Fully Unlocked iPhone?

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Gizmodo reports on instructions on how to unlock the iPhone for use with other GSM carriers.

    There are claims that Voice and EDGE will work with the unlocked phone which requires an $80 Turbo SIM card purchase as well as a lengthy process to unlock the phone.

    These claims have not been independently verified, but could open a door for those interested in using the iPhone on other carrier networks.

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  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2007
    If the process ever gets to the iFuntastic level of ease and availability, I would likely give it a shot. Provided no functionality loss anyway, as it would save me the time/effort to wait out my current contract and switch over the family to AT&T.
  3. macrumors 603


    I get the impression that if it:

    1. Did not disable any key iPhone functionality, and

    2. Cost about as much as an iPhone battery replacement from Apple itself, send in, process, send back, plenty of people would do it.

    3. Those users would have to subscribe to a special email newsletter notifying them of if updates would disable the features and how to overcome that, probably with another mail-in update process.

    That could be profitable for an unblessed third party firm.


    Blessed Apple products 98% of the time.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2007
    Sounds like a business plan... ;)
  5. macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    I am going to be trying out this method as we have no signs of the iPhone coming to Canada anytime soon. I'm going to go down to the US this weekend and I'm going to grab a 4GB iPhone and test 'er out.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2007
    Please (a) take pictures along the way, and (b) document your steps and the process, so that others can benefit!
  7. macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2006
    Please do document and postback here for more details..

    Living in south america you can't believe what i 'll probably have to wait till its available here so this could be an option.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    how has this not gotten more attention? This is huge!
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2007

    On a side note, can anyone comment about the legality of this in the US? Or how carriers might give you the boot if they find out?
  10. macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    Bay Area
    I'm pretty sure its technically illegal to lock a handset to a carrier, so its not like you are breaking the law fixing their problem.
  11. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I'm sorry! Did you look at the date on the article? I thought everyone heard about this almost a week ago! :eek: :D I know I did.

    Not quite. It's technically legal; the law involved (DMCA) specifically has an exemption (provided later by legislation) for unlocking cell phones, that makes the software that cracks them legal. The software that cracks / circumvents the system would generally otherwise be illegal per prevailing interpretations of DMCA.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    The selling of lockable cellphones is different depending on the regulations in your country. It is a civil matter in the U.S. I believe. The iPhone, as I understand is not locked technically,
    it just needs a specific sim in it that only ATT has, a fine Edge of distinction.
    Anyone else know about this?
  13. macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2006
    Thought this was interesting....I was in my local Apple Reseller store here is Stockholm, Sweden and they have an iPhone that customers can try out. Now, this iPhone was connected to the net so it therefore must be an unlocked phone. Would Apple supply unlocked phones to Authorized Resellers as demos?

    As a side note for those of us in Europe (not France, Germany or the U.K., who will soon get lucky enough to be able to buy one), the guy at the counter loved the phone but thought it was too slow and hypothesized that most Europeans won't see iPhones available for purchase until 2008. Hopefully by then they put out a 3G model so I don't have additional waiting to look forward to. :)
  14. macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
    Could it have been connected via wi-fi rather than through a mobile phone network?

    Did customers get to try it out as a phone rather than just the other functions?
  15. macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    In a nice place..
    I think they just got an iphone off of ebay (or somebody picked one up in the U.S.). Great way to bring people into the store. (Which store was it?) I visited the one near the Hotorget subway stop quite often.


  16. macrumors 6502a

    elisha cuthbert

    Feb 25, 2006
    i saw one today, one of the people at school had a fully unlocked iphone, it was working on telstra

    it looks so freaking sweet, we were hijacking the schools wireless network and having fun with google earth
  17. macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2008
    iphone unlocked


    could you please tell me where a can find two unlocked iphone to back with them in belgium next week?:apple::apple:

  18. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2008
    Puget Sound, U.S.A.
    Look on ebay...
  19. macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2008
    RebelSim works on iPhone 3G too. That's what i heard.
  20. macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    A year old:eek:, Belgium sell them unlocked go to your local dealer.
  21. macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    Unlocked iPhones are sold in Belgium (reportedly), Italy, Greece, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and New Zealand (officially, see :apple: support.apple.com/kb/HT1937).
  22. macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    I was wrong Belgium iPhones are sold locked, Go to France buy one and pay extra for Authorised Unlock or Italy where the prices are €569 for 16GB White:eek:
  23. macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2008
    will that work?

    I've heard that even 'unlocked' iphones will only work in the country of purchase on the SIM's from that country... so technically its not a FULL unlock...

    is this still the case?
  24. macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    That has never been the case. Unlocked is unlocked is unlocked. How else do you think they were able to sell the original iPhone in China and Russia?
  25. macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2008
    It does not necessarily have to be an unlocked iPhone. An iPhone with AT&T service can be brought to another country with a GSM network and can be used like any other phone. However, the price per minute is exorbitant. Also, an iPhone with Orange or T-Mobile or O2 could be brought to another country and work just fine as well.

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