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NJ Teen Unlocks IPhone From AT&T Network

By PETER SVENSSON

AP Technology Writer

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A 17-year-old hacker 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 of Glen Rock, N.J., 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. In a video posted to his blog, he holds an iPhone that displays "T-Mobile" as the carrier.

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.

"That's the big thing," said Hotz, in a phone interview from his home.

The phone, which combines an innovative touch-screen interface with the media-playing abilities of the iPod, is sold only in the U.S.

AT&T Inc. spokesman Mark Siegel said the company had no comment, and referred questions to Apple. A call to Apple was not immediately returned. Hotz said the companies had not been in touch with him.

The hack, which Hotz posted Thursday to his blog, is complicated and requires skill with both soldering and software. It takes him about two hours to perform. Since the details are public, it seems likely that a small industry may spring up to buy U.S. iPhones, unlock them and send them overseas.

"That's exactly, like, what I don't want," Hotz said. "I don't want people making money off this."

He said he wished he could make the instructions simpler, so users could modify the phones themselves.

"But that's the simplest I could make them," Hotz said.

The next step, he said, would be for someone to

develop a way to unlock the phone using only software.

The iPhone has already been made to work on overseas networks using another method, which involves copying information from the

Subscriber Identity Module, a small card with a chip that identifies a subscriber to the cell-phone network.

The SIM-chip method does not require any soldering, but does requires special equipment, and it doesn't unlock the phone - each new SIM chip has to be reprogrammed for use on a particular iPhone.

Both hacks leave intact the iPhone's many functions, including a built-in camera and the ability to access Wi-Fi networks. The only thing that won't work is the "visual voicemail" feature, which shows voice messages as if they were incoming e-mail.

Since the details of both hacks are public, Apple may be able to modify the iPhone production line to make new phones invulnerable. The company has said it plans to introduce the phone in Europe this year, but it hasn't set a date or identified carriers.

There is apparently no U.S. law against unlocking cell phones. Last year, the Library of Congress specifically excluded cell-phone unlocking from coverage under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Among other things, the law has been used to prosecute people who modify game consoles to play a wider variety of games.

Hotz collaborated online with four other people, two of them in Russia, to develop the unlocking process.

"Then there are two guys who I think are somewhere U.S.-side," Hotz said. He knows them only by their online handles.

Hotz himself spent about 500 hours on the project since the iPhone went on sale on June 29. On Thursday, he put the unlocked iPhone up for sale on eBay, where the high bid was above $2,000 midday Friday. The model, with 4 gigabytes of memory, sells for $499 new.

"Some of my friends think I wasted my summer but I think it was worth it," he told The Record of Bergen County, which reported Hotz's hack Friday.

Hotz heads for college on Saturday. He plans to major in neuroscience - or "hacking the brain!" as he put it to the newspaper - at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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3 things,

1 i don't think it will be possible to ever get the visual voicemail working on a hacked phone, att had to upgrade their network to allow this to work

2 who wants to open and solder their 600 phone?

3 there have been hacks floating around since launch, whenever apple does an update they wipe out all the hacks. I would imagine that by messing with the hardware, you can not ever update your phone. Now for normal phones this means nothing, but the iphone is very different, it has a much more robust operating system and it is widely understood that apple will continue offering new apps and functionality to the existing phones. They were very excited in a conference call when discussing the possibilities for the platform. So hacking like this just freezes you out.

But i will say, good job by the kid;)

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LOL

Your the last person here to figure that one out... :lol:

yeah my PSN is ecurb2369 war ensemble has one too... I dont remember his PSN

I'm ****ing with you!

I've stuck up for the PS3 many times here.

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I like Madden better on my 360.

Never heard of Warhawk...but I have NBA 2K7, The Show and Ninja Gaiden.

Warhawk is a multiplayer online game... look around... its going to be 59.99 and come with a free blue-tooth headset

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Let me know when they make a hack for the Iphone that makes it worth as much as I paid for my Ps3... LOL

It'll come out just a few days after the hack that makes your ps3 worth what you paid for your ps3!

Ba-Zing.

Sorry man,somebody was gonna take that shot. Might as well be me.

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It'll come out just a few days after the hack that makes your ps3 worth what you paid for your ps3!

Ba-Zing.

Sorry man,somebody was gonna take that shot. Might as well be me.

LOL

My PS3 is of more value than a phone though.. lol

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Holy hijack. Even by ecurb standards turning this into a PS3 thread is weak.

I am starting to think this ps3 thing with ecurb is like the classic penny stock pump and dump. Ecurb is singlehandedly trying to drive interest for the ps3 back up so he can get gamestop to raise the price it pays to buy back used consoles so he can sell his in time to buy a 360 and halo3 when it comes out, hahahaha

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Teen Trades Hacked iPhone for New Car

By: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The teenage hacker who managed to unlock the iPhone so that it can be used with cellular networks other than AT&T will be trading his reworked gadget for a new car.

George Hotz, of Glen Rock, N.J., said he had reached the deal with CertiCell, a Louisville, Ky.-based mobile phone repair company.

Hotz posted on his blog that he traded his modified iPhone for "a sweet Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones."

"This has been a great end to a great summer," Hotz wrote.

The 17-year-old Hotz said he will be sending the three new iPhones to the three online collaborators who helped him divorce Apple Inc's popular product from AT&T's network. The job took 500 hours, or about 8 hours a day since the iPhone's June 29 launch.

Hotz made the deal with Terry Daidone, co-founder of CertiCell, who also promised the teen a paid consulting job.

"We do not have any plans on the table right now to commercialize Mr. Hotz' discovery," Daidone said in a statement.

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