My iPhone is unlocked! Yippee!

[intro]I'm currently dancing round my lounge, having successfully made hooked my imported iPhone up to Vodafone UK[/intro] Last week, Steve Jobs

[intro]I'm currently dancing round my lounge, having successfully made hooked my imported iPhone up to Vodafone UK[/intro]

Last week, Steve Jobs announced the phoneless iPhone - the iPod Touch - and reduced the price of the 8GB iPhone by $200. AS if the ignominy of being one of the early purchasers of a paltry 4GB iPhone wasn't enough, I was stuck with an phone that didn't work as a phone here in the UK.

But now all that's changed – today the first free application for unlocking the iPhone from the AT&T network was released. It's called iUnlock, and you can find details here. Of course, you'll need an iPhone to unlock - but I have one of those. And you'll need an unhealthy interest in hacking consumer electronics. Check.After a couple of hours of tinkering, I'm glad to report that the hack works. So I now have my iPhone hooked up to Voda UK, running very slow internet access over GPRS.

It'll be interesting to see how long Apple allows this hack to go unpatched. Having a homebrew community advocating the iPhone is a great thing, but not when it interferes with revenues coming from your network partner AT&T. But please, Apple, don't cut me off...