The iPhone has been PARTIALLY unlocked

By Rob Scovell, in , posted: 6-Jul-2007 21:19

Someone's managed to PARTIALLY unlock the iPhone ...

(Title changed to reflect the reality.)

This, of course, was inevitable.

This comment from AT&T is the sort of thing that makes my blood boil:

AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said it was necessary to activate the iPhone on AT&T's network to ensure optimum performance. Using the phone without AT&T's two-year service contract was unauthorized under the phone carrier's exclusive network service contract with Apple, Siegel added.

"Any other use of the device is not authorised and we can't guarantee the device will perform as intended to. We'll monitor situations like this and if necessary we will take appropriate action," he said. "Our terms and conditions are very clear."

Any other use of the device is not AUTHORISED???? As I understand it, the iPhone is not subsidised by AT&T, so how can they justify preventing people who've shelled out 600 greenbacks doing what they want with it?

This is just the kind of thing the Small Print Project are campaigning against.

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Comment by freitasm, on 6-Jul-2007 21:39

As usual, the New Zealand Herald half informs. The headline is "Hacker unlocks iphone for GSM networks", when in fact DVD Jon managed to bypass the activation process that requires the phone to be connected to AT&T.

Keep reading the article and a paragraph below explains that "The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and Wi-Fi work."

This is exaclty the opposite of the headline.

Please, always take whatever you read on New Zealand Herald with a grain of salt, when it comes to technology.


Author's note by robscovell, on 6-Jul-2007 21:44

Agreed. Not just technology!

Comment by Ross, on 7-Jul-2007 12:39

I am so tired of reading the " Unlocked" when it is NOT! Just because apple's first Cell Phone can play music and surf the internet to me doesn't mean it is Unlocked. To me when a phone is unlocked it for some reason is important to learn you can use it to make phone calls. Give me a break! I will read 1000 articles about how the iPhone is Unlocked before I read one that actually declares it is unlocked and can make phone calls with any SIM. My two cents.

Comment by juha, on 7-Jul-2007 13:03

Let's be fair... although it was published by Auntie Hairoiled, the story is a Reuters one. They tend to run un-subbed.

Comment by juha, on 7-Jul-2007 13:10

Original Reuters headline:
Norwegian hacker says he can bypass AT&T on iPhone

Comment by freitasm, on 7-Jul-2007 15:11

So why did the NZ Herald change the headline to something completely unrelated?


Author's note by robscovell, on 7-Jul-2007 15:20

I've changed the title to "Partially unlocked". The point that was important to me was AT&T's comments about terms and conditions and what that says about ownership. Who ARE they to decide about "authorised" or "unauthorised" use of something a customer has bought?

It's a little like buying a Rinnai gas heater and being told which supplier's gas I can use. Or buying a car and being told that use of non-BP fuel is 'unauthorised'.

Comment by submergency, on 8-Jul-2007 13:28

I think it is really unreasonable how you people always denigrate the good ole Herald. They are absolutely authoritative on all kinds of things. Like, umm, give me a minute... I know! Sheep!

Comment by freitasm, on 8-Jul-2007 16:14

And now the New Zealand Herald has changed the headling to read "Hacker finds way to activate iPhone without phone network".

It appears they read around here, isn't it?


Comment by From the Basement of the Science Building, on 8-Jul-2007 19:22

The iPhone seems to be getting released West to East, with UK in August and Germany/Europe next. At that rate y'all aren't going to see it till NEXT YEAR! So, why do you care about HACKING BSD?

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