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Belfast company demos iPhone unlock

updated 11:40 am EDT, Wed August 29, 2007

Uniquephones iPhone unlock

The Belfast, Northern Ireland-based UniquePhones, which specializes in unlocking cellphones for customers, is demonstrating a rough version of its iPhone unlocking software in a new YouTube video. Company founder John McLaughlin is seen taking a new iPhone and synching it with custom software on a PC, and then replacing the original SIM card with one from a Vodafone BlackBerry. This allows him to dial two phonecalls, one to the United States and another to the UK's atomic clock service. Poor focus in the video is attributed to low light and the use of a Nokia N95.

Recently, both UniquePhones and claimed to have achieved software-only unlocking for the iPhone, but only the latter was able to provide a demonstration to the press. UniquePhones has further been threatened with legal action by AT&T, the phone's only official carrier, which has accused UniquePhones of copyright infringement and illegal software dissemination. The company has yet to decide if it will respond to allegations.

Should it be able to surpass legal hurdles, the company's plan is to sell remote software unlocking services, something it already provides in different fashions for phones from LG, Nokia, Motorola and other manufacturers. While unlocking has been legal in much of Europe for some time, it was only made an exception to America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 2006, and then only for a period of three years.

by MacNN Staff




  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I haven't seen anything credible yet. I wonder if he hardware-unlocked this iPhone before shooting the video.

    If someone actually figures out a software method and posts it, and hundreds of people claim it works, then I'll believe it.

  1. ClickSpace

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Focus please

    Could they at least re-shoot the video so it's in focus? That meant nothing if you can't read the words on the screen. And when is someone going to Open Source an unlock?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: real?

    If someone actually figures out a software method and posts it, and hundreds of people claim it works, then I'll believe it.

    Um, if they were to do this, then who'd pay them to do it for them?

  1. madla1962

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Call Forwarding pop up?

    Do I see some type of call forwarding pop up screen when he is dialing?

  1. Recto Bold

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I love how everyone's suddenly doubting it as if somehow it's so inconceivable that someone could do this. Yep, it could be a fake, but its doubtful. It's a phone, with software and hardware and like anything, someone with the knowledge and persistence will crack it. Just look at all of the software cracks out there and the cable TV hacks. The resources of the world's curious (and talented) far outwieghs those of even Apple.

    Instead of immediately knocking the guy, why not give him the benefit of the doubt? If he ends up doing what he says he can do then none of us have to suffer being told to use the carrier Apple want us to use - Instead we can use the handset of our choice and the network that works best for us. If tis fella makes money from this, then good on him.

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