Ever since the 1.1.2 firmware made it’s appearance (around build week 45 for those keeping score), there hasn’t been a working software unlock for these phones. You can ‘activate’ the phone which means to enable all the features (aside from the phone) which at least it allows you to use the device as an iPod and all the other good things it can be. The team behind the AnySim project has opensourced their code so it could be expected that more people working on the code should mean that an unlock will appear soon….but nobody knows when.
As Yoda would say (kinda), there is another (way).
A hardware unlock is possible via Turbo SIM (deja vu anyone)? Just like before, they are sold out online and are being held hostage on ebay/craigslist for crazy coin. I then heard about the StealthSIM which is basically a cloned version of the TurboSIM except that it appears to be available in Canada unlike the scarce TurboSIM. It seems to go for about $120cdn (delivered) which is steep but also removes some of the worry of upgrading your firmware. We’ll have to wait and how it works once the next version (1.1.3 due any day now) comes out.
My friend Paul, called me up the other day (from his iPhone, of course) after getting his delivered and installed so it definitely works on a new, OOTB (out of the box) iPhone with 1.1.2 firmware. He did have to fully jailbreak and activate his iPhone before it would work. Congrats Paul!
All the import shops at the Crystal Mall (one of my favorite places to geek out) in Burnaby (and presumably everywhere in Richmond) now have tons of different iPhone cases, skins, holsters and screen protectors for cheap….makes me wonder just how many iPhones are in use up here.