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All posts tagged "unlock"


Friday, April 6, 2012

AT&T Agrees to Unlock iPhones, Starting Sunday, April 8th

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...=rss_everything

"Apple CEO Tim Cook's office might become a little less busy this weekend, as AT&T has just announced that it will begin to offer iPhone unlocks to month-to-month customers starting this Sunday, April 8."

About time. So once unlocked, you can use your iPhone on any compatible network, anywhere in the world, as long as you have the right SIM card and it's on GSM.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Telstra Dropping Unlock Charge

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/...ck-fee-now-free

"In a sign that Telstra might actually be a little serious this time about the noises it repeats every few years about 'finally' wanting to truly get 'customer service right', Telstra has announced it is dropping its previously expensive $150 unlock charge to the much wallet-friendlier price of $0."

So what they were charging, for the ability to take out your microSIM and put in another microSIM of the country you were planning to visit, was a hefty $150.00 USD unlock fee. Basically, Telstra locked down all iPhones purchased through them so you couldn't use it on any other network without paying this fee, so now they have back peddled and are now going to allow you the option for free. I have no experience in doing this as I haven't been outside the US in a long time, but I'm curious how many of our readers have had to go through this. Regardless of the country you are in, please post a reply and how you deal with travels outside your home country when you need to have cell service.


Friday, March 12, 2010

O2 Ireland Customers Allowed to Unlock Their iPhones

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.iphonealley.com/current/...ey+-+Site-wide)

"In a somewhat surprising move today, wireless carrier O2 Ireland announced that its customers would be able to unlock Apple's iPhone. Per the O2 forum, Rod Coleman, head of O2's Customer Care unit, discussed the decision surrounding the unlocking on iPhones, especially those who want to pass on old handsets."

You have to meet several criteria, which are:

  • Registered on the O2 forum;
  • Prepaid customers must have reached minimum of €150 on the registered SIM card (this excludes bonus credits);
  • And you must have purchased the iPhone from O2 Ireland.

You can get more info on the O2 forum about this particular topic.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wiki Owner Needs Constitution Lesson; Hopefully Will Win

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2009/04/27

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against Apple Inc. today to defend the First Amendment rights of an operator of a noncommercial, public Internet "wiki" site known as BluWiki. [...] Late last year, after BluWiki users began a discussion about making some Apple iPods and iPhones interoperate with software other than Apple's own iTunes, Apple lawyers demanded removal of the content. In a letter to OdioWorks, the attorneys alleged that the discussions constituted copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA's) prohibition on circumventing copy protection measures. Fearing legal action by Apple, OdioWorks took down the discussions from the BluWiki site."

There's a common misconception among people who don't know any better that you have a right to say whatever you want whenever you want and no one can abridge it because it's in the constitution. That's simply not true. The constitution specifically says that Congress cannot abridge your free speech, not a private entity (in this case Apple). If that's the basis for this guy's case, he could end up getting his butt handed to him in court.

That being said, I hope he wins; not on constitutional grounds, but on the grounds that I hate it when companies try to shut up the little guy by sending lawyers after them. Here's to hoping.


Monday, December 8, 2008

USB Fever Releases Sim Unlock Card

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.usbfever.com/index_eprod...products_id=788

"This Sim Card is the Latest in the Line of Smart Technological Solutions to By Pass Network Restrictions on Mobile Phones So You Can Be FREE To Use Your Choice of Network Simcard with Your Mobile Phone, without getting your phone unlocked. In simpler terms this Simcard enables your existing simcard to work on any locked mobile phone. It is used in parallel to your existing simcard as its only 0.10mm thick, therefore can be inserted along with your existing simcard in any of the mobile phones available throughout the world. It can also be removed easily, without causing any damage to your phone."

Do I know if it works? Nope, but I've heard of similar products in the past that do a similar job. Obviously try it at your own risk, but if you're not happy with the idea of jumping on the AT&T bandwagon but still would like the iPhone 3G, this might be your best bet until a software unlock is developed.


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