Seriously ***k Howard's forums. I wasn't soliciting anything. I offered the chance for someone to send me their iPhone and I would provision it to boost mobile free of charge so I could write a tutorial that would benefit the whole community. Anyway if anyone needs me you can find me at xda forums.
Apple has officially been giving the middle finger to hackers, tinkerers and homebrewers from the day this phone first hit the shelves back in 2007. While HTC actually listened to customer feedback and now offers an official bootloader unlock, Apple has continued to tighten security and shows no signs of ever allowing customers any real control over their phone.
In a nutshell, if you want to use an iPhone with a cheap plan - use it on Straight Talk, it's officially supported now. Don't hold your breath waiting for any CDMA hacks. In the unlikely event it does happen, it will probably be available only as an incredibly expensive "solution" or though a flashing service and it'll only be good until Apple releases their next iOS update.
So you use common sense and get your hacked iPhone on Boost and don't upgrade, deal with what it has at that time…
Honestly this has nothing to do with Apple they don't care what carrier you use the phone on. It has to do with Sprint and contracts.
And if you feel a paid solution is worth it when there's no guarantees you'll ever be able to upgrade to a newer iOS - more power to you.