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Teenage Hacker unlocks iPhone

t0mm Avatar
9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
A New Jersey teenager has unlocked the iPhone, opening the way to Apple's iconic mobile telephone being used by non-US networks.

The Associated Press news agency confirmed George Hotz, 17, had unlocked the iPhone and used it on T-Mobile, a rival to its sole US operator, AT&T.

The hacker says the unlocking takes about two hours and involves some soldering and skill with software.

AT&T and Apple have not yet commented on the news.

"That's exactly, like, what I don't want... people making money off this," he told AP.

The next step, he said, would be a non-solder solution: a way to unlock the phone using software alone.

Technology blog Engadget said on Friday that it had successfully unlocked an iPhone using a different method that required no tinkering with the hardware. The software was supplied by an anonymous group of hackers that apparently plans to charge for it, AP reports.

The agency notes that both the Hotz and Sim techniques leave the iPhone's many functions intact apart from its "visual voicemail" feature, which shows voice messages as if they are incoming e-mail.

The New Jersey hacker says he collaborated online with four other people, two of them in Russia, to develop the unlocking process.

He spent about 500 hours on the project since the launch on 29 June.

"Some of my friends think I wasted my summer but I think it was worth it," he told US newspaper The Record of Bergen County.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6963696.stm


What do you think? Personally I'd like to congratulate him and call him crazy.:w00t:
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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[mod]#1
Such good news that the BBC quoted it twice. :giggle:
#2
500 hours :o
[admin]#3
A software unlock is apparently supposed to be available as of yesterday noon in US. At least that's what Engadget have said.
#4
Admin
A software unlock is apparently supposed to be available as of yesterday noon in US. At least that's what Engadget have said.

Poor lad wasted 500 hours then..

168 hours a week,

So thats 3 weeeks non stop work? roughly?
#5
t0mm

What do you think? Personally I'd like to congratulate him and call him crazy.:w00t:


What would you call me then? :giggle:
#6
Mentally Insecure :giggle:
#7
t0mm
Poor lad wasted 500 hours then..

168 hours a week,

So thats 3 weeeks non stop work? roughly?



You've got to occupy yourself somehow on the summer hols!
#8
Just think of the street rep he'll get though
#9
Insane!, All that work for something thats ****..........
#10
George Hotz remembers taking apart his first computer, an Apple II, when he was 4 or 5 years old. He cracked open an answering machine, remote control, vacuum cleaner and more computers. He scavenged for more products to tinker with on trash night in his neighborhood. Now the 17-year-old from Glen Rock, N.J., has reached the big leagues of hacking. He says he has “unlocked” the iPhone, finding a way to get around the device’s restrictions and allow it to be used not only on AT&T’s cell phone network but also on T-Mobile’s network and overseas. Until now, however, the iPhone has come with a catch. Because of a revenue-sharing agreement between Apple and AT&T, the iPhone operates only on AT&T’s network and requires a two-year subscription.
Hackers have spent the better part of the summer tackling that challenge. Hotz said it took him nearly 500 hours - about eight hours a day - to figure out how to make calls on his iPhone through T-Mobile. “It wasn’t to be rich,” Hotz said. “I wanted to use it with T-Mobile.” Holz published step-by-step directions on his blog at iphonejtag.blogspot.com. Another group, known as iPhoneSimFree.com, said on its site that it also had found a way to get around Apple’s locks and connect to T-Mobile. It offered proof to Engadget, a popular technology blog, which published a video demonstration, and said it plans to sell the software. In general, scores of hackers have been working on a way to make the iPhone compatible with other services since the phone debuted. AT&T and Apple officials declined to comment. But it’s highly doubtful Apple will let the hacking continue. Your lesson? Everything can be beaten these days…
#11
ive posted the unlocker on here lol

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1910&page=25

at the bottom
#12
now what would have been a waste of time would be trying to unlock it for 500 HOURS and fail to do so.
#13
Question is?

Who the hell actually wants an iPhone ??

lolol

overhyped and crapper than a 5yr old Nokia :-D :whistling: :whistling:
#14
"Wasted" only 500 hours?
Read this story about a Somerset Historian
or the sun's version of events
#15
Were currently spending hours doing the family tree, Not exactly a waste of time though....
#16
Too bad we don't have the iPhone's to buy here in the UK.
#17
Iom-RF
Were currently spending hours doing the family tree, Not exactly a waste of time though....


Sure but i would be annoyed if a spent a long time doing something and then the next day or so an easier method gets released.
#18
Titchimp
Sure but i would be annoyed if a spent a long time doing something and then the next day or so an easier method gets released.


It was probably only released as he managed to hack it anyway, Otherwise it would've been kept under wraps.
#19
Wasn't really a waste of time. He'll probably get approached by some big companies with job opportunities.
#20
massive respect to the guy,

the whole world was trying to hack the iphone ... along comes this 17 year old kid and beats them all ... he's an absolute hero in my eyes!
banned#21
I was shop lifting at the age of six, i'm the hero!

...Mind you it did my back in, but now I can be a benefits fraudster.
#22
#23
Good on him

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