Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2
Am I the only one getting bored with all this waste-of-time unlocking crapola?
It would appear so.
Aren't we past this yet? How many people unlock their iPhones nowadays given the recent stellar sales and the fact that an unlock isn't even available for the 3G? Why do we even have a story which essentially says that they haven't unlocked it yet anyway?
The story appears to be about an unlock having been successfully developed. You appear to have a problem with simple comprehension.
Personally, I think the average Apple tech website is completely unaware of how *not* popular and mostly uninteresting "unlocking your iPhone" is to the average reader of their sites. Because you are so hand-in-hand with the hackers and the unlockers, perhaps you failed to notice that most people couldn't care less about this stuff anymore.
Apart from comprehension, you appear to have a problem with history as well:
Apple claimed it had sold 3.7 million by the end of 2007, while AT&T said it had signed up nearly 2 million iPhone subscribers by year-end.
Those numbers leave approximately 1.7 million devices missing in action. Some of these were sold in Europe, though analysts believe that number falls somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000. And some of the devices may have been sold but not yet activated for telecommunications.
But analysts believe more than 1 million devices may have been sold and unlocked, accounting for as much as one-quarter of the company's total iPhone sales to date -- a number one analyst called "astounding."
I have never understood even from the beginning why anyone would want to even do this.
Your ignorance of history makes your lack of 'understanding' unsurprising.
Sure you can use the iPhone with a different carrier, but you are going to get a *worse* deal on the data. All that trouble just to pay more money when one cell company is as good as any other?
If you had actually said 'as bad as' I might have found one tiny little thing you said that I could agree with - but you didn't, so I don't.
The only reason that makes any sense is for oversea travellers,
Really? (shall I give him some some hints people?...nah!)
but roaming charges are not that much for any of the iPhone providers that I have heard of. In fact it's only when you are using a provider that doesn't normally carry the iPhone (i.e. - your iPhone is unlocked), that you generally get stuck with a huge bill.
Are you quite sure of that?
You know, you really should get out more, or at the very least, read more. Actually, none of those would be sufficient in your case, I think the only cure for what ails you would be for you to do some traveling outside the US, preferably actually living in a foreign country for a while.
iPhone/AT&T $3,000 International Roaming Bill Serves As Cruel Warning
By Meg Marco, 5:34 PM on Tue Jul 31 2007, 10,366 views
International data roaming charges are out-of-control expensive and can be difficult to dispute, should you accidentally rack them up. It's not uncommon to be slammed with a $3,000 bill from just looking up a few websites on the go in Europe. We've written about it before, actually.
That's what happened to David. Thankfully for him, his story got picked up by BoingBoing and AT&T has already waved his charges. But this isn't unusual. This happens all the time to people who are unaware of just how insanely expensive international data roaming is... and AT&T doesn't always waive the fees so easily.
Boring, stupid, waste of time IMO.
Was that some Freudian slip of a warning in reference to your own post? Just a friendly tip - such warnings would be far more effective and useful if you were to put them at the beginning of your posts, that would save us all a lot of bother.