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Wall Street Journal have reported that a Chinese carrier named China Telecom has managed to unlock the CDMA based Verizon iPhone to run on their CDMA network. The article seems a little confused as to the differences between a jailbreak or unlock.

Here’s the important line:

A screen shot from a Sina Weibo account registered to the Guangzhou branch of China Telecom shows an image of what appears to be a Verizon Wireless iPhone4 next to a Guangzhou China Telecom employee badge. The Chinese text above reads: “CDMA iphone4 registered, for the first time we invite everyone to feast their eyes!!!”

The only way for a CDMA iPhone 4 to make a call on another network would be if the device had been unlocked, freeing the iPhone from its carrier shackles. WSJ then references a picture of the CDMA iPhone 4 with a Cydia app on the homescreen, but that’s not much evidence considering the Verizon iPhone can be jailbroken using either GreenPois0n RC or PwnageTool 4.2.

Those familiar with developing iPhone unlocks have long stated that the CDMA iPhone presents a unique challenge because moving a CDMA device to another network typically requires that new networks assistance in order to activate the phone. This simple fact is also what makes this news from China Telecom most compelling, as it suggests the unlock is being developed directly by the carrier themselves, which would ensure carrier compatibility from the get-go. If China Telecom manages to pull this off, it could represent a blueprint for other CDMA carriers to follow that would allow them to unofficially offer the iPhone 4 on their networks too.


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  On February 18, 2011(5 years, 3 months ago.)

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9 Responses

  1. Acuma_goku Says:

    How is the proces to change my carrier to open mobile PR

    Posted on August 2nd, 2011 at 6:37 AM

  2. masteryen Says:


    I have the same question over there…Did you manage to get it work on Open Mobile?

    Posted on September 8th, 2011 at 5:19 PM

  3. Fax88 Says:

    i dont understand why this is new.  its so easy to do
    1. load custom ipsw jailbreak with hactivation.
    2. add the esn to your acct if the carrier allows you to.
    3. find the spl 6 digits or buy it anywhere on ebay and program in your phone number

    Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 9:24 AM

  4. Sam Says:

    how to start internet in verizon cdma iphone converted to reliance in india

    Posted on March 2nd, 2012 at 12:41 AM

  5. Asola407 Says:

    Please I have Verizon CDMA iPhone 4 but living in South Africa now/ How can I switch to Telcom which is the CDMA company here.

    Posted on March 9th, 2012 at 10:27 PM

  6. Rewaza Says:

    can you explain what you mean under programming?

    Posted on March 18th, 2012 at 3:10 AM

  7. Bigboss Says:

    iphone solution is ready 

    Posted on April 14th, 2012 at 6:42 AM

  8. Rudy Says:

    Hello sam, if you have converted a verizon cdma iphone 4 to reliance india, please mail me the details how to do it, on . thanks.

    Posted on May 9th, 2012 at 1:36 PM

  9. Todd Says:

    Go here to unlock your iphone4/4s/ipad to ANY cdma carrier worldwide!

    Posted on September 15th, 2012 at 11:59 AM

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