Unlocking Your iPhone Just Became A Lot Harder in iOS 5 Beta 2

Unlocking Your iPhone Just Became A Lot Harder in iOS 5 Beta 2

Apple released its iOS 5 beta 2 firmware late last week, and in addition to modifying push notifications and activating Wi-Fi syncing, it has also killed one of the most popular and user friendly unlock tools for the iPhone 4.

The Gevey SIM unlock is a hardware unlock that requires no modification of the iPhone’s software — so there’s no need to jailbreak your device. Instead, it’s a small plastic device that fits into your iPhone’s SIM slot, with your SIM card inside, and removes the carrier lock on the iPhone.

With the introduction of iOS 5 beta 2, however, the Gevey SIM unlock no longer works.

MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev-Team confirmed in a tweet on Friday that Apple has killed the hack, suggesting it may have been under pressure from carriers:

it’s surprising Apple closed Gevey interposer hole in b2 rather than waiting until final (maybe they were under pressure)

This means the Gevey SIM unlock will now only work for iOS 5 beta 1 and below, until Applenberry — the team behind the device — update it to work with the final iOS 5 release. If, of course, that’s possible.

In the meantime, then, the only hope for unlockers is software unlocks that will require your device to be jailbroken. The downside to that is that there is currently no untethered jailbreak solution for devices running iOS 5.

Are you a Gevey SIM unlock user? How do you feel about this news?

  • Chris Brunner

    How long will it be before they come up with a workaround, I’m guessing not too long!

    -Chris
    http://friendsofmac.net

  • CharliK

    If you already bought a phone you would expect that Apple is going to do something to trip you up with iOS5 so you wait to update your phone’s software. Same as always.

    If you are buying a phone, you don’t need this caca cause you can buy it unlocked from Apple. Yeah, it’s full price but really, you will pay device costs (plus full sales tax in some states no matter what), first month service and activation fees for the line, ETF for the contract you just dumped and for many $100+ to someone to get the unlock. 

    So $749+tax buying full price from Apple here in California = $823

    Or I buy on contract etc = $895 (or slightly higher if it is a totally new line which has a higher activation fee) + whatever I might have to pay to get the unlock done. 

    AND here in the US if I got a brand new line they ran my credit which will be recorded and could come back to bite me in the next few months if I try to buy anything major. Why risk it when I am not saving any month messing with the carrier. 

    I suppose to could sign up for ATT and then unlock it to use it overseas should I happen to go somewhere but that actually isn’t that common in the US. Typically they want to unlock to use prepaid etc.

  • Jazam2010

    Is there some way you could get your iPhone unlocked once your contract is over? Like permanently unlocked the same way they do it when they run out of unlocked phones at the Apple Store and they use some sort of software?

  • djrobsd

    I know unlocking is awesome if you need to travel internationally, but once AT&T swallows up T-mobile, who will need it here in the states?!

  • Scott Duval

    I personally think that unlocking or jailbreaking your phone is theft… same as downloading music from pirate bay or other places… it would be nice if apple made so if you jailbreak it or screw with it like that it shuts off and doesnt come back on… screw you outa your money… you want a hack piece of crap… go android

  • Brandon Dillon

    Please tell me this was just a trolling statement and nothing more. Having your phone function with a carrier that is more fitting for your needs is nothing NEAR pirating music. AT&T gives me one bar of service at my house and drops calls left and right. If I want to have a GSM iPhone that is capable of doing other tasks while in a phone call, then I have no other choice but to unlock it with another service.

    It would be nice if CoM made so if you post a flat out ignorant/stupid comment, you are banned and doesn’t allow you back on… “You want a type a piece of crap comment… go Engadget”

  • Eddy Suwito

    hi yeah right i just saw it today on apple download blog also do you want to buy ipad 3 and iphone 5

    ipad 3 now already shipped all you need is buy facebook fans now

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