Unlocking your Softbank iPhone with a Softbank SIM Unlock method and/or service is possible. In fact, it is even possible to unlock it without getting charged if you meet some requirements.
Even if you do not meet the requirements for a free Softbank SIM Unlock, it is very easy to do so with a Softbank IMEI Network Unlock service.
If you believe that your iPhone does not meet those free unlocking criteria or it is not CLEAN, you can simply use a Softbank IMEI Unlock service to fully and permanently unlock it.
In this post, we will dive in detail into the following topics, that will help you to fully unlock your Softbank iPhone with a Softbank SIM Unlock method and/or service:
One of the first things you should always do when you get your hands on a SIM-locked device is to try and unlock it through the carrier that locked it.
Of course, all mobile networks including Softbank, have specific requirements and unlocking policies. If your Softbank phone meets their unlocking requirements then you can start the Softbank SIM Unlock process through them.
Softbank has a detailed online list of all its requirements but I will list below the most common ones:
If all the above is true about your Softbank device, then you can start the Softbank SIM Unlock procedure.
There are two ways to register your device, which depend on the current contract and the retailer you used. The first is registering online through “My Softbank” and the second through a Softbank shop.
Through online registration the whole SIM Unlock process is FREE and there is no need to prepare anything (such as documents).
If you register through a Softbank shop, then there is a SIM Unlocking fee of around $30 (¥3,300) and you need to have with you your Softbank device and some identification documents.
Identification Documents (check the complete identification documents list on Softbank website):
Have in mind that you do not have to bring all of them, just one of the above.
After successfully completing the registration process you will be ready to finalize your Softbank SIM Unlock.
The actual process depends on the device you own, an iPhone (iOS device) or a non iOS device.
For deactivating the Softbank SIM lock of an iPhone or iPad, you should follow the steps below:
If you don’t have another SIM card to use:
For deactivating the Softbank SIM lock of a non iOS device, follow these steps:
The whole process takes place on Softbank’s website and for some reason, they do not support English. This means that you either have to translate everything (you can use Google’s Chrome browser to do this automatically) or copy-paste everything you see in Google Translate (Which will be very time-consuming).
In some cases, you might see the following message: “SIM unlock is not finished yet”.
If you have an iPhone, follow the “deactivating the Softbank SIM lock of an iPhone or iPad” guide we wrote above.
If you have an Android, an unlock code will be issued. NOTE IT DOWN because you will need it for finalizing the SIM Lock deactivation procedure.
If you do not have a SIM card from a different carrier to check whether your device is unlocked, you can check this by dialing .
If you decide to get your Softbank phone unlocked in a Softbank shop, then you are not required to do anything during the whole SIM Lock deactivation procedure.
You just need to bring with you the identification documents that we mentioned previously, the device you want to unlock, and the $30 to pay the unlocking fee.
The whole process will be handled by Softbank’s customer support agents. You can also ask them to finalize the unlocking procedure for you.
The Softbank IMEI Unlock services will provide the same outcome as the previous methods, which is a fully unlocked Softbank iPhone. The reason that we mention iPhone, is because the IMEI Unlocking services are only available for iOS devices.
In simple terms, a Softbank IMEI unlock service, will change the status of an IMEI number, from Locked to Unlocked. That way, the iPhone associated with that IMEI number, will be able to use ANY mobile network you want. Also, this method has permanent results, like the official methods that we analyzed previously (Through My Softbank and Softbank stores).
In short, the only reason to proceed with a paid Softbank SIM Unlock service is when you do not meet the requirements of a Softbank SIM lock deactivation through My Softbank or Softbank store.
Some of the most common reasons are:
We always recommend to our users and customers to check their Softbank iPhone IMEI number before unlocking it with an iPhone IMEI Unlock Check service.
There are a few reasons why we recommend this:
PRO TIP: Our iPhone IMEI Unlock Check service does all the above and also locates available Softbank SIM Unlock services specifically for your iPhone.
We gathered some of the most common questions we received from our users and from other forums/websites.
All iPhone models are supported, even the latest ones.
But when Apple releases a new iPhone model, it might take a few weeks to be supported by an IMEI Unlock service.
Also, it is always better to wait for a few months (2 to 3) before getting an IMEI Unlock service for the latest iPhone models. You need to be 100% sure that those services were tested on multiple iPhones to avoid waiting for an IMEI Unlock service to fail.
After a successful Softbank SIM Unlock you can use any mobile network you want worldwide. The only restriction you might encounter is the radio technology your iPhone and the carrier you want to use transmit.
To be more clear, IMEI services unlock the GSM part (GSM iPhones are the ones that require a SIM-Card to operate). So, if you want to use a different network that requires a SIM-Card, you will be able to use it without any problems.
Currently, Softbank IMEI Unlock services are fully online and they have a success rate of 99%, which is great.
You can proceed with a Softbank IMEI Unlock order from here.
If you are the owner of Softbank locked iPhone, then you should use the following Softbank SIM Unlock methods:
If you are not the owner of the Softbank locked iPhone and you are not able to unlock it with one of the above methods (missing identification documents, iPhone does not meet Softbank’s unlocking requirements, etc…), then you should go for a Softbank IMEI Unlock service: