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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 iPhoneSimfree.com. 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 iPhoneSIMfree.com'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 iPhoneSIMfree.com's claims, Engadget has posted a small video to ease your mind.



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Dose of reality.
By Mitch101 on 8/24/2007 5:26:49 PM , Rating: 5
I think this is a dose of reality for the apple people who think the OS is so secure it cant be hacked or has viruses.

As anyone can see with enough determiniation a good hacker will do whatever he wants with you. Because your Apple doesnt get daily exploits its because apples are not on hackers radar and you can see what happens when the iPhone made the radar.




RE: Dose of reality.
By xti on 8/24/2007 6:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
amen.


RE: Dose of reality.
By kelmon on 8/25/2007 5:32:05 AM , Rating: 2
Don't care. It might happen in the future (but then that's been said for years already) and in the meantime I've had 4-years of zero risk. In that respect I've definitely got my money's worth so whatever happens I'm happy.

Mind you, if you are going to hack your own device so that it's no longer under the protection of the manufacturers umbrella then you're probably bringing these things on yourself.


RE: Dose of reality.
By Hare on 8/25/2007 3:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
What does this have to do with OS security? People are trying to unlock their own devices using all tools available. It's not like someone can remotely access your phone / files. Comparing these two is just stupid.

Who knows if Apple actually made it easy to unlock the device? Their market just grow quite a lot since it's no longer AT&T only. Maybe they made it just difficult enough so that they won't get sued by AT&T?


RE: Dose of reality.
By Mitch101 on 8/26/2007 10:32:26 AM , Rating: 2
I can see it now Steve on Stage saying "And one more thing?"
Our devices feature hackable operating systems.

Being hacked is not good marketing.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads











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