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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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By theapparition on 9/11/2007 9:55:16 AM , Rating: 2
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Does anybody know if Apple has plans to release an iPhone that will work on the other types of networks, like what Verizon and Alltel use, etc...

Yes, when hell freezes over.

Verizon uses CDMA, so the iphone, in it's current form, won't work. It would have to be another model with CDMA tech inside. That's the easy part.

The hard part is Verizon. Apple initially targeted to sell this through Verizon, not Cingular (AT&T). Verizon turned them down when talks failed to progress. Sticking points:
1. iTunes Activation - Verizon said no way in hell
2. Handset cost - They wanted to subsidize cost with higher contract fees.
3. iPhone profit - Verizon wanted Apple to take a smaller profit margin.
4. iTunes - Verizon has it's own online store, "Get it now", and that would clash with their business model.

Overall, Verizon is a control freak, and Apple is an stubborn ego-maniac. Verizon wants complete control over their network and treat Apple like a traditional phone maker. Apple has a vision and won't budge, no matter how bad the vision may be at times. They are not a good match for one another.


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