It's time to setup this topic.
The aim obviously is to unlock this the Bell Galaxy S Vibrant i9000M
There are possibly 3 ways to go about this:
3. Pay $75 the carrier and get the unlock code after 60 days of purchase, or until some online unlockers gets the code, which ever first.
4. Pay $35 to rhcp0112345 for the hack unlock method
5. Self Hex Hack unlock method
Past experiences in the PalmOS world leads me to believe it should be possible to be unlocked via software/firmware, so rooting the phone will be the first thing to do
For hardware unlocking we'll be able to confirm once the iSim I've ordered arrives next week more or less
Bell will not provide the unlock code until their "exclusivity" expires which is roughly November, that's when Fido/Rogers will get their own locked version for sure.
So, I'm inviting any Android/Mobiles developers to pitch in with any ideas or if they know more or what to look for, change edit, hack replace, flash, etc.
That's why i bough this device, it'll be a guineapig to possibly find the software unlocking method (flashing a ROM count as software)
Stock Bell firmware:
WARNING: for anyone reading this DO NOT use the firmwares for the USA Vibrant / Captive, the Bell Vibrant is closer to the i9000 than to the USA variants
- Update 1 -
Adding unlock bounty! it actually started on the SGS Captivate subforum http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=739201
Condition to hit the jackpot, it must be unlocked via software ROM flash, SPL, or something along the line.
Lets all pitch in to make it work for all the SGS phones.
List of members pledge & donation:
AllGamer paid "unlocked" via ismartsim then by SGUX
MKVFTW withdrawn he paid $75 to Bell way to get it unlocked
SS2006 $25 payment pending
decepticon paid unlocked by rhcp0112345
BA_Flash_GOD paid unlocked by rhcp0112345
- Update 2 -
rhcp0112345 found out how to hex hack unlock the phone, it requires a file dump and a $35 fee.
The bounty would still apply for anyone Developer able to release a ease to use software unlock for all XDA member at no charge, but if you can't wait you can go with rhcp0112345 solution or the self hack solution.
- update 3 - [BOUNTY] goes to
rhcp0112345 for finding the hack, and allowing rbnet.it and marcopon to create the SGUX tool for all of us.
Please donate to our XDA members that made it all possible for you.
AllGamer for jump-starting this project and providing the initial bounty, and for his regular contribution in the SGS forum
rhcp0112345 for finding the hack
rbnet.it & marcopon for the SGUX tool
DaGentooBoy for keeping the Unlock Guide updated with the latest changes