O2, iPhones, unlocking and Asda mobile

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post O2 will now unlock your iPhone. It’s free if you are on contract and £15 on PAYG. However on PAYG they won’t unlock until you have had the phone for a year. If you are on contract you’ll still have to pay up until the end of your contract. I can confirm that the process works. I’m on a contract, filled in the online form and after about a week recieved a text telling me that me phone was now unlocked. To complete the process you have to put an non-O2 sim into the phone and connect to iTunes. iTunes then confirms the unlock. Reading other forums it seems that there have been a few problems with the online form and some people have had their request to unlock rejected. This has led to a certain amount of paranoia amongst those who have jailbroken their phones that this maybe the reason. Further reading seems to prove that’s not the case and that resummitting the online form solves the problem. It does not seem that O2 can detect jailbroken phones as part of the unlock process. I’ve tried sims from Orange, Vodaphone, Three and an Isle of Man O2 card in my phone and they all work as does my original O2 sim. It’s going to be really useful next time I want to use my phone abroad as I’ll be able to use a local sim card. One thing you’ll need to unlock your phone is an O2 sim as the online form needs an O2 number to be inputted. It does appear though that this doesn’t have to be the same number as you originally purchased with the phone. Although whether the year on PAYG is measured via the Sim or the IMEI on the phone I wouldn’t know. I’ve found the iPhone very useful for work. I’ve stopped printing out call sheets now I can have them available on my phone. The email works brilliantly and the maps have helped me out of a hole more than once. It’s very useful to be able to check while at work that the call sheet has arrived for the following day without having to wait until I get home. If I’m a passenger in a car anytime during the day I can sometimes catch up on the more important emails then saving me time at the end of the day. So many hotels have wifi now that it makes the internet very easy to use while on the road. Leisure time wise my favourite app has to be the Cleartune instrument tuner which as great to have with me all the time....

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I thought I’d check out blogging from the iPhone as it seems like there claims to be an app for most things at the moment! Blogpress seems to offer quite a neat little solution to blogging on the go. Currently only allows you to edit posts made in the last 30 days but that may not be important to you. For adding new posts while “out in the field” it feels like it will do the job. While on the subject of the iphone I have to say that while I love the phone itself, in the UK I’m more than a little unimpressed with O2’s coverage. After a couple of months on the network and travelling around the country a fair bit I’ve found a lack of places where O2 works and others don’t and many where others are chatting away on their phones and I have “no service”. However it works better in my house than the Three network which was terrible and had awful customer service to boot. Those on O2 might be interested to know that O2 have quietly announced that they will unlock the phones of those on contract for free and those on PAYG for £15. Those under contrct to O2 will still be in contract and have to pay till the end but at least will be able to place other SIMs in the phone while abroad or while spending any length of time in dead areas. On the subject of iPhone unlocking, if you aren’t on O2 there are a lot of websites out there that will charge you money for unlocking your phone. They all use programmes freely available from the iPhone dev team so if this interests you, look at their blog, have a google around and you may be able to unlock yourself for free. In order to unlock your phone this way you have to “jailbreak” it first. There is plenty of info on the dev teams blog and elsewhere about how to do this but there’s debate about whether or not it’s legal to do...

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