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iPhone 3G software unlock due by New Year's Eve

updated 10:15 am EST, Tue December 16, 2008

iPhone 3G unlock by Jan.

The iPhone Dev Team has announced that its long-awaited software unlock for the iPhone 3G should be released on New Year's Eve. The unlock has been completed, and is currently being packaged into a user-friendly application, expected to be no more complicated than other iPhone hacking applications such as QuickPwn and BootNeuter.

The unlock method will be available to all iPhone 3Gs running the v2.11.07 baseband or earlier, meaning any jailbroken iPhone 3G running the v2.1 firmware or lower. If a phone has been updated to the v2.2 firmware, the unlock will remain unavailable for the foreseeable future.

In a related observation, the Dev Team notes that yesterday's Mac OS X 10.5.6 update has been causing a few issues with recognizing an iPhone in DFU mode. The Team believes this to be a kernel bug, and not a direct hacking countermeasure by Apple. A few possible fixes have been posted on the group's blog, but the Team warns users to try them at their own risk.




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  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    BooHoo

    Oh, right, so to run an unlocked version of the iPhone 3G, I'll need to run an obsolete version of the firmware, lacking not just many newer features, but mostly also exposing several security features that 2.2 patched?

    Certainly looks like the whole unlock / jailbreak community has been successfully marginalized by Apple's efforts (i.e. App Store, and international iPhone availability)) and that Apple's winning the Cat / Mouse game.

    Certainly, once such an unlock is released, the few countries not yet supported will have a limited demand for it, but considering the availability of genuine unlocked iPhones through Apple, and the general high cost of procuring iPhone 3Gs now, the appeal will be limited.

    Better to just procure and use a first generation iPhone, which can be unlocked just fine, and will run 2.2 software. It's pretty clear what Apple wants people to do (as, if they wanted to, they could lock down first generation iPhones with equal ease, but so far, they are useful to Apple)

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    re: BooHoo

    You may have a point with regards to the grey market dealers, but the fact is that I do want to unlock my phone, and I would do it legally if my provider allowed me to.

    The problem is that these providers (Mine is Fido which is Rogers = EVIL) are so stupid that they don't know profits if it hit them in the face. For example, I'm willing to pay $100 to have my iPHone unlocked by Fido, and still remain on the 3-year contract. I mean why wouldn't you take the $100 and give me a code.

    At some point in the profit and marketing landscape, the Telcos and Music Labels merge, and that point is the height of stupidity. And unfortunately, Apple is bending to their will (in this case).

    So yes, while it may be marginal, there are people who depend on it. For example, if I go traveling to Asia, I'd like to take my iPhone with me and use a prepaid SIM card, instead of paying $10 per minute roaming charge (if it's available at all). That doesn't seem too much to ask, does it? Or maybe you don't travel?

    Thanks to the iPhone Dev Team for their efforts.

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