iPhone trouble with unlocking or not

From the BBC: “An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by owners who wanted to choose which mobile network to use.”

It’s worth noting that “Some owners are reporting on technology blogs and Apple’s own forums that the update is deleting contacts information, as well as photos and music, on iPhones that have not been modified in any way.”

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2 comments so far

  1. irreverent1 on

    This “Apple has the right to insist that its phone be used in strict accordance with its terms or it can legally damage the phone” mindset is really perverse and, in my opinion, out-and-out illegal: it is like BMW saying that “if you dare put non-BMW tires or windshield wipers of batteries in you new BMW car, we will disable it permanently and you will have no recourse”.

    Outrageous.

    Steve Jobs’ hypocrisy is bothersome: he ranted and raved against locked audio downloads, but thinks it is ok to screw customers who challenged his contract with AT&T.
    I find his conduct (actively ruining people’s phones) revolting. It is not that the damage to the phone was done by the hacks but it was done by his company’s knowingly malicious “update”. Seems to me like a class action suit would be appropriate and would set a good precedent.

    The obvious fix, of course, is “don’t connect the iphone to itunes” and all will be fine. Which is what I did with mine.


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