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Hackers: unlock, jailbreak iPhone v1.1.2 [more]

updated 07:50 pm EST, Fri November 9, 2007

Unlock for iPhone v1.1.2

Less than 24 hours after it was first available, hackers claim to have found a way to unlock the latest iPhone v1.1.2 for use on any GSM-based mobile carrier network. The software/firmware update (for both the iPhone and iPod touch), which was placed on Apple's servers last night and shipped with iPhones in the UK and Germany, brought a number of changes, bug-fixes, and updates, but also broke previous 'jailbreak' methods that allowed access to the file system and enabled third-party applications to be installed. Update: One site has also posted preliminary instructions for jailbreaking v1.1.2 software for access to the file system and installing third-party applications and a full utility (with instructions) is available but requires users downgrade to v1.1.1 first.

Apple has previously warned that its iPhone software updates could damage unlocked iPhones, but users continue to search for ways to use the devices on the carrier network of their choice. Already hackers claim to have found ways to "jailbreak" the latest v1.1.2 software for the iPhone and iPod touch, but have not yet publicly circulated the hack or provided details on the method.

While untested, the iPhone Elite dev team says that anySIM v1.2 hack works only with 4.02.13_G baseband version and can be run on 1.0.2, 1.1.1 or the latest 1.1.2 firmware. Other reader reports indicate that the unlock utility may only work with US-based iPhones with software v1.1.2. The unlock hack requires that users download the iPhone v1.1.2 software to an older version -- for which a "jailbreak" method is publicly available. Users can then use the utility to unlock the latest (baseband) firmware and use their iPhone on the network of their choice.

The complete 3-step software downgrade for iPhone v1.1.2 users is available on the Web.




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  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPhone Elite Team!

    Please note, again, that this is provided by the iPhone Elite Team, and not the original 'iPhone Dev Team' (which broke and bricked iPhones with their first version, and from which the more reliable 'iPhone Elite Team' splintered from.)

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not "any mobile carrier"

    Any carrier that uses GSM SIM cards. In the USA, that means your other alternative is T-Mobile. So, wow, you get to use T-Mobile instead of AT&T and lose your visual voicemail. Yay, hackers.

    Yes, I know the implications are larger for international use, but I fail to see why people are still excited about this. Unless you're an American world traveler, unlocking just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's the ultimate case of I'm doing it because "uh...ummm...I can."

    Now jailbreaking to install third-party apps is cool, but personally I'm waiting until the official Apple SDK comes out. I don't want to get used to any apps that may not work with the next update.

  1. Gabe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hacking the iphone

    I'm based out of Ontario, Canada - therefore the only way we can use the iphone is to have it hacked - as it isn't supported here - which is another story. Keep up the great work!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: not "any"

    Any carrier that uses GSM SIM cards. In the USA, that means your other alternative is T-Mobile. So, wow, you get to use T-Mobile instead of AT&T and lose your visual voicemail. Yay, hackers.

    So, maybe a lot of people don't give a flying leap about 'visual voicemail'.

    Yes, I know the implications are larger for international use, but I fail to see why people are still excited about this. Unless you're an American world traveler, unlocking just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's the ultimate case of I'm doing it because "uh...ummm...I can."

    OK, so if we ignore all those outside of the US (since everything is always about the US, who gives a c*** about those foreigners!), and all those people who want to use the iPhone outside the US (without paying exorbidant AT&T charges for the privilege).

    So, let's see if I can give you some reasons why people might want to do this. Excluding all the obvious reasons listed above, we still have people who want an iPhone BUT:

    - they CAN'T get AT&T service in their area (yes, there is places AT&T doesn't cover)

    - they get crappy AT&T service in their area

    - they HATE AT&T (yes, there are those, just like people who hate MS, Apple, Verizon, Comcast, etc).

    - they want to use their current AT&T plan (say, a business plan they already have, or a family plan) and they don't want to have to pay another $60 just for the privilege of using an iPhone

    - they want to use their current T-Mobile plan (for same reasons as above)

    - they want the options/choice of picking the plan they want, rather than Apple's default "You MUST take this plan to use this phone" (because, again, Apple thinks all consumers are just so stupid and easily confused they don't want to give them any options, which might get them so addled they decide not to buy anything).

    For example, some people may not want a data plan, so why should they spend extra for an option they don't need/want? (Oh, right, its Apple, that's their mantra).

    - they believe they should control their products and make their own decisions, not leave it up to others to tell them what they can and can't do.

    Are those enough reasons?

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Don't like the iPhone...

    and restrictions, then get an unlocked Nokia or BlackBerry. Their high end models are supposedly superior to the iPhone anyway. Ohh look, I got a five megapixel camera. Ohh look, I got push e-mail. That's some superior shizzle.

  1. iZulu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    testudo

    Please remove yourself from the genetic pool, its unfortunate we have to inhale the same air as you. you prove once again that your existence is fundamentally flawed. *walks of shaking head*

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    izulu

    Well, at least I answered the person's question. What's your problem? You like being stuck with limited to no options just because some company says that what you want?

    Or do you just detest people who have differing opinions, or just show why some people need what's not offered?

    And you're telling someone else their existence is flawed?

    And so I can better myself, why not tell me what was so horrendous about my post that you feel the world would be better if I jumped off the brooklyn bridge?

  1. Stratus Fear

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Narrow-mindedness?

    "Any carrier that uses GSM SIM cards. In the USA, that means your other alternative is T-Mobile. So, wow, you get to use T-Mobile instead of AT&T and lose your visual voicemail. Yay, hackers."

    I use my iPhone on T-Mobile because for about half the monthly price I get the same level of voice service, unlimited text messages as opposed to 1500 (and believe me, I use more than 1500 in a month), and unlimited Internet. No visual voicemail, of course. Personally, I'd love to have visual voicemail, but there's no way I'll pay another $30-$35/mo to switch to AT&T to have it.

    Don't tell me anything about T-Mobile's "S***** coverage," either. Where I am in Atlanta, T-Mobile's coverage is frequently better, and when it's free on a national plan to roam where you have no home coverage, what the h*** does it matter where the home network isn't? AT&T can take it's crappy Atlanta call quality and uncompetitive pricing and shove it where the sun don't shine.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not just T-mobile

    Well, t-mobile is the only other 'well known' GSM carrier, but there are definitely others. Up here in central Wisconsin, you can't get either AT&T OR T-mobile. However, there are 2 regional carriers, Cellular One and Einstein PCS that offer GSM service. I have a hacked phone that I use on their networks. AT&T simply told me I couldn't get service with them, so I did what I needed to.

    Visual voicemail would be great, but I have a special plan with data for under $20 per month. Nothing else even comes close!

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