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Science  14 Sep 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5844, pp. 1479a
DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5844.1479a
CREDIT: ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

WELL-CONNECTED. Most people owning a phone that doesn't work with their family's T-Mobile service plan would either switch providers or get a different phone. Not George Hotz, who spent the summer after his high school graduation from Bergen County Academies in New Jersey finding a way to unlock his iPhone from the device's sole service provider, AT&T. Hotz posted his solution, which involves altering the phone's circuit board and uploading unique programs, on his blog 23 August before heading off last week to begin classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York state.

The rewired iPhone isn't Hotz's first technological triumph: In May, he was a top finisher in the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for a spinning computer display capable of creating 3D images.

Hotz reports that he traded one unlocked phone for more iPhones and a “sweet Nissan 350Z,” which lists new starting at $27,900. And the phone in his pocket is working fine.

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