“A band of independent programmers says it has ‘unlocked’ the latest generation of Apple Inc.’s iPhones so the devices can be used on unauthorized wireless networks, in a move that could threaten Apple’s carrier partners,” Yukari Iwatani Kane reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“A group called the iPhone Dev Team released a free piece of software called ‘yellowsn0w’ that unlocks the iPhone 3G. The software lets users reprogram the phones so they can work on any wireless network based on the same technical standard,” Kane reports.
“An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the iPhone Dev Team’s work, only saying that Apple doesn’t support unlocked iPhones in the U.S. Apple offers such phones in Germany and Hong Kong “where government regulation requires it” but they usually come at a steep price,” Kane reports. “Software programmers have been trying to unlock the iPhone 3G since it came out last July.”
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