September 25, 2007
Apple Won't Support Unlocked iPhones
By Prabhala Ranga Sai, TMCnet Contributing Editor
If you are currently using a device that has unlocked iPhone as a component, you may not get any support, even it is under warranty, according to Apple (News - Alert).
According to the company, they provide full warranty for iPhone use only when it is connected to the wireless service of AT&T, the exclusive service provider for iPhones.
Apple has been selling the iPhone in the US since its launch only through its own retail or online stores and through AT&T (News - Alert).
Several firms came up with add-ons and accessories for iPhones. In all these cases the question of unlocking the iPhone did not arise.
Recently, a group of anonymous developers at iPhoneSIMfree started selling software that adapts the smart phone to work on any service provider with a standard GSM SIM card.
However, iPhoneSIMfree notes in the FAQs section of its website that the software works on iPhone (News - Alert) versions up to 1.0.2 and it will not affect any of the iPhone features except for visual voice mail, which is exclusive to AT&T. If Apple comes up with a software upgrade, the iPhoneSIMfree may not work.
The company also noted that if any updates are required to keep the iPhone unlocked in the event of Apple coming up with updates beyond 1.0.2, it will do so if it can.
P.R. Sai is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.