iPhone Unlocked

Information sometimes travels in a strange way. It was initially a visit to Community Kompas that brought me to Info Konservasi Papua, which then led me to the Information Week Blog through a widget about Info IT Update at the lower right of the page.

The article which was posted by Stephen Wellman on Aug 24, was based on an article in the Engadet, the very top blog on earth with Authority of 30,568 today on Technorati. This is a good news for those who bought iPhone in US and wants to use it outside the territory.

It was The iPhoneSIMfree.com team who called Engadget to prove that they cracked Apple's iPhone SIM lock system. The six-man team has been working non-stop since launch day, and they're officially the first to break Apple's SIM locks on the iPhone with software.

Here's Engadget's list on how to use unlocked iPhone:
  • The unlock process took only a couple of minutes. From our end it was totally painless.

  • Once you put your new, non AT&T SIM in the device, you have to go through the usual activation process. This can, of course, be done by anyone anywhere with the right tools (like iASign or iActivator)

  • We tested with an active T-Mobile SIM -- after the hack was finished and we reactivated we immediately got full bars and the T-Mobile carrier info popped up in the top bar.

  • Everything is otherwise the same, except the menu system now has a couple more options. The root menu has Carrier settings where you can select your preferred network if you don't want to roam.

  • The General -> Network menu now has an EDGE network settings area where you can input your carrier's APN and username / password. We put in our T-Mobile info, and were immediately online. (Apparently these hidden menus were added in the 1.0.1 update, they tell us. How convenient!)

  • Visual voicemail isn't in the cards -- sorry. That was, of course, to be expected because it's a special AT&T network-specific feature right now. When you hit the voicemail button you are taken immediately to your carrier's default voicemail line though, and that works just like it would on any other phone.

  • Everything is confirmed as working on a non-AT&T network: SMS send / receive, internet (including Safari, Mail, Google maps, etc.). YouTube doesn't work out of the box, but that's to be expected. If you're not on AT&T you have to manually activate YouTube -- here's the guide on how to do that. (YouTube is the only app you have to activate like this.)

  • We know, it's kind of crazy, but this isn't a hoax.

  • No, sorry, you can't have our unlocked iPhone.

Engadget also provides video demo showing that the unlocked iPhone is a real one.

There are interesting comments in both the Information Week Blog as well as the Engadget that worth reading.

Apple has an exclusive agreement with AT&T to use iPhone with AT&T service in US market. With the crack, people can buy iPhone in US and use it with any mobile services in US and anywhere else in the world, provided that they can get the software. It may not be for free though...
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