Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Remember When You Used to Do Things Like This Just for Kicks?

Seventeen-year-old George Holz of Glen Rock, NJ has done what the entire geek community has been waiting for: hacked the iPhone. Holz and three collaborators managed to unlock the AT&T-exclusive iPhone so that it will work on other cellular networks. According to Holz, it took five hundred hours of work (equivalent to eight hours a day, everyday, from the June 29 launch of the iPhone) to hack the device.

Holz then made a deal to trade it to Terry Daidone, co-founder of CertiCell, a Louisville, KY-based cell-phone repair company. The deal reportedly was for a Nissan 350Z (!, see below) and three standard 8GB iPhones, which Holz said he will be giving to his collaborators.

Daidone said that he had no plans to commercialize Holz’ work.

Read the original article here. Here’s a pic of the car the kid is now rollin’ in:


a mindless zombie said...

Damn it, what the heck were we doing? Building a remote device hidden in a cutout notebook that can be triggered remotely in Mrs. Fletcher's class. Whoop-dee-doo.

Steve said...

Seriously... I think we should been thinking bigger. A LOT bigger.

At least the thing worked.