green union terrace chair wrote:This "unlocking" business really isn't that smart or useful. These unlocked phones will not be able to use a lot of the special functionality (such as how the voicemail works and a lot of the internet features) because those are server-dependent. You may be able to make basic calls, but so what? You've intentionally damaged (soldering is involved) a $600 phone so you can get shitty phone service with OMG THE PROVIDER OF YOUR CHOICE!
The length of the quoted passages above your comment indicate how far afield we've gotten.
The original article explains that parties have found a software-only method for unlocking the iPhone, without opening the case or making a single solder.
I have no beef with the rest of your comment, but there's no intrinsic damage to the phone in unlocking it.
Actually, they unlocked the wireless features first, then finally cracked the provider restrictions.
This hack can really only be considered "not that useful" because the iPhone uses the unpopular GSM standard, which is offered by only a handful of providers outside of AT&T.
If you don't like AT&T and you have a GSM provider in the US, then it's insanely useful. Especially if you believe that if you spend $600 on a phone/music player/whatever, then you should be able to do whatever the heck you want with it. Apparently that is a pretty big crowd, and happens to include me.
I frequently don't buy things that are locked like this, or select a brand/model based on hacks that are available for it.
I'll wait till Apple releases a new version that can accept a SIM card for my carrier, and has a reasonable price point. And isn't way too big.