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Having problems getting your iPhone 5 series unlocked? Today I’m going to tell you the best methods of unlocking an iPhone 5, 5s or 5c that will allow you to use a different SIM-card on your iPhone.

A quick online search will give you hundreds if not thousands of unlocking methods however the majority of these are simply scams designed to get your money without offering anything worthwhile. An authentic unlock should be straightforward, easy and, most of all, inexpensive.

I’m going to look at the ‘bad’ methods of unlocking your phone and explain why you shouldn’t use them while also letting you know the ‘good’ method to unlock an iPhone 5 series and why it works so well.

Software Unlock – 100% scam

Software unlocks to unlock iPhone 5/5s/5c are a commonly advertised method of unlocking an iPhone 5 series. The truth is that they never actually work and every single piece of software is a scam that has the sole aim of getting your credit card details. Don’t expect a refund from these guys either when you do figure out that it doesn’t work. I’ll be honest, I have fallen for this trick twice now and each time I lost my money with no results. Make sure and learn from my mistakes: there is no software you can download which will unlock your iPhone 5 series.

Hardware Unlock – will invalidate your warranty and take weeks to perform

A method and a solution on how to unlock iPhone 5 that does work is altering the hardware on the iPhone 5 series. This involves ordering alternative SIM card trays from China, inserting them into your iPhone and then putting in a new SIM card. While this does work there are major drawbacks. One is that it takes weeks to get the tray and if you aren’t adept at technology then it can be difficult to insert the new tray yourself. Secondly the tray can get jammed rendering the iPhone useless. Try taking it to an Apple store and see what they say because you have just voided your warranty.

Network Unlock or IMEI Unlock – Easy, permanent and really fast

Ok, so we have the ‘bad’ ways to unlock an iPhone 5 series, what about the ‘good’? A Network Unlock which is also known as an IMEI Unlock is incredibly simple and easy to do and will unlock your iPhone. You pay someone with the know-how to access Apple’s global database containing all the iPhone registration numbers (IMEI) and they then transfer your iPhone number to the ‘whitelist’ meaning that you can use that phone on ANY NETWORK you want.

When the unlocking is complete you get a nice email to confirm that you can now use your iPhone on any network and your iTunes greets you with this message when you connect your phone:

 

IMEI pic

 

So, once you see this message your iPhone is officially unlocked, for good. Also, a big bonus of this method is that your warranty is still intact.

I never knew about this method until recently and I thought the only way to get a network unlock was to pay around $300 to my carrier for them to do it for me.

No way is that a reasonable fee I thought so I went online and searched around for IMEI unlocking companies. These are the ones I found and they are safe, have a good reputation and customer support and provide a proper unlock iPhone 5/5s/5c series.

  1.   iUnlock Pro (10/10 – pick of the bunch)

For me these are the best guys around.

They offer complete iPhone 5 series unlocks at a cheap price and have great customer service into the bargain as well. Also, their delivery was really fast and they are a service that does provide a way to unlock iPhone 5.

I started the process on a Tuesday night and by the next morning my iPhone 5 was unlocked. Incredible speed. I thought I would have to wait another week or so before I heard anything back but once I connected my iPhone to iTunes the next day I got the message I posted above.

Dealing with them was a pleasure. They offer great customer support and even though some of the question I had probably sounded a bit silly to them, they answered in a polite manner so I understood every step of the process.

You can find more information about them here: iUnlock Pro

2. IMEI Unlocking (OK service, 7/10) 

I would use this service as backup to iUnlock Pro. The guys that run it seem to be good at what they do however I found that their customer service was lacking somewhat.

They weren’t rude or anything, it was just that it took 4 or 5 days before I got a reply from them – perhaps they are busy and this was before they managed to unlock iPhone 5s ? On top of this I thought their website was a bit difficult to figure out navigation wise and they don’t support all normal payment processes either which isn’t ideal. Although I was wondering how to unlock iPhone 5/5s/5c and they did help me out.

Not a terrible service but they pale in comparison to iUnlock Pro.

3. IMEI Codes (Puzzling website with average service, 6/10) 

These guys are OK was well although they suffer from many of the same issues as IMEI unlocking but they do unlock iPhone 5c and other models.

Again, not terrible but certainly not the best and should only be used if the other services such as iUnlock Pro aren’t available.

 

I hope all this information wasn’t a bit of an overload.

I’ll sum up real quickly for you…

  1. Software unlocking does not work. Period. Stay well away if you don’t want to be scammed.
  2. Hardware unlocking does work but it is drawn out and will void your iPhone warranty.
  3. IMEI unlocks are, as I have shown you, the safest and most reliable method to have your iPhone 5 series unlocked.

Hopefully this is clear. If you are wondering how to unlock iPhone 5/5s/5c/ or having a lot of trouble getting your iPhone 5 series unlocked then I would recommend getting in touch with iUnlock Pro for a safe and fast unlocking process.

As I have shown you, there are several other options to getting your iPhone 5 series unlocked and being able to connect to another network but they are either a complete scam or just aren’t safe.

Hopefully you make the right decision.

 

Mike Tutor

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iPhone-no-service-errorThe iPhone unlock is a simple enough procedure and does not cost that much either. However, sometimes, you will get a No Service error after unlocking which can be irritating but there are ways to fix it.

There are any number of reasons why you get this message with the iPhone 5C unlock and some of it will depend on the type of unlock service you used. A tip here is to always use a genuine, trustworthy IMEI unlock service because these are the only ones guaranteed to work without any hassle.

How to Fix No Service after iPhone 5/5/5S Unlock

There are several methods you can use but you will need to go through each one to find on that works for you:

Reset Network Settings

This is by far the easiest method and one that nearly always works so, if you get the No Service error after you unlock iPhone 5, try this first:

  • Insert a SIM card that is not supported by your carrier
  • Open Settings
  • Tap On General
  • Tap Reset
  • Tap Reset Network Settings

This forces your iPhone’s network settings to reset themselves and you should find that the unsupported SIM card is picked up.

Toggle Airplane Mode Off and On

Again, this forces the networks to reset themselves.

  • Insert the SIM cards and open Settings
  • Tap on Airplane Mode a few times to turn it on and off until it picks up a signal

Power the iPhone 5 Off and On Again

When you unlock iPhone 5S and get the No Service error, try removing the SIM card while the iPhone is switched on and then power the iPhone down completely.  Re-insert the SIM card and then switch the iPhone back on.

Play Around With Cellular Data Settings

Switching off your cellular data and then turning it back on again can sometimes work

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Tap on Cellular Network to enable or disable it
  • Enable or disable 3G and Data Roaming as well

Just occasionally, this will work with the No Service error after you unlock iPhone 5C but it is not guaranteed so do not despair if it doesn’t.

Try Restoring your iPhone through iTunes

This is a last resort method and, before you do it please take a back up of all your data otherwise you will lose it.

  • Insert a non-supported SIM card in your iPhone
  • Plug your iPhone into your PC and open iTunes
  • Click on Backup and then, when that is done, click Restore
  • Either restore to factory or restore from your backup, it is entirely up to you.
  • If you restore as new you will need to go through activation – leave the unsupported SIM card in to do this

Have you cut your SIM card down to Size?

If you had an older iPhone and upgraded you may have had a different size SIM card. While you can buy special cutting tools, you can also cut them down yourself provided you are careful not to damage the gold circuit board. If you have inadvertently damaged this and then ordered your iPhone 5S unlock, you will get the No Service error and will have to obtain a new SIM card.

Check your Hardware

Sometimes the No Service error will appear if the antennae on your iPhone 5 is damaged.  Take your iPhone to your nearest Apple Store and have them check it out for you because, as with the cut SIM cards, if the antennae does not work then your iPhone 5/5S/5C unlock will not appear to work either.

We say it that way because, provided you have used a reputable iPhone 5 unlock service, and gene for an IMEI unlock, it will have been successful.  You just need to sort out why you have no service and then it will work perfectly.

 

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2 Ways to gain Control of Your iPhone 5

by admin on April 12, 2014

iPhone-3.0-Jailbreak-UnlockPC’s are pretty much open for you to do what you want with them. Unfortunately, mobile phones and tablets are a completely different matter but, for the many hackers and teams of developers, this is a challenge they are more than prepared for.

For them, every restriction, every new firmware that companies like Apple bring out is something to get their teeth into. They have made it life’s ambition not to allow these companies the pleasure of controlling our lives through our mobile devices and that’s where jailbreaking comes from.

More on that later, first of all let’s talk about the first way to regain control of your iPhone 5:

  • iPhone 5/5S/5C Unlock

When you unlock iPhone 5, you are releasing your iPhone from carrier restrictions, rather than those of Apple.  Unless you buy an already unlocked iPhone, there is a good chance that your iPhone 5 is locked to a specific carrier, which is why you get to buy it at such a good price.

However, in return for this great price, your iPhone is locked to a specific carrier or network provider for a period of at least 2 years.  This is to ensure that this particular network provider gets your custom for that period with a view to recouping their money.

You see, the network providers have to pay full price for each iPhone they buy from Apple and, by selling it to you at a couple of hundred dollars, they are taking quite a loss.

There are a number of ways to unlock iPhone 5C but they are not all recommended:

  • Hardware Unlock – This is a dangerous method to use for an iPhone 5 unlock as it can damage your phone.  It requires physical access to the inside of your iPhone and, as these parts are very delicate, it will be easy to break or bend them. If you do, don’t even think about taking your iPhone to an Apple store for repair because, one look at the way you have tried to unlock iPhone 5S and they will void your warranty.
  • Software Unlock – When it comes time to the iPhone 5C unlock, forget about this method.  Software unlocks do not work, they are merely methods by which certain people seek to get your money and credit card details, with nothing in mind other than malicious use.
  • IMEI Unlock – This is the best method of iPhone 5S unlock.  It is the only permanent and safe method that really works, doesn’t take too long and doesn’t cost too much cash either.

Jailbreaking

This is the other method of gaining control of your iPhone 5. Jailbreaking has been around ever since the first iPhone appeared in 2007 and it was designed to remove the restrictions that Apple places inside the iOS.

It works by breaking through the security fence that Apple has built up, using vulnerabilities, or holes, that are already there.  Once in, the user can install third party software, modify the iOS and customize their iPhones, iPads or iPods.

It allows you to change how your iDevice works and looks, allowing features and functionality that Apple, for some reason, does not want you to have.

Despite Apple’s protestations, jailbreaking was ruled as legal in 2010 by the US government, which means they cannot take legal action against you for jailbreaking However, if they see a jailbroken device they will void the warranty.

That isn’t a problem because jailbreaking is reversible, and can be removed through an iTunes restore.

Many people still confuse jailbreaking with the iPhone 5 unlock. They are both very different procedures, neither of which depends on the other to work. This train of thought goes back to the original days when you had to jailbreak before you could unlock iPhone 5 – this is no longer the case.

On the subject of breaking free of control, there is another system called rooting.  Although this is nothing to do with any Apple device, we will give you a brief explanation of it just so you know what it all means.

Rooting

Rooting is mainly for Android devices. It is similar to jailbreaking in that it allows you root access to the Android phone, and lets you do things that can usually only be carried out by system administrators.

You can also unlock something called the bootloader on an android phone, which lets you install ROM packages, which allow for customized and unofficial versions of Android operating systems to be built.

Now you know how to break free of the chains that Apple and the carriers bind you in, it’s time to take the first step. Buy your iPhone 5/5S/5C unlock and then jailbreak – complete freedom.

 

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Top 5 Myths about iPhone 5 Unlocking

by admin on April 5, 2014

maxresdefaultThe idea of unlocking iPhones has been around for more than 10 years now but, even so, people still misunderstand the facts.  Because of this, perceptions become seen as fact when, in reality, they are nothing more than fiction.

If you are thinking about purchasing an iPhone 5 unlock, you might want to have a read of this as we get to grips with the myths and answer them for you:

1.       If I unlock iPhone 5, it will be locked to another carrier

This seems to be a popular concern and it comes from the fact that some people think that they are unlocking a SIM card. You are not; you are unlocking the actual iPhone.  When you buy the iPhone, the manufacturers have inserted a piece of code into it, effectively telling the iPhone that it can only work on a specific carrier.

When you unlock iPhone 5C, you are removing that code, thus telling the iPhone that it will work on any compatible carrier.  It cannot be locked to another carrier, indeed, if you see an iPhone 5C unlock that tells you that, walk away from it – fast!

2.      It is illegal to Unlock iPhone 5S

If it were, we would not be talking to you about it.  And there is plenty of documentation to back that up as well, from the FCC, as well as many other telecommunication organizations.

At the end of the day, when you purchase an iPhone 5S unlock you are doing it to save yourself some cash and give you the freedom to use the carrier of your choice. You are not doing with the express intention of stealing a communication method, or to get free text messages, free calls or even free data.

3.      You should buy an iPhone 5 that is already unlocked

Why? Ok, it may be slightly easier but it will be a lot more expensive.  An iPhone 5 that is sold SIM free will cost you the full price of the iPhone in one go. If you purchase it on a contract, you get a much cheaper price.

Add in the cost of the iPhone 5 unlock and you are still quids in! You get a good contract, the option to use any carrier and an unlocked iPhone 5, all for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a brand new unlocked iPhone 5.

4.      Unlocking the iPhone 5 is too technical for me

How is unlocking an iPhone technical? You do not need to access the inner workings of it and if someone tells you that you do, they are looking to cause trouble.  An iPhone 5 unlock is nothing more than a code input into the iPhone to cancel out the original lock.

You do not need to take a screwdriver to the iPhone; as long as you are able to follow simple instructions and input a series of numbers in your iPhone, you can unlock it.

5.      If I unlock iPhone 5/5S/5C I can use it on any carrier in any country

Not strictly true, sorry. You can only use a carrier that is compatible with the technology in your iPhone 5.  If you have the GSM model then there are plenty of carriers to choose from. If, however, you have a CDMA model it’s a little more difficult.

CDMA iPhones do not have SIM cards whereas GSM do. Therefore, you cannot unlock a CDMA iPhone and expect to use it on any GSM network. And that works the other way around as well – A GSM iPhone will not work on a CDMA network.

Make sure you know which model you have before your purchase your unlock code – it will make a difference and you will also need to find out which networks are compatible with your iPhone before you get too far down the line as well.

What are the true benefits of iPhone unlocking?

The true benefits are endless, especially if you are a traveler. It means the end of expensive bills for roaming fees; it means no more being without a means of communication in a low signal area. What it truly means is freedom, taking back control of your iPhone 5.

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imagesNot everyone understands how carrier locks work. There are also a number of questions raised about why the iPhone is treated somewhat differently to other mobile phones. To help those of you who are a little confused out, we are going to try to explain the difference between a locked and unlocked iPhone 5.

What is a Carrier Lock?

When you buy an iPhone, it is generally locked to a specific carrier.  This means that you can only use it on certain network providers for at least the term of your contract.  The only way out of this is to pay for an iPhone 5 unlock and remove the carrier code from your phone.

A SIM lock is nothing more than a code that is put into the phone by the manufacturer, different codes for different carriers.  When you unlock iPhone 5, it is done by another code that counteracts the one already in there.

The Difference between Unlocking GSM and CDMA iPhone Models

The iPhone 5C unlock procedure on a GSM iPhone means that you can easily switch the SIM card out for another one.  You do not need to tell your carrier and you do not need to take your iPhone 5C anywhere special to do it.

The CDMA model is different because they do not have SIM cards.  This means you can only use another carrier that supports CDMA and strictly speaking, your iPhone 5C needs to be reprovisioned by your carrier.

Luckily, most people have GSM models, as they are more popular and more widely available as is the iPhone 5S unlock

Why is the iPhone 5S Treated Differently?

The iPhone used to be treated as a separate entity by carriers – they would unlock anything except that, mainly because they did not want you running off to another carrier.

Nowadays, things are different. You can unlock iPhone 5S as easily as any other model of smartphone. Of course, you could always buy one that is already unlocked out of the box but that will cost you a lot more money in the long run.

Why Should I Unlock iPhone 5C?

Why not? What do you have to lose?  Unlocking your iPhone frees you from the restrictions set by your carrier. You can use your iPhone 5 on any compatible carrier, which has several benefits:

  • Get the best deals around on call costs
  • Take your iPhone on holiday and use local SIM cards instead of paying expensive roaming fees
  • Use another carrier when you travel to an area where your carrier doesn’t have a good signal
  • Get more cash for a second hand iPhone when it is unlocked.

How Do I unlock my iPhone?

If you are looking for a solution to unlock iPhone 5/5S/5 choose a provider that is reliable and trustworthy. You will have to pay for your unlock, unfortunately very little of the good stuff in life is free, but it will be much cheaper than buying an iPhone that is already unlocked.

Once you have paid for your iPhone 5 unlock, be a little patient. Some unlocks can take up to 2 or 3 days to perform. The wait is well worth it though!

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iPhone-5-real-thingIf you are looking to buy a brand new iPhone 5C or 5S and you have an iPhone 5, why not sell it to raise some cash for your new one.  You may be surprised at just how much cash you can raise towards the purchase of a new iPhone.

There are several things you should do before you put your iPhone 5 up for sale, to make sure you get the best price:

Unlock it

This is the obvious one. Purchase an iPhone 5 unlock for a small amount of money and you will see a significant raise in the amount of money you can sell your iPhone 5 for. It’s an easy enough process:

  • Choose a reliable service when you unlock iPhone 5 – make sure they offer a good back up system and guarantees
  • Pay your fee and wait – some unlocks can take up to 48 hours

Back up Your Data and Restore

Before you sell your iPhone 5, take a backup of all your data through iTunes. Once you have done this, restore your iPhone 5, again through iTunes. This will clear it back to factory state and put it on the latest iOS firmware, currently iOS 7.1.

Clean up and Photograph

Give your iPhone 5 a polish and take some good photos of it for the ad. Take care to photograph any imperfections, as honesty will pay off in the long run.

Box it Up

Hopefully you have kept the original packaging, the manuals and the cables. Take photos of the packing and any accessories that you are selling with the iPhone 5 and package it all up, ready for sending.

Sell it

If you are looking for a quick sale try a trade in program or an online site that buys second hand iPhones. If you can wait and want a better price, look at eBay and Craigslist, as you are more likely to sell for more money this way.  You won’t have to wait long before your iPhone 5 sells and you can buy a new iPhone 5C or 5S.

Buying a New iPhone

If you choose to use Apple’s own trade-in program, they will give you a price on the day and, if you agree, you will get store credit that must be spent that day.  Amazon works the same way – you send in your iPhone and they give you an Amazon gift certificate that you can put towards the cost of a new iPhone 5C or 5S.

If you sell privately, you can purchase your iPhone 5C/5S from anywhere.

What to do when you get your iPhone 5/5S

You may be lucky and find one for sale second hand – if you don’t look, you will never know.  Whether you buy new or second hand, the first thing you should do is unlock it.

The iPhone 5C/5S unlock works in the same way as the iPhone 5 unlock. Pay your fee and wait. Your chosen vendor will provide an iPhone 5C unlock within 48 hours.  The iPhone 5S unlock may take a little longer but not much – this is because it is a much more complex iPhone and the inner workings are slightly different to the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C.

What will an iPhone 5S unlock give me?

Unlocking the iPhone, 5S will give you the ability to choose which provider you want to use for your phone calls. It will enable you to take your iPhone 5S abroad and not have to worry about expensive roaming fees.

When you unlock iPhone 5C, you get exactly the same benefits and, once you have unlocked you can free yourself from more restrictions by jailbreaking the iPhone 5C/5S.

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ULiP5Most people who travel are looking for some way to save a bit of cash and one of the biggest expenses is the mobile phone. Using your iPhone 5, 5C or 5S while it is still locked to a specific carrier can work out to be a costly business.

Unlocking your iPhone 5, 5C or 5S is a simple process. It isn’t free but the small cost you will pay is well worth it. Simply find a reputable source, pay your fee and wait – some take a couple of hours, some take a few days.

Once your iPhone 5, 5C or 5S is unlocked, the world is, quite literally, your oyster.  An unlocked phone means never having to face bills for expensive roaming fees again.

How Do I Get Cheaper Calls with an unlocked iPhone?

When you are travelling, be it to just one international country or several, your service provider will charge you astronomical fees for using your iPhone. Some travellers have returned home to face bills in the thousands.

Having an unlocked iPhone 5, 5S or 5C means that you get the choice of SIM cards to use.  It means that you can use local SIM cards from the area you are travelling in which means you can take advantage of cheaper rate phone calls.

What About International Calling Plans?

Do not waste your money. They are extremely expensive and can be unwieldy to set up.  They are based on where you are going to be visiting so, if you are travelling through several different regions, one plan will not work.

An example of costs – AT&T quote $30 per month and for that you get just 15 minutes of calling time to anywhere in the US.  Do not bother with them, it will be cheaper to get your iPhone 5, iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S unlocked.

Tell Me Again Why I shouldn’t Just Use the Roaming Feature on My iPhone Cell Plan?

Because it will cost you a small fortune.  When you use international roaming you do not need to speak to your carrier, you just go. You use your iPhone 5 as you normally would – you make and receive calls, text messages, you download stuff from the internet.

One man took his iPhone abroad, used it normally, and even downloaded a TV show to watch – he returned home to find a bill from his carrier for $50,000.00.  Here’ the rub with international roaming – you do not just pay for calls you make; you also pay for those you receive.

Unlocking your iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C or iPhone 5 will save you going bankrupt!

What About Renting a Phone When I Travel?

You can do, it certainly is cheaper than using international calling plans or relying on roaming.  It still is not as cheap as unlocking.  If you pay a fee to unlock your iPhone 5, 5S or 5C you get to take a familiar iPhone abroad with you and just use local SIMs.

International SIM Cards

This is an option – there are some companies who will sell you an international SIM card that will work anywhere.  However, although it is a good idea, these SIM cards will cost you up to 20 times what a local SIM costs.

So, I Should Unlock My iPhone 5 and Use Local SIM Cards Then.

Absolutely.  This is by far the cheapest method and it benefits you everywhere not just when you travel abroad.

How much you pay for your local SIM card depends entirely on where you are. Take Vietnam for example – you can pick up a SIM card that has unlimited calls and texts plus a 5 GB of data for just $4 – how many carriers are going to beat that?

Finding the SIM cards when you arrive at your destination is not always that easy but the airport should be able to sell you one.

Remember though, before you leave home, have your iPhone 5, iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S professionally unlocked.

 

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Why did the iPhone 5C fail?

March 8, 2014

Apple has always been fairly rigid in their release cycles and every new device is pushed out in the fall. Every September/October time we see a new iPhone or iPad and we spend all year looking forward to the next one. So, when Apple released 2 iPhones last September the world’s collective jaw dropped.  This […]

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Unlocking the iPhone – Why You Should Do It

March 2, 2014

Believe it or not, there are still a lot of people who are not aware that they can unlock iPhone 5/5s/5c.  And, because they are not aware of this, they are not aware of the obvious benefits of doing so. When you buy an iPhone from a service provider, you are tied to them for […]

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What is A SIM Card and What Does It Do?

February 23, 2014

There is no doubt that, while we all know that we need a SIM card for our iPhone 5 to work properly, not everyone knows what they are and what they do.  SIM stands for Subscriber Identity Module and the card itself is a tiny circuit board that, when placed in your iPhone, tells your […]

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7 iPhone Apps That Let You Make Free Calls

February 15, 2014

Are you a traveller? Are you fed up with getting high charges for roaming fees from your carrier?  Why not unlock your iPhone 5 then?  Unlocking is not free but it is cheaper than buying an already unlocked iPhone however many people do not know how to unlock iPhone 5s. If you are on a […]

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