Unlocking is not nearly as important to iPhone users as it once was. Over the last couple of years, Apple has opened up its popular handset to hundreds of new carriers, and has even started selling its own factory unlocked models.

But if you don’t want to spend $650 buying the unlocked version of Apple’s new iPhone 4S, you have a few other options. One, you could wait for the iPhone Dev team to release its unlock for the new handset. Or you can pre-order one of these…

A group of hackers calling themselves the ChinaSnow Dev Team are claiming they have created a hardware-based unlock for both the iPhone 4 and 4S using a SIM interposer. Dubbed the TPSIM unlock, the method it uses is very similar to that of the Gevey SIM.

Here’s a list of the TPSIM unlock’s features:

  • Plug and play, no jailbreak required
  • No need to dial 112 after activation
  • Supports 3G, EDGE, MMS, and FaceTime
  • Supports iPhone 4S baseband 1.0.11, 1.0.13 and 1.0.14.
  • Supports iPhone 4 baseband 1.59.00, 2.10.04, 3.10.01, 4.10.01
  • Won’t affect your device’s warranty — no hardware modding needing
  • Robust and sturdy steal custom SIM tray
  • Unlock works on all world networks
  • Uses high performance original F981 chip for ultra-low power consumption

Although it’s not available yet, it looks like the ChinaSnow Dev Team is taking pre-orders for its TPSIM unlock. The contraption will cost you $84.95, and the group expects it to be available for shipping later this month.

As with all new, untested unlock methods, we recommend holding off from ordering the TPSIM unlock until we’ve confirmed that it works as advertised. If you have any questions about unlocking your iPhone, make sure to check out our dedicated Unlock page.

[HowToArena via RedmondPie]

  • Cant wait to get one. Im using a gevey sim and can’t send or receive MMS and my FaceTime doesn’t work.

    • I’m using the green gevey and my Facetime. MMS. iMessage. 3G. Edge. are working perfectly. Is your phone HACKTIVATED btw?

      • plz does gevey sim works in iphone 4s?

      • The Gevey Ultra S for cdma/gsm was the one I used to unlock my ip4s in au
        (australia) as it was a verzion locked ip4s
        It brought a gevey Out of USA for my ip4s Im in Au (australia) Yes It worked, It Unlocked I was able to make & recieve calls BUT Had issues with No signal bar & COULD NOT send Nor recieve SMS, MMS Messages. gevey emailed a fix for it, but by then I Had re-sold the ip4s on ebay & forwarded it to the new ebay buyer.

        SO ALL IN ALL, YES It Unlocks ip4s But sometimes comes with issues

  • Anonymous

    Same basebands as Gevey, no need to dial 112, F981 chip? It’s a Gevey Ultra.

    And from (currently) unreliable sources for $60 more? I think I’ll stick to Gevey.

  • What of bb 4.11.08?? No ine is talking about that?

  • Anonymous

    It should be “steel custom SIM tray” I think, rather than “steal custom SIM tray”…

  • Still no 4.11.08 ?!?!

  • sn0wbaLL

    feels good to be factory unlocked, sorry guys

    • i would be glad if u can get 1 factory unlocked for me….thanks

      • sn0wbaLL

        what do you mean? buy one for you or tell you were you can buy a factory unlocked iphone?

  • i think that wil solve the 4.11.08 problem.. no?

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    • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    That’s no different than the Gvery sim, if I have an I phone 4, the only different is no need to dial 112. Other than that mms face time edge all work on tmobile. If they can unlock 4.11.08 that will be a different story

  • plz does gevey sim works in iphone 4s?

    • It brought a gevey Out of USA for my ip4s Im in Au (australia) Yes It worked, It Unlocked I was able to make & recieve calls BUT Had issues with No signal bar & COULD NOT send Nor recieve SMS, MMS Messages. gevey emailed a fix for it, but by then I Had re-sold the ip4s on ebay & forwarded it to the new ebay buyer.

      SO ALL IN ALL, YES It Unlocks ip4s But sometimes comes with issues…

  • francisco_08

    does anyone has any idea if it actually works? and if it does, does it work on verizon 4s?

  • SO Question everyone is Asking Is
    TPSIM or GEVEY… imo Gevey just for simply reputation. they have a products that seem to work!!! these new TPSIm what do we know of them, same chinses hack team 🙁 (concerned). But idk they could have a decent product on the hands. come to think of it, its prob an ex-employee of gevey gone out on his own or put 2gether his own hack-team.

    Either way Does one risk waiting 10-14 days shippment from USA/China to Australia )r there own country on a sim unlock soluation that MAY or MAY NOT work oR sit & wait On the DEVTEAM to do there thang & Unlock bb 01.04.12, etc, etc (all latest bb’s) ?