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    A report of advertisements in a China Unicom outlet in southern China is raising questions about whether the carrier may be preparing to deliver pre-jailbroken new iPhone 4s and iPad 3Gs. A writer on the Chinese blog Weiphone spotted the poster in one of the sales centers for China Unicom - the only official iPhone/iPad carrier in mainland China - in Dongguan. Sources are translating some of the "Support Services" offered on the posters as "free SIM-trimming, jailbreak, installation of more than 10 hot apps." Prices for the devices - due to be released in China in upcoming weeks - are significantly but not outrageously higher than what iPhones go for in Hong Kong, so the added services may be a way to lure customers who would otherwise get phones on the grey market.

    My Chinese is pretty basic, and I definitely don't know much slang or colloquial tech terms. However, looking at my dictionary the word 越狱 on the bottom of the poster looks like it is made up of the two Chinese characters 越 (yue), meaning to get over or jump over and 狱 (yu), meaning jail. (If anybody out there knows Chinese and I'm getting this really wrong, please let me know.) On this basis, I'd say the reports are at least valid. Whether or not you will really be able walk into a China Unicom outlet and get yourself a JB'd, activated iPhone 4 or iPad with a trimmed-down SIM, though, remains to be seen.

    The 32GB model with no contract is advertised at 6,980 yuan (about $1025 US). This is compared to $5888 HK or about $756 US: still a brutal markup. The iPad 3Gs start at 5,680 yuan or $835. However, the legit iPhones will be able to use China's WAPI standard for wireless internet, and officially activated devices can use China Unicom's "Wo" 3G network. So it could be that the clever businesspeople in Dongguan - if not China Unicom executives - are choosing to offer "unauthorized" services that will make these expensive devices attractive to people in a country where the average monthly salary for professionals is only about 2,000 yuan.

    While this would be awesome if true, the absence of a jailbreak for iOS 4.0.2/3.3.2 makes the claims of free JBs hard to believe, not to mention the heat China Unicom could catch from Apple. However, again this could be store owners acting on their own, or at least with a blind eye from management; and as Cupertino's only legit representative in the Middle Kingdom, China Unicom might not be all that afraid of Apple. And the technical hurdles are minimal: any shop owner in southern China wouldn't have trouble finding a small army of modders to cut SIMs and downgrade iPhones and iPads before sale.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: China Unicom Advertising Jailbreaking Service started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Has anyone told China yet that you can't downgrade without Apple signing the SHSH blobs or having them on file with Cydia or TinyUmbrella? Not nearly as easy as a downgrade on say a Blackberry.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Now that Jailbreaking is not-illegal, officially, perhaps there will be more than 5 people in the world trying to make jailbreak programs. Man, wouldn't that be great?

      I have no doubt that there will always be flaws in the iPhone for a jailbreak, but it would be nice if we had a 'small army' to work on finding them and exploiting them.
      As far as I know this was just a US ruling.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      One of the few times I wished I lived in china

      Quote Originally Posted by Alpha Zero View Post
      There is no evidence that they ran anyone over with tanks. Charlie Cole reported that the tanks smashed walls and vehicles and possibly people, but all other accounts from other reporters were different. According to multiple reporters, no one was harmed nor killed at Tiananmen Square.
      Now if people were shot and killed around it, that's a different story. But as evidence shows, no one was run over with tanks. Only shot to death.
      Are we seriously going to get into a tank man argument?
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      Has anyone told China yet that you can't downgrade without Apple signing the SHSH blobs or having them on file with Cydia or TinyUmbrella? Not nearly as easy as a downgrade on say a Blackberry.
      True... But you don't really have to have that devices shsh files saved.

      My friends wife found one of the new 8GB 3Gs at a Starbucks restroom with a pink lock amd he asked me to restore it so I did and since I didn't know what firmware it had it just did a regular restore and it updated the iPhone to firmware 4.0.2
      Then idk what made me try this but I had my old 3GS simcard since I have the new iphone4. So I put my ok'd sim in and tried the restore using my old iPhones shsh files and did a restore back to 4.0 and it worked. So all you really need is a simcard since I guess what really counts is your phone number I guess?? Idk but it worked for me.
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      The phone you "found" had already been jailbroken. BTW, I suggest your friend's wife follows sziklassy's tip and starts praying for forgiveness ;-)
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alpha Zero View Post
      There is no evidence that they ran anyone over with tanks. Charlie Cole reported that the tanks smashed walls and vehicles and possibly people, but all other accounts from other reporters were different. According to multiple reporters, no one was harmed nor killed at Tiananmen Square.
      Now if people were shot and killed around it, that's a different story. But as evidence shows, no one was run over with tanks. Only shot to death.
      I only said that he reported it. Whether he was telling the truth or not, it is where the perception came from and that is what was being discussed: The origin of the perception, not the truth of it.

      Fact: The perception pre-dates "The Animatrix."

      Fact: Rightly or wrongly, many people have believed all along that Chinese military tanks ran over protestors at Tianamen Square that day.

      Fact: "The Animatrix" did not create the perception. If anything, it was influenced by the same events just as those who previously believed that.

      That's all I was saying.
    1. sanvy's Avatar
      sanvy -
      Is it the ad form offical of China Unicom?
    1. everdown's Avatar
      everdown -
      I went into my local, store owned china unicom shop two days ago. They don't have the iPhone 4 yet and people were still walking out with the 3Gs. It makes sense since they only announced a few days ago that china had given them the license to sell the wifi version here.

      Anyway, they did not have the advertisements that have been floating around online. They also did not have micro sims and were not able to cut it for me, though they did offer that i could cut it myself.

      For those interested, if you mess up and need to buy a replacement sim, they cost 20rmb and you will need to show your passport.

      So far my cut and working sim can't be found by my iphone (but works in my other non iPhone), though the AT&T sim can and does work. The contacts don't touch the card in the same place they do with my other phones so... Good luck. If anyone has had the no sim insterted issue with their cut sim and do not get the message with a regular/real micro sim, please let me know what you did to fix it.