iPhone unlocked from AT&T at last

Engadget confirmed at noon Eastern time today that the iPhoneSIMfree.com team has successfully cracked the SIM lock system on the iPhone, enabling it to be used with network carriers other than AT&T.  It should even work outside the U.S.

The iPhoneSIMfree.com team apparently beat their earlier promise to accomplish this feat within 48 hours by about 9 minutes.  At the beginning of that period the Engadget folks sounded less than optimistic:

Well, it seems another site has popped up promising iPhone unlocking, and honestly, we’ve seen this so many times now that the grains of salt storehouse is dead empty.

But today, they’ve adopted a different tone:

It’s done. Seriously. They wouldn’t tell us when and how they would release it to the public, but you can certainly bet that they’ll try to make a buck on their solution (and rightly so). We can hardly believe the iPhone’s finally been cracked. No, scratch that — we just can’t believe it took this long.

The only features that appear to be limited are (1) no visual voicemail (an AT&T network-specific feature) and (2) YouTube has to be manually activated.  All other features work as expected.

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