iPhone… still…

When the iPhone first came out, I desperately wanted one, but refused to switch my carrier to AT&T (which has incredibly bad service in Manhattan). Plus, I needed a phone I could unlock so I could use a local SIM while I traveled out of the country.

And by the time the first gen iPhone was unlocked, the 2nd gen one was looming large. So I waited.

Now the second gen iPhone, the 3G one is out. But… it is not yet unlocked. It will most certainly be jailbroken1, but unlocked 2? Not sure.

So I am spending some time this weekend following the incredible hackers from the iPhone Dev Team. Here’s hoping they can unlock the 3G baseband. Then I can *finally* have the phone without having to live with terrible service.


  1. Jailbreaking an iPhone is where you can run any application on it, not just Apple approved apps 

  2. Unlocking an iPhone makes it usable on any GSM carrier – T-Mobile in the US and any GSM carrier worldwide 

  • Krishna

    Apple doesn’t really sound like a company that gives a crap about its consumers now, does it? Why not just wait for an open platform (say Android or Linux)? That way you’re not tied to a monopolistic entity that can disable or screw-up your phone at will. You don’t have to approach every “upgrade” or “bug fix” (let’s face it that’s what most of these upgrades are- security fixes) with trepidation?

    By the time a stable, established fix is out there, Android should have gone Gold

  • Shripriya

    No, Apple doesn’t care much about its users. I use the products because they are the best designed products out there. Hopefully the unlock will be upgrade resistant like the unlock of the 2G phone 🙂

    Android… hmm… so far from reality still. Let’s see how it goes.

  • You can buy an unlocked iPhone in Italy, but at an extortionary price (499 and 569 Eur… yes, Eur!) Not a great deal one way or the other.

  • Shripriya

    @LivePaola… yikes. Yes, I think I am destined to wait. Either till the iPhone Dev Team unlocks it or till 2010 when the ATT contract expires.