Worldwide efforts to unlock the iPhone – untethering it from the AT&T Network – appear to have been motivated by two main factors – “fortune” and fame.

The latter was clearly the impulse at work in the case of George Hotz, the New Jersey teen who succeeded last week in completely unlocking the device, using what’s dubbed as a “hardware hack” (temporarily installing a piece of hardware into the device, during the process of unlocking it).

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