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House Passes Bill Allowing Cell Phone Unlocking

But only after controversy over last-minute provision

(Newser) - The House yesterday passed a bill that would make it legal to unlock your phone, despite pushback from Democrats over a last-minute addition to the bill banning "bulk unlocking." You'd be forgiven for not realizing that unlocking a phone—meaning making it work on other carriers—was... More »

Facebook Hires Top Hacker

Hire linked to development of iPad app

(Newser) - The hacker who was among the first to unlock the old AT&T iPhones and was sued by Sony for jailbreaking its PlayStation 3 has been hired by Facebook, reports Tech Unwrapped . George Hotz, aka GeoHot, has apparently been trying to keep a low profile since the Sony lawsuit. Analysts... More »

Apple Patent Could Kill Jailbroken iPhones

For your own good, though!

(Newser) - The US government is a-OK with you jailbreaking your iPhone but, not surprisingly, Apple is not. To that end, the company applied for a patent to disable jailbroken devices, the Register reports. Ostensibly, Apple just wants to protect you from an unauthorized user breaking into your phone: The patent application... More »

Go Ahead, Jailbreak Your iPhone: Feds

Copyright Office ruling applies to all mobile devices

(Newser) - Modifying a smartphone to run applications not approved by the manufacturer is not illegal, the US Copyright Office said today—which enthusiasts immediately understood to mean " jailbreaking your iPhone is A-OK." Apple had warned of "copyright infringement, potential damage to the device and other potential harmful physical... More »

Teen Hackers Foil New iPhone Limits

Hackers use school vacation to best Apple's engineers and 'jailbreak' new phone

(Newser) - A group of teenage thorns in Apple's side have been the first to release "jailbreak" software for the latest iPhone 3GS, the Wall Street Journal reports. The hackers, in the latest round of what Steve Jobs calls "a cat-and-mouse game with his top engineers," created software that... More »

Pirates Invade iPhone App Store

(Newser) - Pirates have struck the iPhone app store and cracked roughly one in five paid applications for online distribution, Wired reports. At least 5,000 apps are circulating on the Internet, says one analytics company, which found dozens of apps that are downloaded only once for every 100 cracked copies. "... More »

New App Helps Users Unlock iPhone

It's now pretty easy for those who want to shed AT&T

(Newser) - Got that shiny new iPhone 3G for Christmas but don’t want to bail on your non-AT&T service plan? A new application to unlock the iPhone 3G is here, PC World reports. At this point, "even a cat" can get the trick done. Yes, there's always a chance... More »

25% of iPhones Get Unlocked

Gray market Apple handsets getting reconfigured globally

(Newser) - The worldwide demand for the iPhone is creating a growing gray market where the phones are bought and sold outside of Apple’s restrictions, BusinessWeek reports. The devices are supposed to operate only through cell phone carriers who have contracts with Apple. But as many as 1 million iPhones, or... More »

Errant iPhones? No Big Deal, Analyst Says

Apple profits can withstand unaccounted for gadgets without loss

(Newser) - An estimated 1.4 million iPhones that have been either inventoried or clandestinely unlocked may not pose a significant threat to techno-juggernaut Apple's overall profit. The "missing" phones could force stock prices to dip, "but if you look at Apple," reassures analyst Ezra Gottheil, "It's solidly... More »

Unlockers Buying 10% of iPhones

With a view toward resale, hackers put footprint on market

(Newser) - One of every 10 iPhones sold in September was bought to be unlocked and resold, an investment bank has estimated. The anecdotal research comes from several hours spent monitoring Apple stores; the analysts assumed that all iPhone purchases of the maximum five per customer were made by hackers, appleinsider.com... More »

New iPhone Hack Lets You Switch Carriers

Software makes unlocking the gadget easier, but is it legal?

(Newser) - New software that allows iPhone users to unlock the devices for use on any network without having to disassemble them is available online. Hackers have been on the case for 2 months, MacNewsWorld reports, and this week's breakthrough means customers can buy phones directly from Apple and don't have to... More »

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