Open Lock

david77

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Does anyone knows how long it will be to the iPhone to become an open-lock?
 

ColsTiger

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Subsidy locks are used to lock the phone to one carrier's network. They're called subsidy locks because most carrier's subsidize the cost of the handsets by requiring the user to sign a two-year contract.

what other kind of open lock are you talking about? Like open your car locks?
 

wjp09

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Do you mean UNLOCKED? As in any carier may use the phone?
 

david77

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Do you mean UNLOCKED? As in any carier may use the phone?
sorry for my lack of knowledge , yes i meant Unlock or subsidy lock.

i read that "Cingular" is an exclusive provider for this device for 5 f**king years! .

:oops:
 

jpmihalk

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sorry for my lack of knowledge , yes i meant Unlock or subsidy lock.

i read that "Cingular" is an exclusive provider for this device for 5 f**king years! .

:oops:
In the U.S., yes... it should be available overseas for other providers later in 2007 and 2008.
 

ColsTiger

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sorry for my lack of knowledge , yes i meant Unlock or subsidy lock.

i read that "Cingular" is an exclusive provider for this device for 5 f**king years! .

:oops:
Then no. It won't be open lock for quite some time.:laugh2:
 

david77

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What about all of those companies that work on unlocking the iPhone and selling it unlock .
is it legal?
 
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There are many variables that go into how quickly an unlocked version of a phone will be released/ rigged. Seeing as Cingular has exclusive rights to the iPhone for 5 years, there is no way there will be an officially-released unlocked version of the iPhone before the end of those five years.


So, it is now in the hands of hackers and regular people. But again, there are many variables. How many people work on it, how skilled those people are, how tight the iPhone is locked, and many other things will all affect the time span in which the iPhone is locked to Cingular.

I guess it's safe to say that it will be unlocked in America by the time the iPhone is released across the world :D
 

Spin This!

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Even if someone managed to unlock the phone, if your phone every breaks or needs service, Apple is going to want proof that you're an AT&T customer. Unlocking surely would void any warranty left on the phone, even if you bought extra Apple Care.

Something to think about...
 
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Even if someone managed to unlock the phone, if your phone every breaks or needs service, Apple is going to want proof that you're an AT&T customer. Unlocking surely would void any warranty left on the phone, even if you bought extra Apple Care.

Something to think about...
Yes, I agree. Unlocking is definitely not the smartest thing, as you can easily brick, or completely ruin, it by doing this. I am already a Cingular/AT&T customer, so I don't need to worry about unlocking it at this point. I am just checking out this thread and adding input occasionally :D
 

david77

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Yes, I agree. Unlocking is definitely not the smartest thing, as you can easily brick, or completely ruin, it by doing this. I am already a Cingular/AT&T customer, so I don't need to worry about unlocking it at this point. I am just checking out this thread and adding input occasionally :D

i envy you :oops:

maybe i should consider relocation to the US & A
 

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I'm sure someone will figure it out quickly enough. IF you're going to use an IMEI unlock service, you probably won't have too much to worry about. If you're going to try to unlock it yourself, then that will be a little more risky. Lord knows there were a bunch of V3 Razrs that got bricked up until January of '06 when the technique finally got simplified.