The Risks of Unlocking Your iPhone

Several new methods to free your iPhone from the previously un-free-able AT&T contract have now been introduced. Unfortunately, these methods will either put your iPhone at serious risk or cost you even more money. Some people will question the legality of such methods, but there is no constitutional law prohibiting unlocking phones. The only doors AT&T and Apple will be knocking on is those that distribute software to unlock the iPhone in hope of making a quick buck.

The first "official" unlock (meaning that it was the first publicly available unlock) were introduced on a popular blog, where a 17 year old student took the iPhone apart and made a few hardware and software tweaks. Once his method was tested, he revealed the steps on August 23rd, 2007. Unfortunately, his method requires soldering knowledge, additional equipment and vast amounts of concentration and patience. It resulted in many iPhones being completely destroyed, with one even sparking and melting itself in the process.

New "safer" iPhone applications have now been released that promise to unlock the iPhone after one simple installation. Unlike the risky hardware unlock method, some businesses are charging up to $100 for the application, without any proof that the method actually works and will continue to work after Apple enforces updates to iPhones whenever they're connected to iTunes.

Before you unlock your iPhone, it'd be best to ask yourself one important question: Can I afford a new iPhone if the method results in my shiny new gadget becoming completely dysfunctional?". If the answer is no, steer far clear of any iPhone unlocks.

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