If you recently purchased — or have plans to purchase — a phone in the Samsung Galaxy S line, the folks over a xda-developers have a pretty interesting tutorial up on their forums. The instructions detail how to carrier-unlock your Galaxy S phone (e.g. Captivate, Vibrant, etc.) without the need to pay for a SIM unlocking service. The process is four steps long and looks to be a 4 or 5 out of 10 on the difficulty scale. Hit up the read link if you want to give this one a shot… and do let us know if you have any success. More →
If you have an iPhone 4, and are itching to use it on another network, the Dev-Team has got you covered. Early this morning, MuscleNerd announced that ultrasn0w unlocking software — version 1.0-1 — has been updated to work with the iPhone 4. The newer, more inclusive version of ultrasn0w will work with iPhone 4 baseband 01.59 and iPhone 3GS/3G basebands 04.26.04, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, and 05.13.04. If you’re itching to port your number (and your iPhone 4) to another network, jailbreak your iPhone, add the repo666.ultrasn0w.com repository to Cydia, install ultrasn0w and enjoy! More →
Long the champion for Rural wireless carriers, the Rural Cellular Association has again championed the cause of unlocking handsets by pointing to the recent “We’re going SIM-Free” announcement by NTT DoCoMo. The Rural Cellular association took its case to the FCC in a letter that praises NTT DoCoMo’s pro-consumer decision to unlock its handsets and urges the FCC to encourage US-based wireless carriers to take similar steps. The RCA has been pushing this initiative for over two years to no avail; with the FCC a year into its investigation of carrier exclusivity and its effect on consumer choice in the US, perhaps the time is now for this proposal to fall on some non-deaf ears?
Kudos to the iPhone dev team as member @Planetbeing has successfully unlocked the iPhone 4. The proof is in the picture above, which shows Bell Canada as the carrier for the iPhone 4, an impossible situation made possible by a successful carrier unlock (as the iPhone 4 has not been released in Canada). Eager iPhone 4 owners looking to duplicate this task themselves will have to wait, as the tools for the unlocking are not yet available for public consumption and most likely won’t be until after Apple releases it impending “antenna fix” update. Stay tuned and we will let you know when the unlocking tools finally drop.
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The AP reports that a California federal judge has given the go-ahead to a monopoly class action lawsuit, against both Apple and AT&T, over several aspects of the iPhone. The suit claims that Apple, in making AT&T its exclusive partner, drove up prices and stifled competition in the smartphone market. The suit seeks to, “keep Apple from selling locked iPhones in the U.S. and from determining what iPhone programs people can install.” Naturally, the suit also seeks “damages to cover legal fees and other costs.” Apple has yet to release in an official statement in regards to the suit, but did say that it had not hurt competition. Unlocked iPhones and the ability to install applications from third party sources (Cydia!) sound pretty good to us. More →
Dev-team member MuscleNerd gave an update — via Twitter — on the carrier unlock progress of the iPhone 4…and so far, things are looking up. The baseband-unlocking code used by the dev-team on the first, second, and third generation iPhones (ultrasn0w) needs to be completely rewritten for the fourth generation model — thanks to a new baseband employed by Apple. MuscleNerd quips:
Next step is to keep the task backgrounded like we did for 3G/3GS http://is.gd/dh7Jh. Backgrounded task is the unlock.
Things are looking up for those iPhone 4 owners who want an unlock. Those of you who use Twitter — and would like to stay up to date on the latest dev-team happenings — go ahead and give @MuscleNerd a follow.
As if there weren’t already enough reasons to get excited for the arrival of Bell’s HSPA network and the amazing handsets that it will bring with it, one of our Bell connects stepped up to the mound and delivered us this slider of a tip. It seems that Bell is really serious about having its customers love them, because it is going to issue unlock codes for its branded devices. Of course caveats apply, but they’re not all that out of the ordinary: your account must be active for at least one month, only phones purchased from Bell need apply, you won’t be able to ditch your contract, and you will be charged a fee. We’re not exactly clear on what the feel will be, but we’ve heard it might be as high as $250 dollars per handset. Obviously the cost of the official unlock doesn’t even begin to compete with third-party unlockers, but at least it will keep your warranty in tact. And no, we’re awfully sorry, but we’re not 100% sure Bell will unlock your iPhone. Hit the jump for a larger pic.
P.S. Yes, we did notice that it looks like Bell will be carrying an HSPA-flavored Omnia II.
Up until now, most folks have had to resort to using Turbo SIMs or walking into shady back alleys to get their iPhones unlocked. The Dev Team has been hard at work so you can enjoy carrier freedom with your iPhone 3G (not the iPhone 3GS!) and, you know, wander off to T-Mobile (or anywhere GSM is available if you’re a travel junky). As usual, ultrasn0w is made to be easy enough for grandma to use. Just follow the simple few steps that the Dev Team has laid out and you should be good to go! We’ll remind you once more not to do this on the iPhone 3GS — S support is still forthcoming where jailbreaking and unlocking is concerned. Oh and as always, perform these hacks at your own risk.
The iPhone Dev Team updated its blog to include full instructions on jailbreaking your iPhone OS 3.0 device using redsn0w — the multi-platform, multi-device jailbreaking and unlocking tool. Redsn0w only supports the iPhone 2G (original iPhone), iPhone 3G and the iPod touch (first and second generation) for the time being. The latest iPhone 3G S is not yet supported for jailbreaking or unlocking so don’t try to use it on your brand new phone! Jailbreaking is supported across all devices running OS 3.0, except for the 3G S, and unlocking is only available for the iPhone 2G. 3G owners need to wait for the upcoming ultrasn0w to be released in order to unlock their OS 3.0 devices. Head over to the dev team blog for the appropriate torrent files and instructions.
PhoneNews is reporting that Verizon Wireless has approved a firmware update for the xv6850 Touch Pro. As promised by Verizon Wireless late last year, this firmware update will unlock the GPS on the handset, allowing owners to use Google Maps or Windows Live Search instead of the proprietary and costly VZ Navigator. The firmware update also adds Visual Voicemail support to the phone, a feature that requires a $3 monthly fee and EVRC-B codec support which improves call handling. The update is not available through Verizon Wireless or HTC yet but it is being offered early by Phone News. For those Touch Pro owners who have not already hacked their phone to unlock the GPS, hit the read link to obtain the firmware update — at your own risk of course. Samsung Saga and Samsung Omnia owners – hang in there and hopefully a similar update for your crippled handset is right around the corner, too.
An unofficial beta ROM for the Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia has hit the forums at Modaco. The ROM includes several upgrades for Omnia users including the much anticipated GPS unlock. In addition to unlocking the GPS, the leaked ROM includes the following enhancements:
- 5% battery increments
- Ability to disable threaded text messaging via system settings
- Pop-up keyboard keys a la iPhone
- Auto-lock keyapd settings now include Off, 2s and 5s
- Opera 9.5 Mobile build 15679
- Weather Bug and Windows Live Widgets
- Favorite settings, now known as easy settings
- Windows Live
Head on over to the forums for the detailed instructions on flashing your Omnia to this latest ROM and if you take the plunge, hit us up in the comments and let us know how it works. Oh, and of course don’t get get mad at us if you end up frying your phone.
Got a BlackBerry? Get it unlocked! Want a BlackBerry? Win a free one!
That’s right people, one of the biggest giveaways we’ve ever had here on BGR is almost over. $10,000 worth of unlock codes and three of the latest, greatest BlackBerry handsets are up for grabs… For free! Why in the world are we having a giveaway this crazy amidst a recession? Because we’re insane, that’s why.
Entering for your chance to win a free unlock code courtesy of Horizon Wireless and/or a free Bold, Curve 8900 or Storm couldn’t be easier. Just shoot over to the giveaway post and leave a comment. Yep, that’s it! Don’t forget that if you already have a BlackBerry you can ask us for a handset and an unlock code — we’re generous like that.
Remember, your comment must be left on the giveaway post and not here in order to be a valid entry!
All this free BlackBerry goodness comes to an end on Sunday, March 8th at 11:59PM EST so head on over. Good luck!
The Dow is below 7,000 and we thought it was a good idea to try and spread some of that BGR love to our readers. Thanks to the friendly folks at Horizon Wireless, here’s what we’re giving away!
- (1) BlackBerry Bold
- (1) BlackBerry Storm
- (1) BlackBerry Curve 8900
But, that’s not all. To help out a lot of you that already have taken the plunge and purchased your own BlackBerry handsets, we’re also giving away 500 BlackBerry unlock codes! Yes, you totally read that correctly. 500 unlock codes! That’s over $10,000 in unlock codes, people. Here’s how to enter:
- Simply leave a comment on this post with why you think you should win an unlock code or why you think you should win a brand new BlackBerry.
- We’ll pick the most interesting and deserving people to win (we’ll pick a lot of our normal commenters and people that contribute daily as a nice thank you).
- If you win, we’ll email you and get your IMEI number so Horizon can retrieve your unlock code.
- The contest is good for any Rogers, AT&T, or Fido BlackBerry you want unlocked! Doesn’t matter what model.
So, that’s pretty much all the general stuff you need to know — 500 unlock codes form Horizon Wireless, three of BlackBerry’s finest, all from your pals at BGR.
We’ll run this until this Sunday, March 8th at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!