Category: Gadgets

What’s the Point to Unlocking the iPhone?

Wow, I just unlocked my iPhone. Now what am I going to do with it?

I keep seeing all of these headlines for “iPhone Unlocked” on every blog in the lands.

Who gives a damn?

Am I missing something here? What is the benefit of unlocking the iPhone? It only works on GSM networks and the last time I looked (U.S. only) there are two AT&T and T-Mobile. So what have you achieved? Well, sure, you could cancel your AT&T contract and move over to T-Mobile.

Here’s the catch: You still have to buy out of your AT&T contract ($175 early cancellation fee). You still have to pay for a new contract with T-Mobile. ($29 – $79 a month + Voice Plan)

So, exactly who have you rebels hurt by unlocking the iPhone?

Apple already got paid when you bought the phone.
AT&T got paid when you signed the contract.
You pay cancellation penalty to AT&T and they don’t have to provide the service.(Get money, don’t provide service, sounds pretty good.)
T-Mobile gets paid.

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