The iPhone has been unlocked in a few different ways. Although unlocking the iPhone is really cool and something that a lot of people wanted I’m not sure if it’s really worth it.

Three reasons you don’t want to unlock your iPhone:

  1. Although Apple has not done anything to block the hacks that have been done to the phone already, that doesn’t meant that they never will. Imagine this scenario, you spend $600 on an iPhone to unlock and use on T-Mobile, 2 weeks later Apple pushes an update and you say “Oooh, maybe there is new features in this update,” you update your phone and after it updates your phone says “Invalid SIM.” Now you are screwed.
  2. You may not be able to make use of your warranty after unlocking the phone, even if it is a software unlock. Leo Laporte on the latest MacBreak Weekly said that even after a full restore the phone stays unlocked. If the phone is still unlocked that means there are still traces of the software on it. How can you remove the software if it stays after a full restore? Imagine this scenario, You purchase an iPhone, unlock it, and now something quits working, what do you do? You try a full restore and it is still unlocked, how do you prove to Apple that you haven’t messed the phone up yourself? You can’t.
  3. No visual voicemail, I know a lot of you don’t care but I tell ya, after using visual voicemail I don’t know how I could ever go back, I love being able pick and choose which voicemail I would like to listen to know and which I would like to save for later.

Now I know what all of you are going to say, “but what about people who can’t get AT&T service” or “I don’t want to sign a 2 year contract.” Well to you I say, be willing to have your $600 wasted, I’m not saying it is going to happen, but if you are not willing to throw $600 down your toilet you may not want to try and unlock your phone to use on another service.

UPDATE after the jump:

You may also make your iPhone explode:

“We were so happy, all the software part was done, so we started opening the iphone. The antenna cover was a bit tricky but eventually it came off. Then we started to open the metal cover (after taking out the 3 screws) and PUFF, up it went in smoke, I think my collegue must have touched something. It literally went up in black smoke. I was so hot that when I tried to pick it up I burnt my fingers. So, this is for sure the most difficult part of the whole process. I don’t know what he did, as I had just stepped out of the room to fetch something when I heard a scream…they got such a fright.”-Hackintosh Forums

Truly terrifying.