iPhone Unlocked For Use With Other GSM Carriers

Ars Technica is reporting that the iPhone has been unlocked. Good news for those of you who wanted to use it with T-Mobile or a foreign GSM carrier.

From Ars:

It appears as if a full software-enabled unlock has finally been done by a group that now operates iphonesimfree.com, meaning that prospective iPhone buyers will be able to use the device with any GSM carrier worldwide. In the US, that means they’ll be able to use it both on AT&T and T-Mobile.

AT&T shouldn’t worry too much: the process on the user end still requires a roundabout AT&T “activation” using third-party tools that a layman (read: most customers) would probably not be interested in taking. An AT&T spokesperson did respond to our request for comment by telling us that they wouldn’t have one.

The group that unlocked the phone plans to sell their “product” on their website. No word on what that will cost.

Just keep in mind, this doesn’t mean your iPhone will work with Verizon. In the US, the only other major carrier the phone will work with is T-Mobile. It does mean, however, that if AT&T irritates you, you can switch and take your phone with you. It will also help you to switch carriers while your abroad.

iPhone set free from AT&T with first full software unlock [Ars Technica]
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  1. holocron says:

    Yes, that plan to sell licenses of the software in 500 license groupings.

  2. dysthymia says:

    individual sale per license will be available (according to endgaget information)
    BUT
    1. it was matter of time, and we know it.
    2. for sure this will void apple’s iphone guarantee
    3. future itunes updates may set your iphone back or if they decide to go evil, disable your phone for use.
    4. who wants to talk with at&t customer service and tell them they disactivated my ipod.

    not me.

  3. s35flyer says:

    I’m sorry, but this is really stupid. If you want an iPhone then accept ATT. If you dont like ATT get something else. For goodness sakes the iPhone is not that great! A lot of brainpower and effort could be spent on something productive. ITS A PHONE, not life itself.

  4. ry81984 says:

    A blackberry is superior to the iPhone in every way, espcially price and phone plans.

  5. Charles Duffy says:

    @ry81984: I have two Blackberries (the one on my hip and a spare), and I have a friend with an iPhone. I’m not about to give up my Blackberry, but the iPhone certainly has some advantages — the web browsing is much more fluid and enjoyable.

    “A is better than B in all respects” is rarely true in the real world.

  6. NoNamesLeft says:

    Thanks for more iPHONE news! Keep it coming consumerist and maybe ill find another blog to start reading instead of yours.

  7. nardo218 says:

    YOU’RE

  8. BrockBrockman says:

    @nardo218: No, YOU’RE!

    Wait – what?

  9. mac-phisto says:

    i thought it was against the law to sell software that “hacked” other software…

  10. oneswellfoop says:

    Actually, if you read the steps to the unlocking process, here: [iphonejtag.blogspot.com]
    You’ll see that it’s a huge pain in the butt. But so are most technological steps. It involves detailed soldering on the PCB of the phone, a good knowledge of hardware and software as well.
    But this is only the first step, and the blog pretty much admits as much. Waiting on the software hack, and also the migration of the multi-touch interface to Ipods as this product is so much more of a leap in terms of ergonomics than a leap in cell phone technology. The above linked blog references the likely-hood that someone will find a way around the current necessity of a hardware hack and it will become a software thing. When that happen, I’m buying one.
    Also, in regards to the comment on how much the hacked product will cost; there is alink in the blog to the ebay sale of the original hacked phone, and it is stated(whether you agree or not) that the phone is a piece of cell phone history and the price was over $2K when I looked at the at like 2PM this afternoon.

  11. Hawkins says:

    @oneswellfoop: Mr. Foop: I believe that it is indeed a software thing. See [www.engadget.com]

    And apparently it’s NOT a huge pain in the butt: “The unlock process took only a couple of minutes. From our end it was totally painless.”

    If you have an iPhone, and you travel to Europe, this is a great thing.

  12. FLConsumer says:

    Well, one problem fixed on the iPhone, only another 3,000+ to fix before I’d consider buying one.

  13. cindel says:

    A group unlocked the phone?

    I thought it was NJ teenager that unlocked it along with his online partners; it’s all over the news here.

  14. spinachdip says:

    Why pay for the hack when this kid is giving it out for free? [www.cnbc.com]

    I get the sense that Apple’s going to be perfectly okay with this. AT&T, less so.

  15. Ariel.Sanders says:

    It amazes me that companies (who need our monies) subscribe to the psychology that overtly includes policies, procedure and idealogy without a doubt irritate, dis-enfranchise, discourage, ultimatley dis-appoint, disrespect and utterly turn off thier consumer base. I mean seriously as a rule its almost as if they brainstorm on ways to beguile,inconvenience and disrespect the intelligence of their customers. Notice they usally sell one hardcore service (cellular, for instance) but the little extras are where they make their customer hate them. Which in-turn makes their customer experience an unpleasurable one. What does an unpleasurable experience do to the customer’s psychology, it makes them hate paying them money. Then when an appealing alternative surfaces, they leave. It’s like turning away your last meal, because it comes on an ugly plate… (I mean really) AT&T, Verizon & Sprint operate in an unappealing TONE.. I can’t believe with them being cornerstones of communication, THEY DON’T GET THAT.

  16. Mr. Gunn says:

    spinachdip: His wasn’t a software unlock. His required a little bit of soldering and some technical knowledge.

    These guys have a way of doing it without opening up the phone. Of course, you lose the visual voicemail, which is the only real innovative feature of the iphone, but hey it still looks just as shiny.

    /get a nokia and you won’t need this

  17. SJActress says:

    @nardo218:

    Thank you. I was just about to add that. (while YOU’RE abroad!)