Thursday, 1 November 2007
Freedom for iphone
On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs was probably very happy to announce the iPhone at the Macworld convention; but i don't think that the buyers were as happy as he was: when you buy an iPhone, it works only with one carrier, Apple wants a percentage from your phone calls.
The iPhone is sim-locked and in the Usa it works only with At&T (anche you need at least a 2 year contract with them), in the UK with 02, in Germany with T-Mobile and in France with France Télécom's Orange.
Well, i'm sure that Steve Jobs knows that the reality is more complicated than you can imagine.
On July 3, 2007, Jon Lech Johansen (24 year old norwegian guy previously known for his work on reverse engineering data formats) wrote on his blog "iPhone Independence Day": "I’ve found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone without giving any of your money or personal information to AT&T. The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and WiFi work. Stay tuned!" Following this procedure you don't need to get to register with iTunes in order to use the iPod and WiFi feature but you can't use it as a phone.
The story hasn't finished yet. On 29th July 2007 George Hotz (a 17 year old american student) wrote on his blog : "Thanks to jpetrie, who donated an iPhone to the cause, I have an iPhone to take apart. I will be posting to this blog as I take it apart and discover things."
On 21st August 2007 he wrote: "Yes thats right, we have an unlocked iPhone." And after 42 hours: "I finally achieved my goal of getting my phone working on T-Mobile." Obviously he meant T-Mobile USA, not the german one.
Do you really think that corporations are 100% in control of technology??