New iPhone Hack Lets You Switch Carriers

Software makes unlocking the gadget easier, but is it legal?
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2007 8:06 AM CDT
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(Newser) – New software that allows iPhone users to unlock the devices for use on any network without having to disassemble them is available online. Hackers have been on the case for 2 months, MacNewsWorld reports, and this week's breakthrough means customers can buy phones directly from Apple and don't have to be tied to a 2-year contract with AT&T.

The unlocking programs, which range from free to around $60 online, disable some of the iPhone's snazziest features, but analysts say they might herald a significant change for the mobile phone industry. If they're legal, that is—some say that a loophole allows such hacking for personal use, but the commercial software's distributors could face legal backlash.