In case you’re wondering why Consumerist isn’t writing a bunch of posts on how to hack your iPhone to get it to work on “any network,” here is why:
Even if the iPhone is unlocked (and, we’re sure it will be, because everything is eventually) it will not work on Sprint, Verizon, Alltel, or US Cellular. It will only work on T-Mobile, and on most carriers overseas. This is because the iPhone is GSM and T-Mobile is the only other GSM carrier in the U.S.
When the iPhone is unlocked, it will be fantastic for people who live overseas or people who have contracts with T-Mobile or people who hate AT&T. The rest of you will continue your lives unaffected.