In just a span of a couple of weeks, a pair of companies are already claiming that they have the means to unlock the newest iPhone models from Apple, specifically the iPhone X, as well as the iPhone 8.
About a week ago, Forbes had published a report saying that Cellebrite, a tech vendor based in Israel, had discovered a method for unlocking iPhones that have installed iOS 11, including those that are running version 11.2.6.
Recently this week, Comcast’s wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, has announced that BYOD (bring your own device) customers can now activate their unlocked iPhones (albeit select models only -- they can check by heading to this page) on the MVNO’s network by visiting any Xfinity Store location in the United States. Moreover, those users that happen to own handsets that are not eligible can still have their device swapped for a gift card that is worth the value of their smartphone.
Among the Group of Seven (G7) nations -- which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- Canada happens to have the most expensive mobile rates. On top of that, users based in the Great Big North often have to pay at least $50 to have their mobile devices unlocked when they decide to switch to another network.
HTC first introduced its Desire 530 smartphone back in February early this year during the 2016 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, together with other handsets such as the Desire 630 and the Desire 825. The Desire 530 generated some buzz with regards to its design which was inspired by streetwear fashion (more on that later).
The Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact smartphones have been made available by Sony in European regions and other markets for a number of months now. However, the Japanese tech giant has not launched these two flagship devices yet in the United States. That is about to change as the company recently revealed that the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Compact will be hitting the US market unlocked on February 7th of this year by way of Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H. The handsets will come with a price of $599 and $499, respectively.
In October of last year, Motorola had announced that it had no plans of providing support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on editions of its Moto X (2014 version) that were locked to specific wireless carriers. Understandably, owners of the device were not too happy with the announcement. But now, it appears that the phone maker is easing on its previous declaration. Indeed, the mobile manufacturer is now giving away codes that allow users to unlock the bootloader and then install ROMS such as CyanogenMod.
AT&T is suing three of its former cell phone sales representatives in the state of Washington for allegedly contributing to the unlocking of thousands of cell phones so that the devices could work on any wireless carrier’s network. This trio of sales reps previously employed by the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States all hail from cities outside of the general Seattle metropolitan area. They allegedly installed malicious software into computers that made automated requests to unlock the mobile devices so they could be used by people without having to enter into a contract with AT&T. Such a practice would have made these devices easier to sell in the resale market.
The biggest wireless carrier in the United States will be activating select unlocked handsets that include Apple’s iPhones, Google’s Nexus 6 (manufactured by Motorola), and other devices that are brought in by mobile users from other rival wireless carriers, that is as long as the phones are compatible with the Big Red’s network.
Have you got an unlocked AT&T or T-Mobile handset, and are currently looking for an inexpensive carrier for your smartphone? Look no further because mobile virtual network operator Ting has just announced that its GSM network service is now in "open beta." This means that you will not need an invite to be able to sign up for this service.
Do you subscribe to mobile virtual network operator Ting? You can now take advantage of its plans to get an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Ting has just announced that it will start activating unlocked iPhones on its network, provided that the devices are compatible with Sprint's network.
This is good news for Ting customers, especially those eyeing to get the newest iPhone models. Moreover, the MVNO is getting the iPhone 6 much sooner than expected, or at least compared to previous iPhone versions.
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