There are many sellers especially on social media that selling iPhones at a very cheap and affordable price. You may notice in there description that iPhones in cheaper price are usually Factory unlocked or GPP unlocked. Now I’m here to explain what is the meaning of GPP chip, GPP unlocked iPhones and factory unlock iPhones. It may help to clear your confusions and doubt about GPP iPhones.
What is GPP Chip
GPP is a sim cloaking chip that is inserted into the sim tray of iPhone. Its function is to fake the sim ICCID which is the identity of a specific career. If you have a career lock or region lock iPhone, you can use this chip to successfully openline your device. By faking the sim ICCID through GPP, you will be able to use any SIM career on your SIMLOCKED phone without any restriction.
Difference between GPP Unlocked and Factory Unlocked iPhones
What is GPP Unlocked iPhones
GPP unlocked iPhones are those iPhones that you can buy cheaper than the original ones. But it doesn’t mean that you will categories them as a fake or imitation. These iPhones are cheaper than others because it is sometimes used in another country like Japan or Korea. Some of the units are refurbished, that means, it has a factory defect but it repaired and sell again.
Sometimes GPP phones are those iPhones that are purchased in a postpaid plan and openlined via GPP/R-sim/X-sim. This phones already have GPP chips inside so you will not be not worried about the SIM you will use.
What is Factory unlocked iPhone
In a nutshell, we will define factory unlocked iPhones as a genuine openline copy of iPhone. It is openlined permanently by the manufacturer so you can insert any SIM without using GPP. You can use this iPhone with less hassle compared to the GPP unlocked phone. Because it doesn’t have GPP, it can also survive in the latest IOS problems without any conflict. It usually cost 20,000 to 70,000 pesos or $400 to $1,400. Although the price is costly, you can buy a cheaper second-hand FU on some social media sellers.
Pros and Cons having a GPP unlocked iPhone
Having a GPP phone has a lot of disadvantages. In the list below, you will see the advantage and disadvantages of having a GPP unlocked iPhone. You may experience some of the cons listed here but it doesn’t mean that all GPP devices will encounter these problems. It also depends on the condition of your iPhone. If you’re having a GPP iPhone, please comment down the other issues that you’ve encountered in your phone :).
Pros of GPP unlock iPhones
- Cheaper than original
- You can decide what career or SIM will you insert on your phone [via editing GPP ICCID]
Cons of GPP unlock iPhones
- invalid sim issue
- SIM may not be read after an IOS updates
- If updates do not compatible, you will buy another GPP chip to be able to use your iPhone
- sometimes didn’t support LTE
Is it safe to update GPP iPhones to the latest version of IOS?
Yes! But you will notice some unexpected bugs such as signal drop [No Service], can’t connect to the data services and other SIM related problems. These bugs are common with a GPP phone. But be notified, Apple iPhone is a big business, the company will add patches and security updates that may lead to many conflicts on GPP phones. To solve this issues you can buy a newer GPP chip compatible with the latest IOS update, and that will be costly.
So before you download the update, read the update description to know what will be the changes will be implemented in the firmware.
But wait Where can I buy latest GPP LTE chip that compatible with the Update?
You can buy this chips on Public Markets and bangketas. You can also buy this chip on cellphone repair shop. Also, there are many sellers online offering and selling GPP LTE chips at a cheap rate. You can buy this chip as low as 250 pesos or $5.
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