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    Default Unlock Switch????

    check this... http://iphonejtag.blogspot.com/2007_08_01_archive.html

    only the title and no explanation.....



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    Hmm, is a bit odd I've gotta admit! Could they have actually properly unlocked the iphone?

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    That switch is powered off - someone power it on, please.

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    I have been using this for three weeks. But I find the vice way to bulky to carry around

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    Talking Return of the Riddler...

    I am reading his blog since weeks now, too.

    Sometimes (actually everytime) it is really hard to get, what the mastermind wants to tell the community...


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    George seems to have had a falling out with the main 'dev team' over openness of information. George seems to be old-school 'GNU' type 'information should be free' Stallman-style and the 'dev team' seem to want to keep things under wraps.

    Some of the comments made on George's blog give this away completely.

    I'll openly admit to being cynical about the whole thing - if I was in a senior AT&T management position then I'd be trying to pay off the 'dev team' to concentrate on the toolchain and leave the phone unlocking till later... money talks after all, and everyone has a price. Unlocking the iPhone for the USA market is largely irrelevant since the GSM competition runs on different frequencies (i.e. T-Mobile) - the unlock demand is coming purely from the ROW and primarily Europe early adopters. For these, the Turbo-SIM should be enough (when is mine going to arrive???? )

    Unfortunately George seems to be rather on the hardware side, and it's clear that he needs people on the software side (ARM reversing for example) to make everything work.

    Perhaps he's found a couple of test points he can switch to unlock the phone, however for all us 'normal' hackers and even more the average Joe (even with money) - a hardware solution that involves ripping the iPhone open isn't what we need.

    My money's still on someone like Jon Lech Johanssen pulling the encryption / signing of the firmware and bootloader apart, since that is what appears to distinguish the iPhone from other network locked phones. But it depends what's in it for him, at the end of the day, other than kudos. Which he already has plenty of.

    The best situation would be for George to work with the 'dev team' openly, but it seems that the usual sad situation of large egos getting in the way has already happened.

    FWIW I do technical architecture and business analysis in financial markets applications, have done for more than 10 years, and I'm no stranger to team dynamics esp. when it comes to talented individuals with real kudos to earn (the first to unlock the iPhone - that would be a BIG deal on your CV) - so I'm not just being some cynical teenager here. I'd personally love the iPhone to be unlocked but I'm expecting to end up buying another one in the UK when they finally get here. My original hunch that only AT&T have money to lose by unlocking appears false - Apple are earning off AT&T's contract lock-in and therefore both have a lot to lose. Especially given the cost of AT&T's contracts for the iPhone with roaming data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberface View Post
    George seems to have had a falling out with the main 'dev team' over openness of information. George seems to be old-school 'GNU' type 'information should be free' Stallman-style and the 'dev team' seem to want to keep things under wraps.
    Unlocking the iPhone for the USA market is largely irrelevant since the GSM competition runs on different frequencies (i.e. T-Mobile) - the unlock demand is coming purely from the ROW and primarily Europe early adopters.
    I understand George but I also understand the Dev Team that they don't want to unveil too much too early because it could give some vital hints to other dev teams, incl. those who want to charge people serious money for an unlock and what would be worse than a commercial company coming out with an unlock based on the Dev Team's work? This is no time for sharing each detail with the public I'm afraid, it could actually sabotage the whole "free unlock" idea.

    Regarding the US: what are you talking about? The iPhone has a Quadband GSM phone working on all available GSM bands worldwide. Why should the unlock be irrelevant to the US? I don't understand. I know many Americans who bought the iPhone but don't want to go for a new AT&T contract. Most of them are using the iPhone as a better iPod until the unlock is available.

 

 

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