It was only released last Friday, but hackers have already found a way to get into to iPhone's master password.

Since the much-hyped release of Apple's latest gadget, hackers have been trying to understand how to activate the device with any sim card, instead of having to use AT&T, the exclusive carrier for the iPhone.

Nick at explains that the root password for the phone has been discovered, though whether this will have any effect is debatable, as some claim the password is a cunning decoy placed there for hackers.

However, The Register is reporting that Jon Lech Johansen, who has previously decoded iTunes' DRM encryption, has found a way to activate the iPod and wi-fi features of the device, but not to use it as a phone.

The iPhone was launched last Friday, and by Sunday Apple had sold a whopping 700,000 of the phones, and the iPhone looks like being the fastest selling mobile ever.

It is also being reported today that O2 has won the rights to exclusively sell the iPhone in the UK, though the operator says no such deal with Apple is in place.

Graham Charlton

Published 5 July, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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No wonder people are determined to activate the device with any sort of sim cards: the iPhone is indeed not cheap and can not be commonly used at his stage. Plus, there is not much you can do with a phone like this without a network.

iPhone is a true smart phone, with features such as Wi-Fi, camera, VoIP, iPod etc. However, most operators’ talk is merely a lip service and not shows an appealing pricing package that would allow users to maximise the features of the device.


We all love new technologies and something nice and modern, but if the price packaging is not suitable, it will encourage more hacking activities. Two-year commitment to AT&T, isn’t it too long?

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