Software Unlocking Delayed by AT&T Threat
McLaughlin is concerned that fighting a lawsuit with AT&T or Apple would sink his small company, which does a modestly successful business unlocking wireless handsets in the U.K. and Europe.
"It really annoys me," he said. "We have the solution sitting there and we have the customers there, but if you connect the two you could lose everything."
"Computer programs in the form of firmware that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telephone communication network, when circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network."
In English: as long as the locks are bypassed so that you can legally connect to a cellular network (i.e., you aren't doing it to get free service), it's fine. So it doesn't seem like AT&T has much of a case. That said, they are huge, and they could bleed Uniquephones.com dry.