updated 02:55 pm EDT, Mon August 24, 2009
Legitimate iPhone unlock?
It is now possible to legally unlock an iPhone, one website claims. One of the site's writers claims to have unlocked an iPhone 3G as a result of paying for the remainder of a two-year contract with Sonera, the exclusive iPhone distributor in Finland. The writer gave his IMEI number to a Sonera store manager, alleged authorized to submit IMEIs to Apple using a "special piece of software." The manager informed the writer that the next time the phone was synced with iTunes it would be unlocked via a carrier settings update.
Following the update, an official unlock screen is said to have appeared. The method is described as permanent, unlike illegal unlocks, which force users to avoid official iPhone firmware updates until new hacks can be devised. Other accounts of official unlocks have yet to be reported. Owners commonly unlock iPhones using third-party software such as purplera1n, or those by the iPhone Dev Team.