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Teen trades unlocked iPhone for Nissan 350Z

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Mon August 27, 2007

Unlocked iPhone for 350Z

George Hotz, the soon-to-be college student from New Jersey who unlocked the iPhone for use on wireless carriers other than AT&T via a complex hardware method that involves soldering internal components and using a number of command line utilities, has traded the unlocked device for a Nissan 350Z and three 8GB iPhones. Hotz originally put the modified iPhone up for auction on eBay, but experienced problems with fraudulent bids as well as other issues, posting "I have had tons of problems with ebay and this auction. If you are serious about buying the phone, please e-mail me with your phone number." In the midst of the difficulties, Terry Daidone, the founder of Certicell -- a company that provides "solutions for the wireless aftermarket" -- contacted Hotz and made him an offer.

The deal calls for Hotz to exchange the unlocked iPhone for a Nissan 350Z and three 8GB iPhones, which Hotz plan to distribute thusly: "I will be sending the iPhones, unlocked if they wish, to jpetrie (the first donater), gray (the reversing genius), and iProof (who is truly amazing at finding stuff online)."

As for his future plans, aside from starting college this fall, Hotz says he may work on other iPhone initiative,s but not a software unlock. "I have a few cool ideas for things I want to do with the phone, like a cell phone tower based gps. I will detail everything on (my) blog."

Separately, hackers claim to have successfully unlocked Apple's iPhone without modifying any hardware. The team say they have cracked Apple's iPhone SIM lock system with a working unlocked handset. The unlocked phone used a T-Mobile SIM card in place of AT&T's default card, allowing the users to make calls, send text messages, and check email on an iPhone using their chosen T-Mobile service provider.

by MacNN Staff




  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969



    An 18 year old with a 350z. Nice knowing ya...

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    details details

    "…via a complex hardware method that involves soldering internal components"

    Two wires and a temporary switch are hardly "internal components" The hardware method is not complex, but close to impossible due to the tiny size of the iphone circuit wires. It's more like "difficult".

    Anyway, the car and three iphones are an awesome deal, much better than what he was offered on his website $550 or so. And yes his eBay auction did go haywire, fake buyers jacked the bidding price upto $99,999,999!!! Why do people do that?

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    future plans…

    Hopefully it's not that difficult, he'll have to do at least one of those a week to pay for his car insurance… :P

  1. bloodshot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: umm...

    Dude, it's a 350z, not a Vette, Porsche, etc. It's a fun car, but definitely not in the dangerous range for inexperienced drivers...

  1. schwank

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: re: umm...

    so... a 300hp rear wheel drive car is not dangerous? hahahahahahahhahaha

    great trade though

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Amazing! Some idiot buys an unlocked phone for three phones plus a car, and no one mentions that someone's got to be an idiot to offer that much to begin with. Especially for a phone whose warranty is already voided.

  1. smitch

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the tax man...

    cometh! He'll get to report that as income! Probably just thought it would be 'free.'

  1. hokizpokis

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't think the ceo who bought the phone has any 'care' for $40G's or for 3 iPhones either... basically it's free publicity for his company, well worth the investment for the free press alone... If I was the hacker kid I would have bargained the car the 3 phones and an internship with college credits and an expense account... which he'll probably get from some hi-tech company soon enough...

  1. thesearcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re (wow)

    He's employed with the firm as a consultant. The car is probably part of the renumeration.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's "remuneration" - why do people always get that wrong!?

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