The Null Device

The black plastic-backed prison

And for those thinking about buying a 3G iPhone, unlocking it and running it with a prepaid SIM card, some bad news: Apple have closed that loophole, and won't let them out of the store without a contract (at least in the US). Of course, this is all for your own convenience and/or good:
"There is no question that many enjoyed the convenience of at-home activation, but we also found that many others wanted to complete purchase and activation in one step so they could walk out of the AT&T store with their iPhone up and running. We have decided to take the latter approach and we think customers will like it. It will be especially helpful if any questions or issues arise during activation. They can be resolved on the spot and in-person.
And, of course, the old unlocking hacks are unlikely to work, given that it's a completely new device, and chances are, Apple have put more work into security. (If their 6th-generation iPods ("iPod Classic"), on which the iPod Linux people have given up because of the hardware-based cryptography used in the boot process, are anything to go by, cracking the iPhone 3G may be a lot harder.)

There are 1 comments on "The black plastic-backed prison":

Posted by: ctime Wed Jun 11 16:32:50 2008

Apple will eventually ass themselves out from where they are now because of the stranglehold they want to have on consumers. Extensive contracts and centralized control over software distribution is a weak model. When they start loosing sales and technical edge to the traditional cell phone providers it will be because of android os and google.