Keys, keys anyone? – Official unlock for iPhone 3G


The hot news today is that it IS possible to officially unlock your iPhone. Yes, you read me correctly, OFFICIALLY UNLOCK. And I’m not talking those factory non-locked phones you get in some European countries for $1000+. I’m talking about a usual subsidized locked phone. No, I’m not completely bonkers.

I think everyone owning a subsidized iPhone has a secret dream of it being unlocked. And no, there’s not yet an app for that. At least officially. Or is there?

Olly Farshi is just a common guy located in Finland (that’s in Europe in case anyone’s wondering). And when the iPhone 3G was released last year he, like many many other people, entered into a two year blood oath with the local Finnish carrier Sonera for the ownership of the”Jesus Phone”.

When the 3GS was released, the dark demons that lie within all of us seduced Olly to acquire this precious device. He was positively stunned when the helpful girls at Sonera offered him the opportunity to pay of his remaining debt for the original 3G contract. Having eagerly done so (as I think many of us would) the helpful assistant at the carrier office took note of the IMEI of the 3G phone and promised that the phone would be unlocked during the next iTunes sync.


Well, the assistant is still alive so you can guess that it worked. Minutes later, when holy Olly connected his iPhone to the dreaded iTunes, he received an invitation to download a carrier update. After downloading and installing it, he was shocked to see Apple’s official unlock screen. And with the trademarked logo at the top!

So, that’s it, folks! I know, this seems like a dream for many of you out there, but it IS possible. Good luck convincing your local carriers though, because I imagine not everyone is a courteous as Sonera. And AT&T will probably laugh themselves silly if you propose something like that to them. So it’s probably time to brush up on your negotiation skills.

[via theappleblog ]

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