Those of you following Engadget lately can obviously tell that they have been all over the iPhone unlocking software, and over the last week they have probably tossed up a dozen articles on the topic. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. It just means that there has been a lot of competition to be the first to release a software unlocker hack for the iPhone.
Earlier this week Engadget had been covering a commercial app called iPhoneSIMfree that costs a whopping $99 to purchase! They don’t even guarantee that future iPhone firmware updates will not lock your iPhone again, so one simple upgrade could render your device useless.
Yesterday, however, a new app called iUnlock was revealed that doesn’t cost a dime to use! Initially there was no Graphical User Interface (GUI) available and required that you stumble through the command prompt, but the developer quickly whipped up a Beta build of the iPhone unlocking software with a GUI. It has some graphical quirks right now, which can be seen in the screenshot, and it does take 20-minutes to complete. The point is that you’ll walk away with your iPhone unlocked for free, and a faster version is expected to be available over the next few days.
So now what’s AT&T going to do? The original iPhone unlocking software was never released because of "friendly advice" from the people over at AT&T. The iUnlocker software, however, is free and will quickly propagate through all of the file sharing networks. This thing is going to spread like wildfire, and I don’t think there will be any stopping it.