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  • The Risks of Unlocking Your iPhone

    Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 9:18PM / Information / Members only

    Several new techniques to free your iPhone from the previously un-free-able AT&T contract have finally been introduced. Unfortunately, these methods will either put your iPhone at serious risk or set you back much more money. Some people will question the legality of such methods, but there is no constitutional law prohibiting unlocking phones. The only real doors AT&T and Apple is going to be knocking on is the ones that distribute software to unlock the iPhone in hope of creating some fast cash.

    The first "official" unlock (and therefore it had been the very first publicly available unlock) were introduced on a popular blog, in which a 17 years old student took the iPhone apart making a few software and hardware tweaks. Once his method was tested, he revealed the steps on August 23rd, 2007. Unfortunately, his method requires soldering knowledge, additional equipment and huge amounts of concentration and patience. It resulted in many iPhones being completely destroyed, with one even sparking and melting itself in the process.

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    New "safer" iPhone applications have finally been released that advertise to unlock the iPhone after one easy installation. Unlike the risky hardware unlock method, some companies are charging up to $100 for that application, with no proof that the method actually works and can continue to work after Apple enforces updates to iPhones whenever they're connected to iTunes.

    Before you decide to unlock your iPhone, it'd be better to ask yourself one real question: Can one afford an iphone 4g when the method leads to my shiny new gadget becoming completely dysfunctional?". When the response is no, steer far clear of any iPhone unlocks.

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