iPhone Unlocking Silliness

This iPhone unlocking story is waaaaay overdone. First off, this was inevitable. Second, it’s an absurdly difficult multi-step process, one that requires 6-8 hours and a soldering iron, which isn’t exactly up there with toasters as a common household item.

Now, if the other iPhone unlock being touted tonight works, the software one, then we have something.


  1. There are two separate stories out today on unlocking the iPhone.
    I think you’re confusing the “second” iPhone unlocking technique with the “first” one. One method is a hardware mod and the other is software:

  2. Brent Buckner says:

    With time value of money, “sooner” versus “later” still matters for something that is “inevitable”.
    6 to 8 hours plus a soldering iron has just set a ceiling for AT&T/Cingular’s valuation of iPhone bundling.
    That strikes me as useful/important information. After all, if it were 8 to 10 hours we’d all be getting different valuation numbers.

  3. Do we have any insight yet on what Apple’s cut of the AT&T cell bill is? (Maybe when next quarter’s numbers come out?)
    If it’s not huge, this crack might be a net plus for Apple.

  4. Paul, this is Napster in 1999. Who would have thought a small P2P site would change the music industry? The SIM card is the DRM of music.
    This, plus open mobile networks a la Google could change the telecoms industry. I for one would like to have the choice to make my calls on either the At&T or Verizon or Skype or Virgin or Orange network…just like I can buy music by the drink froma wide range of sources.