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Engadget confirms software unlock for iPhone

In less than two months, Apple's iPhone has been successfully unlocked via software courtesy of The iPhone is currently tied exclusively to AT&T for the foreseeable future, but the new software hack allows users to hop to competing GSM networks such as T-Mobile.

According to Engadget, the unlock process took no longer than a few minutes and caused no harm to the iPhone used. Once unlocked, the iPhone was able to successfully make and receive calls using the T-Mobile network. For the most part, all other iPhone features are also intact including EDGE support and SMS send/receive. Visual voicemail isn't in the cards as it is an AT&T network-specific feature; however, normal voicemail is accessible using the software hack.

Engadget also notes that the software hack is completely upgrade and restore resistant. They verified this by performing a full system restore using the v1.0.2 update.

"Again: we can confirm with 100% certainty that's software solution completely SIM unlocks the iPhone, is restore-resistant, and should make the iPhone fully functional for users outside of the US," said Engadget's Ryan Block.

For those still a bit unsure of the validity of the's claims, Engadget has posted a small video to ease your mind.

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RE: Still Not a good deal.
By masher2 on 8/24/2007 4:11:39 PM , Rating: 4
My iPhone lasts nearly 3 days between charges. My previous phone lasted 4 days...but that's hardly reason to call it "horrendous".

RE: Still Not a good deal.
By JasonMick on 8/24/2007 5:04:37 PM , Rating: 1
You are correct, "life" was ambigous.

Horrendous battery lifetime, I should more accurately say. The lifetime is about 1 yr. and a replacement is > $50. That is an unwanted expense. The operational battery life on a charge is actually quite good, I agree, however, the inconvenience of replacing the battery is what I was writing about.

RE: Still Not a good deal.
By masher2 on 8/24/2007 5:12:17 PM , Rating: 2
> "The lifetime is about 1 yr."

The lifetime is 400 charge cycles to hold an 80% charge. If you define a useable battery as one that holds less than that, then its even longer.

400 cycles will last me 3 years....or about until I'm ready to replace the phone with a newer model. If you tend to hold your phone longer, then it'll be a bigger deal for you...but people that keep the same phone for 5+ years rarely buy bleeding-edge phones anyway.

Sure, most phones have batteries than can be replaced for $25 or less, but a large, bright, touch screen requires more power. I'd rather have the battery they chose, than a user-replaceable battery that wouldn't last me throughout the day. You get what you pay for.

RE: Still Not a good deal.
By TomZ on 8/24/2007 5:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
I would suggest that your charging use is atypical. Most people will probably recharge their battery daily.

RE: Still Not a good deal.
By masher2 on 8/24/2007 7:03:36 PM , Rating: 2
Quite possibly my pattern is atypical, however that's irrelevant. A "charge cycle" is defined as using one entire charge capacity unit. If you half-discharge the battery then charge it back to full, that's only half a cycle, not a full one:

Unless Apple is lying (and I leave that possibility open) the iPhone battery is going to last longer than a year no matter how many times you charge it...unless you're actually using the phone far more than the average person, that is.

RE: Still Not a good deal.
By Johnmcl7 on 8/24/2007 8:30:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's not as simple as that, li-ion batteries do have a shelf-life which means regardless how you treat them they will still degrade over time. This is one of the main disadvantages of li-ion battery technology, whenever I am replacing a battery I always try to make sure the one I am buying is a reasonably new one and not one that's been sitting on a shelf for months gathering dust.

So even with your careful charging pattern you will probably find in time that your Iphone is doing little better than other people who haven't been so careful. This is why most companies using the technology have the facility to let you unclip the battery and pop a new one in that's needed - Apple sadly don't.


RE: Still Not a good deal.
By AraH on 8/24/2007 5:46:56 PM , Rating: 1
mine lasts 6-7 (occasionally 8) days... so the iPhone does suck. (in case you want to know which phone: nokia 3250)

(and before you downrate, this phone does have a LOT of bugs...)

RE: Still Not a good deal.
By Murst on 8/24/2007 6:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
The 3250 and iPhone are two completely different types of phones.

Its like comparing the MPG of two cars without taking into account their weight, HP, size, etc.

If you're going to compare an iPhone to another phone, at least choose something with a similar featureset like a blackberry or something.

RE: Still Not a good deal.
By Johnmcl7 on 8/24/2007 8:38:07 PM , Rating: 3
The 3250 is an S60 smartphone, unlike the Iphone it does offer proper expansion through its Symbian base. It's also badged as a music phone so it's not quite as different as you seem to think.


RE: Still Not a good deal.
By xphile on 8/26/2007 6:08:33 AM , Rating: 1
Personally I totally disagree. I think a comparison on runtime of ANY two phones is perfectly valid, since once they stop working their features are exactly the same, useless. Just like your car example when both run out of gas.

You can make all the allowances you want for a phone needing to be charged every two days, and hey if they add enough shiny features and a bigger screen you can probably have one that needs plugging in every half hour too, but it's just a technological step backwards if you cant then come up with the power to support the features for a reasonable length of time, especially when you've been used to phones that run up to 2 weeks.

But then hey what do I know - I can hardly call my tiny Nokia a phone at all any more these days; about the only thing it will do - day in and day out for hours on end is make and receive phone calls.

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