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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Verizon iPhone 4 Hacked to Work on China Telecom Network

Every iOS device can be hacked, so we weren’t surprised to hear that the Employees of the Guangdong branch of China Telecom have cracked Verizon Wireless’ CDMA iPhone 4 using greenpois0n, to use the device on China Telecom’s network.
According to WSJ: A post signed the “Apple Lab Team” on the Sina Weibo account identified as belonging to the Guangdong branch of China Telecom said Tuesday the “CDMA iPhone 4 has made its first call in China” without a hitch. Preceding posts included a photo of a Verizon Wireless iPhone beside a tag labeled China Telecom Guangdong, then a photo of the device displaying the home screen for Cydia, a software application that allows users to find applications and software packages for jailbroken Apple devices.
“Guangdong Telecom’s first iPhone 4 has been successfully jailbroken,” one post said. The “Window’s version of Greenpois0n didn’t work,” it said, referring to software used to hack Apple’s operating systems. “A switch to the Mac version of Greenpois0n was a success.”
It’s not clear if the China Telecom employees are using a Verizon Wireless iPhone with a Chinese phone number, because while China Telecom devices use the same network technology as Verizon Wireless, devices used on its network typically require a SIM card while most Verizon Wireless devices do not. If they are using a China Telecom phone number, the “Apple Lab Team” has not revealed a way for regular users to follow suit.
An article on Sina’s Web portal (in Chinese) said the current test is being done only by China Telecom’s Guangdong branch, but “insiders” say they are waiting for the company to develop a unified plan of. In the meantime, the employees’ microblog says to stay tuned for more “pleasant surprises.”
A China Telecom official said the test call written about on the microblog was done by individuals within the company and did not represent an official company action. Stay tuned, we will keep you informed as and when more information for CDMA iPhone 4 comes-in.


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