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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 kuroioni on 9/10/2007 5:30:46 PM , Rating: 1
taken from Wikipedia...

"Computer programs in the form of firmware that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telephone communication network, when circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network. (A new exemption in 2006.)"


RE: I'm no lawyer...
By The Boston Dangler on 9/10/07, Rating: -1
RE: I'm no lawyer...
By Cullinaire on 9/10/2007 9:47:15 PM , Rating: 5
#1 is untrue. I like looking up vegetables on it. They have pretty pictures and recipes.


RE: I'm no lawyer...
By The Boston Dangler on 9/10/2007 11:50:42 PM , Rating: 1
wikipedia is, by nature, begging to be abused. i could swap pictures of pretty veggies with roadkill, or remove "inconvenient" information about politicians or companies, and "paint a prettier picture" with some creativity of my own. it's sad that many people refer to wikis as gospel truth.


RE: I'm no lawyer...
By acer905 on 9/11/2007 3:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, by its very nature, where eveyrone can help to contribute to the knowledge base, there is the ability for people to take the information and twist it a certain way. And yes, people have done it, and been caught doing it. However it is still the closest thing to a complete listing of all knowledge. And i will bet that if you were to do anything you said it would be found, and reversed rather quickly. They will even lock down articles because too many people vandalize them. No, its not perfect, but only because people aren't.


RE: I'm no lawyer...
By Samus on 9/11/2007 12:14:22 AM , Rating: 1
#1 is untrue. I like looking up pot on it. They have pretty pictures and recipes :)


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