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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 masher2 (blog) 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:

http://www.apple.com/batteries/

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.

John


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