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Lithuanians launch iPhone unlocking service

updated 10:40 am EDT, Fri August 31, 2007

Lithuanian iPhone unlocks

A group of Lithuanian hackers is already promising to unlock iPhones for a fee, says Agence France-Presse. For the price of 990 litas (approx. $390), the group's website -- located in India -- offers multiple methods for making iPhones usable with carriers other than AT&T. The first is cloning the SIM card, which is said to be illegal; a hardware unlock is another option, but the preferred method of the hackers is a tweak of the original SIM card, altering commands exchanged with an iPhone. This method "seems to be legal," according to the website, since it neither clones the SIM card nor affects mobile networks.

The group claims to have successfully unlocked two iPhones so far, and has posted a YouTube video as proof of success (see below). Lithuanian law permits unlocking cellphones so long as their IMEI codes are not altered.

The launch of the website follows shortly after a flood of unlocking reports, most notably by UniquePhones and iPhoneSIMfree.com, both of which claim to have achieved the feat through software. The step is considered important, as it could possibly bring unlocking to the general public, or at least make it more financially practical for businesses. Legality remains a concern though, since AT&T is issuing legal threats in order to preserve the profits of its five-year US exclusivity deal. Lithuania and the rest of Europe have yet to hear official plans for the iPhone there.




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  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    profitability

    Profit for AT&T is safe, because they can compete on the merits of their service alone, and don't need exclusive agreement to force customers into their stable.

    OH LOOOOLLL...I almost couldn't type it without cracking up.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    a joke...

    nearly $400 for the unlocking 'service', which could brick the phone, when there are acknowledged software based unlocking methods just days (or, maybe, weeks) away - also allegedly much cheaper ($25-$50).

    s**** these guys, but cute effort trying to rip people off at the tune of twice the avergae yearly income of both India and Lithuania.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    well - at least....

    they are playing it smart_

    Lithuanians going thru India - to sell a service to folks in the USA and elsewhere_

    I'd like to see Apple's legal team take this one on_

    In any case - @zinkDifferent -

    those "hacks" you mentioned that are day ro weeks away - several of them are open-source and free methods_ So yeah - I'll definitely just wait - and then won;t even have to pay whatever $25-$50 fees you were speaking of_

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:

    never pay for hacked software_

  1. doemel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    LOL

    Yeah we know by now there are work arounds (turbo sim). Plus the video they posted doesn't prove very much. Don't these guys read the appropriate forums? Every time someone publishes a so called proof video they are (rightfully) sent back to try again. The worst so far is still iphoneunlocking.com which is more than laughable and doesn't proof squat. What a bunch of morons.

  1. doemel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How st00pid can u be?

    Even more teh st00pid are people who actually buy into this kind of cr*p. They deserve to get ripped to the max. I mean, how st00pid can you be?

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