Apple has announced that they estimate upwards of 250,000 iPhones have been sold to “SIM unlockers”. These are people who have purchased the iPhone with the intention of using the phone on a separate network to AT&T. This is very common outside the US where the iPhone is largely unavailable at leading retailers.
My friend turned up for work the other day with his new toy and told me about his plan to join the SIM unlockers and take advantage of his phone here in Canada. I must say, I certianly felt the desire to fork out the $500 and join him… but I resisted the temptation… for now that is.
My plan is simple… I’m waiting until February. This is when Apple plan to open the iPhone to the world of third party developers. Bring on the iPhone version of Skype I say! With seemingly unlimited wireless access points all over the populated parts of the world, I plan to take full advantage and effectively eliminate my need for a cellular voice plan.
Think about it… if you have Skype on your iPhone, and you work in a location with access to a wireless internet, why will you ever need a voice plan?
Actually maybe I won’t have to wait until February after all.