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iPhone 3G Unlocked!

We had sort of been expecting that the iPhone 3G would be more difficult to unlock because it would be impossible to walk out of a store without signing a contract and activating the iPhone. We all know how that worked out on launch day -- iPhones were flying about unactivated anyway. Honestly, given that the 2.0 software has already been fully pwned (read: opened up, jailbroken, made to serve the whims of hackers everywhere), the early unlocking really should be no surprise.

Fernando writes in:

I just saw this today. A brazilian team seems to be the first one in the world to have a fully unlocked 3g iPhone. It's using brazilian operator TIM, that does not support iPhones here in Brazil; actually the iPhone did not even start selling here, and when it does it will be Claro and maybe Vivo.

The video is in Portuguese, so it might not be clear exactly what's happening to most readers. The method here, as Gizmodo notes, is

a special card that piggybacks to your SIM card, fooling the phone into thinking it's using an official carrier. While this is not the software unlock being developed by the usual suspects, the video clearly shows that it works fine.

We know a lot of folks are waiting for a clear path to unlocking and jailbreaking to get the iPhone 3G -- it looks like that wait isn't going to be much longer than an Apple store line.

Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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It has a "CE" sign on the back side. This is used on european iPhones. So maybe he just bought a lock-free iPhone from belgium? This is easy ...

I don't fully buy this either... Why not show this sim adapter on video? Also who is going to pay for some sim adapter when free software will eventually be available for download?

This is the same way the original iPhone was first unlocked... with a sim hack (google for turbosim and iphone). I wouldn't be at all surprised if it's legit.

Rumor is the iDev team is taking their time with the new pwnage for the simple reason they want to include a unlock for the 3g. This should be interesting how this all plays out.

OMG!1 teh Mike! :)
Agree with Mike, agree with Bad Ash, and agree with Dieter, and y'all know how less interesting that makes me...

I saw the video and I speak Portuguese, so I can affirm that they used a 3G Iphone and did the whole deal. What they do on the video is tell that it is using a SIM card that makes the phone "think" it is using an approved network, etc. Then they make a phone call from the 3G to a 2g and vice-versa. They even offer people to come to their store and look at it, on their site. I asked them about this being a lock-free from Belgium...waiting for response...

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‘This unlock method has been used in the past using Turbo Sims, Hyper Cards, and Stealth sims. It isn’t a true software unlock which we expect to see from the devs soon.’

Why not show this sim adapter on video? Also who is going to pay for some sim adapter when free software will eventually be available for download?