For a third time I’ll repeat it: the iPhone losing AT&T exclusivity was big, it was massive, it was probably more important than your aunt’s wedding. However you may need some schooling on what you can do with an unlocked iPhone.
First off you cannot inflict physical damage, attempt forced entry of a vehicle or use it to attract women outside your age group. Now that we have reinforced those silly problems it’s time to tackle the more serious, is unlocking the iPhone legal?
Yes and no, Nilay Patel, Engadget’s Copyright attorney sets it straight. If you want to unlock your iPhone for personal use with another carrier that’s perfectly fine. If you are aiming at selling that unlocked iPhone eying some profit then
that is illegal it probably is illegal (depends).
To unlock the iPhone you can only modify certain parts of the firmware. It’s all a sticky mess and Nilay can explain it better than this Blogger can.
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Remember our previous post on how instructions to unlock the iPhone would soon be posted? Good news, those instructions have been posted early, GSM carriers prepare for iPhone mania!
The instructions have been posted as 10
parts, click them below. Keep in mind you can brick your iPhone very easily, continue with caution!
I probably represent a minority of the iPhone community, the users who desire to hack their iPhone. We have legitimate reasons for doing so and I don’t doubt there is a mass appeal. We’ve probably considered doing this but have restrained ourselves for fear of something we cannot grasp, the lack of desire or to hold out for an official solution.
I took the dive the other day and can say I am very pleased with the results mainly due to a single App provided by Erica Sadun of TUAW. It doesn’t stop there, the work put in and the end product is very polished and probably something Apple would do themselves.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, I’m referring to a 3rd party Application installer simply titled “Installer.app”. I held back for two reasons, the current solutions require an Intel Mac and knowledge of the iPhone’s deep internals which was something I lacked.
Fortunately Installer.app is now PowerPC compatible and simplified so literally minutes after applying Tuesday’s update I was already downloading and running the Installer. The process is so simple and straightforward even I, a user scared to touch Terminal… more...
Since day 1 of the iPhone’s existence amongst us mere mortals there have been groups taking aim at AT&T’s lockdown of the phone. We’ve had promises and updates, surely enough those groups have delivered in a Hardware solution and sure to be a Software solution.
Besides using a Turbo SIM there will be two new methods involved in freeing the iPhone. First a Hardware solution which involves soldering and most likely a bricked iPhone. I am quoting the hacker here:
So in one week exactly from this blog post(thats less than the time it takes to ship a turbosim) we will release simple step by step instructions for unlocking, probably not even involving hardware.
There you have it, one week you’ll get the instructions to fully unlock your iPhone and if your luckly, maybe a Software unlock as well. Just remember one week so that would be August 28th (one week from date of the original Blog post).
If you haven’t jumped onboard to customizing your iPhone yet, now may be the time to do it. iPhoneAlley has released iFuntastic 2.5, the latest version of their mod your iPhone program.
What’s new? Well now you can see all your files on the iPhone as in “full file browsing support”. You can even adjust colors in your SMS iChat-style balloons, swap out logos and swap out imagery.
I’m typically not the type that fiddles with files that I’m not supposed to but this program has opened my eyes to the possibilites of modding my iPhone. The only problem for me is the lack of Intel-Mac. But as soon as I get that new 24’ iMac, this will be the first thing on my list.more...
ModMyiPhone is at it again. I thought the iPhone would have come with the capability to use the device as a drive on the computer, similar to the iPod. Unfortunately it did not, and of course someone had to make up for what Apple missed.
A developer nicknamed “Cranium” has created a Windows-based file browser that enables users to access and transfer files directly to the iPhone, bypassing the sync process. The application is a visual basics program so there is not an installer. You will need .Net and once you have that, you are ready to start dragging and dropping files.
I took the application for a spin on my windows machine and didn’t have much problems. I won’t be using it often, but it is nice to have until something better comes along—maybe for non-windows users… (hint, hint)more...
I was so excited to hear that the screen of the iPhone was scratch resistant before I purchased it. The beautiful giant screen would kill me if I saw a scratch on it! Unfortunately, the metal sides of the phone are not scratch resistant, and I have experience my first scratch on my iPhone.
Of course, no one else would notice it but I seem to zoom right onto the scratch every time I use it. There is still hope though, and it requires a few supplies and three simple steps.
Macrumors forum user MeekB2G has come up with a way to make the sides of your phone look like the brushed metal look we all know and love. Supplies needed are: Electric Tape, Scotch Bright Sponge, and an iPhone. It is advised to try this at your own risk. Check it out!more...
When I first purchased my iPhone, I thought to myself, “I wonder when different colored iPhone will come out?” It was only a matter of time before someone started offering different colors for the iPhone.
A company called Colorware has announced 29 color customization options for 4GB and 8GB models. You can purchase an iPhone directly from them with your own color scheme in mind, or you can supply your own iPhone with a brand new color for $149. There is a customization page which show you all the colors you can choose and changes the iPhone on the screen so you can see just how your iPhone will look.
I played around with it for a few minutes and came up with some wild colors. If you thought your current iPhone color scheme was to subtle, wait until you get your hands on some of the colors they offer.more...
Just in case you have a machine that laser etches things and a desire to customize, MAKE has provided you with info and a video on how to laser etch your iPhone. This guy went all retro with toasters.
Ah AT&T, your exclusive grip on the iPhone for five years may be broken after all. True customers won’t get a lot of the great features such as visual voicemail but hey, at least they won’t need to pay a cancellation fee for their existing service and sign up again.
Arstechnica is reporting that unlocked iPhones may soon be a reality through Pure Mobile. They claim that you will be able to use iPhone with GSM carriers in the USA and Canada such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Fido and Rogers. You can only pre-order iPhone but price and date of availability are missing. But shipping will be 19 and 29 dollars.
The interesting thing is you might have to pay a premium which is only being speculated, and Pure Mobile isn’t accepting pre-orders just yet. Demand for iPhone is great plus there is that lingering little nuance of a 2 year contract being required from certain outlets.
The company’s Web Page can be found here.more...