Apple keeps their word – hacked iPhone voids warranty
Utilizing the technological equivalent of taking your ball and going home – or lobbying a nuke from orbit, Apple has decided to void the warranty of any iPhone which has been unlocked away from it’s Cingular exclusivity. Even though the effort may be to protect it’s alliance with Cingular, the move comes at a bad time when reports are that both iPhone and iPod Touch screens are experiencing lackluster performance due to faulty LCD screens which seem to have appeared after the now infamous price reduction.
Using the pretext that installing 3rd party apps voids the warranty of the iPhone, Apple will categorically refure service on any iPhone that has been unlocked and used on another phone service. Cupertino has even gone so far as to create a blacklist of phones that it perceives having been unlocked.
In addition, reports are that Apple is considering “bricking” any unlocked iPhone with an upcoming firmware/software update. An easy way around this for hacked iPhone owners is to reset the phone back to factory settings before bringing the phone in for service and to stay aware of the update timing so you can restore it before the update is initiated.
Otherwise, hacking iPhone owners may end up with one expensive paper weight.
Source: Ars Technica