my friend just bought an iphone off ebay for about 400.00. It came ‘unlocked’ or hacked. He can place any SIM card in it and use any carrier he wants. BUT what’s really interesting is that he no longer needs to use a mobile carrier to make his calls – he uses the iphone wifi capabilities and the software hack (jailbreak) and bingo – free calls. He even uses his regular cell number. Does it really work? Well, I’ve been talking with him for about 10 days now on it. Over the 405 freeway in his house and around town. So far it sounds like any other cell phone. No dead spots I can notice. After about 1 week of this he called his carrier Sprint and lowered his monthly cell minute commitment from 1500 minutes a month to 150. His cell bill dropped to next to nothing and now his calls are all free. Can this really be? Well so far its true. It really does work. APPLE knows this is going on and just released their newest version of the iphone software OS (v 1.1.2). Well, in about 20 mins. after the new version was made available it was hacked again for those iphone users and it seems this cat and mouse game will keep going on and on. APPLE says it sold about 1.55 million iphones and about 250,000 of those are unlocked. Next year there will be a new kid on the block and this new kids toy will be just about the only thing that could sway some of those 250,000 users a different way – a free cellular network through Google’s win of the FCC’s auction of 700-MHz wireless spectrum and several handset makers that will produce a linux based mobile handset with Google app’s loaded on it and ads. The handsets will cost money but the network (calls) will be free with ads. And perhaps there will be a pay (no-ad) version too. This type of scenario will really throw the whole cell phone business for a loop. And I believe it will happen shortly. In the meantime I want an unlocked’ iphone too!