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    Arrow Apple reversing the unlock: the case for and against

    For patching the baseband in update 1.0.3+ to undo the unlock, what is the case for and against for Apple to do this?

    For:

    • Preserves relationship with AT&T
    • Stops US customers migrating to T-Mobile
    • Prevents loss of $11/month revenue sharing for customers who break 2-year contract
    • Preserves relationship with three European partners for November launch
    • Prevents loss of 10% revenue sharing from European networks

    Against:

    • Turns people off buying iPhone so sales decrease
    • Angers Apple customers if their iPhones stop working
    • Destroys "halo effect" eg, broken iPhone customers won't buy more expensive MacBooks, iMacs
    • Some customers may even become anti-Apple, eg some of the "ripped-off $200" customers were threatening never to do business with Apple again
    • Most overseas buyers will wait for local availability / warranty / support anyway, so why bother
    • Enough bad press from the $200 price drop, wouldn't want to tarnish iPhone image further
    • It's actually legal to unlock your own phone under the DMCA, so what grounds would Apple have to justify relocking without permission
    • With Nokia and others coming out with competing models, Apple needs all the iPhone supporters it can muster
    • May recognize that overseas buyers who have gone to considerable expense and time to import, research, and unlock their phone, should be allowed to use it
    • Screwing with the baseband to try to prevent future unlocks may have bad side effects for the many legitimate customers, further eroding confidence
    • Hackers will find an unlock again anyway, so again, why bother


    Feel free to add to this list.



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    Is everyone really worried that they will relock it? Seriously?

    Has any phone company/service provider ever relocked an unlocked device?

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    Has any phone ever come with regular firmware updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuitCase View Post
    Has any phone ever come with regular firmware updates?
    c'mon, ever owned a windows mobile device? rom updates and patches etc.

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    Apple will probably not lock the phone in future updates.. don't think they care so mutch anyway..


 

 

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