CYBERPUNK: Flippin’ Sweet Deal For iPhone Hacker

The teenage hacker who found a way to unlock the iPhone so that the device would not be restricted to use solely on AT&T Inc.’s cellular networks will be trading his reworked gadget for ahackersepia.png new car. George Hotz, of Glen Rock, N.J., said he had reached the deal with CertiCell, a Louisville, Ky.-based mobile phone repair company.

Hotz posted on his blog that he traded his modified iPhone for a “sweet Nissan 350Z and (three) iPhones.” The 17-year-old Hotz said he will be sending the three new iPhones to three of his online collaborators who helped him unlock Apple Inc’s popular product. The job took 500 hours, or about 8 hours a day since the iPhone’s June 29 launch.

Hotz made the deal with Terry Daidone, co-founder of CertiCell, who also promised the teen a paid consulting job for the company. “We do not have any plans on the table right now to commercialize Mr. Hotz’s discovery, Daidone said in a statement. “However, we are keenly interested in having Mr. Hotz assist our engineers in developing solutions to other software related challenges.”

“This has been a great end to a great summer,” Hotz wrote in his blog. [via ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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