It has been reported that a software unlock has been released for FREE download for all. Behind the release is the iPhone Dev Team, who has been openly working on the unlock. The unlock has apparently been verified independently and can be downloaded at Gizmodo. So what does this mean for everyone who bought the unlock already? Probably nothing good. In fact, this means nothing good for a lot of people, yet it means a whole lot of good for everyone else. Lets go over who got shafted and who has it made in this deal. First, AT&T is probably the most afflicted party involved, as with a free unlock there will be a lot more people taking advantage of using other wireless carriers. Next we have iPhoneSIMFree, whose business model is selling their iPhone unlock to resellers. They probably won’t be in business much longer with a free unlock floating around. And while iPhoneSIMFree is ruined, I imagine the company who acquired them is shedding a tear or two. All of those resellers are now stuck with basically worthless software, for which they paid dearly considering that iPhoneSIMFree only sold in bulk orders. Lastly are the end users who paid for the unlock that one day later is free. And I don’t think a letter to resellers or the CEO of iPhoneSIMFree will be any way to get your money back. Now, for the beneficiaries of the free unlock. Apple, clearly a clear winner here, will certainly sell more iPhones with the unlock freely available. And everyone who waited to buy the unlock (and the iPhone) will save anywhere from $50 to $200, depending on when they bought their iPhone and at what price they bought the unlock.
What an absolutely insane week for the iPhone. It makes one’s head spin just trying to recap all of the recent news (which means i won’t be doing it right now because there may be more to come). This free unlock serves as a message to AT&T and to people who tried to sell the unlock. The message is: we want freedom and we want it for free.