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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. 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 rninneman on 9/10/2007 5:41:52 PM , Rating: 3
Unlocking is allowed under the DMCA; selling unlocking tools for a profit is not. AT&T and Apple will most certainly go after the US company and try the Austrailian and German companies. When a company copies Slysoft's model of selling DMCA circumventing software from someplace where there are no DMCA like laws, it is goodbye to locked iPhones. I'm sure by the end of September, there will be several out of Apple and AT&Ts reach.

Apple probably doesn't really care because no matter what, they're selling an iPhone. They just have to appear interested because of they're contract with AT&T. (Although, what if any kickbacks from AT&T on the service plans has not been publicly disclosed.) In the end, even at the new lower price, Apple is still making money if the phone is used on another network and I'm sure Steve Jobs would love to have as many out there as possible regardless of whose network they are one.

RE: I'm no lawyer...
By Christopher1 on 9/11/2007 3:00:42 PM , Rating: 2
Unlocking is allowed under the DMCA; selling unlocking tools for a profit is not.

Where are you getting that from? I can find nothing in the DMCA that says that selling unlocking tools for profit is illegal or not allowed, and I've been through it about 5 times now.

I might be missing something, but it doesn't appear that you cannot sell an unlocking tool for profit.

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