Not even a month have past before the Android G1 hit the shelves and it is already jailbroken. People at the xda-developers forum found an easy way to start telnet on the device, log in as root and get full system access and read and write.

Here is the basic process:

  1. Turn on WiFi in the G1 (Settings > Wireless Controls > Wi-Fi). Make sure you’re connected to a network.
  2. Start up PTerminal (search in the Market) and you’ll get a prompt once its launched.
  3. Enter cd system and hit Enter.
  4. Enter cd bin and hit Enter.
  5. Enter telnetd and hit Enter. You’ve now started telnet on your G1.
  6. Enter netstat and hit Enter. You’ll now see your G1’s IP address. You can also find this in the Settings > Wireless Controls > Wi-Fi > and click on your network you’re connected to. It will show you your IP.
  7. Start up Terminal on your OS X machine, or bring up a command prompt on your Windows box. Type telnet [your.ip.address.we.just.found] and hit Enter/Return. So, if your IP was, you’d type telnet and hit Enter/Return.
  8. You are logged in as root now. To remount the system file as read write, type mount -oremount,rw /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system from the Terminal/Command Prompt and hit Enter/Return.

The steps are pretty easy huh? When the iPhone was initially jailbroken, everything was incredibly dull and tedious to do – all via command line. There are still more things to be done, these are just the begininng and I’m sure that this won’t be the last. We will see more jailbreaking and modifications in the future.

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