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iPhone now truly able to accept Cingular SIM
iPhone freed from contractual obligations

The iPhone is easily the most talked about piece of consumer electronics for 2007. For such a popular and mainstream product, the iPhone is surprisingly inaccessible with the requirement of a two-year activation contract with AT&T totalling more than $1,400. However, it would only be a matter of time before phone hackers would find a way around that.

The group iPhone Dev Wiki has discovered a way to partially unlock the device so that it will work with any AT&T or Cingular SIM card without the need for the exclusive new contract, details a post made on Gizmodo.

The iPhone hackers have apparently spent days disassembling firmware within the device in hopes of completely opening access. Although the iPhone may now run outside of the exclusive contract, the phone is still dependent on the AT&T network. What the hackers have accomplished is to allow the iPhone to run on any previous contract, including those on corporate accounts.

“Using iASign, you'll be able to activate existing AT&T and Cingular Sims without signing a new contract,” wrote the hackers on the Wiki page. The hackers added that they have confirmed the hack to also work with virtual operators such as 7-11 wireless.

“As a side note, we'd like to clarify that we are not even close on giving up the full unlocking, as reported on some websites. We're still up and running, but we won't comment on a possible time line. If the unlocking is possible we'll eventually find it, so stay tuned,” the Wiki page update concluded.

Detailed on are 18 steps in hacking the iPhone to accept other SIM cards. The process documented requires iTunes and an Intel-based Mac.

Earlier this month, the iPhone was hacked to expose full console access, allowing for file transfer. Other hacks include brute-forcing the iPhone's internal system passwords and the ability to activate parts of the iPhone without going through AT&T.

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RE: Always misleading headlines!
By kenji4life on 7/19/2007 3:20:43 PM , Rating: 3
Been wondering who slams the iPhone. Well windows people of course.

That's a statement without a shred of proof behind it.

The "average" windows user wants ease of use. I'd be willing to bet you large sums of money that more Windows users are attracted to the iphone than any other O/S user group, including Mac. Sure, among Mac users, a higher percentage, but overall generalizing Windows users at "people who slam the iphone" is stupid.

I check wity netcraft to see what dailytech is using and sure enough win2003. Well then, why doesn't dailywindowsnewsforwindowsuserwhothinktheyknowtechb utdon't just change their name.

I take it you're a 1337 |_| |\| 1 >< H4><0R? Doubtful. You're probably using a Mac. Good for you. Do us all a favor and vacate the premises, because if anyone is biased it's obviously you.

Also, for those people who keep saying the iphone is over priced, just don't buy one.


It's your money, spend it as you see fit. Just don't act like allah (real name satan) and go after those who sent their own money on one.


Or, you can just grown-up.

Yes, we will all grown-up and someone will learn us how to phorm a cent-ins.

RE: Always misleading headlines!
By JimFear on 7/20/2007 9:03:21 AM , Rating: 2
Oh snap! That's gotta hurt :)

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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