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Unlock code for iPhone 3G set to launch on New Year's Eve

Smartphones are becoming more popular as handsets that are more user-friendly and offer features that appeal to consumers hit the market. One of the most popular phones around is the Apple iPhone 3G.

Since Apple unveiled the iPhone 3G, it has gone on to become the most popular smartphone in American and holds 16.6% of the global smartphone market. One major obstacle to the adoption of the iPhone by some users is the fact that it is tied to AT&T as the sole carrier.

The people at Dev-Team say that they have now freed the iPhone 3G from the hands of AT&T so that the handset will work on any carrier. The 3G unlock codenamed yellowsn0w is set to be released on December 31, 2008.

There are a few requirements though, one of which is that the iPhone 3G being unlocked has 2.11.07 baseband or earlier and the unlock requires a jailbroken iPhone. Another big potential drawback is that any update from Apple to the iPhone could break your unlock leaving you to wait until a new version of the unlock is developed to use the iPhone on a carrier other than AT&T.



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Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By ebakke on 12/16/2008 1:12:03 PM , Rating: 2
In the US, AT&T and T-Mobile operate their 3G networks on different frequencies. So even if you unlocked an iPhone 3G and threw in your T-Mobile SIM card, you wouldn't get 3G service (unless T-Mobile is gracious enough to pay for your roaming on AT&T's 3G network, which I'd say is unlikely).




RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By sprockkets on 12/16/2008 1:24:20 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention getting the phone in the first place here in the states requires signing a contract for service. Pointless anyhow.


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By afkrotch on 12/16/2008 1:27:26 PM , Rating: 3
Why doesn't someone just create a Linux distro for it and be done with this unlocking crap. Sick of hearing about some random group of ppl unlocking the iPhone every couple weeks.

Hell, all I did to unlock my phone was slip in a HyperSim. Viola, broken off of NTT Docomo networks. Much like anything else, a lot of features that are part of Docomo's network are unuseable.


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By sprockkets on 12/16/2008 1:41:51 PM , Rating: 2
There is one, but getting it to load it requires hacking. The screen isn't really ready yet, nor is the wi-fi.

But whatever. If you want that route get an unlocked G1- or if you want a truly open phone, see openmoko.


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By Motoman on 12/16/2008 2:44:29 PM , Rating: 3
...why don't people stop whining about how much they hate the damn iPhone and just BUY SOMETHING ELSE?

Holy crap people...there are countless highly functional smartphones on the market. If the iPhone doesn't do something you want it to, don't stamp your feet and make a fuss...take your business elsewhere!


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By afkrotch on 12/16/2008 3:19:05 PM , Rating: 2
Never said I hated the iPhone. I'm just sick of the news about some new way to unlock the phone for every new OS update.

Also I own a NTT Docomo F905is. Good hunk of features that I don't use or can't use, since it's only partially unlocked and also doesn't use NTT's networks. I mainly just want a phone to make calls, take pictures, and charges via a cradle.


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By 16nm on 12/16/2008 4:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Holy crap people...there are countless highly functional smartphones on the market. If the iPhone doesn't do something you want it to, don't stamp your feet and make a fuss...take your business elsewhere!


Or, if what you do not like is AT&T, just unlock your iPhone. Yes, don't stamp your feet and make a fuss - it won't help!


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By Cuddlez on 12/16/2008 6:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
Because that wouldn't be as much fun. Duh.


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By HrilL on 12/16/2008 1:58:40 PM , Rating: 4
The phone itself supports a lot of frequencies
UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

T-Mobiles Network is mostly 850, 1700, 1900, and 2100 Mhz

So most of their network should work but the 1700Mhz part might not as its not listed as a supported frequency. So edge should work everywhere T-Mobile has service and 3G will work where it is on 2100Mhz but might not on their 1700Mhz areas. A lot of times both frequencies are used because the capacity is needed so your phone would connect to the frequency it supports.


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By ebakke on 12/16/2008 3:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
I did some digging. T-mobile offers HSDPA (technically 3.5g part of the UMTS specification) using 1700MHz for uplink and 2100MHz downlink. So no matter what, you're not going to get T-Mobile 3G out of the iPhone.

http://www.breakitdownblog.com/3g-iphone-may-not-w...


RE: Non-AT&T 3G in the US
By silversound on 12/16/2008 2:31:40 PM , Rating: 3
Great news!
Been waiting for it since september!!!


By gevorg on 12/16/2008 4:03:42 PM , Rating: 3
Unlocking is great for people who travel to other countries and buy their prepaid GSM cards to avoid AT&T international roaming. Also, many international users prefer an unlocked iPhone.
For US based users, jailbreaking is more important than unlocking since it gives you the ability to install any app they want.




The answer : Marketshare...
By greylica on 12/17/2008 4:24:37 AM , Rating: 1
Strange as it is, some people prefer to have an locked phone to unlock.
- Waw, you have an unlocked !

When people realize that are better smartphones on the market, like openmoko, they will decide to switch. (ops, some of them will continue happy with the "unlocked waws" )
When marketshare of openmoko surpass (blocked and caped in many ways)Iphone, may Apple will launch an "IĀ“mSmartAgain" Phone, unlocked in some features, and continue the Cape/Paste with thier podcaps, with another software caps and issues.
They are comfortable now with their marketshare.
ThatĀ“s the point.




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