Jon Lech Johansen, aka “DVD Jon,” claims that he has activated the iPhone without giving any information over to AT&T.

I’ve found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone without giving any of your money or personal information to AT&T NSA. The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and WiFi work.

The point of Johansen’s coding exercise, as he explains it, is that there are many potential iPhone purchasers who do not want to enter into a 2-year contract with AT&T, but do want to use the device for WiFi, web, email, video, music, calendar, contact management, and other features — basically, treat it like a bomb-ass iPod, forget about the phone part.

If you have any knowledge of magic numbers and PAS, head on over to his post to download his “Phone Activation Server 1.0”

For the others who can’t read a single line of code, The Unofficial Apple Weblog and other sites have pointed out that it is also possible to activate iPhone using a prepaid plan with AT&T, then cancel the plan.

Advertisements