Unlocking the iPhone

August 26, 2007 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

A lot of noise can be heard today regarding the unlocking of iPhones – which is to say, jimmying the iPhone so it can run on a network other than AT&T (blech!). (source and source)

Locking popular phone models is reasonable to a consumer when that consumer gets a price break on the phone. Often times, there is a choice to buy the same model directly from the manufacturer at a much higher price point and activate the phone on the network of your choice. The Motorola Dolce & Gabbana Razr comes to mind. Phone model subsidies – great way to incent consumers to use your network.

Why can’t I buy an unlocked iPhone for $499 from Apple, and a locked iPhone from AT&T for $299? FOR EXAMPLE. This trend in unlocking the iPhone is just another example of the erosion of control of the carriers over our technology. What if my high-speed internet provider (in this case, Comcast) said, “Hey you can only use IBM computers on the Comcast network – Macs will cost you another $20 per month”. Everyone would be laughing at the ludicrousness of that idea. Yet, no one laughs when our mobile phone carriers apply that same logic. Odd. Kinda makes me feel like my rights are being infringed upon.

I was not planning on getting an iPhone for several reasons, including the AT&T network and the poor battery planning on the part of Apple, but now I want to buy one, unlock it and use it on my T-Mobile network as a simple expression of my consumer rights.

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