Hardware hack fully unlocks iPhone

George Holtz at the blog Finding JTAG on the iPhone is claiming to have unlocked the iPhone using a sort of ‘hardware hack’. The method involves a piece of hardware that is temporarily installed into the device only during the process of unlocking the iPhone. After that time, the hardware is supposedly able to be removed, and the iPhone run completely normally using any carrier’s SIM card.

Currently the method involves hardware, though they hope to have a software version soon.

The current method involves taking apart your phone and doing some complicated soldering, with a high probablity of a bricked phone. Although after the phone is unlocked all the hardware can be removed. We hope to find a software unlock very soon.

They credit “gray, iProof, geohot, dinopio, lazyc0der, and an anonymous contributor for making this possible. Thanks also to everyone who donated and stuck with us in #iphone.unlock.”

As of yet, no known parties outside the team responsible have been able to test the hack. They claim that they will release instructions for the hack in exactly one week from the blog post.

So in one week exactly from this blog post(thats less than the time it takes to ship a turbosim) we will release simple step by step instructions for unlocking, probably not even involving hardware. Sorry about the wait, but I assure you it will be worth it.

They did post this Youtube video demonstrating an unlocked iPhone utilizing a T-Mobile SIM card and placing a call to a land line.

[via Finding JTAG on the iPhone]

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