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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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Not very much useful for US
By clnee55 on 9/10/2007 7:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
Changing from ATT to T-Mobile doesn't improve much. Verizon doesn't use Sim so it can't be done. Probably outside US will like the unlocking option.

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By SiliconAddict on 9/10/2007 9:07:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yah it doesn't improve much...other then going from a shittastic carrier to one that isn't. You couldn't fucking pay me per month to go back to Crapular.


By ChristopherO on 9/10/2007 9:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding me? At my house I get excellent T-Mo coverage but can only get AT&T if I'm upstairs in the master bedroom. Not to mention with MyFaves I use a crazy number of minutes and pay $40/mo (I'd be on the $129 plan with any other carrier). Sure they are both EDGE capable networks, but I don't really care about data. And if I did, the plans are still cheaper than AT&T.

Not that I want to be a shill for them, but I'm just surprised they don't have a bigger chunk of the market.


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