[Update] Hey guys, if you want to ensure that your unlock stays forever (even if Apple makes your IMEI uneligable again, download SAM Prefs by going to Cydia and adding the source “http://repo.bingner.com”.
Then after you install (you must reboot) you have to go into the app (should be a SIM card) and tap “utilities” and then backup activation. Your NCK (unlock) will be sent to the cloud where it can be restored later.
Hey guys, well, as you may have heard, there are now new ways to unlock your iPhone! Now, this is a great service, why? You don’t need to care about baseband updates anymore!
Once you are unlocked via IMEI, then all you have to do is plug it into iTunes.
Today, I will be reviewing an unlocking service, unlock-network.com.
Unlock-Network.com is a very well organized company that was great to work with. They are also very reliable and were the only ones that I felt could handle my personal information.
Now, I’ve made a video showing you how the whole process happens:
So basically, this is how it all works. You go to Unlock-Network.com and you choose which device you want to unlock (in my case, it was the iPhone 3G [S]). Then, you just enter your IMEI (to find your IMEI, dial *#06# on your iPhone) and then choose which network the phone is locked to. (Everyone in the U.S. should click “AT&T/Cingular”.)
Then, you have the option to pay with either PayPal or Google Checkout. It will be $174.99 for an iPhone.
Now, it may look like a steep price at first, but keep in mind that if you live in the U.S. you would have to pay atleast $1,000 for a phone from another country. If you want to have a 32 GB model, then it goes up to $1,500, at least.
It’s a good deal that can potentially save you hundreds.
Now, the unlock is performed remotely, to finish the unlocking process, plug your iPhone into an internet-enabled computer and sync with iTunes.
It’s incredibly easy and I can confirm that this works 100%! It took a matter of hours for me to recieve my confirmation that it was unlocked.
They advertise a 24-48 hours delivery time. They will also give you your money back if the unlock doesn’t work for any reason.
This will work on all baseband versions (they even advise you to update to iOS 4.3.1/4.3.2 before unlocking) and it will work on any and all models of the iPhone 3G [S] and iPhone 4.
So there you go guys! Happy unlocking!
Thanks to Unlock-Network.com for the unlock!
Here’s an image gallery that shows you some highlights from the unlock process:
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With AT&T-mobile on the horizon, Sprints stocks fell 15%. That leaves them perfect for someone to swoop in and get a great deal on a network. The question is, who? Should Apple buy into the cell provider market? They like to be in control of everything, and I would say this would put them in the drivers seat. They would have their exclusivity back since neither AT&T-mobile nor Verizon would be interested in selling phones for a direct competitor.
Or should Verizon try and put an offer on Sprint? That could go two different ways in my book. If they make an offer right away, they force the FCC/FTC into making a decision on the AT&T/T-Mobile deal. It’s a win-win for Verizon. If the FCC/FTC approves the AT&T-Mobile deal, how can they turn down Verizon/Sprint? If they stop both of them, Verizon still stays top dog in the market.
The other way to approach it for Verizon is to wait and see if the FCC/FTC approves it, then come in with a low offer that Sprint will all but have to accept to prevent exiting out the back door of the wireless market.
Or do you have ideas for anyone else? Comcast? Microsoft? Google? Let us know your thoughts.
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Huge news hitting us today. AT&T and T-mobile USA have worked out a deal where AT&T will acquire the USA division of T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom. AT&T has offered $39 billion. In exchange Deutsche Telekom will receive $25 billion in cash and 8% in stock. This looks like an awesome deal for both companies.
Now AT&T will have a monopoly in the USA for the GSM spectrum. This deal will also help AT&T into the 4G market and lets hope we see a 4G iPhone 5 this summer. As soon as we get more information we will post the details here. Lets hope we can keep our current T-Mobile plans and will not be forced into higher AT&T monthly bills.
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1. What happend?! I thought the unlock for basebands 02.10.01 & 03.10.01 would be released within the next 2 weeks?
As you know the Dev-Team (MuscleNerd) have been working on the unlock for quite a while now. They were making great progress on the unlock, but they found out that they (accidentally) unlocked “one particular SIM card” instead of the baseband itself. Which means that the unlock would only be an unlock you could use with MuscleNerd’s T-Mobile SIM. So, useless. If the unlock would unlock the baseband instead of “the SIM”, it’d probably be out within 2 weeks (reasonable timeframe which they had hoped). But things turned out to be different. Basically these <2 weeks predictions were a lack of information.
2. What is this NCK-key cracking? How does it work?
The NCK-key is the key generated by Apple if you’d officially unlock you iPhone, and with officially I mean, via your carrier. This “NCK-unlock” method is known over a few years now, actually since geohot started working on unlocking the iPhone 2G. He developed a program that could “crack” this 15 digits long key and unique for every device. Geohots NCKBF program could do around 100,000 keys/second which would produce a hit in many years, or complete a search in 317 years. To get to a point where this is actually doable we would need many orders of magnitude of improvement. Even if you use a PS3 (would we still want to use this??) or special hardware (within 1,000 US$ range) you will only get an improvement of 20-100 times.. which doesn’t help much.
Now, luckily, with the exploits they have now, they can’t unlock your baseband, but they *can* capture more information from the baseband to speed up this cracking process. Since the NORID and CHIPID (unique for every device) are known, you’d apparently only have to check 40 more bits (5 digits). A 40 bits key is theoretically crackable on “home hardware” within a week (24/7). The downside of this approach is that you’ll have to keep your computer turned on, and your iPhone has to be connected. And that is the reason why they never tried it before. Please note that this method is completely theorical and has been NOT tried at all till this moment.
3. Now what? Should I sell my locked iPhone 4?
I’d wait for more information on this “NCK-unlock”. Right now it’s pretty vague what timeframe we’re talking about. If the Dev-Team can pull this method off, it’d be very promising for those waiting for an unlock. If this method turns out to be not doable, I’d consider selling your iPhone 4 and save up for a factory unlocked iPhone 5.
4. Do you think there is every going to be an unlock?
Of course. But that’s unlikely to be any time soon (with soon being <1 month).
5. If the NCK method fails, how long do you think it will take for the Dev-Team to unlock the iPhone 4?
No ETA at all. Could be a few weeks, but it could easily be a few months as well.
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Deutsche Telekom is thinking about merging T-Mobile USA with Sprint. Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that Deutsche Telekom has began talking about selling off T-Mobile USA to Sprint. Deutsche Telekom will have a major stake in the combined company if the deal does go through. T-Mobile USA and Sprint are the third and fourth largest wireless provides behind AT&T and Verizon.
The iPhone has played a major role in the downfall of both T-Mobile and Sprint. AT&T has stolen many customers from both Sprint and T-Mobile, and now that Verizon has the iPhone as well we may see even more customers jump ship.
T-Mobile has also been in talks of buying out the 4G Clearwire spectrum. We will keep you posted as I know many of you are on T-Mobile as well as myself.read more