You can see that people were waiting for the means to get their iPhone unlocked when the SAM unlock for the iPhone was released, and we saw numerous users getting the unlock for free, using the SAM unlock tool.

When the unlock was done, people were asked to save the SAM unlock activation tickets for future unlock.

unlock iphone 4 with SAM

Doing such a thing looked useless when we were all told about it, but then Apple fixed the SAM unlock loophole and we all got to know how the importance of the unlock activation tickets. Then the untethered jailbreak for the iOS 5.1.1 was released, and it allowed people to upgrade to the latest version of the said iOS firmware and keep the unlock save.

We have also provided you with guides telling you how you can upgrade your device to the iOS 5.1.1 and keep the unlock safe — Watch our guide here. These guides were able to help some of you to unlock your iPhone’s while some of you weren’t successful. We have compiled some questions regarding the iOS 5.1.1 SAM unlock, which will help you along the way!

Unlock 4.12.01 baseband With SAM tool
Unlocked iPhone 4

Can I unlock my iPhone without unlock activation tickets?

Well, the answer to this question is simple, and it’s a big NO! You can’t unlock your iPhone on any baseband if there aren’t any saved unlock activation ickets. It doesn’t matter if you unlocked your iPhone before with SAM, if you didn’t save the activation tickets at that time, you won’t be able to get the unlock.

I can’t unlock my iPhone, even though I have the activation tickets, what to do?

There are a lot of reasons that you aren’t able to unlock your iPhone even if you have saved the activation tickets. Some of the reasons are:

  • Your device might not be on the iOS 5.1.1 as this method is meant for the iOS 5.1.1!
  • The guide might not have been followed properly. Try again by following the guide which uses RedSn0w to upload the activation tickets.
  • This method is for the specific SIM card which was originally unlocked with SAM. You need to make sure that you use the specific SIM card which was originally used.

Can I unlock my iPhone by borrowing my friend’s activation tickets?

All the activation tickets are for the specific SIM cards, and that’s why you can’t use someone else’s activation tickets for unlocking your own iPhone — for more info about SAM tickets click here.

What should I do when I can’t find my saved unlock activation tickets?

The guide we showed you saved the activation tickets on an email, and that’s why you should search for them in your email. If the unlock activation tickets aren’t there, then you should search for them on your computer. A file would have been created on your computer or a .plist file would have been created if you saved them manually.

Is the method fake, if it doesn’t work?

The methods that we showed you, definitely work. If you are experiencing problems, then that must be because of some other reasons.

Would the methods will still work on the iOS 5.1.1 even if my baseband is 4.11.08/4.12.01 or (insert base number)?

If you have saved the unlock activation tickets, then this method will work on any baseband even if it’s the baseband 4.11.08 on the iOS 5.1.1 — Latest informations about baseband 4.12.01 / 4.11.08 unlock are posted here.

Why doesn’t the method work even though I have saved the activation tickets and am on the iOS 5.1.1?

You might not be following the guide properly, or you might be on a preserved baseband. Use RedSn0w or PwnageTool 5.1.1 (Mac) or Snowbreeze (Windows).

Am I safe, as I have unlocked my iPhone on the iOS 5.1.1 with the saved activation tickets?

Yes, you are safe for now. The Apple WWDC is about to be held and the iOS 6 will be coming out soon. That’s why it is advised that you not update to the iOS 6 when it’s released before it’s confirmed that SAM unlock works on the new iOS.

Let us know if this has helped you. Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have!

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.