No unlock today. Here's why.
Uniquephones, a Belfast-based cell phone service that boasts having unlocked phones on more than 600 mobile networks, had been planning to sell its software download online beginning this weekend. The fix is supposed to be as simple as plugging an iPhone into your USB port, downloading a software patch and clicking an "unlock" icon.
But Uniquephones's John McLaughlin says that he received a phone call at 3 a.m. Saturday from AT&T lawyers ordering that his company halt their plans. "They said if we did release this, that they would be within their rights to go after us," he says. "These are bullying tactics." He says Uniquephones will delay the release of the software download until he is positive they are on sound legal footing. AT&T declined to comment on Uniquephones or Hotz (who tells NEWSWEEK he had not been contacted by either Apple or AT&T as of Saturday).