Poor T-Mobile. The G1, the fabled phone running Google’s Android operating system, is released over here today, and the news has just broken that the phone has already been unlocked, meaning users will be able to have a G1 on other network operators too.
Apparently, unlocking the phone is really easy. All you need is your phone’s IMEI number, which you can view just by typing *#06# on the phone, and then you have to do the most difficult part: ponying up $22.99 for the successful unlockers at unlock-tmobileg1.com to presumably apply an algorithm to your IMEI and generate an “unlock code”. Stick this in your phone and you’ll get an on-screen message telling you that the phone has been successfully unlocked… and that’s it.
The unlocking is not perfect yet – calls and texts work automatically, but the Gmail login, needed for features on the phone like e-mails (obviously) and the Android marketplace (like the iPhone app store) doesn’t work by default – though they reckon this can be remedied by fiddling with the settings a bit.
T-Mobile would have been asked for comment, but I couldn’t get a signal on my T-Mobile mobile phone due to their horrendous coverage.
(via Android Community)