By Jaime Rivera | October 26, 2010 3:01 AM
I’m trying to think of a name for this one. We first had Antennagate, then Glassgate, so this should be LockedPhoneGate?… Ideas anyone? Anyways, it seems some hefty users have figured out a way to make phone calls after playing with a small combination of keys while the phone is locked.
If you press the emergency call button while your phone is locked and asking for a password, you’ll be taken to the emergency call dialer that is only supposed to accept phone numbers like 911. If you’re quick enough to dial any other number than 911, press the green call button and then the power button at the same time, you’ll be taken to the dialer application. Make a quick call, and then it’ll lock you back out, but it works.
As it stands, we’ve tested this on the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4, so the bug is real. There are reports around mentioning this same bug to also work on iOS 4.2 beta, so we’ll see what Apple does about it before iOS 4.2 rolls out.
Was this an intended feature? I honestly doubt it since a locked phone is supposed to keep people away from using it,.. right? We originally posted the glitch to be as far as to allow full voice control while the phone was locked after we got a lead about it, but scratch that,.. It is a feature you can enable or disable from the Password Lock menu.