Apple N Berry – the online parts vendor that also sells iPhone unlock solutions (such as GEVEY Ultra) – has a new product on the market, which promises to provide AT&T iPhone owners with a permanent unlock solution for their on-contract smartphone handset.
As many of the jailbreakers out there will already know, software unlock solutions – such as those provided by the iPhone Dev-Team’s ultrasn0w tweak – can remove the carrier-lock from certain iPhone handsets, running certain, supported versions of Apple’s iOS. New hardware causes the Dev-Team (and other groups of hackers) serious problems when it comes to updating unlock solutions – meaning there’s no guarantee your latest iPhone, the next iPhone or even the one after that will ever be supported by ultrasn0w, or any other unlock-package.
Hardware unlocks are also available – such as the aforementioned GEVEY SIM. Such “SIM interposer” solutions indeed work (for a price), but software updates can swiftly lodge a spanner in the works. Neither the software-based or hardware-based unlock solutions we’re already familiar with offer what one might call a “permanent” unlock solution – one that could withstand future iOS updates diligently and fearlessly. Though many thought such an unlock solution might be impossible to develop, Apple N Berry is advertising such a product over at its popular website.
And what’s more, the unlock solution promises to support all AT&T iPhone models.
Here’s how Apple N Berry describes its “AT&T iPhone IMEI Unlock,” as listed over at the product’s webpage:
Apple N Berry iPhone IMEI unlock is a permanent iPhone unlock solution. Once unlocked, your iPhone will remain unlocked even after an iOS upgrade or SIM card swap. IMEI unlocks are considered an iPhone factory unlock that works with any AT&T iPhone model 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S regardless of baseband.
Features of the product, reiterated by iClarified, include:
- Permanent Unlock
- No Turbo SIM Needed
- No Jailbreak Required
- No iOS or Baseband Restrictions
- Increases Resale Value
- Use Any GSM Network in the World
- Guaranteed Unlock or your Money Back
That’s right – the iPhone’s current baseband, which is so important for software-based unlocks, is irrelevant; in addition, the iOS firmware, the SIM card, or even the iPhone handset itself, are equally unimportant. All Apple N Berry asks for is an AT&T iPhone handset: if your smartphone is locked to this original iPhone carrier, this solution promises to have your handset unlocked in as little as one business day. And after, you’ll be able to use your iPhone like you would an official, unlocked, SIM-free handset bought direct from Apple.
However, before you head on over to Apple N Berry’s online store, credit card in hand, and order yourself the IMEI Unlock, do note that we have a few words of warning.
First, the product is expensive, costing $150.00 and – second – this solution has not been verified. Apple N Berry does, we must acknowledge, have a good reputation when it comes to its unlock products, and we’ve directed readers over there before when mentioning GEVEY Ultra. But nobody – that includes us, and the other websites we’ve seen write about this product – has yet independently verified Apple N Berry’s IMEI Unlock. So do proceed with caution.
The third point worth noting is that AT&T will actually unlock your carrier-locked iPhone handset for you, if you’re off contract. For more information on this, be sure to take a look at Bryan’s ‘How To Unlock Your AT&T iPhone Handset‘ article, which has all the details.
Finally, if do you decide to take a walk on the wild side and risk your $150 with Apple N Berry’s method, be sure to post your experiences in the comments below. Bon courage!