August 24, 2007

...AND CHEAPER...:

U.S. teen unlocks the iPhone (The Associated Press, August 24, 2007)

A teenager in New Jersey has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones.

George Hotz, 17, confirmed Friday that he had unlocked an iPhone and was using it on T-Mobile's network, the only major U.S. carrier apart from AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone's cellular technology.

While the possibility of switching from AT&T to T-Mobile may not be a major development for U.S. consumers, it opens up the iPhone for use on the networks of overseas carriers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2007 11:19 AM
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So what. Read on down in the article and you will also learn that this "requires skill with both soldering and software. It takes him about two hours to perform", and that the little Slashbot " [doesn't] want people making money off this." "He said he wished he could make the instructions simpler, so users could modify the phones themselves."

A pretentious little Open Source Linux PITA in the making.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 24, 2007 12:01 PM

So all you have to do is void the warranty and hope you don't mess up and toast the ICs with the soldering iron, and you're good to go.

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 24, 2007 12:55 PM

That's pretty common here in LA. You can go to the boba cafes in new Chinatown to have most phones cracked and ready for any service provider.

Posted by: KRS at August 24, 2007 3:29 PM
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