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iPhone SIM hacks spread, foster world sales

updated 10:05 am EDT, Thu September 6, 2007

iPhone hacking spreads

Following earlier successes in unlocking the iPhone, details of different procedures are rapidly spreading online, and aiding international sales. An Australian website is claiming to have a 10-step guide to making an iPhone work on any 2G cellular network, worldwide. The key is a Czech-made TurboSIM card, but also needed are various pieces of official and unofficial software (such as iActivator), plus physical tools for cutting and grafting a local SIM to AT&T's. Only Visual Voicemail is said to be broken in this method.

Presented as an alternative is another SIM technique, using a Super SIM adapter. This method also requires hacking of the iPhone, but can be made easier through a specialized SIM cutter, and has the option of using two SIM cards in an iPhone at once, enabling faster switching between phone networks. A single-card adapter from the company is cheaper, and eliminates any need for the cutter. The Super SIM method does break YouTube functionality, but the responsible company hopes to fix this, and begin selling iPhone kits with unlocking instructions.

An international news group reports that hacking efforts are leading to booming sales of the iPhone in China, almost a year before the device's official Asian launch. Buying one in Beijing may cost as much as $1,170, and it is also being sold in other major cities, including Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The Associated Press notes that these phones are generally restricted, being able to send calls and text messages, but not receive any calls. iPhones can now also be bought in the city-state of Singapore, for approximately $980 US.




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  1. Recto Bold

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Excellent

    I'm gad people are hacking the iPhone. Apple should have got their act together on international sales way sooner and made the iPhone available to non US Customers at the very same time as they did for Amercian buyers. Even better would have been selling the thing unlocked from the start. Hopefully this will encourage them to pull their thumb out and sort some agreements with carriers overseas.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Recto

    I would not be surprised if Apple planned for this to happen. In fact, it only benefits Apple in the end game. More iPhone sales = profit. Why should they have to jump thru all kinds of wireless telecom hoops when you can let the public bypass it for you!! :)

    Thats not to say that they will release this on their own with certain companies overseas, but that doesnt hurt them either. Just like with ATT, they will make money on plans.

    so regardless of what Apple does, it;s a win/win!

  1. FavFruit

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sense of Entitlement..

    Where does this egregious sense of entitlement come from? Apple can make and sell what they chose...nobody is forcing you to buy it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: recto

    I would not be surprised if Apple planned for this to happen. In fact, it only benefits Apple in the end game. More iPhone sales = profit. Why should they have to jump thru all kinds of wireless telecom hoops when you can let the public bypass it for you!! :)

    Right, that's why they put in so many hurdles to get it to work.

    Apple didn't have to jump through any telecom hoops. They could've just sold a stand-alone phone. Bring-your-own-plan type of deal. But they didn't want to do that, because they wanted that collection of money. The only thing providers could do besides whine about not having Apple to play with directly is not include specific features, and that would come to one thing: Visual Voicemail. And if Apple just published its use as an API spec, anyone could use it, other phones could include it as a feature, and soon enough the telecoms would have to jump in line.

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