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SAM iPhone unlock

SAM is a jailbreak app for Cydia that allows you to unlock your iPhone so that you can activate and use a non-stock SIM card that is not supported by your existing carrier. SAM (Subscriber Artificial Module) can be easily installed and applied to any jailbroken iPhone that has Cydia installed. The developer of SAM, Sam Bingner (@sbingner), has made the process of installing SAM a lot easier with the latest version. This is good news for those who are new to unlocking. Previously you would have had to connect your iPhone to iTunes, and use the original SIM card and get a hold of country/carrier and SIM IDs to perform an unlock. With the latest version of SAM (version 0.1.16.-1), unlocking is now a streamlined process that involves just a few taps and a few minutes of your time.

SAM iPhone unlock installation

The unlocking procedure using SAM currently works on most iPhones, including the iPhone 4S, which is great news. This means you can just take out your ATT sim card and use a T-Mobile SIM on your iPhone, for example. Unlocking an iPhone is great for those who want to use a different carrier than the one their iPhone is “locked” into at the moment. Reasons for wanting to use a non-standard carrier vary from user to user, but it can be good for those traveling abroad, and also to use a non-standard phone and data plan on an iPhone which could help some people save money etc.

Update: As reported by a few users already, Apple has “patched” their activation servers so that the SAM unlock may not work for new users any longer. If you did have an activation ticket from before, you can still use SAM. We will keep you posted if new unlocking methods are uncovered.

Warning: A quick word of caution. Please proceed with unlocking at your own risk!

The following are the detailed steps on how to download and install SAM on a jailbroken iPhone.

Supported Hardware: iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G
Supported Software: iOS 5.x Firmware

Installing SAM

Before you can install SAM you will first have to jailbreak your iPhone and get the Cydia app. Follow the instructions on our Cydia page if you have not yet jailbroken your iPhone.

  1. Open Cydia
  2. Select the Manage Tab on the bottom
  3. Go into Sources
  4. Tap the Edit button on the top, then tap the Add button
  5. Type in as the source URL and tap Add Source
  6. After the download screen is done, tap the Return to Cydia button
  7. Now select Bingner from the Sources list
  8. Choose SAM from the list then tap the Install button and tap the Confirm button
  9. After the install is complete tap the Reload SpringBoard button
  10. You will now see the new SAMPrefs icon on your iPhone

Configuring SAM

Now that you have installed SAM follow these simple steps to configure your new SIM card on your iPhone.

  1. Remove your existing SIM card from your iPhone and insert your new unofficial SIM card
  2. Open SAM by tapping the SAMPrefs icon
  3. Make sure the Method selected is Auto Detect
  4. Go to the Utilities section and tap the Attempt Activation link.
  5. That’s it! Your iPhone will now reboot and your iPhone will pick up the new SIM and your new carrier name will appear on the top left of the iPhone after a few seconds.

SAM iPhone unlock activation

Troubleshooting SAM

Follow these steps if you get an error message in SAM. These steps basically involve deleting a few system files, which require the iFile app. Errors you may experience might read something like “You must select the original carrier SIMID of your iPhone” etc.

  1. Install iFile from Cydia.
  2. Open iFile and go to /var/root/Library
  3. Tap Edit and choose the Lockdown folder.
  4. Tap the zip button which creates a backup for you, then delete the lockdown folder
  5. Again in iFile go to /User/Library/Preferences and find SAM and delete com.bingner.sam.plist
  6. Turn off your iPhone, and turn it back on
  7. Put your new SIM card into your iPhone.
  8. Now again open SAMPrefs and make sure Auto Detect is selected. This will guess the correct SIM ID from the Region code of the iPhone.
  9. Tap Utilities & Attempt Activation. This may take a few minutes, so be patient.
  10. Your iPhone will reSpring and your iPhone should recognize the new SIM
  11. You can verify that your new SIM is working by calling 611 from the Phone app. You should hear the automated message from your new carrier such as T-Mobile.

If you run into any issues or have other suggestions for using SAM please share your experiences below.

AppSafari Rating: 4.5/5

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Price: Free
Developer: Sam Bingner
Repository: com.binger.sam
Version: 0.1.16.-1
Size: 0.57 MB
AppSafari review of SAM iPhone unlock was written by on April 28th, 2012 and categorized under Cydia Apps, Free. Page viewed 11441 times, 8 so far today. Need help on using these apps? Please read the Help Page.

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    Sima says:

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    Gauri says:

    Got pretty far and was impressed now can’t find com.bilinger in the ifile properties, is this because I haven’t registered? How do I trust this registering.? It seems like I can’t actually go through the ‘user’ option instead it takes me through var/mobile/libary/preferences.
    Any advice? Shall unjust pay a guy £35 for it over 6days? Maybe the best option as this didn’t work?!

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    Manuel Garcia says:

    Doesn’t work!

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    pawel says:


  11. 30
    fauzie says:

    i phone 4 saya kena iclode tolong doooonk

  12. 29
    Atif Sharif attari says:

    is this unlock iphone method still works?

  13. 28
    alex says:

    i did everything u said but i cant send out calls only the codes working could u tell me what i left out or doing wrong im using a 5c

  14. 27
    Mafi says:

    Picovina nefunguje

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    Paul hall says:

    No, it did not work, I ended up uninstalling it, no sense keeping it if it doesn’t work.

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    g070714 says:

    I also get the same error. You must select the original carrier SIMID of your phone. Were u able to find a solution for this?

  17. 24
    Paul hall says:

    I did everything including using Ifile to delete the 2 files and I’m still getting, “You must select the original carrier SIMID of your iPhone”

  18. 23
    helpmepleasedhzbxvn says:

    Hi i follow all your commands. But when i click activate it says ” unable to open data_ark. If someone please helps me. I reall appreciate it. Thank you.

  19. 22
    kardo says:

    i want to open my iphone

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    Laredo says:


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