Unlocking

  • Unlocking Your Cell Phone Is Still Illegal, But Probably Not For Long

    Unlocking Your Cell Phone Is Still Illegal, But Probably Not For Long

    Unlocking a smart phone to run on a different carrier. It seems completely innocuous, right? Something you’d do with a bit of time on your weekend just to see if you could. Surprise! It’s illegal. And we’re not talking jay-walking-when-no-one-is-looking illegal, either —thanks to some crazy ass interpretations of the DMCA, it’s punishable by up to 5 years in… Read More

  • Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal, But What Does That Mean For You?

    Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Illegal, But What Does That Mean For You?

    All the salacious headlines are (mostly) true — as of today, you can’t unlock a carrier-subsidized smartphone on your own before the contract associated with it runs out without technically running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Granted, I’d wager that the number of people who faithfully stick to their multi-year wireless contracts far exceeds the number of… Read More

  • Unlock your iPhone with some $30 sim card trickery

    Okay, so apparently you can attach this thing to the existing SIM card inside your iPhone and it’ll filter all the info that’s passed back and forth, effectively unlocking your iPhone somehow. According to the rough English on Brando’s website, these are the features; attached to your SIM card to unlock iPhone unlocking iPhone v1.1.2 firwmares So if you’re looking to… Read More

  • Unlocked iPhones popular on the other side of the pond

    Euro Telecom Orange is saying that 6,000 of the 30,000 iPhones they sold during the opening five days were bought unlocked. Apparently, people are more than willing to spend the extra 250 euros to skip the hassle of a locked carrier (phones with contracts went for 499 euros, unlocked 750 euros). Hopefully a two-tiered launch will become the standard over here in the states, where we had little… Read More

  • iPhones now two per person, cash not accepted

    The previous five-per-person, cash is a-okay policy for iPhone sales has been changed to two-per-person, leave your cash at home. This is in order to "discourage unauthorized resellers," according to the Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris. Almost a million and a half iPhones have been sold so far and roughly 250,000 have been unlocked so as to work on networks other than AT&T. Read More

  • Apple: 250,000 unlocked iPhones in the wild

    Just how many iPhone have been unlocked by pesky AT&T haters? Apple’s guessing a quarter of a million, which comes out to one out of every six of the 1.4 million that have been sold. If you ask me, that sounds low. I know not one, not two, but four unlockers, and they’re the majority of the iPhone owners I know. Granted, the group I run with tends to be a little geekier than… Read More

  • Unky Walt on cellphone locking: Amen, brother

    http://services.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/452319854 Oh, Walt Mossberg, thank you for taking up the cause. While I’m absolutely positive that his words will fall on deaf ears. The subsidy model that most carriers use to offer FREE RAZR PHONES After rebate and 2-year-contract and 2 pints of blood is archaic but beloved by Joe and Sally Consumer. Expensive phones are oddly… Read More

  • France's iPhone to come unlocked

    We’ve been talking about Orange as the go-to cellular carrier for the iPhone in France for a little while now, and while it’s a done deal, one remarkable fact is being overlooked: the French iPhone is unlocked. France has a reasonable law on the books stating that cellphone sold in the country have to be unlocked, allowing customers to choose a carrier. Not that Orange will lose… Read More

  • The iPhone's 1.1.1 firmware, now unlockable!

    Alright, iPhoneers, good news if you’re an ulocker. The Dev Team has finally put together a working version of the Jailbreak Software that unlocks iPhones that had been upgarded to version 1.1.1. Look for it to hit later on this week, and happy re-unlocking! Announcing a preliminary iPhone 1.1.1 Jailbreak [TUAW] Read More

  • Extra $3G Lying Around? You Could Have an Unlocked iPhone!

    We’re trying hard not to make this AppleGear today, but there’s a lot going on, so screw it, we’re giving it to you. We know a 17 year old kid made up a software unlock for the iPhone, with the help of others, that allows it to work with any GSM carrier. He’s using his with T-Mobile, at least until Apple sues him into oblivion so he can’t afford the bill. But… Read More

  • iPhone Unlocked For Reals

    Alright, so this is what I think. I think that until one of you readers leaves a comment confirming this unlocking method, it’s just another stupid rumor. Some guy on some forums says that you can buy a Turbo SIM card and can program it to work on your network via the iPhone. So you get the SIM card, you get the iPhone unlocked. All the features too apparently. Sounds fishy. So… Read More

  • Congress Allows Orgy Between T-Mo’s Zeta-Jones, Cingular’s Jack

    Those of you who use a GSM-based provider in the best goddamned country in the world (hint: U.S.A.) should rejoice, as Congress has ruled that it’s OK to get your cellphone unlocked so you can use it with a competing provider. Those of you with T-Mobile are probably yawning and going “Yeah yeah…T-Mobile has been letting us unlock our phones once every 90 days dude.”… Read More