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iPhone completely unlocked via Turbo SIM?

updated 11:25 am EDT, Tue August 14, 2007

iPhone Complete Unlock

The iPhone's previous restriction to AT&T phone service may have been fully broken, according to claims made by forum members testing out utilities. A combination of a blank TurboSIM card ($80), utilities such as AppleSaft from Bladox, and SSH access let users remotely enter the phone over Wi-Fi and tell it to write the SIM with valid information from another carrier, effectively placing the phone on any GSM cellular network with full incoming and outgoing calls. Basic GPRS data (but not EDGE) also works, claim some users.

While the hacking process requires that the phone be activated through either official means or unofficial tools, the method does not demand separate SIM card reading hardware and reportedly works with all three generations of SIM cards, from V1 through to V3. The technique should allow T-Mobile subscribers in the US to circumvent AT&T's exclusivity agreement with the iPhone and will also users in other areas to use most functions either ahead of an official Apple launch or in areas where the company has no intent to offer the handset.

No indications have been made that Apple is actively attempting to close the code paths that allow the hacks. The recent iPhone 1.0.1 update did not break earlier cracking attempts and is said to have required only that the phone use its original firmware when a hack is applied. Recent discoveries have shown that Apple may already have developed a second, international iPhone explicitly tailored for upcoming global launches that would not require safeguards to keep the device from running on competing networks.

by MacNN Staff




  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great for the hackers

    Great for the hackers but not really a big deal for any normal person. Won't impact that many people and the other providers won't and can't except the iPhone on there networks if they find out because of the contract that AT&T has with Apple. Legalities would definitely get in the way if other providers don't do anything knowingly having the info that people are using iPhones on there network.

  1. Terrin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No illegalities involved

    What legalities would get in the way of other providers enabling an iPhone to work on their networks? The other networks do not have a contract with Apple or ATT, so couldn't be sued for violating it.

    Moreover, it is not illegal for the user to violate a licensing agreement. The user ultimately could be sued for violating the contract, but the chances of that happening are slim.

    The hackers are also safe under the DMCA, as there is an exception for unlocking SIM cards.

    The only risk here is to the users who could mess up their phones if Apple cripples the hack.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No EDGE?


    If this worked w/ EDGE on T-Mo.... I'd be ordering my iPhone right now.

    Ability to receive incoming email over EDGE is the one thing missing here.. If they fix that... wow..

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    great for both

    man, i never thought unlocking an iphone would've been this tough! It's like hacking into a bank. but kudos for this team they've gone where no hacker has gone before. If this hack ends-up to be true and they could get EDGE to work right, then the hackers would set-up an internet store where one would mail his iPhone for them to hack, I doubt many people would do this on their own. Their are such stores for many phones and you could send phones that cost more than the iphone.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969



    horvatic, be careful, it is illegal to incorrectly state something is illegal when it is not.

    there...that oughta shut'm up for a while.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...actually should go to Apple for actually creating protection for the iPhone that is quite difficult to hack and bypass. While I find it annoying as all get out to not be able to use iPhone on other networks (less concerned about US networks, more for when I travel), I do admire the engineering and work that went into creating the lock - just as I am impressed by those working to bypass it.

    Credit where credit is due.

  1. CadetStimpy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good point, z.d.... It's refreshing to see a product released that has taken such exhaustive efforts to crack (and, it still remains to be seen as to whether this crack lasts.)

    Personally, I have an iPhone on the AT&T network (switched from Verizon) and I've found the service to be quite acceptable, so I really don't much care whether they crack it or not. Once the contract is up with AT&T, I'm sure Apple's going to offer the phone as a 'carrier independent' product, anyway - so it's all probably much ado over nothing in the long run.

    But yes, credit where it's due - kudos to Apple for releasing a nice, secure product.

  1. azman_821009

    Joined: Dec 1969


    outside USA

    It's working for outside from USA and Europe? If it's working I'll but very soon but where can i buy? I can't hold anymore for the iPhone.

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