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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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But what about the two year contract...
By Muirgheasa on 8/25/2007 5:38:07 AM , Rating: 2
Surely no matter how hacked your iPhone is you still have to pay every cent of that $1440 contract you signed when you bought it (and that's the cheapest one)? Or am I missing something here?

By Axbattler on 8/25/2007 8:49:24 AM , Rating: 2
From my perspective, the main benefit of unlocking a phone is to be able to use it abroad. I find buying a Pay-As-You-Go SIM card abroad usually a lot cheaper than roaming.

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