Well that didn’t take long.
Despite the best efforts of Apple and AT&T, it appears that the latest version of the iPhone has been unlocked via the same method as used on the original iPhone.
A Brazilian blog, TechGuru, posted the first report of it. Gizmodo checked it out, and said the method involves using a special SIM card adapter. It tricks the phone into thinking it’s on an approved network.
“This method forges the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, making the phone believe it’s working in the network in which it’s supposed to work,” Gizmodo writes.
The Brazilian group posted a video showing an unlocked handset making a phone call earlier this week. When interviewed, leader Breno MacMasi said that the company plans to charge between $250-375 to unlock iPhone 3G cell phones.
Separately, the group known as the iPhone Dev Team claims they have removed the controls that restrict independent applications from running on the iPhone. Termed ‘jailbreaking’, the process supposedly allows Apple-approved applications from the AppStore to run side-by-side with non-approved independent applications.