New service lets you remove the activation lock from 2nd-hand iOS devices.
Activation Lock was a new feature that was introduced in iOS 7 last year that lets the user tie the smartphone to their iCloud account. This means that even if the iOS device was restored or reformatted, it will not activate unless you enter the iCloud details and ‘unlock’ the smartphone. This bodes well in the inevitable case that your smartphone gets lost or stolen. Even security firms are applauding the new feature that even significantly reduced iPhone theft in some cities.
ChronicUnlocks is a company that specializes in unlocking iOS devices that has been placed under Activation Lock at the cost of $149. “This will remove iCloud Lock for anyone who has a device stuck on it, whether you are locked out of your own unit (and are in a place like Saudi Arabia which has no Apple Store to present invoice), or you bought a unit second hand from a seller who didn’t remove their iCloud login from,” says a statement on their website.
Their intentions may be legit but some users may take advantage of the service to unlock stolen iOS devices, especially since the unlocking process will be done remotely and you do not need to go to a retailer or service center to have it done.
There is a catch though. If the device you are trying to unlock has been placed in ‘Lost Mode’, the details of the owner’s information will be permanently placed on the Activate iPhone screen. ChronicUnlocks says there is no bypass for this since their intention is to unlock devices that have a legitimate reason and suggests that if a device is in Lost Mode, it better to report or contact the owner of the device.