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.
In order to unlock their handsets, O2 customers must meet the following criteria:
An individual by the name of Sherif Hashim has found a security flaw that makes it possible to unlock iPhone OS 3.1.3's baseband (05.12.01). The exploit has been confirmed to work by the iPhone Dev Team's MuscleNerd. The ability to unlock the 5.12.01 baseband in the OS 3.1.3 update will solve a lot of problems. It's great news for those who had unlocked iPhones but accidentally updated their baseband and made it indefinately broke the unlock. A release date is being left up to the Dev Team for whenever they think it's ready.
Customers of the controversial unlocking service iPhoneUnlockUK.com received unexpected emails earlier today informing them that the company was guilty of using unlicensed software and that their personal details, including numerous email and physical addresses had been compromised. The hackers were discovered to have broken in to iPhoneUnlockUK's web servers back in February, where they gained access to the personal information of several users who had illegally unlocked their iPhones.
As if AT&T's comments accusing users for poor network quality weren't absurd enough, AT&T is now terminating the accounts of two users for costing the company too much money. Penny Alexander and her husband John say they got a letter from AT&T in late November saying their accounts were being terminated because AT&T doesn't have their own coverage in that area, and roaming costs were costing the company too much money.
O2 has started unlocking iPhones in the UK for users who want to switch from their network to Orange UK, the newest carrier to get the iPhone there. Users who signed up to have their devices unlocked have begun receiving texts messages instructing them to replace the O2 SIM card with that of a different carrier (in their case, Orange), and connect the device to iTunes. It's as simple as that.
You'll never stop the struggle between Apple and the people who want to hack it, so why bother complaining? As of noon today, giddy jailbreakers can take the next step and go full-on with blacksn0w, the jailbreak+unlock for the latest 05.11.07 baseband (with tethering enabled to boot). Mac and PC versions are available and it works with iPhone OS 3.1.2.
In short, the blackra1n release is alive as well, with both Mac and Windows support and the installation instructions can be found here...
T-Mobile has announced that users of unlocked iPhones on their network will no longer be allowed to use prepaid Sidekick data plans. Questions sent to the official T-Mobile Twitter account about the issue say "You will no longer be able to use an IPhone [sic] with the Sidekick data plan" and "The Sidekick Data plan is meant for a Sidekick device. You may want to look into changing your data plan if ur [sic] using an iPhone." Some users say they have still been able to access T-Mobile's EDGE data network, but things aren't looking up as far as alternatives to AT&T in the US go. [via TUAW]
If you're using a jailbroken or unlocked iPhone, you might want to think twice about sending anything over AIM that you don't want everyone to see. Equinux founder Till Schadde has found a bug that may be sending your AIM messages to random recipients without you ever knowing it.
Geohot has published his own unlocking software for the iPhone 3GS. Playing off the Dev Team's Yellowsn0w and Ultrasn0w unlocks, Geohot's unlock is called Purplesn0w, and operates in a similar way to the Dev Team's software, requiring the device to be jailbroken so it can be downloaded through Cydia.
The iPhone Dev Team has posted a notice for iPhone 3GS owners hoping to jailbreak. A jailbreak will be released relatively soon, they say, but certain files will be needed. They have a new, more reliable method for obtaining these files, but it will only work if you do it before Apple releases another update and if you don't have the OS 3.1 beta. It should also be noted that this method may update you to the 3.1 beta if it's on your computer, which would remove your chances of using Ultrasn0w in the future.