iPhone 2.0 jailbreak unleashed - but no 3G unlock yet

Another turn in the game of cat and mouse between Apple and the iPhone hackers: the first software tool has been released to hack Apple's iPhone 2.0 s

Another turn in the game of cat and mouse between Apple and the iPhone hackers: the first software tool has been released to hack Apple's iPhone 2.0 software. And once again it's the pesky iPhone Dev Team that has nibbled through Apple's wiring.

Over the weekend a new version of the Pwnage tool was released, offering the ability to ‘jailbreak’ all iPhones and iPod Touches running the new version 2.0 software.

‘Jailbroken’ iPhones can have unofficial third-party software installed on them.

Of course, since the launch of the official third-party software programme through the App Store, the appeal of installing unofficial software has waned. With one exception - jailbreaking allows users to unlock their iPhone from Apple’s official network partners (O2 in the UK, AT&T in the US). Or that's the theory, at least.

However, the new version of Pwnage will only unlock old 2.5G iPhones that have been updated to run the latest software, it won't unlock new iPhone 3G handsets. So even if you were lucky enough to get hold of one without signing up to a two-year contract, you'll still have to stick with the official network partner.

But if you have an old, unlocked 2.5G iPhone running on a different network can now benefit from push email and the App Store. Be warned, though - jailbreaking the iPhone invalidates your warranty. Plus, if you're not on O2's all-you-can-eat data plan, you could end up paying a hefty price for downloading 'free' apps over the air.

The truth is that with the new lower prices, third-party apps and international availability, there are far fewer reasons to hack an iPhone than there were before. Unless, like me, you're stuck with a Vodafone work SIM...