iPhone Unlocked for $96 with Forged SIM, Tested in Europe

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Click to viewWhile the wizards are still working on a software-only complete unlock for the iPhone, hackers in Europe claim that they have completely unlocked the JesusPhone, allegedly using a SIM reader/writer and a blank SIM card to obtain full calling and SMS capabilities. Total cost: $96. Read on for the details.

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While we haven't been able to test this ourselves—our SIM card reader and blank SIM cards are now on transit and should be here tomorrow— a Hackintosh forum member has been able to test the hack in the Orange UK network.

Just tested it - works fine with Orange UK - Call In/Out, SMS In/Out. Great job to
everyone who made this possible (specially to the guy that edited the Hex file).

I used the subscriber ICCID, so maybe is best to edit the tutorial - activation should

be the last step.

My thoughts on safety of using this: If so called 'Total Unlock' is released, it will be

probably patching of the baseband firmware to do a similar thing. So no worry about

alerting the network, the trick seems to fool only the good/bad guy check in the

baseband firmware.

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While the other software-based solution will be free, if the SIM forgery works those $96 seems like a very low price to buy an iPhone and have it working in your network. Even more when the Infinity USB Unlimited only costs $88+shipping and its cost can be shared about many people. The blank SIM cards only cost $8.27+shipping.

We will publish our results as soon as we get our new gear. [Hackintosh Forums]

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DISCUSSION

I've been following the "super-sim" method progress and just wanted to point out a few things. Several users have been able to get EDGE working with this method, it probably depends on your network. It's true that visual voicemail is unique to AT&T, but regular old audio voicemail will work as usual. Many people keep saying that Apple will de-activate with a firmware update, but that's not really an issue: once you've got it working, DON'T update! Unlocking the iPhone for USA DOES make sense! Many potential iPhone users (like me) are currently stuck in t-Mobile contracts. Also for some (me again) t-Mobile's service is better. I switched from AT&T to T-mobile last year and find it much better for my location.