Video has surfaced on YouTube apparently showing that just like its AT&T counterpart, the Verizon iPhone can be unlocked and used with other carriers. There isn’t a whole lot of detail, but a call to *228 (the CDMA programming number) shows that this iPhone 4 is definitely on the network, and successfully able to be programmed to run on Cricket’s network.
It was only a matter of time before this happened. I’m surprised it took this long!
What does this mean? If you’re willing to take the risk of bricking your phone through the jailbreaking process and installing a few hacks — as well as pay some pretty hefty early termination fees — you might be able to break free of the postpay devil, and save yourself some money in the process.
There are, of course, some catche. 3G apparently will not work, IntoMobile speculates, and Engadget says third party software will be required in order to make MMS operable. I guess if you’re that desperate to get off of Verizon, you’ll go to any lengths to do so?
Cricket dealers have been known to gladly take your devices from other CDMA carriers and flash them for their networks just to get your business, but this is the first evidence I’ve seen of these folks doing it with the iPhone 4. The challenge will be to find someone willing to help you do it, but at least you now know it seems to be possible.