As if Apple
doesn't have enough problems with iPhone
piracy here, China Unicom
's latest stunt is just a little bit ridiculous. The telecoms giant is now offering an in-store jailbreaking service
for iPhones, meaning that devices that are locked to a particular service provider can be used with a Unicom SIM.
According to this first hand report
(Google translated), the stores are also offering to help you download the top 10 paid apps
for free, and they'll trim down your SIM card
so it will fit inside the iPhone 4's micro-SIM slot. Since the iPhone 4 isn't available in China until next month
, unless you want to buy a knock-off
or a super-expensive grey market model
, this service is only of any use if you've brought your iPhone 4 back from overseas.
Apple is yet to release a statement. We think they'll be less than pleased
Have you had your iPhone jailbroken by China Unicom? Are you Steve Jobs and feel like venting your frustration? Let us know in the comments section below!