Teenage hacker opens up the iPhone

A teenager who is due to join the Rochester Institute of Technology has claimed to have hacked Apple's iPhone and unlocked its software making it usable on other networks besides AT&T.

Teenage hacker opens up the iPhone
A teenager who is due to join the Rochester Institute of Technology has claimed to have hacked Apple's iPhone and unlocked its software making it usable on other networks besides AT&T.

The 17-year-old George Hotz has successfully hacked into the iPhone and has posted a step-by-step detail on his blog http://iphonejtag.blogspot.com/

Hotz said that he has altered the iPhone so it can be used on networks like T-Mobile as well as those operating overseas. It may be recalled that AT&T Has an exclusive two-year contract to sell the iPhone on its network. This means anyone who wants the iPhone has to subscribe to AT&T service.

The iPhone debuted June 29 and as yet it is not available in Europe or other places. Apple is busy reaching agreements with European carriers to offer the iPhone, but has yet to launch it across the Atlantic. In the US there is a huge demand for the iPhone, but the AT&T clause is deterring many potential buyers.

However with this unlock by Hotz, users may be attracted to the iPhone. Hotz put the unlocked phone on eBay, but pulled it and sold it on his blog to Terry Daidone, the founder of Certicell. Hotz traded the iPhone for a Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones. He added that the effort to unlock the iPhone had taken him 500 hours. "It wasn't to be rich," Hotz said. "I wanted to use it with T-Mobile."

Meanwhile a group called iPhoneSimFree.com has also claimed to have hacked into the iPhone and offered proof to Engadget.

"We can confirm with 100% certainty that iPhoneSIMfree.com's software solution completely SIM unlocks the iPhone, is restore-resistant, and should make the iPhone fully functional for users outside of the U.S." said Ryan Block on Engadget. The group said it plans to sell the hack to interested buyers.

Neither Apple nor AT&T were available for comment on these incidents.


Steve Walters
Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2007, 23:47
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