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Two weeks ago we told you about CutYourSIM, a company offering permanent iPhone unlocks without the need for jailbreaking. We told of our concern about just how the unlocks were being carried out and now, unsurprisingly, the company has withdrawn the service.

Priced at $169.99 the unlocking service promised to make your iPhone work with any SIM card, permanently. The prospect of not having to jailbreak each time a new iOS version came out was appealing, but something didn’t quite sit right with us – turns out we were right.

In an interview with CultOfMac, the company claims to not know why the service no longer works, but that they will be refunding customer who will not be able to receive the unlocking service after all. CutYourSIM even goes on to say they never knew how the unlock worked in the first place!

“Unfortunately, we were not able to complete the rest of the unlocks waiting in our queue due to our suppliers being unable to offer the service anymore,” CutYourSim told Cult of Mac. “Our suppliers have told us that there is a possibility that the service may return, but they do not know when, so we have decided to start processing refunds for any orders that we were not able to complete.”

“To tell you the truth, first our supplier told us there were server issues, then after that they just told us that they will not be offering the service anymore. We are not sure where the service comes from, or whether it’s a contact through AT&T or Apple. We do know that the service is performed in the UK, but that’s about it.”

Strange? you betcha!

It’s believed the unlock was made possible by CutYourSIM having a contact either at Apple or one of the UK’s official carriers, with said contact adding each and every customer’s IMEI numbers to the Apple whitelist. The problem there is the chances of getting caught are fairly high, and it’s entirely possible that’s what happened.

While it’s a shame this is no now longer an option, CutYourSIM one again proves one of life’s little lessons to be accurate – if it’s too good to be true, it usually is.

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