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There are now three confirmed methods to unlock the Apple Iphone.
iPhone Unlocking Method 1 = Turbo Sim
Much has been written about the Turbo Sim method and rightly so, becuase this was the first unlocking method discovered. This method requires some software, technical knowledge and an $80 Turbo SIM, which are still out of stock at the Bladox shop, surprise, surprise.
iPhone Unlocking Method 2 = Software only
The guys over at iphonesimfree.com (iphonesimfree) were the first to announce a software only unlocking method. They claim that there is no need for hardware and “no need to solder”. Little details about this method are available but Engadget claim to have witnessed the unlocking and they even took some pictures and a video to prove it. This method sounds like easiest as Engadget said: “The unlock process took only a couple of minutes. From our end it was totally painless.”
The people behind iphonessimfree.com are a six-man team who have been working non-stop since launch day. Its not clear when this software will be released (if ever) to the general public because there could be legal implications.
iPhone Unlocking Method 3 = Soldering and skill with software
A 17-year-old geek (George Hotz), see above, from the US has spent 500 hours of his summer trying to hack the iPhone. Unfortunately, I think his friends are right when they say that he has wasted his time, because not only has he been beaten by two other unlocking methods but his method appears to the most difficult as it “takes about two hours and involves some soldering and skill with software”.
But the latest news is that he has now traded the unlocked iPhone for “a sweet Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones”, but he doesn’t say whether that was a brand new 350z or cheap second hand one. Also George says on his blog that “I will be doing consulting work for Certicell and Puremobile in the little bit of free time I have.” So he might be onto a nice little earner after all.
When will companies like Apple and AT&T learn that hackers will always find a way to break software locks? If your profits are reliant on the phones remaining locked to a specific network the only secure method of locking the device will be prevent the simcard from being removed!