updated 11:00 am EDT, Sat September 15, 2007
The freely available iUnlock tool used to de-restrict the iPhone has now been simplified even for beginners, according to a new update from the iPhone Dev Team enthusiast group. Referred to as iUnlock Reloaded (main download, mirror), the new tool effectively automates a process that in the past still required some instructions to be run by the user after the original install, potentially deterring less experienced users and adding a significant amount of time for completing the process. The new version is effectively automatic and should complete the entire procedure in about 3 to 5 minutes, according to reports.
Installing the revamped iUnlock still requires third-party software on the iPhone and therefore requires that the device be jailbroken to allow non-Apple programs to run. However, the new development almost entirely removes the cost and complexity of performing the hack for users themselves, letting subscribers to T-Mobile or any other GSM cellular network use all calling and data features of the Apple phone except for Visual Voicemail, which requires a specific link between the phone's SIM card and the provider.
Note: neither Electronista nor MacNN take responsibility for harm caused to the phone, as the unlock is done at your own risk. Apple has warned that hacks may break with later iPhone updates, though it won't intentionally block such software for the foreseeable future.