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Hardware unlock of iPhone achieved?

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Tue August 21, 2007

iPhone Hardware Unlock

It's now possible to unlock the iPhone for use on other carriers through hardware, according to an online group searching for access controls on the iPhone. While previous method have required the combination of a special SIM card as well as software, the new and currently secretive method allegedly functions by soldering circuit board connections within the iPhone itself. The technique is said to be risky and maintains a "high probability" of rendering the phone inert but allows any SIM card from a GSM-based carrier beyond AT&T to send and receive calls without modifications and while still using the iPhone's original software.

Information about the hack is being withheld until about one week from Tuesday, when the group claims it will publish detailed instructions of how to repeat the process. Refinements may also allow hobbyists to perform the same technique using only software, achieving a much sought-after unlock that avoids the need for separate hardware to provide complete access.

A video demonstrating the reported hack functioning with a T-Mobile SIM card is available below.



(via Finding JTAG)




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Risky?

    Please, a little soldering never hurt anyone...

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    RE: risky?

    most cell devices are horribly compact, and it is very difficult to put solder in the right place.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    software

    He does say at the end "hopefully it will be a software unlock by then" schweet! But then watch Apple and AT&T put an end to that software update.

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    but what we didn't see...

    was the silver dollar sized hole in the back of the phone to get this modification the ability to work.

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Waste of time + void your

    What a waste of time plus void your warranty and break your new $600.00 iPhone to boot.

    DON"T DO IT PEOPLE! You'll be sorry!

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    RE: waste of time + void

    Apple "warrantees" are as good as void anyway.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    furthermore

    If I travel to europe, middle-east, far-east, or to wherever I feel like, I wanna be able to get a SIM card and take advantage of the local rates, and yes I'd wanna use my iPhone, and why not, I sure as h*** paid good money for it.

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