Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
A 17 year-old student, armed with a soldering iron and a lot of caffeine, has figured out how to unlock the iPhone's exclusive deal with AT&T. He describes the method in detail on his blog. And here's the video announcing the discovery. There are also reports of software-only hacks (one of which Engadget absolutely swears by, as well as rumblings about legal action from AT&T, which probably won't amount to anything because there's nothing illegal about switching mobile phone providers. Me, I think the lessons in all this are pretty clear. Despite the constant caterwauling about an educational crisis from the usual sources, teens working in loose networks online seem to be able to educate themselves so well they routinely outsmart major corporations.

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