So who is this $100,000 mystery buyer for iPhone unlocking software?

That's a view of the iPhone menu on an unlocked device configured to run on T-Mobile.I said T-Mobile, y'all, not AT&T, which iPhone has an exclusive U.

tmobileiphone.jpg

That's a view of the iPhone menu on an unlocked device configured to run on T-Mobile.

I said T-Mobile, y'all, not AT&T, which iPhone has an exclusive U.S. deal with up until 2012.

Engadget's reporting that some "mystery buyer" has stepped forward with a $100,000 offer for the right to freely distribute iPhoneSIM Free iPhone unlocking software over the Internet beginning at Midnight Wednesday, time zone not specified. All of this is rather cloak and dagger. The individual or company making this offer is not specified by Engadget. Neither is the email address interested parties are supposed to respond to for more deets.

Why cloak and dagger? Obviously there is a fear of angryliness from Apple's and AT&Ts lawyers. And one thing you should know about Engadget: as an AOL property they are on a type of choke collar from AOL Legal that they were not when they were part of Jason Calacanis' once-independent Weblogs, Inc. I know this because I ran Engadget sister site BBHub for Weblogs, both before and after the sale to AOL.