iPhone unlock software Sept 1st?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rubeeen, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Not until the so-called legal issues are worked out.
  2. rubeeen thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    i dont know what att thinks they can do about it.
    its not like customers got discounts when they bought the phones
    and theyre releasing it free of charge
  3. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    awesome! lets hope it's real! i want an unlocked iphone!!
  4. gallinger macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006
    does anyone know what website they plan on putting it up on?
  5. rubeeen thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007

    its not up yet. im keeping an eye on it lol
  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    If you're already in a contract, AT&T mentioned that you'd have to pay $175.00 termination fee. They mentioned this upfront before any sales happened because they have "certain fixed costs" with which they have to contend.
  7. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Actually no, they will not release the software free of charge. They are "offering" to unlock the iPhone of certain members of the press for free, but they most certainly expressed their intention to charge for either the software, or some kind of pay-per-use unlock service.

    Either no member of the press has taken them up on their offer, or it's Bravo Sierra, because no blogger or media outlet has claimed to have done business with them yet.

    Considering that constant delays, I'm beginning to have my doubts that there are any real legal issues at all.

    I'm thinking that either:

    1. They have the software working, but can't ensure that someone will just pay for it once and then freely distribute the software to anyone for free and preventing them from profiting,

    2. They have the software working, but are afraid someone might reverse engineer either the software or an unlocked iPhone's firmware and disclose what the process entails, thus preventing them from profiting, or

    3. They don't have the software working yet, and are just claiming they do to dissuade someone else from working on it, making the same discovery and releasing it for free... depriving them of their profit.

    In any case, the "legal issue" claims are probably a smoke screen. Tracfone tried to sue for the very same thing, the Library of Congress issued an opinion that phone unlocking doesn't infringe on the DMCA, and the precedent was set that unlocking is not a crime.

    Either way, it never really sat well with me that they very clearly want to make money off their efforts, yet haven't shown anything definitive, and haven't even disclosed how much they want to charge. If they want to try to make money off it, fine, but isn't it a little hypocritical that they're rabidly guarding their money making potential whilst working to deprive AT&T of the same?
  8. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    it seems that iphonesimfree software hack has also been confirmed by CNN
    i saw it on engadget
    man whats with all the delays!
  9. Sdao macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2007
    Great post. All of those reasons are quite possible, even though I'm beginning to believe that a software unlock is STILL not complete, hence the hold up.

    As a Canadian, and potential unlocked iPhone user (I'm just waiting for the unlock software, but severely questioning my iPhone purchase based on these 'legal stalls') Im getting a bit curious about iphonesimfree.com and their methods.

    I believe engadget.com received a copy of their software and unlocked the iPhone using it, however where is the proof? For all we know, it was a hardware unlocked iPhone they were using in the video.
  10. rubeeen thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    good points
    maybe they're just racking up donation money? lol
    i think a lot of hackers now-a-days arent even interested in the money, and moreso the 'we did it first, we did it right' brownie point.
    i think youre right about the smokescreen, if there were real legal issues, i think apple would be involved as well. all i read is att this att that.
    the only reason apple chose att is the sheer volume of customers. more customers, more iphones to sell lol
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It is about the distribution not the actual act of.
    I'm not saying it will or will not happen. Just thinking there are lawyers out there who will protect both sides.
  12. mongoose8p macrumors regular

    May 15, 2007
    i have a feeling the day is labor day just because doesn't make sense to release it on sunday i will be buyin refurb iphone immediately and buying the software whn it comes out tmobile baby
  13. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
  14. Paul3144 macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2007
    Why do you say that?
  15. NJDevils44 macrumors regular


    Dec 6, 2006
  16. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    i heard it by some ppl in the iphone dev irc channels
    but it's past that now and nothing... :mad:

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