Company Will Unlock Your iPhone Forever… By Hacking Into Apple’s Whitelist

Company Will Unlock Your iPhone Forever… By Hacking Into Apple’s Whitelist

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.

[via MacTrast]

  • ray

    Yet people who have had an AT&T iPhone for over two years still can’t get it unlocked….

  • Schlbab

    How is this hacking if they simply have somebody in the company who puts them on the list?

  • CharliK

    That has nothing to do with the tech and everything to do with current law not requiring ATT to unlock the phones and so they don’t.

  • Dragoon1202

    If apple figures this out, they will simply reverse the changes made to the white list and your are back to where you’ve started, only 165 $ less in your pocket. That’s how I feel about this solution.

  • Daibidh

    To the US readers and those who may relate:

    With early termination fees and subsidized hardware contracts in effect, will someone please explain the whole revenue sharing agreement between Apple and carriers and how it’s NOT bad for consumers? I mean that’s the whole reason AT&T doesn’t dish out the unlock on request like they do with all their other smart phones, right?

    The whole subsidized hardware scheme is a complete sham. We overpay for the hardware. We overpay for the service. If you don’t upgrade at the end of your contract you pay the same as those who do.

    I’m not saying they shouldn’t be allowed to do this. It’s a free market but they shouldn’t be able to roll everything in together making it nearly impossible for the consumer to realize what they’re paying for! Require the carriers to call it what it is; a hardware LEASE because it is never truly yours while it remains locked. Full and upfront disclosure to the fact your phone is intended to remain locked for the entire lifetime of the phone regardless of contract should be mandated since it goes against current norms. Require the carriers to itemize on your monthly statement with which portion of your bill is going to the hardware subsidy, which portion is going to revenue share, and which portion is actually for your service!

    Maybe then consumers will demand choices instead of this take-it-or-leave-it crap! Fair doesn’t have to come at any side’s expense… that’s why it’s called FAIR! Duh!

  • Mike Rathjen

    Within the US, the benefit to an unlock is very small. If you unlock an AT&T iPhone in the US, the other only compatible system is T-Mobile voice with EDGE data and no visual voicemail. Ironically, T-Mobile will possibly be AT&T later this year anyway, in which case there will literally be nowhere else to go.

    The only benefit I see in the US is for people who travel internationally to be able to use local sims in countries they visit.

  • Daibidh

    I always switch to my old AT&T Blackberry when traveling abroad which required only a brief phone call to AT&T to have it unlocked. It never ceases to remind me that my out of contract iPhone isn’t truly mine. It’s Apple’s.

    In a future where carrier technologies promise to be more uniform and handset radios more capable of multiple technologies and frequencies, this will become much more of an issue to many more people.

    As wireless becomes more ubiquitous, we are starting to see this same approach creep into the tablet market. What’s next? Locked and subsidized laptops, PC, and televisions tied to particular ISPs, app stores, channel packages, etc? Yikes!

  • KingKong

    This are not claiming to hack the phones. They are unlocking them. They say several times that you don’t have to bother with hacks anymore.

    Idiot….

  • Sandeep

    I’m from the UK, and O2 officially unlocked my iphone for free – no underhanded tactics involved!!

  • Duff

    You haven’t read the article about using SAM from Cydia to save your unlock.

  • spaceman spliff

    read again and you will see who the real idiot is…
    hint, you.

  • Skinn Webmaster

    this post ist really amazing.. 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.

    thank you.

  • Ofer Lapid

    Dear John
    You wrote “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. “
    Well I wonder if you can point to a precedent that AT&T or APPLE actually did unlock an iPhone bought in the US contract free.
    I own one fully paid, even with apple care contract yet AT&T refuse to do so and APPLE are hiding behind AT&T.
    In so many countries this is a common service usually free of charge only in the land of the free it isn’t…
    Any hint would help

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  • Peter

    looks like a scam…what do you guys think?

  • Alex Ong

    Why is it in USA you can only get locked iphones. We in Singapore already selling all unlocked iphones and ipads. Is USA less developed than Singapore?

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