Carrier Jailbreaking iPhones In-Store in China
As far as I can tell, this story is true. Then again, remember that news story earlier this year about Al-Queda training monkeys to fight US soldiers? The one that turned out to be completely made up but was reported on domestic 24/7 news networks as genuine? The same one that originated in China and quickly snowballed into an embarrassing incident for everyone who had the misfortune to be involved? Yeah, until I see a legitimate news crew on the ground filming customers getting their iPhone 3GS jailbroken in-store, I will reserve the right to be suspicious.
Apple is notorious for cracking the whip on its China-based suppliers and manufacturers, so why would it let a carrier jailbreak iPhones? That voids the warranty! I am all for jailbreaking and unlocking, but I certainly am uncomfortable with the idea of letting my carrier unlock my phone through a method that while legal, is unsupported by Apple.
If this story pans out and this is not just an isolated store doing this, what do you think? Should AT&T be offering to help us unlock our iPhones and install software on them at the AT&T stores? That certainly would an interesting idea. One that I would support if Apple decided to still honor warranties post-jailbreak. Let me know if you have a take on all of this.Apple iPhone, carrier, China, jailbreak