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The iPhone unlocking software in action  (Source: Engadget)
iPhoneSimfree frees the iPhone to accept SIM cards from other walks of life

In less than two following the release of the iPhone, hackers were finally able to crack open the carrier lock on the Apple device to free it from its AT&T shackles. iPhoneSimfree.com made claims during late August that its software would unlock the device to run on any compatible GSM carrier. Those claims were verified as Engadget ran its iPhone unit on the T-Mobile network.

After several delays, the iPhoneSimfree software is now available for purchase. Currently, four online retailers in the world hold licenses for the unlocking software: Wireless Imports in the US, iPhoneWorldwideUnlock in Australia, 1digitalphone in Germany, and iPhone4arab in Saudi Arabia. Current prices for a single unlocking process range from $50 to $100.

Although an unlocked iPhone can run on any able GSM network, certain special features associated with the device may only be available on AT&T’s service. For example, visual voicemail will not appear on unlocked iPhones running on T-Mobile, as the feature is an AT&T network-specific feature.

For further details on the software iPhone unlocking solution, Engadget has posted an HD video detailing the entire unlocking process from start to finish.

The iPhoneSimfree method of unlocking is completely software-based. For those not afraid of a little wetwork, George Hotz, a 17 year old from Glen Rock, New Jersey, has discovered and documented a way to unlock the iPhone using a mix of internal soldering and software. For Hotz’s inventiveness and bravery, he scored three new 8GB iPhones and a Nissan 350Z.



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RE: I'm no lawyer...
By AMDfreak on 9/10/2007 5:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
They could probably get the US based company, and maybe the Australian one, but I doubt Apple will get anywhere in Saudi Arabia.


RE: I'm no lawyer...
By DestruyaUR on 9/10/2007 9:29:09 PM , Rating: 1
Interesting point - how soon until Apple and AT&T commission a story that the Saudi Arabian store "might" be somehow funding terror?

I'd like to say they'd be above this...but we're dealing with lawyers and corporate entities that have a history of shady tactics.


RE: I'm no lawyer...
By carl0ski on 9/11/2007 6:48:08 AM , Rating: 2
Since AT&T and Apple do not sell the iPhone in Australia
Australian courts will throw such a case out since if an Australian owns a iPhone (they wont be able to use AT&T) obvious fair usage laws will allow users to make use of a product.

The land mark case for this was Legal Console modding and DVD multi region since to allow full usage of a product otherwise not completely functioning (eg NTSC DVDs that were not released in Australia)


RE: I'm no lawyer...
By Lord Evermore on 9/11/2007 12:02:25 PM , Rating: 1
If they don't sell it in a country, what right does anyone in that country have to expect it to work there? The iPhone does completely function to its specifications in the country where sold, i.e., it runs on the network they say it will. Same for DVDs, they run in the region they claim they will.

Of course without some law like the DMCA in the US, there wouldn't be any law against modifying a product in any way you want, so obviously any legal case should turn out that way. Obvious fair use even in the US says we should be able to use a product how we want, there just are other laws that give product-makers a way to override fair use via a side door.


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