News | Archives | Phone Finder

cell phone news







17 Year Old George Hotz Unlocks the Apple iPhone

August 24, 2007 4:05 PM | Apple | Comments (2)

Seventeen (17) year old George Hotz, from Glen Rock, N.J., along with 2 Russians and 2 other Americans collaborated online all summer to unlock the Apple Phone.  Hotz claims he spent 500 hours on the project and ended up putting the phone on eBay which sold for $2,000.  The model typically sells from $499 brand new.  

Hotz was able to use the iPhone on T-Mobile's network, which is the only other U.S. carrier that is compatible with the iPhone cellular technology.  Hotz posted the information on his Blog which includes a video of the iPhone which displays T-Mobile as the carrier.  (See Video)

Unlocking the iPhone isn't an easy task. According to Hotz, the task requires soldering and software manipulation.  It takes him about 2 hours to perform the complicated task.  Since Hotz is making the steps public via his Blog we are certain motivated individuals or companies may be scrambling to make money off this!

George Hotz will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology where he plans to major in neuroscience or "hacking the brain!" as he calls it.

The iPhone has already been hacked to work on overseas networks using another method.  This involves copying information from the Subscriber Identity Module which is a small card with a chip that identifies a subscriber to the cell phone network. The SIM chip method does not require any soldering, however it requires special equipment, and it doesn't unlock the phone; each new SIM chip has to be reprogrammed for use on a particular iPhone.

There is no U.S. law against unlocking cell phones. Last November, the Library of Congress excluded cell phone unlocking from coverage under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Unlocked iPhone by George Hotz

Recent Related News:


Good going, George. I know Apple is proud of you.

Wow! I'm very impressed! This kid is super smart! Wish I had his brains! There are a lot of people racking their brains to figure this out and a kid figures it out! I smell another potential Bill Gates in the making!

Post a comment


  Cell Phone Gadgets Cell Phone Gadgets (cont.) Cell Phone Services
  Cell Phone Signal Blocker

Cell Phone Stun Gun

Reverse Cell Phone Search
  Amber Alert GPS 2G

Cell Phone/PDA Wristwatch

Phone Recorder Card
  The Pretender

BluAlert Bracelet
  Mobile Phone Voice Changer Cell Phone Spy Karaoke Mini
  RF Detection Tele Analyzer Cell Phone Light Charms Modal International SIM
  USB Phone Recorder The Turbocell Charger


  Cell Phone SIM Card Spy Elite FrogPad One Hand Typing LiarCard
  Cell Phone Hidden Camera Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard  
  Spying Bug Audio Transmitter SIM Card Backup Tool  
  Detachable Wireless Camera Old School Retro Cell Phone Hadset  
  Gorillapod Go-Go Mini Boombox GSM Cell Phone  
  Voice Controlled Headset Wi-Ex zBoost  
  Magic Jack Dual Number Roaming SIM  
  iPhone Spy Stick iPhone / iPod Pogo Stylus  
  Mileage Logger Capture & Convert Any Web Video  
Copyright 2017 - Cell Phone Digest | Cell phone News, Reviews & Sales

A Division of POB Enterprises Company