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Need help – anyone in SF next week with an iPhone hardware unlock?

(seriously – otherwise I’ll be phoneless thoughout GDC :( )

I’ve had no interest in cracking my iPhone, so I haven’t.

Until I discovered the other day that my incompetent network (O2) won’t allow me to make calls in the USA on the agreement I have with them, so I need to use a local USA SIM while I’m there. Unsurprisingly, all O2’s own staff openly advised this as the only sane course of action. They were apologetic that this was necessary. O2 loses nothing if I unlock the phone.

And then I discover that Apple’s undocumented 2.2.1 update which I was bounced into installing has disabled all known unlock processes except for the hardware ones. If I had bothered to do the unlock a few months ago, it would have worked perfectly. Now, with less than a day until I leave the country, there’s nothing I can do.

Help? Anyone?

(NB: I’m not on a contract. I’m not even registered with the network. I’m sure the EU commission will sue Apple’s ass over this sooner or later and force them to stop retailing locked phones in the UK. That is of no help to me *today*)

(NB2: Apple’s lack of respect for their consumer continues to impress me every year. I know *why* they did it (network operators forced them to), but that doesn’t excuse screwing the consumer without warning them what you’re about to do to them. Undocumented updates are vicious)

5 replies on “Need help – anyone in SF next week with an iPhone hardware unlock?”

Hmm I did hit submit? lol
If you are using a 3g iPhone then you need to downgrade to 2.2 otherwise you can jailbreak a 2.2.1. A quick google will tell you how to do either of these things.

according to the main sites, if youe allowed the firmware to update to 2.2.1, that wont work :(. Something in the firmware spcifically kills it.

You are correct sorry. you can jailbreak but not unlock it. Why did you update did you never learn from the psp lol. You will have to wait another couple of days/weeks for the 3g release which is time you do not have.

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