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PwnageTool update unlocks iPhone 3G, 3GS

updated 04:25 pm EST, Mon November 29, 2010

Tech carries serious risks

The unofficial iPhone Dev Team has released a new version of PwnageTool, one of its hacking utilities for iOS devices. The updated software promises to unlock some models of the iPhone 3G and 3GS for unsupported carriers when using iOS 4.2.1. It works because the original iPad firmware, iOS 3.2.2, has been discovered to contain the v06.15.00 baseband, which is still vulnerable to an old exploit.

Installation requires several steps, including downloading the iOS 3.2.2 firmware from Apple. The Dev Team warns that there are several risks, such as the inability to do a full restore, or even downgrade baseband. The process also invalidates warranties in a way that should be relatively easy for Apple to detect. Owners of an iPhone 3GS using the old bootrom are advised against upgrading to iOS 4.2.1 in the first place.






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  1. facebook_Justin

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    This is the crappy PwnageTool from yesterday, useless for us 3GS owners cause its limited to 4.1 for 3GS for some reason (4.2.1 for 3G only), even for old bootrom 3GS units like mine. I had to resort to redsn0w yesterday to jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 and it was such a hassle. Who would have ever thought that you'd have to hack your own property to simply be able to use a competing carrier. Aren't there laws that prevent this... oh yea, anti-trust laws. But for some reason, the crappy U.S. government doesn't seem to realize that Apple+AT&T have had a full blown monopoly for over 3 years undetected.

  1. testudo

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    Ahhhh....

    Ohhhh, isn't that cute. Justin's crapping on the Apple/ATT bandwagon again (which is odd, for he used to c*** on Verizon and their immoral CDMA networks, now, apparently ATT is illegally working).

    This is the crappy PwnageTool from yesterday, useless for us 3GS owners cause its limited to 4.1 for 3GS for some reason (4.2.1 for 3G only), even for old bootrom 3GS units like mine.

    Probably because the Jailbreak and unlock tools rely on security holes in the OS in order for them to jailbreak the device. Which takes time and effort, since, for some reason, Apple doesn't publicly inform developers of the security holes.

    And damn that Apple for keep fixing those holes once they're found by these guys.

    I had to resort to redsn0w yesterday to jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 and it was such a hassle. Who would have ever thought that you'd have to hack your own property to simply be able to use a competing carrier.

    You know, I say the same thing about trying to run OS X on a generic PC and people keep telling me that it's Apple's product and they can do whatever they please with it.

    Aren't there laws that prevent this... oh yea, anti-trust laws. But for some reason, the crappy U.S. government doesn't seem to realize that Apple+AT&T have had a full blown monopoly for over 3 years undetected.

    First off, there are hundreds of cell phones out there in the market. You can't argue Apple has a monopoly on the phone market. And even if you COULD argue that, you'd have to prove it was detrimental to the end-user. But, since they don't have a monopoly (even on the smart phone market, which is shared with Blackberry and Android devices), there can't be a monopoly.

    Second, you then can't argue a monopoly over a non-monopoly item being sold through only one provider. This is done all the time with all sorts of products (or do you also proclaim anti-trust unfairness that you can't buy Sam's Cola at anywhere but Sam's Club, which is more of a monopoly because they're restricting it in-house).

    Third, you knew the risks when you bought the iPhone. It was plainly known that the iPhone was locked to ATT, that they would not unlock it, and the only way to use it on another network was to unlock it yourself (not jailbreak, which is something else, but the same concept). But you went out and bought yourself a phone from ATT, letting ATT pay that subsidy for you, and then turn around and cry "unfair".

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