New Jersey teen unlocks Apple iPhone, uses on T-Mobile network

“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,” The Associated Press reports.

“The New Jersey teen collaborated online with four other people to develop the unlocking process,” AP reports.

“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 San Antonio-based AT&T that is compatible with the iPhone’s cellular technology,” AP reports.

“The hack, which Hotz posted Thursday to his blog, is complicated and requires skill with both soldering and software. It takes about two hours to perform,” AP reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ryan” for the heads up.]

37 Comments

  1. Does it provide visual voicemail? So you spend two hours of your time, minimum, to cripple your iPhone and void your warranty, so you can get poor service, at least where I live. Wow, sounds like a very worthwhile project to me. I’m impressed.

    MW: effort – not worth the effort

  2. Hell yeah! Whats next? they will be hacking hearing aids to be able to hear conversations from miles away even overseas too and the iPhone Update 1.0.2 will make it even snappier! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. @ M@c,

    You build a great platform slowly and steadily, that way problems can be addressed before they are widespread. Imagine the Hell there would have been to pay if Apple had released the iPhone through all carriers at once and all 2 million new users tried to activate their phones all at once.

  4. > It has to be a matter of time before Apple actually does this for real.

    No, because they signed a multi-year agreement with AT&T. Looks like that is the strategy worldwide, one market – one carrier. And Apple can dictate the terms of those agreements. Apple is not “loosing” any money.

    Soldering. You must be joking. How many iPhones did these people kill to figure this out.

  5. Digital Mercenary says it’s not worth the effort.

    Two hours of your time to mod the thing so it will work on a carrier that you may have access to (ATT doesn’t exists everywhere you know) and Digital Mercenary says it would just not be worth all that horrific effort!

    His time must be awfully damned valuable. So much so that he has plenty of it to spend reading MDN but just could not devote two hours to making an iPhone work where it otherwise could not.

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