With Software and Soldering, a Non-AT&T iPhone
By BRAD STONE The New York Times August 25, 2007
AT&T is paying millions to be the exclusive United States provider of Apple's much-hyped and glowingly reviewed gadget, the iPhone.
It took 17-year-old George Hotz two months of work to undermine AT&T's investment.
Mr. Hotz, a resident of Glen Rock, N.J., published detailed instructions online this week that he says will let iPhone owners abandon AT&T's service and use their phones on some competing cellular networks.
Mr. Hotz's method, which requires a soldering gun, a steady hand and a set of obscure software tools, is one of several techniques that have emerged over the last week to break the technological locks confining the iPhone to AT&T's network.