Saturday, August 25, 2007

1 really smart guy + 1 soldering iron = genius

The C-J published an AP story on a 17-year old New Jersey boy who was able to hack into the new iPhone.

Armed with a soldering iron and a large supply of energy drinks, a slight, curly haired teenager has developed a way to make the iPhone, arguably the gadget of the year, available to a much wider audience.

George Hotz of Glen Rock, N.J., spent his last summer before college figuring out how to "unlock" the iPhone, freeing it from being restricted to a single carrier, AT&T Inc.

The procedure, which the 17-year-old posted on his blog -- -- on Thursday, raises the possibility of a cottage industry springing up to buy iPhones, unlocking them and then selling them to people who don't want AT&T service or can't get it, particularly overseas...

T-Mobile is the only major U.S. carrier apart from AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone's cellular technology, but smaller carriers also use the technology, known as GSM...

The hack is complicated and requires skill with both soldering and software, and missteps may result in the iPhone becoming useless. Thus few people may be able to follow the instructions successfully.

It appears that young George has a bright future in front of him!


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