IMEI Based Remote Unlocking for iPhone 4 Restricted to Certain Carriers

Remember the IMEI based remote unlocking service that many websites, specially CutYourSim was practicing few weeks ago? Apparently even the one’s performing the unlock did not know how it all really happened and hence have limited to only few carriers now. From the looks of it, I wouldn’t expect it to return to all carriers either, because this whole process was based on utilizing direct unlock codes from the Apple servers and worked as a permanent unlock. Many users opted for this service and are now enjoying their unlocked iPhone 4’s, but at what cost, now that even the company who used to perform this service have completely stopped doing it.

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This is what the company stated;

The unlock will work with any iPhone version, and any baseband version, no need to worry about updating to the latest version anymore. The solution we offer is a permanent solution.   Jailbreaking, or unauthorized hacks are NOT required.  This unlock will carry on forever, you can now update your phone to the newest version without worrying about waiting for an unauthorized unlock to be released. The unlock will work with any iPhone version, and any baseband version, no need to worry pany.about updating to the latest version anymore, your phone will be unlocked forever!

Even though the unlock was being charged $170, many users stuck on currently locked basebands 2.10.1, 3.10.1 and 4.10.1 running on iOS 4.2.1 and above have used this and attained unlock. There were about 400 successful unlocks done, until CutYourSim decided to pull the plug off this service and cancel all pending orders. They claim that they have already refunded the complete amount to users whose iPhones weren’t unlocked. Recently, they again decided to get the service back up, but this time limiting to only certain carriers and not all. Below is the list of carriers that they claim can be unlocked:

Australia

  • Optus
  • Telstra
  • Virgin
  • Vodafone

Brazil

  • Vivo

Denmark

  • 3 Hutchinson
  • Telenor
  • Telia Hutchinson

France

  • Orange
  • Ireland
  • O2
  • Vodafone

Israel

  • Cellcom
  • Orange
  • Pelephone

Netherlands

  • T-Mobile

Norway

  • Netcom
  • Telenor

Spain

  • Movistar

Sweden

  • Hallebop
  • Telia

United Kingdom

  • O2
  • Orange
  • T-Mobile
  • Tesco
  • Vodafone

We have no idea as to how long this service will remain active, as most of the iPhones aren’t carrier locked, but rather just locked. So we will have to wait and watch if they will bring the previous unlock service back so that anyone can unlock their iPhones. If you own an iPhone locked to one of the above carriers then place an unlock order by providing your IMEI over here.

Do you think the $170 price tag is worthy of this unlock or would you rather wait for the iPhone Dev team to come up with the software unlock.

[ via CutYourSim ]

Another SIM Interposer Claims to Unlock the iPhone 4: Rebel SIM

Since the iPhone dev team haven’t been able to produce an unlock solution for the iPhone 4 Basebands 03.10.01, 02.10.04 and 04.10.01, other private companies are providing alternatives. One such alternative was the Gevey SIM Interposer, but these alternatives don’t come without a price and are not legal. However, a new SIM based unlock known as the Rebel SIM claims that it provides direct unlock without the need of dialing emergency numbers and repeating the procedure every time you reboot. Sounds good doesn’t it?

What is Rebel SIM? How does it work and how much does it cost?

What you see in the above picture, is the Rebel SIM, looks very similar to the Gevey SIM and functions almost as same as well. But, it is very different indeed, as I mentioned before, it doesn’t require you to call an emergency number, hang up and the toggle Airplane mode on off. This is somewhat like an untethered unlock, if we may say so, that doesn’t require you to repeat certain procedures every time you reboot or you lose network. There are two types of Rebel SIM, both of which are cheaper than the Gevey SIM and work better than the latter. The two types are:

Rebel Pro Micro Sim Card is supplied with its own custom iPhone 4 Sim tray so the IC stays inside the iPhone 4 and is our Flagship Product.

Rebel Lite Micro Sim Card does not require a special iPhone Sim tray and the IC is located on the outside of the iPhone 4 when installed and is designed for Budget users.

The Rebel SIM unlocks all the basebands that are currently unlockable and supports iOS verison 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.3 & 4.3.1 without the need for you to jailbreak your device. That is pretty cool, but the question is how many of you would want to buy this SIM interposer and not wait for an unlock from the Dev-team.

The Rebel Pro Micro will cost you about $65 and the Rebel Lite will cost you about $45. The prices will differ according to shipping rates and availability, so don’t be surprised if the prices suddenly skyrocket. Both of these will start shipping soon enough and you can order yours at Rebel.

The choice is once again yours, as you can wish to wait for the iPhone dev team to come out with an unlock or spend money on getting an alternate/hardware unlock method. I would suggest you to wait a little longer and have faith in the Dev team.

[ via Geohot ]