AT&T lawyers halt release of iPhone unlocking software

AT&T has taken the fight to iPhone unlocking-for-profit.

Press release via iPhone Unlocking:

iphoneunlocking.com, a subsidiary of UniquePhones (http://www.uniquephones.com). was poised and ready to release remote software unlocking services for the iphone today at 12 noon EST. The sale of unlocking codes is on hold after the company received a telephone call from a Menlo Park, California, law firm at approximately 2:54 a.m. this morning (GMT).

After saying they were phoning on behalf of AT&T, the law firm presented issues such as copyright infringement and illegal software dissemination. Uniquephones is taking legal advice to ascertain whether AT&T was sending a warning shot or directly threatening legal action. The logistics of different continents as well as it being a weekend factors into how the situation develops.

Until an assessment is made of the potential of legal action, Uniquephones is unable to release the unlocking software for sale. The company spokesperson also said that the company would also be evaluating what to eventually do with the software should they be legally denied the right to sell it. A substantial delay caused by any legal action would render the unlocking software a less valuable commodity as well as creating unforeseen security issues for the company.

Source:http://blog.iphoneunlocking.com/?p=15

44 Comments

  1. In the event that they are denied release, all they have to do is “accidentally” upload a torrent (and say it was a Windows virus that caused the accidental upload) of the software to the Green Demon, or the Bay of Pirates, and voila…the entire world could have it now no matter how hard AT&T and it’s band of lawyers try to stop otherwise.

    It’s as simple as that. Ofcourse, the monetary gains would be tarnished…but still, the world will know that infamous group who unlocked one of the greatest devices in history. That’s all you need as a motive.

  2. As I said before, I think that making things “open source” is far far better than being so rude as to try and sell this kind of software. I say “Good for them; they are getting what they deserve!” They just end up screwing it up for everyone.

  3. Why should Apple care if someone hacks the iPhone so it’ll work on any network. More sales for Apple, isn’t it? Especially in areas where AT&T service is spotty, or people simply prefer another type of network.

    If it involves a software hack, only a small percentage of home-brew types will do it anyway. I think Apple should stay out of THIS fight…

  4. QUOTE: “In the event that they are denied release, all they have to do is “accidentally” upload a torrent (and say it was a Windows virus that caused the accidental upload) of the software to the Green Demon, or the Bay of Pirates, and voila…the entire world could have it now no matter how hard AT&T and it’s band of lawyers try to stop otherwise.

    It’s as simple as that. Ofcourse, the monetary gains would be tarnished…but still, the world will know that infamous group who unlocked one of the greatest devices in history. That’s all you need as a motive.
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    Yup, and they’ll find themselves under a lawsuit from AT&T *and* Apple legal so fast it’ll make their heads spin. No one is going to be fooled by the “it was an accident” excuse.

    Yup, as simple as that.

    Meanwhile, if Apple doesn’t already have it, they are working on and will successfully deploy their own bit of software that will absolutely BRICK anyone’s iPhone that has been hacked. I guarantee you, Apple anticipated this and they will not be outsmarted by these whiny loser “everything ought to be open source” shit wits.

  5. I’m not going to be paying $600 for a device and then subject it to all sorts of potentially damaging and counter-productive hacking and other forms of messing around.

    For what? Just to replace AT&T with someone else who is probably offering the same quality of service when everything is balanced out? On top of that, the New Jersey kid lost the visual e-mail feature – one of the strongest reasons to buy the iPhone in the first place.

    No, thank you. Champions of “consumer freedom” can fork out their own $600 and go crazy!

  6. I am more annoyed someone would try to sell such software. that is just stupid in alll sorts of ways. a hack that is knowingly bypasses someone else’s contract is going to be fought. Software like that should be opened up for all. As it is the only way to dodge legal responsibilities. and even then it is uncertain.

  7. An unlocked iPhone won’t work on “ANY” network.

    Even unlocked; in the United States; it will only work on TMobile (and AT&T, of course).

    An unlocked iPhone CANNOT work with Verizon or Sprint.

    Their networks are not GSM; the iPhone hardware is incompatible with non-GSM networks, even if the iPhone is unlocked. Anyone who thinks otherwise is in for an unpleasant surprise. (Among what would be many others, such as losing Visual Voicemail; having to pay more for TMobile rate plans; and an ensuing list of other iPhone features, that are presumably tied to data services specifically over AT&Ts; network, which would no longer work).

    All of the mainstream published news reports seem to be conveniently ignoring this. What reason would there be for unlocking an iPhone for use in the United States?

  8. If you want to learn how the game works watch Apple. They don’t preannounce products prematurely (except when loose bureaucratic lips will leak as per iPhone), Apple says we have some great things to share with you, TODAY.

    Or maybe this was a set-up anyway.

    Europe will be different anyways, their laws, less corporate control of law and politics etc will mitigate some of this legal shit. DCMA = don’t come messing about.

    Hint to the hackers (not crackers), find someone to front it, someone who has nothing to lose, offer 10% – and be honorable. Let at&t sue him for all he has = nothing.

    Sorry it would be too voluminous to share with you what Apple is at, and most get bored less than half way through.

    Land of the fee, home of the knave …. etc.

    Cryptic? Hope so, pass through information > knowledge > understanding.

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  9. At least AT&T is picking up the legal costs on this one.

    > A substantial delay caused by any legal action would render the unlocking software a less valuable commodity as well as creating unforeseen security issues for the company.

    Because Apple will defeat the hack with a software update by that time.

  10. I’ve been with Verizon – great reception; now with AT&T for one year – terrible reception, and MANY dropped calls in spite of their ads.

    I have decided to not buy an iPhone until America goes the way of Europe and allows you to use whatever phone you want with any service you want (at least I think it works that was in Europe). In other words, unlocked phones. This is one stupid system we have here!

    MDN Magic Word: “figures”, as in, “It figures… we are getting screwed by cell companies”.

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