iPhone dev team confirm 3G iPhone unlocked for all networks

The unofficial iPhone dev team have confirmed moments ago that they have completed an iPhone 3G unlock and are currently packaging a user-friendly application with the simplicity that you see in other applications from the team like QuickPwn.

The update will be released on New Years Eve and will require a jailbroken iPhone and 2.11.07 baseband or earlier. Jailbreaking is a method of unofficially hacking the device and allowing it to run 3rd party applications not available on Apple's official AppStore. The latest iPhone 2.2 software updates the baseband beyond 2.11.07 and it is recommended that if you want a 3G unlock that you do not update to 2.2 using iTunes alone.

It has taken the team just over 6 months to hack the iPhone 3G and has been the main focus of their efforts.

The dev team have also commented on Apple's OSX update which has blocked jailbreaking, "We believe this behavior is due to a kernel bug not a specific countermeasure by Apple", some workarounds have been suggested.

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Can you preserve the baseband like you can using pwnage tool, but in Windows? I don't have a mac and pwnage tool is mac only = ( ?

This presumably means that Iphones bought before December can be unlocked, because all new Iphones are sold with 2.2 pre-installed (02.28.00 FW).

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

It's possible to downgrade the iPhone software, but (presumably) not the baseband (Modem Firmware). Downgrading from 2.2 to 2.1 keeps the baseband at 02.28.00. There may be another way to downgrade, and if anyone knows, I'd like to hear it!

We believe this behavior is due to a kernel bug not a specific countermeasure by Apple"

That was strange and will give Apple incentive to NOT fix the bug.

Vezineth said,
That was strange and will give Apple incentive to NOT fix the bug.

Yeah until you brick the phone by legit means (no JB'ing, unlocking, etc) and need to get into DFU mode. Oh wait, now you can't.

The workaround is as easy as using a USB hub however.

Aren't you forced into purchasing a contract when you buy, if so is there much of a market for jailbreaking the iPhone 3G?

Yip, either way you're looking to pay a ridiculous price for it. Got mine for £400 on PAYG mind you I'm still feeling the pain in my back end from it lol.

+Jedimark said,
Aren't you forced into purchasing a contract when you buy, if so is there much of a market for jailbreaking the iPhone 3G?

Good point but if you travel out side the country often it is cheaper to get a prepaid sim card for that country. But you can't use none ATT sim cards in the iPhone if it isn't unlocked.

Yay just as I thought the article has been updated to mention the word unoffical in the opening sentance. Jeez Neowin thats a big error to make.

No mistake made, if you follow the "confirmed" link you'll see plain as day it's not Apple's development team and they refer to themselves as "iPhone Dev Team".

What don't you understand? "It has taken the team just over 6 months to hack the iPhone 3G and has been the main focus of their efforts" does that really suggest that Apple is selling unlocked phones. Maybe you need to read over it again properly.

creamhackered said,
What don't you understand? "It has taken the team just over 6 months to hack the iPhone 3G and has been the main focus of their efforts" does that really suggest that Apple is selling unlocked phones. Maybe you need to read over it again properly.

The article has been edited since I read it the first time.

Julius Caro said,
the title is kinda misleading though. "iPhone dev team" sounds pretty official to me.

Yes, that threw me off until I started reading it.

Julius Caro said,
the title is kinda misleading though. "iPhone dev team" sounds pretty official to me.

I agree that the title is misleading but the actual article is not.

Shadrack said,
I agree that the title is misleading but the actual article is not.

It may sound misleading but that is what the hackers decided to call themselves. Poor choice huh?

Maybe Alex is retarded. Poor Alex. I made fun of people who were retarded and got in big trouble, but it sure was fun. :-)

creamhackered said,
What don't you understand? "It has taken the team just over 6 months to hack the iPhone 3G and has been the main focus of their efforts" does that really suggest that Apple is selling unlocked phones. Maybe you need to read over it again properly.


The bit we didn't understand was the explanation "iPhone dev team" wasn't Apple themselves, I see now it's been re-written to explain this, but the headline still remains the same.

Joshua Lee said,
Maybe Alex is retarded. Poor Alex. I made fun of people who were retarded and got in big trouble, but it sure was fun. :-)

You sound like a really nice person.