iPhone Cracked By Teen

 - Aug 26, 2007
References: sfgate
What does it take to unlock the Apple iPhone? About 500 hours and a 17-year-old's determined mind. A young New Jersey hacker claims he's figured out how to unlock some of the restrictions on Apple's iPhone, including finding a way to use the device overseas. The young genius was able to get the mobile to work on T-Mobile's network, freeing it from its prior AT&T exclusivity restrictions.

George Hotz spent about 8 days fiddling with the Apple gadget before he was able to make a call through T-Mobile -- and that was his only goal. "It wasn't to be rich," the SF Gate quoted him. He's not hiding the info either; in fact, he uploaded a how-to guide on his blog.

"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."