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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Using iPhone minus AT&T

Hackers love freedom; and are most turned on by any cool gadget that is restrictive. iPhone seems to be their latest object of dissection since Apple has a two year service contract with AT&T that binds its iPhone users to its network. Their efforts reached a milestone on Thursday when George Hotz, a 17-year-old from New Jersey, posted a tricky but apparently effective method of getting iPhone to work on compatible systems other than AT&T like T-Mobile in the US or a variety of overseas carriers.

Taking off on that, the folks at have devised a method that leaves virtually all the iPhone's features intact (except for visual voicemail) and adds some choices to the menu. Engadget watched a demo of the entire process and concluded, "We can confirm with 100% certainty that's software solution completely SIM unlocks the iPhone, is restore-resistant, and should make the iPhone fully functional for users outside of the U.S." They plan to "sell" licenses for their key – so next time someone wants to gifts you an iPhone, don't say `no' if you are living outside the US ; just tell them to load in the "patch"...!

AT&T is certainly not amused. How about Steve Jobs? He might pretend ire but will have to struggle hard to conceal his joy over the prospect of increased iPhone sales even in non AT&T serviced territories.
Now, wait a minute.... What will be FSJ’s take on this AT&T upstage by third parties ? I go that FSJ is quite an in-the-face type…loves all freetards and hates anything that shuts itself out (calls Microsoft "Beastmaster"). I can already hear him saying "let AT&T go to hell" !
Update : The frigtard did react. Here.

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