iPhone Universal SIM Unlock Card Launched

Clever alternative for those too scared of software mods.

Unlocking an iPhone may have become a fairly painless experience these days, but given the remarkable premiums paid around the globe for unlocked models on eBay it seems many are still reluctant to risk bricking the much loved (and rather expensive) handset. So how about this…

From innovative peripherals site USBFever.com comes the ‘Universal SIM Unlock Card’ – a 0.1mm thick piece of FPC with a mounted microcontroller which sits between your sim card and the phone’s sim connectors – which claims to open up the iPhone with no modification of the handset at all.

Instead the fix is via an ingenious alteration where a user simply punches out a small piece of their Sim Card and slides both the Sim Card and the Unlock card back into the iPhone. No hacks, to firmware modifications, no bricking, no warranty worries. Interestingly, the card itself is also not limited to Apple’s pride and joy and claims to unlock around 100 handsets by manufacturers ranging from Alcatel to Palm, RIM to Nokia, Samsung to Sony Ericsson and Sharp to Motorola (full list here).

One note of caution: the Sim Unlock Card is tested to work with the latest iPhone firmware (v1.1.4) and obviously no one knows for sure what (if any) security alterations Apple plans to make with the much anticipated v2.0. Still, with the card retailing for just $22.99 (£12) what have you got to lose…?

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