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Unlocking cell phones can be dangerous

When the first worm affecting the iPhone was revealed, my initial reaction was that unlocking cell phones can be dangerous.  Although the first worm was not malicious I knew others would follow that wouldn’t be as kind.  I then downplayed the worm as it only affects iPhone jailbreakers that choose to install SSH.

On second thought, analysts estimate 30% of iPhones are purchased with the intent to unlock and we now have malicious iPhone worms.  Considering 17 million iPhones sold worldwide,  that suggest up to 5.1 million vulnerable iPhones.

Despite Apple’s response to the iPhone worm, Canadian wireless carriers still recommend customers jailbreak (a necessary first step to unlocking) their iPhone if they need it unlocked.  As if these “options” for unlocking cell phones justify their position of only providing locked devices (even at the end of your contract).  Bell, Fido, Rogers and Telus are hiding behind a veil of misinformation that are putting customers at risk.

Bell, Fido, Rogers and Telus say “yes” to unlocking but Apple says “no”.  If carriers really meant what they were saying they would unlock phones at the end of contracts and provide options so customers could purchase officially unlocked devices.

What will Apple do about wireless carriers who continue to advise customers to violate Apple’s own end user license agreements?

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  1. January 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    It is very interesting that Apple cares so much about preventing people from unlocking their own phones… if they were really smart, they’d allow us to buy an iPhone directly from the Apple store without any restrictions.

    This and other policies that they’ve enforced (killing Mac clones through lawsuits) might lead one to believe that they are becoming somewhat of an ‘evil empire’ contrary to the hip, stylish, ‘opposite of Microsoft’ company their advertising would have us buy into.

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