France Telecom and Apple are struggling to come to an agreement on the distribution of the U.S. group's iPhone in France, Challenges reported on Thursday on its website.
France Telecom, which trades mainly under the Orange brand, declined to comment.
The French weekly said without citing sources that Apple and France Telecom were at odds over the percentage of service revenues the telecom operator had to give to Apple as part of the distribution deal.
Yesterday, Erica posted in her state of the iPod touch jailbreak that a hacker named "Martyn" had obtained a broken iPod touch, and was planning to dive in and download every bit of code on it in the increasingly complicated effort to put 3rd party applications on the iPod touch. He didn't plan to release the code to the public, but he did plan to upload the code to a secured area of his site in order to let the other touch hackers have a crack at it.
iPhone hackers have some new tools now, thanks to HD Moore, one of the developers of the Metasploit hacking software. On Tuesday, Moore announced that he was supporting the iPhone within his Metasploit framework and released software that would allow hackers to run "shellcode" command prompts on Apple's mobile device.
The programmers who wrote free software that unlocks Apple's iPhone Tuesday disputed the company's claim that their hacks can damage the device, and they promised to battle any attempt by Apple to "brick" modified phones.
Apple said today that a firmware update to the iPhone due to be released later this week "will likely result" in SIM-unlocked iPhones turning into very expensive bricks. "Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed," said Apple in a statement issued this afternoon.