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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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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.

John


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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