[UK] Unlock iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by dalvin200, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    So theoretically, if I bought a UK iPhone from the Apple Store, I should be able to unlock it using some of the many methods available on the web..

    What features will be disabled by using another networks sim?

    - visual voicemail obviously
    - youtube?

    will the free wifi hotspot with the cloud still work?

    Thanks
     
  2. liketom macrumors 601

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    the free wifi will go with the IMEI Numbers i'd say
     
  3. dalvin200 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    what do you mean?
     
  4. ma2ha3 macrumors regular

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    why apple does not ship today?
    why ship later. the answer, they are finding ways to disable the hack you seen so far. O2 will not allow some teenage hacker to spoilt their party.

    UK iphone will not be unlock by those wonderful software.

    you must get your hands on old USA model.

    get it get it now.

    before it is too late.

    apple engineer are working night and day to destroy the hack.
     
  5. liketom macrumors 601

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    via wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMEI


    The International Mobile Equipment Identity or IMEI (IPA /aɪ'mi:/) is a number unique to every GSM and UMTS mobile phone. It is usually found printed on the phone underneath the battery and can also be found by dialing the sequence *#06# into the phone.

    The IMEI number is used by the GSM network to identify valid devices and therefore can be used to stop a stolen phone from accessing the network. For example, if a mobile phone is stolen, the owner can call his or her network provider and instruct them to "ban" the phone using its IMEI number. This renders the phone useless, regardless of whether the phone's SIM is changed.

    Unlike the Electronic Serial Number or MEID of CDMA and other wireless networks, the IMEI is only used to identify the device, and has no permanent or semi-permanent relation to the subscriber. Instead, the subscriber is identified by transmission of an IMSI number, which is stored on a SIM card which can (in theory) be transferred to any handset. However, many network and security features are enabled by knowing the current device being used by a subscriber.
     
  6. dalvin200 thread starter macrumors 68040

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  7. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

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    are you stupid? or just making a (bad) joke?!

    of course this isn't why. the reason why is:

    1. To allow time for advertising and hype
    2. To coincide with the christmas shopping.

    I want it now, but I will just have to wait. Buying a US iPhone makes little sense, and unlocks can be dissabled with a software update, nothing to do with the hardware.
     
  8. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The IMEI is unrelated to WiFi though AFAIK. I'm wondering if they will use a combo of MAC addresses and user-agent strings. If this were to be the case, both could be fairly easily spoofed by laptop users though...
     
  9. liketom macrumors 601

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    i was thinking the IMEI numbers would be added to a access list database - but MAC address would do very well also
     
  10. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Here's me being hopelessly oldfashioned and assuming that they'd issue iPhone customers with usernames and passwords to put into their wifi options :rolleyes:
     
  11. liketom macrumors 601

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    if i can't wave my finger over the wifi router to get access im not intrested :D
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    But WiFI doesn't read IMEI numbers as part of the WiFi standard, which is why I don't see how this could work.

    I don't know, whatever they're doing I'm sure it won't be long until someone figures it out a spoofs it for free WiFi all round.
     
  13. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    geez, how many times do we have to repeat this!!?? The new iPhone will come with firmware 1.1.1. The current unlock only works for 1.0.2 and god knows if it would be possible to unlock the new one. It took more than 2 months for a s/w unlock to come out.
     
  14. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Difference is that now they know exactly how to achieve the unlock. If the unlock gets broken by firmware revisions it won't stay that way for long.
     

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