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iPhone Hacking Update: Regrouping 7/9/07

It looks like the access to the serial console, which seemed so promising just a few days ago, has dead ended against a well-locked gate. Fortunately, there are still other fronts for attack

Latest Progress Report – The iPhone Dev Wiki
July 9, 2007 2:50AM Eastern Update

The bootloader is basically a dead end. Everything that goes into it must be signed, and without apples 1024-bit RSA private key, this isn’t going to happen. Fortunately we have another in. We have basically full command over the file system and can upload, copy, and run files. I’ll say this, ringtones would be a *trivial* thing to do now. We know the radio is accessible though software from from thisbbupdate dump. Once the toolchain is working, we can write a program to write to /dev/tty.baseband, and finally unlock thi thing.

-dev team

Update: They’ve compromised the root filesystem, which should open opportunities for ringtones, custom icons, and potentially, custom apps, including unlocking programs.

AT&T treats customers badly, still manages to sell out of Apple iPhones at most stores

Cnet.com reports that AT&T is claiming to have sold out of iPhones at most of it’s 1800 stores last night, but they aren’t exactly endearing themselves to their new iPhone customers.

It’s not clear how many phones each store had. Apparently, the store with the largest allotment, the Redmond WA store, got 90. Other stores had as few as 20, but it sounds like 40 might be a good estimate for the average. That would work out to 72,000 units and $36M in revenue. Not a bad evening.

AT&T says almost sold out of Apple iPhones | CNET News.com
“Virtually all of our stores sold out of the iPhone last night,” AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said, declining to specify how many units had been sold.

What is clear is that AT&T is rubbing some iPhone customers the wrong way. People in NYC were not treated with much consideration by store staff, who said that they were closing the store at 11pm, no matter how many people were left in line. They also made no effort to update the queued masses about stock levels, even when it was clear that they were running out of stock. People didn’t find out that they’d sold out of the 8GB model until another disappointed customer emerging from the store told them.

In Colombus Indiana, customers of the AT&T store were treated like dangerous criminals. Only 10 customers were allowed in the store at a time, so they could be guarded 1:1 by AT&T employees. They were also warned not to get too rowdy, and their were security guards inside to drive the point home.

Others discovered that while sold out AT&T stores were promising 2-3 delivery times for people who still placed orders, area Apple stores still had plenty of stock.

Some people had AT&T sell them iPhones even though they wouldn’t work with their corporate accounts. And others got home only to find that AT&T was horribly slow in activating their shiny new toys.

This certainly doesn’t reflect well on Apple for having chosen AT&T as a partner, but it is even worse for AT&T, who isn’t protected by a Reality Distortion field the way Apple is.

AT&T alienates an iPhone customer

Matt Mullenweg posts about his disappointment with the iPhone so far. He can’t use it, because AT&T hasn’t activated it yet.

it’s been hours now and still no activation, which means I have a very expensive paperweight, which is worse than not having it at all.

Photo Matt » iPhone Disappointment

Even worse, he’s an existing AT&T customer. Nice of them to take care of him so well.