Jailbreaking your iPhone is easy enough to do as long as you don’t mind staying parked at an earlier firmware until the Dev Team gets a new hack out, but unlocking your iPhone to work with any carrier is a lot more complicated. What if you want to just unlock your iPhone once and be done with it forever? A new company called CutYourSim claims that they can just do that, offering permanent unlocking of any GSM iPhone for a one-time fee of $169.99.
How are they offering this service? As near as anyone can tell, it looks like CutYourSim has someone on the inside of AT&T who is unlocking iPhones for them on the sly.
You see, all phones — even iPhones — are officially unlockable. Usually, the way you unlock a cell phone is by running out your two year contract or paying an unlocking fee, at which point you provide your handset’s IMEI number to your carrier, who will then use it to unlock your handset.
With the iPhone, it’s rare for carriers to officially unlock the device for customers, but it does happen, and when it does, it’s accomplished by entering the IMEI# of the device in question into an Apple database whitelist. CutYourSim’s found someone with access to that whitelist, and they’re paying him money off the top to add phones to it.
In other words, if this is of interest to you, act now. It’s not going to take Apple a long time to catch on, and when they do, there’ll be hell to pay.