Gevey SIM is a simple alternative to software-based unlocks such as ultrasn0w, in order to be able to use your iPhone 4 on any wireless carrier out there. However, the use of the hack is controversial at best, as the method requires you to place several calls to a specific number, ‘112’. In case you’re not aware of what ‘112’ really is, the number is nothing more than the international emergency number – in the United States, placing a call to ‘112’ is exactly the same as placing a call to ‘911’. And here’s the kicker: calling 911 for no reason is simply illegal. Earlier today, Dev Team member MuscleNerd confirmed that the method used by Gevey SIM to unlock the iPhone 4 is indeed illegal.
That “dial 112 then hang up” in gevey […] is illegal in USA, and probably other countries. Buyer beware.While Gevey is extremely simple to use, and works with most basebands (namely 01.59.00, 02.10.04, 03.10.01 and 04.10.01), the method requires users to place a call to 112 every time the phone is rebooted, which could potentially lead to serious legal issues, as most counties across the U.S. classify the misuse of a 911 phone call as a misdemeanor.
Calling 112 is usually not taken lightly by local authoritiesUltimately, it may be wiser to wait for the next release of ultrasn0w to be available, instead of relying on hardware methods such as Gevey SIM – based on the recent progress made by the Dev Team, it shouldn’t take long before the team manages to make ultrasn0w compatible with iOS 4.3.x anyway. Best of all, ultrasn0w is free, unlike Gevey SIM, which will set you back about $75.