iPhone 7 plus unlocked

iPhone 7 plus unlocked

iPhone 7 plus unlocked

iPhone 7 plus unlocked: Every iteration of iPhones bring substantial changes. iPhone 7 plus brought various new features for iPhones too. They are the first iPhones to be water and dust resistant. They used the new technology of haptic feedback in their home button as well.

However, a lack of headphone jack was a bummer for a lot of customers. But they made up for it by providing a set of stereo speakers. However, there are various things to be taken into consideration while buying the iPhone 7. The major concern among customers is regarding if the phone is locked or unlocked. All the concepts regarding unlocked iPhones and how to unlock them are discussed below.

Meaning of unlocked iPhone:

Unlocked iPhones refers to those iPhones in which we can use with the sim card from any carrier. Locked iPhones refers to those iPhones which only works with the sim card from one carrier in which it is locked to. If you buy an iPhone from the Apple store, it is by default unlocked.

Hence, you can use it with any network carrier. But in most cases, if you buy iPhones from network carriers such as Verizon or T-Mobile, they may give you locked iPhones. This means you can only use your iPhone bought from Verizon with Verizon sim card only. 

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Background:

Apple released the iPhone 7 on 16 September 2016. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, came to the stage and showed the world two brand new iPhones. Those two models were iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. That event was very spectacular because Apple offered the iPhone 7 in 5 different colors. This may seem normal but as it happens with iPhones, the new colors were kind of deal-breaker.

Apple presented iPhone 7 with very interesting colors which were Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Matte Black, and Jet Black. They also put their brand new processor at that time i.e. Apple A10 Fusion chip. The 16-nanometer processor chip was very powerful for the phone released in 2016.

Specifications:

The specifications of iPhone 7 and 7 plus are as follows:

iPhone 7
Processor Apple A10 Fusion Chip
RAM 2 GB
Phone dimensions 138.3 mm height, 67.1 mm width, 7.1 mm thickness
Weight 138 grams
Build materials Aluminum (back and frames), Gorilla Glass (front)
Resistance IPS67 water (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes) and dust resistant
Screen Size 4.7 inch screen (65.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Screen technology Retina IPS touchscreen (750 * 1334 pixels) with 3D touch.
CPU Quad-core 2.34 giga hertz
Internal Memory 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
External Memory No
Camera 12 mega pixel single camera with HDR capability video at [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] 7 mega pixel front/selfie camera
Speakers Stereo speakers
3.5 mm headphone jack No
Voice assistant Yes (Siri)
Fingerprint  Yes (front-mounted)
Face unlocking No
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Compass, Barometer
NFC Yes
Apple pay Yes
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, bluetooth 4.2
Battery Non-removable 1960 milli-ampere lithium-ion battery.
Wireless charging No
Colors available Jet Black, Matte Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Red (Product Red)
Price when launched Starts from $649

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iPhone 7 plus
Processor Apple A10 Fusion Chip
RAM 3 GB
Phone dimensions 158.2 mm height, 77.9 mm width, 7.3 mm thickness
Weight 188 grams
Build materials Aluminum (back and frames), Gorilla Glass (front)
Resistance IPS67 water (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes) and dust resistant
Screen Size 5.5 inch screen (67.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Screen technology Retina IPS touchscreen (1080 * 1920 pixels) with 3D touch.
CPU Quad-core 2.34 giga hertz
Internal Memory 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
External Memory No
Camera Dual camera 12 mega pixel wide camera with HDR capability   12 mega pixel telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom video at [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] 7 mega pixel front/selfie camera Selfie video [email protected]
Speakers Stereo speakers
3.5 mm headphone jack No
Voice assistant Yes (Siri)
Fingerprint  Yes (front-mounted)
Face unlocking No
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Compass, Barometer
NFC Yes
Apple pay Yes
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, bluetooth 4.2
Battery Non-removable 2900 milli-ampere lithium-ion battery.
Wireless charging No
Colors available Jet Black, Matte Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Red (Product Red)
Price when launched Starts from $769

Features:

Apple releases its new phones every year with new features. Some of the new features that this new handset has are as follows:

  • The first and major feature of the iPhone 7 at that time was that they do not have a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. It is the first handset from the major manufactures to have no headphone jack. To make up with this, the company made their earphones with the lightning jack. Also, they released air pods which is a wireless form of Apple’s earphones.
  • They have an improved form of speakers. They are equipped with stereo speakers at the bottom and the earpiece speaker. This makes the sound quality of the mobile phone even better than the previous iterations.
  • They are the first iPhones that had home buttons that gave haptic feedback. This means the home buttons on iPhone 7 and 7 plus do not actually click but they give off the vibrating sensation. This feature makes the use of iPhones even more pleasurable.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 plus are first phones from Apple that come with the water-resistant features. The phones are IPS67 water as well as dust resistant. It can handle water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Hence, these iPhones can work in the pool and in rain.
  • The bigger iPhone of the two i.e. iPhone 7 is the first Apple phone with a dual-camera system. It has two cameras at the back. Both of the cameras are of 12 megapixels. But one is a 28-millimeter wide-angle camera and the other is a 56-millimeter telephoto camera. The telephoto camera supports 2 times optical zoom.

Sales: 

At the release date, Apple announced the iPhone 7 and 7 plus with the price tag of $649 and $769 respectively. With its release date in mid-September of 2016, the sales of the iPhone 7 were comparatively high. It was the best selling smartphone in the first quarter of 2017, around the world.

During this period, it is believed that around 21.5 million units of iPhone 7 and 17.4 million units of iPhone 7 plus were sold. However, it is not the most sold iPhones to date. The best selling iPhone is the one that released a couple of years before the iPhone 7, it is iPhone 6. However, since the overall design of the iPhone 7 is similar to iPhone 6, it was not considered the major upgrade. Instead, most people hated the phone for not having the 3.5 mm headphone jack and wireless charging capacity.

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How to unlock the locked iPhone 7 plus:

Having an iPhone plus is fun, but if it is locked to a single carrier, it can be a hassle. Because certain carriers are notorious for charging a ton for their services.

Hence, it is always a delight to have your iPhone 7 plus unlocked. However, if you are buying your iPhones from the Apple store itself, it comes unlocked by default. But in case if your iPhone is locked, here are some steps you can follow to unlock it.

  • It is always recommended to ask your carrier to unlock your iPhone for you before trying anything else by yourself. Since the iPhone 7 is pretty old as per the technology standards, your carrier may unlock it for a small fee.
    • Also, many carrier contracts only last for 2 to 3 years only. Hence, it is better to ask the carrier to unlock the iPhone themselves.
  • You can also unlock your iPhone 7 plus through the IMEI unlocking method. All iPhones come with the unique IMEI code assigned to them.
    • This code can help iPhone’s model number, production year, storage capacity and even color. Just like this, it can also help to identify if the iPhone is locked to a particular cellular network or not. In this method, you just change the status of IMEI in settings in Apple’s database itself. You can change the status from locked to unlocked. This method does not affect your warranty and is safe too.
  • Another method is a hardware method. In this method, you open up your phone and manually tweak the hardware settings in order to unlock your iPhone.
    • However, it has a very low effective rate and it is not recommended. It also concludes your warranty program and makes it ineffective.

Conclusion:

All in all, it is certain that unlocked iPhones are way better than the locked counterparts. And there are various methods of getting your iPhone 7 plus unlocked. However, if done wrong, it can disable your warranty program and also damage your iPhone.

Hence, it is always better to buy your iPhones 7 from the Apple store itself. Otherwise, ask the carrier service to unlock your iPhone 7 for you. Yes, they will charge a certain amount for money to do so but it will benefit you in the long term. 

Having said this, iPhone 7 is a capable smartphone to this date. With the latest iOS software still supporting this particular iPhone, this phone is still considered a good deal. Also, the prices have dropped significantly from its release date.

But you may have to compromise on certain modern smartphone features. These features include wireless charging, better cameras and water resistance, all-screen display and many more.

However, if you are fine with not having these latest and greatest features on your iPhone, the iPhone 7 may be for you. To sum up, iPhone 7 is a feature-packed phone which can be unlocked in various ways. And if you can compromise on some features and are planning to buy an iPhone in a good deal. This might be the right time to buy an iPhone 7.

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