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And more on iPhone unlocking… (iphonesimfree method)

August 27, 2007 in Other Mobile Phones

After geohot published his method on hardware unlocking the iPhone, a web site called iphonesimfree came out of nowhere to announce that their group had successfully managed to unlock the phone via a software method. Fact or fiction?

The iPhone has been successfully software unlocked.

The iPhone has been successfully software unlocked.

Fact, it turns out. So says Engadget.

“iPhoneSIMfree.com team called us up to prove their claim that they cracked Apple’s iPhone SIM lock system, and prove it they did. (No, we don’t have a copy of the unlock software, so don’t even ask us, ok?) The six-man team has been working non-stop since launch day, and they’re officially the first to break Apple’s SIM locks on the iPhone with software. It’s done. Seriously.”

According to Engadget, the software unlock not only allows any SIM card to be used in the iPhone, but is also “restore and upgrade resistant” as well as being lightning and fire immune.

As may be expected, visual voicemail will only work on AT&T’s network, since it was specifically tacked-on for the iPhone. Everything else works. You even get a couple of new menus out of it where you can input your EDGE network settings and select your preferred network.

It is currently unknown whether Apple can disable the software unlock with a future firmware upgrade.

So when can you get your hands on this software unlock? No one knows, not even iphonesimfree, but it’s definitely gonna cost you some moolah for the service.

All in all, it’s been a great week for iPhone owners. Probably not for AT&T though.

Engadget on the iPhone software unlock




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