Beware of iPhone Unlock and Jailbreak Scams. It's a clear cut case of buyer beware. These sites advertise chiefly through spam posts and Wiki vandalism. A search for "iphone-unlock.com" scam reveals people complaining that they paid for the "unlock" software, only to learn that the unlock software didn't work with their specific phone. If the site had offered refunds as a result of failing to provide the service they advertised, this wouldn't be a problem in and of itself, but it appears people do not get a refund after the software sold by iphone-unlock.com fails to unlock their phone.
The article Another Company Purports to Unlock iPhone 3.1.2 IPSW, Charges Money has a nice summary of problems with iphone-unlock.com. These include but are not limited to:
- The service itself is probably illegal
- They claim 24/7 support but don't actually offer it.
- They're selling services that are available free of charge and most likely only providing the exact same tools that are available for free.
Here is a sample complaint:
People beware of the-iphone-unlock.com is a Scam. I paid close to 50 dollars for lifetime access membership, trying to find an easy way to unlock my Iphone. The thing is that they say that they could unlock the 3g iphone whith the 2.2.1 firmware, once I paid went in and bOOm, "Unlock will NOT work with the baseband version (02.30.03)". Tried getting a refund or getting support and after 3 weeks I am still waiting for an answer. I know it is my fault for trying to get things the easy way, but I just want to let people know that IT IS A SCAM! The worst part is that they advertise in MacRumors Forums!
iphone-unlock.com is just another in a long list of fly-by-night iPhone unlock scams. They claim to unlock phones they can't unlock and do not appear to offer refunds when they fail to unlock your phone.
Check out this article about the forms of iPhone unlock scams for more information.