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It just shows that you can't keep the genie in the bottle? Once the device is out there the innovators start getting inventive and can't help themselves looking deeper and trying all sorts of tricks - and the funny thing is that the more successfully you are, the more devices in the public domain, and the more chance that inventive and ingenious folks have got hold of your hardware.

One could almost see this as a self fulfilling prophecy? For my 2 cents worth though I think the unlocking is only the start, when you start thinking that this has some serious CPU (for a portable device) and 8Gb of disk with an innovative touch sensitive screen in this format I think there is a lot more still to come from hackers?

What do you think?

iPhone now software unlocked in 32 countries and 69 carriers


With the European and Asian iPhone roll outs still months away, is it any wonder to find the little guy venturing out on the mean, GSM streets all on his own? According to that list above compiled by the iPhone Dev Team, the freebie iPhone software unlock has now been tested to work in 32 countries and 69 national carriers -- a list which is changing by the minute. Testing is based on calls in/out, SMS in/out, EDGE/GPRS access, and voice mail access. Not Visual Voice mail, naturally, but the ability to receive notifications alerts and check voice mail messages. As usual, we won't link you directly to the iPhoneDev community in accordance to their request for uh, anonymity.

Update: Make that 42 countries and 90 local carriers according to our readers! They've unlocked their own phones on the additional country/carrier combos: New Zealand/Vodafone, Spain/Movistar, Poland/Orange, Czech Republic/Vodafone, Bahrain/Batelcom/MTC Vodafone, Israel/Cellcom, Hungary/T-Mobile, Belgium/Proximus/Base/Mobistar, Kuwait/Wataniya, and Ireland/Meteor. Note: the iPhoneDev list included Telus (with a note that it won't work) and double-counted India. Any more dear readers?
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 10:22 PM C500/C600 SmartPhone (or replacement) | Back to top


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I have been considering something that I have not seen a single news person, blogger, etc mention. That is that Steve did this all on purpose. He revolutionized the music industry by releasing the IPod. It took a while, 2 years to be exact, until they came out with iTunes. Before that, no one really bought an IPod except mac fanboys. I believe Steve and Apple engineered this thing to be hacked, agreeing with AT&Ts ridiculous contract conditions, knowning that it would not matter in only a couple of months and Apple would have a win-win situation. They did not have to do anything to get out of the AT&T contract and their customers can still use the IPhone on any GSM carrier. I think they also have not released an SDK because they know that AT&T would put such limits on it why bother, instead let the hacking community come up with what they want to do with the IPhone. My 2 cents.
Left by Andrew Stifora on Sep 15, 2007 1:44 AM

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Hi Andrew, you could be very close to the heart of it. I personally wasn't that taken in by the actual hype and sale of the phone - but when I did breifly play with one in an apple store I had to marvel at it's design, format, look and feel - it truly raises the standards of convergence devices.
Left by Dave Caddick on Sep 15, 2007 7:26 AM

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I cannot understand how in point 11.1 above (tmobile in germany) it has been tested with edge. I always get a PDP authentication failure when trying to use edge. I moved that same simcard to a nokia phone where edge automatically worked.

Who tested and with what configuration parameters? I' was first using unlocked 113 now using unlocked 114.

Thank you
David.
Left by David Gardi on Apr 05, 2008 10:52 PM

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