Fully SIM Unlocked iPhones

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Engadget posts confirmation that iPhoneSimFree can provide a software application that will completely unlock the iPhone, allowing you to use other mobile network's SIM cards.
    Engadget posts screenshots and notes from the install. Some highlights:

    - The unlock process took only a couple of minutes
    - The General -> Network menu now has an EDGE network settings area where you can input your carrier's APN and username / password
    - No Visual Voicemail. (but regular dial in voicemail works)
    - The method claims to be restore and upgrade resistant

    It appears iPhoneSIMFree will start selling this application next week.

    SIM Unlocking the iPhone will allow users to use other GSM-based mobile networks with the iPhone. For U.S. customers, this limits you to simply switching to T-Mobile from AT&T, but international customers now have much more flexibility and could use the iPhone on any GSM network.

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  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    Little grey, chilly island.
    It will be very interesting to see if Apple Legal puts a stop on this...and if so, on what legal grounds.
  3. macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2005
    Holy craaap, totally snagging one off eBay now. :eek:
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2002
    SEA, WA, US
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    Wow. This appears to be much more desirable than the soldering method AppleInsider has been reporting. Who would want to crack open something that expensive and put a soldering iron to it?
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Pretty sweet! I'm excited to see what the program will cost. I don't think that visual voicemail and some service over EDGE is necessarily worth giving money to the evil AT&T (AT&T does a lot of evil things like extending your contract without telling you, and they have a terrible customer service dept. with no interest in helping people).

    T-mobile is by far the most customer friendly national U.S. carrier.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2003
    Washington DC
    That's good news. I'll watch it for a while (through the next update) and if the unlock is unaffected then I'll probably do it. I already have a T-Mobile account, so I'd come out ahead paying the termination fee to AT&T and using the iPhone as my TMob phone.

    And being able to use local SIMs with the iPhone when travelling will be great.

    Thank you, iPhoneSIMFree. You deserve to make a few bucks off this. :)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2007
    From the article, it seems like a lot of the functionality required for the iPhone to work on other carriers such as EDGE settings and automatically routing voicemail functionality to a non-visual source (T-Mobile, for instance), has been there since the beginning.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    In the Great White North.
    This is awesome. Although I still can't justify spending $599 on a phone I wouldn't use. I barely use my cell phone now as t is.
  10. macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2006

    I m hopping literally!!!! WHEEEE

    sorry if i seem stupid but , you know what the changes are that apple gets the iphone to venezuela?

    So this is the only way i can actually get it!
  11. macrumors member


    Jun 19, 2003
    New York, NY
  12. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Just don't use data on it... that would be soooooo expensive!!!!!
  13. macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Why? For circumventing apple's intellectual property they deserve a buck?

    But But But information wants to be free!! Free as in speech!!!

    Why don't they "give" it to the open souce community for free?



    I bet apple forces them to change their domain name too.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2007
    I dont see Apple putting much effort in to killing this. Wy would they care? It is only a niche group of people that will unlock it, so why not sell more iphones? Also- wouldnt this be convenient way for them to get out of exclusivity with ATT?
  15. Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I've been following the iPhoneDev team and from their pages it suggests that everything they are doing is legal.

    I don't imagine it would be too long before they complete their hacking.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    well, being able to use T Mobile doesnt help me any. verizon owns me...
  17. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    I seem them releasing must have new features next week which also break this :confused:
  18. Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Because Apple makes a cut of money from AT&T services, not just the physical iPhone.
  19. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I can see the appeal for people in other countries, but I don't think this matters much in the U.S.

    I can give up visual voicemail just so I can use T-Mobile? Yee-Haw! :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2006
    My friend recently switched to T-mobile from AT&T because she got poor reception where she lives. Her reception isn't any better and her phone bill went from about $80 to over $200. She called them and they allowed her to switch plans which brought it down to $120. Ouch.

    That's just one customer, but it highlights the point that all the carriers have their problems. The only people I never hear complaining about their carrier are Verizon customers, but none of them seem to know that Verizon disables features on their phones (did that Bluetooth class action suit ever get resolved?) so I don't know if I really trust their judgment.
  21. ATG
    macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2005
    3rd party development and unlocking, looks like I'm getting an iPhone!
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    That's nice indeed. Yay for prepaid users! :D
    Too bad I got a new phone a few weeks ago because the old 2002 cell phone was dying. Oh well, I'm not in a contract (bought the phone, putmy SIM in it) so I can get an iPhone anytime now.

    Also I love the Terminal App in there. It's geeky but you can do a lot with that :)
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2006
    I'm already a Cingular customer, but don't want a data plan. Any thoughts on if this would allow me to use the iPhone with my current plan and still use the Visual Voicemail?
  24. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    The iPhone should have never be locked up in the first place.

    Consumers pay full price for a phone.. and *still* be told what cell networks they can / can't use.

    This application should be welcome. Consumer freedom.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2007
    This claims to be only software based where as the link you posted uses both hardware and software. Software only solution is the more desirable soln.

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