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Old 29th July, 2009, 04:03 PM
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Apple: Jailbreaking iPhones could knock out transmission towers

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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

IDG News Service - Apple has told the U.S. Copyright Office that modifying the iPhone's operating system could crash a mobile phone network's transmission towers or allow people to avoid paying for phone calls.

By Jeremy Kirk
July 29, 2009 09:09 AM ET

The claims are Apple's contribution to the Copyright Office's regular review of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a law that forbids the circumvention of copy control mechanisms. [Front page...]
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It'd take a fair bit to crash a BSS or Node B (The bit that Apple call the "transmission towers"). Yes, there's been issues within them before (I've crashed a certain brand of Node B via a CORBA issue.), but generally you need to get access to their maintenance network.

It is possible that modifications to the baseband code would cause the phone to operate outside the license conditions granted - effectively turning it into an illegal transmitter. Apple is no more at risk than any other mobile/cell phone manufacturer for that though.
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