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AT&T lawyers cause delay for iPhone unlocking software

According to a statement appearing on iPhoneunlocking.com, the group, which planned commercial release of its iPhone unlocking software, has put the sale of the software on hold following contact from a law firm representing AT&T. A subsidiary of UniquePhones, iPhoneunlocking claims they “received a telephone call from a Menlo Park, California, law firm at approximately 2:54 a.m.” on Saturday morning, and that the firm “presented issues such as copyright infringement and illegal software dissemination.” Unlike the processes of iPhoneSIMfree.com and the iPhone JTAG team, the software unlock claims of iPhoneunlocking.com have yet to be verified.

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1

I’m surprised it took them this long

Posted by Joshdude on August 27, 2007 at 1:27 PM (PDT)

2

I hope that ATT and Apple get this done right. I don’t want to see people walking around and use a hacked IPhone with their carrier.

i understand that there is a hack challenge for some people but please guys,... please this is business. If I have to vote i go vor ATT / Apple.

Posted by DENNIS on August 27, 2007 at 5:31 PM (PDT)

3

If I have to vote i go vor (sic) ATT / Apple…

If I had a vote, I’d give the consumer the right to choose which service they want to go with. Besides, why should it matter to you which carrier a person wants to use? Apple gets their money for the hardware regardless, and who besides shareholders really gives a rip about AT&T?

Posted by flatline response on August 28, 2007 at 1:27 AM (PDT)

4

you right, and you make sense. In the same time I think If develop a device and i want to distribute over a certain company then i have the right to go against others who do “interupt or however u want to say this” my agreement with the orig. company.

I understand that People wants to use their own choice, and in this case the choice is to leave it or take it.

In the saem time I do kind of like that people could use whoever they want as carrier.

See, its a pro and con ... I’m just glad that I stay with ATT/Cingular…

Posted by DENNIS on August 28, 2007 at 4:28 AM (PDT)

5

@Dennis

Unfortunately some of us are in limited coverage areas where AT&T does not work and it would be nice to see the iphone usable on a different carrier.

Posted by Tyler on August 28, 2007 at 2:46 PM (PDT)

6

This issue really matters to apple mainly because for every iphone they sell and get activated via ATT / a Plan is made they get royalties for this. So they will eventually fall short of income in the upcoming months. The Stock raise has gone up. But the fact is most iPhone users will not bother unlocking their phone. Some either don’t even know what unlocking their phone would do, some would be afraid to void their warranty or get into some sort of legal issue (which is not possible) , some don’t feel that they should try to do something that can potentially destroy something they spent 500-600 dollars on. So the matter of the fact is though this issue may partly effect ATT / Apple. The Majority of users would not be effected. The real law suit is when a company buys iPhones and unlocks them and ships them overseas. That would be an infringment of the DCMA which states a phone can be unlocked for your own personal use. However , if you make money it is considered illegal < as far as i’ve interpreted it, and i could be incorrect.

Posted by Mo on September 1, 2007 at 10:04 PM (PDT)

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