View Full Version : AT&T Begin Legal Moves on iPhone Software Unlock

29th August 2007, 12:14 PM
An ars technica article (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/AT&T%20legal%20hits%20the%20brakes%20on%20%28commerci al%29%20iPhone%20unlocks) that links to other articles including the blog for uniquephones (http://blog.iphoneunlocking.com/)

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.

This is going to get juicy. :D

It's a tough one. I think if you don't like the terms then don't buy it but say that with reservations about the anti-competitive nature of locking the 2 products together and believe it may well be tested by the European Union who have a history bringing large companies to task over such issues. Microsoft for one.

So peeps, It's not just a phone, it's a source of global legal entertainment. You may well end up following events from your unlocked iPhone. :thumbup:

What do you think?

Mikey D
29th August 2007, 12:16 PM
It's a tough cell, if i was them i'd move operations offshore.

The thing with the unlock is, once the software gets out it will be very hard for them to recoup their investment.

They're doing the right thing getting all the legal issues sorted.. better to not open pandoras box until you're ready to deal with what comes out of it i reckon.

29th August 2007, 12:22 PM
The guy on the video http://blog.iphoneunlocking.com is British, so this is gonna be interesing as UK/Europe iPhone sales are yet to be released. There is also an offer of 100k for the software to be released free http://www.theiphoneblog.com/2007/08/28/group-offers-100000-bounty-for-free-unlock-software/

This is very much a developing story and I think we are in the perfect time zone to watch it all unfold.......

Bart Smastard
29th August 2007, 12:23 PM
I wonder what the legalities are on unlocking the iPhone once the contract has expired.

29th August 2007, 12:32 PM
I wonder what the legalities are on unlocking the iPhone once the contract has expired.

Yes. I was just having that conversation. You purchase a phone here and it is sim locked under contract for say 18 months then you're free to go. The same phone can be chosen from many carriers. Alternately you purchase an iPhone which will be supplied to one carrier and the contract expires. Then what? Does the phone stop working?

We've already seen tech companies charging extrodinary amounts of money for print cartridges which they have inserted technology to protect the printer [which they claim] by restricting the use of the machine based on ink levels. Basically dictating to the consumer that they must replace or the hardware wont work. My MP800 for example does this. You don't have to look far on the net to see that when labs tested and by-passed the technology they were able to extend the life of cartridges up to a third longer.

Is this where we're being led with products? Is the functional life of the product being dictated to us, first by stealth and now by contract?


29th August 2007, 12:38 PM
Can you pay your 2 year contract out on AT&T and then get the iPhone unlocked?