Local software developer John Ballinger, who could well be the first Kiwi to hack an iPhone, has confirmed an open source hack released this week works.
The first free, open source software for unlocking Apple’s iPhone was released this week, reported US web magazine Engadget.
The free software could mean serious competition for companies that are selling software to unlock iPhones, such as US dealer iPhoneSIMFree and Czech Republic company Bladox, which manufactures the TurboSIM product. Several resellers have started taking orders for the commercial software. TurboSIM cards reportedly sell for $299, and iPhoneSIMFree's hack costs US$99.
The Engadget team confirms it managed to unlock an iPhone using the software, called iUnlock. However, it is still an early version and takes a little bit longer to work than iPhoneSIMfree's method, says the website.
Ballinger, who unlocked his iPhone using the more complex Geohot hardware hack two weeks ago, also confirms the open source hack.
Ballinger unlocked a colleague's iPhone with the iUnlock software in about one hour, compared to the six hours it took using Geohot's hack, he says.