Has anyone hacked the iPhone?

I am just curious if anyone has hacked the iPhone to work on ting.  I do not have the phone yet, but i would be interested in owning one and using the ting service.

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  • crickets... I think they are afraid of the Ghost of Steve Jobs.

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  • Haha! When I saw the post I thought... ooooooh... this one should be good! I could be wrong, but I chalked up the lack of response to the fact that Android might be a more hackable OS since it's more widely open.

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  • Yep, but my wife already has one and it would make the ETF a non-issue if I could get it moved.  And since iPhones don't have 4G (yet), that's one less thing that would have to be hacked.

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  • I'm also curious about this. My contract is up with AT&T in a month or two (having been a customer the past 6 years) and with how they've been treating their loyal customers lately, I no longer want to support them or their business practices.

    I heard about Ting on Hak5 and it sounds like it's something worth checking out and supporting.... the problem is, I've been an iOS user for quite some time and have no intention of giving it up anytime soon. I really like the platform and software support... not to mention the 3rd party developer support. Plus it works seamlessly with my iPad (so no, I wont go to android). Besides, I have a lot of money invested in software that I use often on that platform.

    With that said, what's required to get the iPhone on Ting? I'm not too familiar with CDMA technology. I know the GSM iPhones can be unlocked to bring it to another carrier... can't the same be done with CDMA? I guess I just don't userstand where the limitation is. Can't you just software unlock the phone (or even buy factory unlocked version) and activate it on Tings network? Or is it Ting that wont allow it?

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  • You'd probably need a sprint iphone.  Possibly verizon.  Then it's just a matter of changing the ESNs and other associated settings. 

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  • for me the problem with hacking an iphone is that it will get reset every/any time you upgrade the o/s. this puts you back to square one every time as itunes, where the upgrade gets done, will check on the carrier. this is a hassle that really makes it sub-optimal.

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  • I'm not so sure.  We are talking about an ESN change, and it's not something that is modified by an iOS update.  Otherwise, everyone's iPhone would be screwed up, not just the ones that are unofficially modified.

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  • my understanding is on 4s all iphones on all carriers are the same hardware just locked for each network.  Now that vergin (also a Spint MVNO) is getting 4s   that ting will get it as well and virgin has a hell of a deal 30 bucks for 300 min and unlimited txt and psudo unlimited data.   I am veyr much considering droping my att iphone when the next model comes out since the money i will save in 1 year is more then the ETF and heck i bet i will be able to sell an unlocked 4s for as much even with a 5 out.     V dose not allow tethering like ting and i would rather have that option      

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  • Virgin Mobile has the problem that it doesn't use Sprint's roaming Partners for voice. Ting may not have the roaming partners for data (neither does VM), but at least I can make a call if no Sprint towers are near me.

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  • I have an iphone that used to be locked for AT&T but it has been unlocked.  AT&T allowed it for peeps who have upgraded to a newer phone, so my friend gave me his older 3G iphone.  So if my phone has been unlocked, what would prvent me from using it on Ting, as long as Sprint can carry it?

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  • Sprint can't support that version of iPhone. It has the wrong type of antenna. The easiest way to tell, is if there is a sim card, it won't work. That statement isn't 100% true, but it is a good place to start.

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