Part Genius, Part Wha?

So a New Jersey teen + 4 anonymous helpers hacked apart the iPhone so that it is freed from AT&T. The whole process is extremely difficult because it requires a) taking the iPhone apart so you can b) perform expert soldering with the hope that c) you won’t totally brick the thing in the process.

The kid provided comment to the news and said:

The hack, which Hotz posted Thursday to his blog, is complicated and requires skill with both soldering and software. It takes about two hours to perform. Since the details are public, it seems likely that a small industry may spring up to buy U.S. iPhones, unlock them and send them overseas.

“That’s exactly, like, what I don’t want,” Hotz said. “I don’t want people making money off this.”

What a totally naive, typical kid mentality. If he didn’t want people making money off this, he would have simply said he did it, corroborated his efforts by having telecom experts see if it really was running on a non-AT&T network, then refused to give away the gritty details of how to do it, step by step.

Instead, like a typical Web 2.0 kid these days, he rushed to the web and hastily set up a free Blogger blog and posted the details on how to do this; hence the title to this post.


Now he’s selling his 2nd phone on eBay. Hey eBay bidders, you trust this guy? Ten minutes ago he said he’d hate to have people make money off of what he did and now he’s selling one?