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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