Saturday, July 7, 2007

Using an iPhone without AT&T EDGE?

I've been wondering about using an iPhone without the EDGE network? I hardly ever talk on my phone anyway. All I want is the network enabled device, and in the places I frequent they almost always have wifi.

I'd love to have a compact and very portable internet device, and the iPhone sounds like it is as close to perfection as it gets. I'm locked into VZW until January, however, and I'm not anxious to spend a bunch to change carriers. Voice is the thing I care the least about.

So, I got to thinking about using the iPhone without any phone service and was pleasantly surprised to see that many others had the same idea. This looks totally doable: Tada! The 6th Gen contract-free WiFi-enabled iPod

So what did I discover? I found that your activated iPhone is a lot more flexible and powerful than AT&T and Apple admit. Pop out the SIM or put an inactive SIM and your iPhone works pretty much like a contract-free WiFi-enabled 6th Generation iPod. The WiFi means you can do Mail and Safari without a phone connection.

Just what I was wanting to hear. Anyone want to convince me that this might be a bad idea? Seems to me that the only downside is that I might end up with an iPhone that isn't as functional as the next revision scheduled for January.

Here are some other sites that discuss hacking the iPhone as well:

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