Humanity first steps in unlocking, painful as hell
|Jon Lech Johansen, also known as "DVD Jon" and as the software engineer who released software code that cracked the DVD content-scrambling system in 2002, apparently has found details about iPhone and iTunes activation data and as well as a first key to open up the iPhone.|
Readers have notified us that Johansen has published the information on his blog, where he claims to have discovered a way to activate the iPhone without going through the regular activation process in iTunes.
Johansen's "Phone Activation Server v1.0" software so far only enables iPod and Wi-Fi capabilities on the iPhone, not the actual phone. While the opened feature set is limited - and reduces the iPhone to an expensive Wi-Fi iPod - it is more than what has been available before: The iPhone is designed to only provide access to emergency phone calls, if a user decides not to activate the phone.
Johansen did not say if iPhone users can still go through the regular AT&T activation process once the phone has been activated through his Phone Activation Server.
Hacker Jon Lech Johansen, known widely as "DVD Jon," has cracked Apple's iPhone activation, or so he claims, meaning that iPhone buyers will be able to activate and use the new handset without having to commit to an AT&T wireless contract. Johansen announced his feat in a blog post entitled "iPhone Independence Day."
DVD Jon offered a link to download the patch. Dubbed "Phone Activation Server v1.0," the patch requires users to have Microsoft .NET 2.0, which is freely available as a download from Microsoft.
Originally Posted by ptrott
I just don't think I would be able to justify buying a $600 8GB MP3 player... buy a PS3 instead.... lol or a wii and an xbox 360.