A very large number of readers sent in stories about one or the other of the two new claims to have unlocked the iPhone for use on other GSM carriers. A New Jersey teenager, George Hotz, posted instructions for unlocking the iPhone
using a soldering gun and a lot of patience. This is from coverage in a local NJ paper
: "If someone handed him an iPhone new out of the box, he could modify it in 'about an hour,' he said. A person following his directions might take 'a good 12 hours,' the teen estimated." Hotz has put up a YouTube video
substantiating his claim, and is conducting an eBay auction
for one of his two hacked phones. The other hack is by a commercial outfit called iPhoneSIMfree.com
, whose claim Engadget has verified
. The company will be selling licenses to the hack, minimum quantity 500, at a price not yet announced. These hacks are much bigger news for those outside America. Expect to see an industry spring up to meet European (and Asian?) demand for freed iPhones.