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Canadian reseller to hawk unlocked iPhones

updated 06:10 pm EDT, Thu August 30, 2007

Puremobile to sell iPhones

Canadian reseller Puremobile, a firm that specializes in selling iPhones not available for sale in Canada, has announced plans to peddle unlocked iPhones in that will work on the Rogers Wireless network, apparently with the full, welcome blessing of the latter. The company says it has partnered with George Hotz, the 17-year-old hacker who initially posted an unlock process for the device, so that it works natively on Rogers Wireless and Fido cellular networks. Puremobile seems to have already tested demonstration unlocked phones on the Canadian networks, claiming that all of the features work on Fido, with the exception of visual voice mail. In fact, the company already has two unlocked iPhones and will be giving one away in a lottery. [corrected]

The Ottawa Citizen reports "Rogers is the only network in Canada that can support the GSM device. Odette Coleman, a spokeswoman for Roger's Wireless said yesterday that Rogers will activate any unlocked iPhones that people bring in. However, the company will not offer any guarantees that the iPhone will work the same way it is suppose to on the AT&T network."

Hotz, the soon-to-be college student from New Jersey who unlocked the iPhone for use on wireless carriers other than AT&T via a complex hardware method that involves soldering internal components and using a number of command line utilities, has traded the unlocked device for a Nissan 350Z and three 8GB iPhones.

Separately, hackers claim to have successfully unlocked Apple's iPhone without modifying any hardware. The iPhoneSIMfree.com team say they have cracked Apple's iPhone SIM lock system with a working unlocked handset. The unlocked phone used a T-Mobile SIM card in place of AT&T's default card, allowing the users to make calls, send text messages, and check email on an iPhone using their chosen T-Mobile service provider.

Apple has also been slapped with a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company did not properly inform purchasers of iPhones that they would be tethered to AT&T's network for the duration of their contract, and separately complaining that using the device internationally can result in excessive data roaming charges. The 9-page suit claims that Apple misled iPhone buyers, not fullly disclosing the locked-in nature of the device, and the fact that unlock codes would not be provided.



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  1. BDLatimer

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    "Candian reseller…"?

    (from the title of this article)

    Where's Candia?

  1. Visnaut

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    Don't forget the price...

    What this article fails to mention is that they plan on selling the unlocked iPhone for C$2,999.00.

    Please, who in their right mind would pay that much? Other than gullible rich trendy folk?

    What a load of bull. I'll wait for the software unlock, thank you very much.

    Also, how could they have teamed up with George Hotz if the guy said he didn't want anyone making money off of his method?

  1. mike3k

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    Data charges

    What about data charges? I got a $300 AT&T bill when I spent a week in Vancouver thanks to Rogers Wireless roaming data charges.

  1. thesearcher

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    re:Don't forget the price

    [In fact, the company already has two unlocked iPhones and will be giving one away in a lottery.]

    Non-coincidentally, it will be necessary for the average person to win a lottery before buying one of these things.

  1. testudo

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    stuff

    Well, if people waited for Apple to release the iPhone in Canada, the iPhone will be in a museum.

    What this article fails to mention is that they plan on selling the unlocked iPhone for C$2,999.00.

    Please, who in their right mind would pay that much? Other than gullible rich trendy folk?


    Well, a lot of people stood in line for days to buy an iPhone and then sell it for $$$ on ebay.

    What about data charges? I got a $300 AT&T bill when I spent a week in Vancouver thanks to Rogers Wireless roaming data charges.

    Um, its AT&T charging the roaming charges, not Rogers. And in Canada, you wouldn't be roaming, you'd be 'in country'.

  1. imagine engine

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    Are they on crack?

    Seriously is the company on crack to believe Canadian consumers will be willing to by the unlocked iPhone for $2889.00 USD? Here are two more intelligent methods to get the iPhone.

    1. Buy it from Apple for $600.00 USD then either follow the online hardware unlocking method yourself or wait till the software unlock is released to the public soon.

    2. Wait till Rogers provides the iPhone on their network for a reduced price on a term in the next few months.

    Either paying for it when it's available through Rogers or just buying it from Apple will ensure you have a warranty. If you have an issue with the iPhone from PureMobile then you have to contact that company and deal directly with them.

  1. Chris Hutcheson

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    Where is Candia?

    Right near the Big Rock Candy Mountain. Populated mostly by candy-asses who speak their minds with can-d-our.

    But as a rule they can spell the names of their neighbouring countries.

  1. thesearcher

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    re: stuff

    [Well, a lot of people stood in line for days to buy an iPhone and then sell it for $$$ on ebay.]

    ie. gullible rich trendy folk. (the ebay buyers)

  1. jasonh1234

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    Ridiculous!

    My conversation with Pure Mobile's online live operator:

    Jay: iPhone in Canada

    You are now speaking with Adam of Sales Support.

    Jay: Hello?

    Adam: Hello

    Adam: how can i help

    Jay: Is that $3000 CAD price for the iPhone a typo?

    Adam: no it is the correct price

    Jay: just looking for confirmation on the price.

    Jay: Ah ok. So after the millionaires have finished buying their iPhones can the rest of expect the price to become sane in a week or 2?

    Adam: it is hard to say

    Adam: at this time the phone is very difficult to unlock and takes a at least 2 hours per phone

    Jay: I think tacking on $100-$200 for your work/profit to the retail value would be more realistic. Myself I'd rather try to hack it myself. Just some feedback. take it or leave it. Thanks

  1. jasonh1234

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    continued

    Adam: no problem thanks for the advice. Unforunately at this time management feels that where the price is is the best point

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