China’s iPhone Carrier is Offering In-Store Jailbreaking

This is definitely going to make uncle Steve angry. TUAW reports that China Unicom is offering to jailbreak their customers iPhones directly from the very store they sell the devices from.

Apparently the staff will gladly hack the apparent iPhone 3GS devices (the iPhone 4 hasn’t been released yet), or cut the SIM card down to fit the micro size on those who have opted to buy an iPhone 4 through alternative outlets. Some stores are even going as far as saying that they will show users how to download 3rd party applications. Wow. 

Apple has clearly stated that opting to hack your iDevice will in fact void your warranty. How China Unicom thinks that this will fly freely in Cupertino is beyond me. They’re being pretty brave considering they weren’t Apple’s first choice of carrier when it came to picking a Chinese outlet. I can’t wait to see the response Apple offers.

How do you think Apple will handle this? I suspect it will be done as nonchalantly and coy as the rest of their announcements. Let us know how you feel about this amusing story in the comment box below.