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.
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.
: 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
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.
Now that you have installed SAM follow these simple steps to configure your new SIM card on your iPhone.
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.
If you run into any issues or have other suggestions for using SAM please share your experiences below.
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It does not show the sam file in preferencesPosted on May 1st, 2012 at 9:29 pm by Iphone guy
Try to do everything that I could read about jailbraking and unlock my iphones ( 4,4S ) Nothing works. What to do? I ha follow all your troubleshooting and every thing else that I find, but still no sucess to unlock my iphones. Please,can someone help me????Posted on June 11th, 2012 at 6:35 am by Thomas
It does show the sam file in preferences. And I removed it just like it said in the troubleshooting guide.Posted on June 11th, 2012 at 7:42 am by Thomas
“You must select the original carrier SIMID of your iPhone”
….even after troubleshooting 🙁Posted on August 16th, 2012 at 4:40 am by gogandantess
In Utilities I only have Restore Activation, there is no Attemt Activation?Posted on September 30th, 2012 at 12:06 pm by Zipperfield
Ilove thatPosted on November 8th, 2012 at 3:50 am by ali alzyady
same issue as Zipperfield. my phone is already activated can only re-activate.Posted on November 12th, 2012 at 1:18 pm by minh
I don’t get the ‘Attempt Activation’ option. I get: Backup Activation, De-activate iPhone or Restore Activation. The above instructions don’t mention these so I am stuck with this particular method. Next!!Posted on February 14th, 2013 at 2:59 am by JR Joro
I don’t get the ‘Attempt Activation’ option. I get: Backup Activation, De-activate iPhone or Restore Activation. What to do?Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 12:32 pm by Sooz
Can’t seem to find the ”com.bingner.sam.plist”Posted on March 16th, 2013 at 10:59 am by Andy
I Want to unlock my iPhone 4..
locked on Carrier 3 Ireland 14.0
I want to unlock it for Any Indian Carrier..
modem firmware- 04.12.05
What Procedure should i apply on it??Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 10:55 pm by vikalp
Can SAM work on iPhone 5. I have tried following the steps but cannot locate the lockdown folder.Posted on April 20th, 2013 at 9:00 am by Onei
Can SAM work on iPhone 5. I have tried following the steps but cannot locate the lockdown folder in ifile library.Posted on April 20th, 2013 at 9:02 am by Onei
Followed all instructions clearly but still receive this message after final steps
Activation reports Error:
ActibationInfo rejected. You must
select the original carrier SIMID of
Can anyone help?Posted on May 24th, 2013 at 6:54 am by Blake
unable to open data_ark please helpPosted on May 29th, 2013 at 12:46 pm by chadiee
Yeah, this is horse shit just like all the comments state. “You must select the original carrier SIMID of your phone”. You must be doing this on an already unlocked phone making this whole ordeal useless. Thanks for absolutely wasting everyone’s time.Posted on August 17th, 2013 at 6:58 am by ken
Hope this works thanksPosted on September 26th, 2013 at 1:27 am by Harry
If I go on Attempt Activation it says: “activation reports error: activation info rejected. You must select the original carrier SIMID of your phone”…Posted on January 14th, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Lucy
Ive already deleted a few system files by the steps above… What can I do?
I got all the way to the activation step and got the “You must select the original carrier SIMID of your iPhone” message. So I went to following the troubleshooting instructions. But after installing SAMpref,Cydia has now disappeared from my phone.Posted on January 24th, 2014 at 11:55 am by Samantha Brianne
this didnt work i am still getting error you must select the original carrier SIMID of your phonePosted on March 20th, 2014 at 6:18 am by michael
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i want to open my iphone
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.Posted on June 25th, 2014 at 10:20 pm by helpmepleasedhzbxvn
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”Posted on June 26th, 2014 at 11:18 am by Paul hall
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?Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 9:55 am by g070714
No, it did not work, I ended up uninstalling it, no sense keeping it if it doesn’t work.Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 10:19 am by Paul hall
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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 5cPosted on July 27th, 2014 at 11:23 am by alex
is this unlock iphone method still works?Posted on September 17th, 2014 at 7:34 pm by Atif Sharif attari
i phone 4 saya kena iclode tolong doooonkPosted on December 23rd, 2014 at 10:12 am by fauzie
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Doesn’t work!Posted on March 28th, 2015 at 8:23 pm by Manuel Garcia
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.Posted on April 8th, 2015 at 7:26 am by Gauri
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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