this, each provider will be tested three times through the unlock process for their contact types, politeness, responsiveness, and helpfulness

While you want your iPhone unlocked, you don’t want to have to wait any longer than necessary to change networks. Because of this, each unlock provider will be judged on how long it takes them to complete the unlock.

Top 3 IMEI Unlock Providers for iPhone 7/7 Plus

The tests have been completed and the results are in. If you need to unlock your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, these are the three best IMEI unlock providers on the market, in order of preference:

#1. iPhoneIMEI.net (9.5/10 – Use if you’re inside the USA, Canada, or the UK)

The #1 IMEI unlock provider I found for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus was iPhoneIMEI.net. They’re fast, reliable, reasonably priced, have great customer support, and most importantly, unlocked all 4 iPhones we paid them for. Their unlock range is limited outside of the USA, Canada, and the UK, but as those countries make up about 80% of unlocks, they get my vote as #1.

PROs: The biggest pro of iPhone IMEI is that of the three unlock providers we tested, they were the only unlock provider that unlocked all 4 iPhones we paid them for. That’s the biggest pro because it means you’re going to get what you paid them for. Simple as that.

But, that’s not the only place where they stood out. On average, they were 17% cheaper than the other unlock providers. Prices varied between phone service providers and countries, but when we averaged out the costs differences, it came to 17%.

The other area that really separated them from the crowd was their customer support. I contacted them three times — once before purchasing the unlock, once during the unlock process, and once after the unlock was complete — and they responded quickly, with the information I requested, and in a polite and helpful manner.

Their unlock times were the same as our #2 recommendation (an average of 48 hours), which is excellent, but not a point of difference.

CONs: The only real con for iPhoneIMEI is their limited range of unlocks. They can unlock your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus from just about every phone service provider inside the US, Canada, and the UK, but you might not find the provider you want if you’re outside those areas.

OVERALL: With great prices, helpful and polite customer support, and a 100% success rate on all 4 unlocks, iPhoneIMEI is my #1 recommendation if you’re inside the US, UK, or Canada.

If your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus is locked to a carrier inside the US, UK, or Canada, go to iPhone IMEI now .

#2 Official iPhone Unlock (9/10 – Use if your outside the USA, UK, or Canada)

Official iPhone Unlock is the #2 provider on the list. On customer service, speed, and price, they matched iPhoneIMEI, and on range of unlocks, they have even more than iPhoneIMEI. but there was one problem.They were only able to unlock 3 of the 4 iPhone 7’s we paid for…

PROs: Official iPhone Unlock do a lot of things well. Their prices, customer support, and unlock speed were all the same as iPhoneIMEI. They were 16% cheaper than the average, they averaged 2 days for each of the unlocks they completed, and responded politely to our customer support enquiries.

The one really big pro that separates them from the rest of the providers is that they have the biggest range of unlocks available anywhere on the market. And not just by 10% or 15%; the difference is huge. I couldn’t tell you exactly how many phone service providers are on their list, but I’d guess they have just about every provider in every country in the world.

CONs: There’s only one con here, but it’s a big one. Of the 4 iPhone 7 unlocks we purchased, they only unlocked 3 of them. They were successful with the AT&T USA, Rogers Canada, and EE UK, but couldn’t get KDDI Japan to work. To be fair, they warned that they were having trouble getting KDDI unlocked when we placed our order, but it was still a failure.

OVERALL: Official iPhone Unlock are a solid provider. They’re reasonably priced, quick, have great customer service, and the biggest range of unlocks available on the market. Whilst they only managed to unlock 3 of the 4 unlocks we purchased, they did warn us that they weren’t having success with that particular phone service provider.

If you’re locked to a carrier outside the US, UK, or Canada, head to Official iPhone Unlock now .

#3 Keys2iPhone (5/10 – Don’t use them)

KeysiPhone are the final provider on my list, and they’re here for a reason. Sure, they managed to complete 2 of the 4 unlocks we paid for, but that was only after asking us for an additional payment that was as much as we originally paid! And if that wasn’t enough…

PROs: The only real pro is that they completed 2 unlocks. There’s really not much else to say here.

CONs: Where do they start?

  1. They only completed 50% of the unlocks we purchased
  2. It took an average of 5 days to complete those unlocks
  3. They only completed them after requiring additional payments of what we originally paid for the unlocks! Apparently, they had to use premium services to unlock those two phones…
  4. Their customer service is terrible. They only responded to our pre-sales emails and completely ignored our support emails
  5. We had to file chargebacks to get refunds for two unlocks they couldn’t complete

Plenty of cons. Not the kind of company I would trust with my money or iPhone.

OVERALL: They completed two of the four unlocks we paid for and everything else went poorly. Their support, trying to get refunds, their unlock time, everything was poor. Don’t use these guys.

In Conclusion

There are three methods available for unlocking your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus: software unlocking, hardware unlocking and IMEI or factory unlocking. Software unlocking hasn’t worked since the iPhone 3G, hardware unlocking is dangerous and will void your warranty, meaning that IMEI unlocking is the only safe way to unlock your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

I evaluated 29 providers and tested 3 and the IMEI unlock provider you should use depends on your location.

If you’re locked to a carrier inside the US, UK, or Canada, use iPhoneIMEI . They specialise in unlocks inside the US, UK, and Canada and have the cheapest prices, fastest unlocks and polite and responsive customer support. They were the only provider to complete all 4 unlocks we purchased. They have a limited range outside the US, UK, and Canada, but if you’re inside those regions, you’ll get a great deal.

If you’re locked to a carrier outside the US, UK and Canada, use Official iPhone Unlock . They match iPhoneIMEI on price, speed, and customer support and have a huge range of unlocks available from almost every unlock provider around the world. Yes, they failed to unlock our iPhone 7 Plus locked to KDDI Japan, but they warned us about that when we placed our order.

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