This might be interesting. On the latest copy of Forbes there was an article about Steve Waldis and Synchronoss.
Steve Waldis runs Synchronoss. Syncronoss provides the software that AT&T uses EXCLUSIVELY to allow users to register and switch on their phone. Everytime someone activates their iPhone properly, Syncronoss gets $8.
Which means, (i think) This is, literally, the company that wrote the code to activate your iphone. I would think this would be also the firm that controls all the unlocks in Europe as well.
The article also states that about 18% of 1.4M iPhone in the market are unlocked. 252,000 iPhones are floating around unlocked in the world. Syncronoss lost 2million dollars in sales.
Anyone know what the technology behind Syncronoss is?