I mean, if we only had a wheelbarrow, that would be something.

iPhone hacking

Posted by Jason Wu on January 31, 2008


Since Andrew’s comments won’t allow me to speak.

The clip from Andrew’s post:

This is interesting. Gizmondo has an article that states, “All these unlocked phones may be costing Apple $300 million.”


There’s a simple solution to this. Why not sell the iPhone unlocked?

This is a great example of taking words out of context.  If you first look at it, it seems like Apple would make $300 million selling unlocked phones.  The problem is that Apple already makes all the hardware sales money, unlocked or not.  The unlocked iPhones were manufactured by Apple and somebody at some point purchased it locked.  I believe the money Apple is losing is from the cell phone companies paying Apple for people signing up their iPhones for cell service.  The cell phone provider is basically paying Apple to exclusively sell the iPhone.  Unlocked phones, used on another network or just signed up under a different plan don’t deserve this kickback.  So selling iPhone unlocked would actually cost Apple more than the $300 million.  It would cost them ALL the kickbacks.

Of course, if I’m wrong about this, it is an example of those who know nothing about iPhones talking about iPhones.


4 Responses to “iPhone hacking”

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

  2. […] This is in response to Jason’s iPhone hacking […]

  3. Shane said

    Well it’s not a simple issue. How many more phones would they sell if it were compatible with any GSM network, and would that drive down their unit cost? How much of a higher price would the market accept for an unlocked iPhone?

    Personally, I think the iPhone is cool as shit, but I won’t buy it as long as the network around where I live is weak and slow. I might not buy it anyway because of its size and price, but I’m not even considering it now.

  4. John said

    I find that buying an Iphone is a very easy because there are no upgrades or different types. One Iphone and you get everything. You plans may vary depending on your needs. When you buy an Iphone you don’t have to get the Internet athought you should. It needed for all the bells ans whistles. The good thing is that the web fees are only 19.95 per month, this is half the cost or less than any other provider YES!!! I find this site has the best plans and phones available.


    Feel free to email me with any questions.

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