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iPad Hacked to Insert Verizon MiFi Device

A surprising article over on a Dish Network reseller website reveals an iPad 3G hack that incorporates Verizon's portable hot-spot device, the MiFi. This enables the Apple tablet to not only ignore AT&T and connect to Verizon's 3G network, but to serve as a local hot-spot for other Wi-Fi capable devices. The end result shows an incredible increase in speed based on tests conducted with a application.

Rather than merely jailbreaking the iPhone OS to incorporate a software solution to tether Verizon's device, the hacker instead removed the iPad's back panel and ripped out AT&T's 3G card altogether. "You’ll see it has two connections for the 3G antenna, one on the screen (not shown) and one at the top of the iPad (hence the black plastic bar on the 3G model)," he said, referring to a picture of the AT&T component still seated in the tablet. "This is the very reason I didn’t buy a WiFi iPad, but opted to pay extra for the 3G components. I did this only to remove what I paid the extra cash for!"

After the AT&T card was removed, the hacker then attacked the Verizon MiFi shell and removed its small circuit board located inside. While nearly the same size as the AT&T component, the MiFi circuit board was more rectangular in shape, thus it wouldn't fit in the original spot. The hacker had no choice but to trim down the iPad's resonating chamber--this was accomplished with minimal loss to sound quality. The MiFi board also received a few tweaks long before its insertion: its power button was removed, and the hacker also had to determine how the board was actually powered correctly.

But what about the speed test? Based on the app, the hacker's iPhone had a download speed of 193 kbps and an upload speed of 42 kbps when using the AT&T 3G service. However when the Verizon MiFi board was successfully up and running, the test showed that the iPad had a download speed of 1192 kbps and an upload speed of 693 kbps. That's a big difference.

To see how this iPad was modded, head here for a step-by-step pictorial.

  • manitoublack
    While I don't own any apple products, at least in Australia they come un-locked. Seems like the US is getting the short end of the stick with every apple mobile device.

    Good work on getting it to work off AT&T's network.
  • joytech22
    Interesting! if i was willing to shell out the extra bucks i would likely do something similar!
  • proofhitter
    Apple lawsuit in 3...2..1...
  • seboj
    proofhitterApple lawsuit in 3...2..1...
    Lawsuit? Nah, they'll go straight to busting down his door and ransacking his house.
  • matt87_50
    Apple and AT&T deserve each other.
  • maxiim
    Two douche bag companies why separate them?
  • bebangs
    maxiimTwo douche bag companies why separate them?
    One is bearable. Having Two is too much.
  • santfu
    Its sad that when you pay so much for a device you have to hack it (nice work by the way) to get it on the carrier of your choice.
  • stingstang
    It's interesting that the article didn't mention the area in which the device was getting those speeds. It could be that there was no 3G AT&T network there, and there was a 3G Verizon one.
    Hope he's able to keep his name and location a secret. This has got to be a big apple no-no.
  • silentq
    sebojLawsuit? Nah, they'll go straight to busting down his door and ransacking his house.
    device is no longer apple's property, hacker owns it. why would there be a lawsuit?