Apple has closed a few developer accounts who help others getting access by selling the iOS 5 beta. Those developers sell slots to non developers in order for the to install and test the iOS. A typical price for this is around $10. Interested people send their UDID to those developers, then the get added to the list in the account. Apple has identified a number of those developers and send them notifications by e-mail, that their activities are noted.
Also, Apple has started developer closing accounts, if the developer was clear that the fee offered UDID slots. Extensions of non-developers iOS 5 run, may be notified that the device becomes useless. You will play a message on screen that you phone to a Wi-Fi network to connect. Then nothing happens. iOS 5 is only intended for developers who already use the firmware in order to test their apps so they later are compatible. But there are also many ordinary users, who can not wait. The rules of the iOS Developer Program is that you UDID slots may not sell or make availa
ble to non-developers. But it is widespread. One of those sites claiming more than 15,000 have registered to iOS devices.
Many of my developer friends have reported that Apple has sent an email warning which said that they have identified the developer to be selling his slots for some users to get early preview of iOS.
And Apple has started closing the developer accounts for selling the slots and also, have flagged the UDIDs associated with that dev account, thus making the iOS 5 device unusable.
Many developers have received this letter and immediately banned their account from the developer’s program.
Once Apple locks your iOS device, the phone will enter the initial setup mode asking you to connect to a WiFi network. And nothing happens more than that.