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DVD Jon cracks iPhone activation

DVD Jon cracks iPhone activation

DVD Jon claims to have managed to unlock some of the iPhone's functionality without activating the device with AT&T.

DVD Jon is back again with claims that he has already bypassed some restrictions on Apple's iPhone, allowing users to use some of the phone's features without activating the device on AT&T's network.

On his blog, Jon revealed "I've found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone," after dubbing July 3rd "iPhone Independence Day."

He hasn't managed to unlock the iPhone's calling capabilities yet but he has been able to use the iPod and WiFi features with a set of commands and an activation server programme that he had created.

Jon pointed out that "[the application] will not do anything unless you understand the magic numbers as well as add the hosts entry."

Yahoo! News managed to speak to an AT&T spokesperson, who said "Any other use of the device is not authorized and we can't guarantee the device will perform as intended to. We'll monitor situations like this and if necessary we will take appropriate action. Our terms and conditions are very clear."

In slightly related news, I'm sure there are countless Europeans cursing Steve Jobs at the moment, because they cannot get hold of an iPhone for another few months.

The FT is reporting that because there is no dominant network operator in Europe, the iPhone will initially launch in the UK, France and Germany, and then the device will roll out to the rest of Europe next year. However the good news is that O2 is reportedly close to landing a deal with Apple for its new device.

It's still not confirmed whether the European iPhone will have 3G capabilities at the moment, as there are conflicting reports from mobile phone operators. Although, it's fair to say that it'd be strange if the device didn't come with 3G.

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knuck 6th July 2007, 15:06 Quote
this guy is a show off , hehe
DarkLord7854 6th July 2007, 15:47 Quote
Kinda getting tired of all the iPhone news everywhere >.>
Tim S 6th July 2007, 15:51 Quote
We've deliberately steered clear of most of it ;)
Dr. Strangelove 6th July 2007, 16:05 Quote
so one thing that I find amazing (unless i missed something) is the fact that DVD-Jon mannaged to get his paws on an iPhone, as far as I know he is from Norway.. did someone buy one in the states and ship it to him?
mrlanrat 6th July 2007, 16:20 Quote
He probably got one off ebay.
topher 6th July 2007, 16:21 Quote
Off subject anyone know if that new prada phone is any good ?
DarkLord7854 6th July 2007, 16:24 Quote
eBay bids are going real slow for iPhones.. Guess it wasn't that hot after all :p
Hugo.B 6th July 2007, 16:30 Quote
About two days slow with the news on this one!
I think it's fine to do cracking as a hobby, and say how in the case of DVDs,
but I don't think this can be of much value to anyone.


H.B.
Andune 6th July 2007, 16:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
eBay bids are going real slow for iPhones.. Guess it wasn't that hot after all :p

Why buy it on eBay when you can get it cheaper in Apple/AT&T stores?
DXR_13KE 6th July 2007, 17:28 Quote
the thing that steams my turkey is why the hell do these guys make cell phones exclusive to a certain network or launch it only in a certain part of the planet?
plagio 6th July 2007, 17:59 Quote
Why don't they just hire this guy ?
bubsterboo 6th July 2007, 19:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
the thing that steams my turkey is why the hell do these guys make cell phones exclusive to a certain network or launch it only in a certain part of the planet?

Money.
proxess 6th July 2007, 22:09 Quote
curse apple... i want an iphone!
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Firehed 11th July 2007, 14:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove
so one thing that I find amazing (unless i missed something) is the fact that DVD-Jon mannaged to get his paws on an iPhone, as far as I know he is from Norway.. did someone buy one in the states and ship it to him?
He's in California now.

Anyways, already bought mine. Activation was the most painful thing I've had to do yet (thanks, AT&T!), but it's done and shouldn't be something I have to worry about ever again. I'm waiting for third-party support, whether it's from hackers or Apple. And the rumors make it sound like it'll be from Apple eventually even if the hackers beat them to it in the short term; Apple just wanted to ensure the launch wasn't marred by homicidal apps. And I can't say I blame them, considering that they couldn't afford for the thing to flop.

That said, MobileSafari needs work - it's quite unstable, even if it crashes very gracefully. And it occasionally takes the iPod down with it, although that's quite a bit rarer. It's still miles ahead of any other mobile browser to date that I'm aware of, and the hardware and other software is absolutely fantastic. I expect Safari to get better with future updates (and I'm extremely confident that Flash support will come even if I don't care about it - iPhone users may have taken note of the "Plugins" toggle in Safari preferences of which we currently have none, among other reasons), which is part of the beauty of the touch-screen.
Nath 11th July 2007, 15:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by topher
Off subject anyone know if that new prada phone is any good ?
I played with one briefly today and it rocks. The screen obviously does show up fingerprints fairly noticeably after a while, but can be easily cleaned I suppose. If you can stomach the cost then it's an awesome phone. :D
jamespreston_1969 19th May 2008, 17:06 Quote
I finally got an iPhone last week myself. It is so much easier to use than the Pocket PC phone I tried first. I can't use my Roboform on it, but that's ok I guess.

Does anyone know of a good dvd to iphone program? I found a number of reviews at http://videoconverterreviews.com/category/dvd-to-ipod/ but I don't know which one is really best.
kempez 19th May 2008, 19:20 Quote
I extract the DVD's with DVD Extracter and use handbrake to put them on the iPhone. Handbrake is seriously good and very very easy
modgodtanvir 19th May 2008, 19:37 Quote
God bless dvd jon. or Cap'n Long Jon Silver as pirates call him...
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