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iPhone now pay-as-you-go

iPhone now pay-as-you-go

The iPhone Dev Wiki has managed to unlock the iPhone so that you can make calls using any AT&T or Cingular SIM card.

Earlier this week, the iPhone Dev Wiki found a way to partially unlock Apple's iPhone so that you can make calls using any AT&T or Cingular SIM card.

Apple's iPhone is probably the most-discussed piece of technology in 2007 but unfortunately it's not as accessible as many would have hoped. Firstly, it's not available outside of America at the moment because it's currently locked to the AT&T network and secondly, In order to use the device properly, you have to sign up for a two year activation contract with AT&T if you want to use the device.

Using an application called iASign, the group of hackers has been able to unlock the iPhone's firmware so that you can use any existing Cingular or AT&T SIM card. This can either be from a current contract or on a pre-paid pay-as-you-go package.

This also means that it's now possible to use an iPhone on a corporate contract, which are often 10 to 20 percent cheaper than the standard tariffs - something that isn't available if you go down the traditional route.

The iPhone Dev Wiki has also confirmed that the hack works on virtual operators, like 7-11 wireless, too and added that the group is not even close to giving up on fully unlocking the iPhone. "We're still up and running, but we won't comment on a possible time line. If the unlocking is possible we'll eventually find it, so stay tuned," said the Wiki.

For those of you thinking about buying an iPhone and unfortunately turned off by the two-year tie-in, there are 18 steps to hacking the iPhone to accept other SIM cards here. In order to successfully unlock your phone, you'll need iTunes and an Intel-based Mac.

Have you already bought an iPhone, or are you put off by the two-year AT&T contract? Will this change your mind? Let us know in the forums.

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DougEdey 20th July 2007, 10:43 Quote
And it's also allowed 3rd party apps. Suprised you missed that one Tim!
Torwald 20th July 2007, 11:30 Quote
iPhone is a piece of junk. It's popular because Apple made it and it has "i" in the name, got some fncy functions. Apart from that, it offers nothing that would justify that price :/
Buy iPhone, be fresh and funky...
C-Sniper 20th July 2007, 12:51 Quote
woohoo more business for unlocking phones for me!
DarkLord7854 20th July 2007, 13:36 Quote
I want a "Ignore iPhone news" button :p
DXR_13KE 20th July 2007, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
I want a "Ignore iPhone news" button :p

seconded

no 3G no way.
Bluephoenix 20th July 2007, 14:28 Quote
the only thing that has any sort of innovation (and even thats questionable) is the interface, but that is balanced out by the fact that you can't change the battery; can't store anywhere near as much as the 5G ipods; and that if it dies, you lose everything (mp3, phone, pda)


I would never buy one and I pity the fool that would.
Lowsidex2 20th July 2007, 14:58 Quote
I haven't looked around for a phone, and don't intend to, but is it even possible to BUY the phone without the contract?
Torwald 20th July 2007, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lowsidex2
I haven't looked around for a phone, and don't intend to, but is it even possible to BUY the phone without the contract?

Nope...
Unless by breaking the law and buying @ ebay...
Atomic 20th July 2007, 15:42 Quote
It is a shame it was developed in the USA and not in europe (or even japan with their crazy fast mobile data speeds!)

Using the EDGE network is just plain stupid, it's like going back to using a 486 when everyone else uses modern PCs.
xion 20th July 2007, 16:07 Quote
I'm actually happy apple has ventured into the phone market, yes its overpriced, made for the "trendies" and has more holes than a sieve, but at least you know in six months tops we will see a flood of "new" clones / new innovative competing products from mass-market-production runs at a tenth of the cost :)
jezmck 20th July 2007, 16:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
seconded

no 3G no way.

2.5'd
The_Beast 20th July 2007, 16:28 Quote
yeah it looks good but that is all it has going for it
Atomic 20th July 2007, 16:33 Quote
It needs: MMS, 3G and a decent camera before I buy one.
fev 20th July 2007, 18:26 Quote
htc touch v2 will walk all over this...

*strokes new toy*
Nexxo 20th July 2007, 20:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torwald
iPhone is a piece of junk. It's popular because Apple made it and it has "i" in the name, got some fncy functions. Apart from that, it offers nothing that would justify that price :/
Buy iPhone, be fresh and funky...
Apart from a really ergonomic, elegant user interface and decent integration of applications...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bluephoenix
the only thing that has any sort of innovation (and even thats questionable) is the interface, but that is balanced out by the fact that you can't change the battery; can't store anywhere near as much as the 5G ipods; and that if it dies, you lose everything (mp3, phone, pda)

But couldn't your level most of these complaints at any integrated device? Jack of all trades, master of none.
DarkLord7854 20th July 2007, 20:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lowsidex2
I haven't looked around for a phone, and don't intend to, but is it even possible to BUY the phone without the contract?

Actually I did come across a site selling them unlocked a while ago, but they were priced at twice the price that they are now
john_jon 23rd July 2007, 05:34 Quote
You dont have to pay someone to have any sim work in the phone, including a prepaid sim. All you have to do is go to a retail store to have it done for you. It was already announced that you could use your phone with prepaid service. Sorry everyone. I guess this is big news for those 'do it yourself' people out there.
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