This statement from the “iPhone Dev Team” ( the team that was 1st to unlock the iPhone) was issued in response to Apple’s statement about unlocking your iPhone. Apple said that the next available firmware update for the iPhone ” may make your phones a useless brick “. Was that a scare tactic to try to keep everyone from making their iPhones better and more useful phones, that can run 3rd party apps, and work around the world with providers other than AT&T? I think they are just trying to scare the masses, however, most people that unlock their iPhones probably know better.
I don’t have an iPhone, but I do have an unlocked Verizon xv6700 Pocket PC phone that was manufactured by HTC (the leading smartphone company) but feature blocked by Verizon. It now works like a smartphone should without any of Verizon’s restrictions.
Here is what the iPhone Dev Team had to say about Apple’s update:
A spokesman for the iPhone Dev Team, the group that developed the iPhone unlock has issued a statement condemning Apple and promising a tool in the next week which will restore your iPhone to a factory-fresh state. The unlock, he writes, made the iPhone free and useful world-wide, not just in certain countries. The text of the statement, with modifications for grammar and spelling, follows after the break.
9/25 Statement from the iPhone unlockers
Based on download numbers, the iPhone Dev Team believes that, worldwide, several hundred thousand people have unlocked their iPhones. That number continues growing every day. The removal of the lock, a bug, was a major step forward in the iPhone development. It made the iPhone free and useful to anyone, not only to those in certain countries.
Apple now announces that the next firmware update, expected later this week, will possibly break the handset of all of us free users in the World. It speaks of “damage” done to the firmware and “unauthorized access” to our own property, The removal of those firmware problems, which were built in in favor for AT&T, does not cause “damage” as they want to make us believe.
We will provide you with a tool in the next week which will be able to recover your nck counter and seczones and even enables you to restore your phone to a Factory-like state.
In the meantime we advise you not to update your free iPhone with the upcoming firmware. Wait for the next version to be fixed to work properly with your carrier and not break your phone.