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  • GeoHot Offers to Fix iPhone WiFi Problems - For $10,000


    GeoHot has declared the blacksn0w/blackra1n WiFi bug "closed," saying that after his investigation he believes it to be a problem with the iPhone firmware itself, rather than his work. On Twitter today, he made a statement suggesting he could fix the bug for $10,000. Most observers, though, are interpreting this as a tongue-in-cheek offer coming as it does in the wake of his smackdown of Jody Sanders' offer of $10,000 for the 3.1.2 baseband unlock.

    Several separate Apple support forum threads address a persistent problem users have had with WiFi connectivity since the time of the 3.0 firmware release. The issue has manifested as a complete inability to connect, even from very close to the WiFi access point, to intermittent or permanent disconnects.

    I’m using a 3G iPhone, and upgraded to 3.0 yesterday. Since then I’ve been unable to join any wifi network at all.
    The wifi dropping has been driving me nuts. It’s only started since 3.0. Before, it has always stayed connected, never had conflicts on the network, and was never an issue. But since 3.0, like a lot of others, it can’t hold the connection for more than 20 seconds without releasing.
    I have exactly the same problem. Wifi drops when the phone sleeps, and needs to be reset by toggling the wifi on-off switch. Scanning for the network is also flaky. It worked perfectly prior to installing the update. We need a fix, Apple!
    Before updating, Wifi worked flawlessly; at times even better than my macbook’s.
    After the updating, my iPhone does not discover my networks anymore. I have made it recognize my home network, however, by getting closer to the router. But since distance has never been a problem, it definitely shouldn’t be now.
    As many users noted the issue after upgrading to 3.1.2 and subsequently unlocking and/or jailbreaking their iPhones, there was a concern that the hacks themselves could have introduced a problem. After seeing the volume of complaints from users of stock iPhones, however, Hotz concluded that his hack was not at fault.

    Though workarounds from resetting network settings, to enabling/disabling Airplane mode, to putting the iPhone in the freezer for a minute (thus voiding the warranty) have been suggested by the user community, there is as yet no official fix from Apple for this issue... other than returning your phone to an Apple Store for replacement.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: GeoHot Offers to Fix iPhone WiFi Problems - For $10,000 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 95 Comments
    1. iNasser's Avatar
      iNasser -
      Well.. , with all my respects to GeoHot, But why doesn't he fix tethered jailbreaking for iPod with MC and 3GSs after week 40 before thinking of the 10k WiFi since he's so genius in iPhone system!
    1. Ace01xc's Avatar
      Ace01xc -
      one apple wouldn't give any one no 10k for nothing they got staff to tske care of this problem apple does not even beta test there product but geo hot still the man but 10k from apple lmao take from a former employee
    1. RessayFlex's Avatar
      RessayFlex -
      Well that's interesting, I remember beta testing 3.0 for months! The beta was available to devs for a while before it was finally released.
    1. Dizz's Avatar
      Dizz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ace01xc View Post
      one apple wouldn't give any one no 10k for nothing they got staff to tske care of this problem apple does not even beta test there product but geo hot still the man but 10k from apple lmao take from a FORMER employee
      Let me guess... You were fired, weren't you?
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      it would be great if he fixed it...
    1. torturedsoul802's Avatar
      torturedsoul802 -
      Hell, I'm surprised they haven't hired geohot simply to try and slow the jailbreak scene
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      ...and another ego that says "I can hack it for free."
      I don't see a problem with having an ego that big if you can actually do it. He SHOULD be proud of himself.
    1. camperchuck's Avatar
      camperchuck -
      Just because you cant spell dose not mean you cant criticize others for being clueless idiots. I want to blow my brains out sifting through all the stupid repetitive questions people ask on here about jailbreaking. Anyways who made you the spelling Nazi? FYI, Einstein was a horrible speller.

      back on topic, my 3g works great but my dads 3g has been a turd ever since the 3.0 update. i tried everything to make his wifi work but no luck. apple said he could send it in but it could possibly cost him several hundred dollars to fix, and at&t wont upgrade him early cuz they are butt-holes. F-that!

      ill never have another phone other than an iphone, i love em and ill always jailbreak.



      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      ^ I don't understand how someone who spells so horribly runs around on the net calling other people stupid. Not everyone knows about jailbreaking. Not everyone is as savvy as yourself.

      Edit: Geohot will never be employed by Apple.
    1. psychodave's Avatar
      psychodave -
      I bet you could get 10K users to donate a dollar if you fix it for us!
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      my wifi connects but drops soon after, and as for apple and geo i doubt its gonna happen but good luck
    1. icolinirie's Avatar
      icolinirie -
      I remember way back in the 1.6 days I had a problem with greyed out wifi and edge problems after an extremely failed jailbreak/unlock attempt (lol). There was a program called swifi that would flash both the edge settings and wifi. Now I know that edge is not the issue here, but perhaps this could be a solution for those that are experiencing the wifi problems with the 3.1.2 update. Here's a link Wifi Fixer [iPhone Dev Team]
      Just a thought.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by camperchuck View Post
      Just because you cant spell dose not mean you cant criticize others for being clueless idiots. I want to blow my brains out sifting through all the stupid repetitive questions people ask on here about jailbreaking. Anyways who made you the spelling Nazi? FYI, Einstein was a horrible speller.

      back on topic, my 3g works great but my dads 3g has been a turd ever since the 3.0 update. i tried everything to make his wifi work but no luck. apple said he could send it in but it could possibly cost him several hundred dollars to fix, and at&t wont upgrade him early cuz they are butt-holes. F-that!

      ill never have another phone other than an iphone, i love em and ill always jailbreak.
      You have apparently missed the irony and the whole meaning of my post.

      Not everyone is a forum pro.
      Not everyone jailbreaks.
      Not everyone is going to know "the obvious" just because we do.

      People come here specifically for help. If it bothers you that they are not well informed about modifying telephones then maybe a help forum is not the place for you to be trolling.
    1. sure2794's Avatar
      sure2794 -
      you can fix iphone wifi jailbroken and blacksnowed iphones by resetting to network settings. reboot your iphone enjoy ur unlocked iphone
    1. Dajokeisonu's Avatar
      Dajokeisonu -
      Thanks dude some of these people are pathetic jerks who have nothin better else to do then call out lame stupid sh*t like spelling when we are all here trying to have a conversation. If you purchase any kind of item you must have some interest in it. Now as an Iphone being mad money wouldn't you wanna know what the phones true potential is and its not that difficult to find information. As for all these people bashing Geohot why dont you all make your own jailbreaking and unlocking software and STFU
    1. iMister's Avatar
      iMister -
      since upgrading to 3.0 i have had no problems with wi-fi whatsoever, even after upgrading to 3.1.2 and jb'ing and unlocking with blacksn0w i have had no problems at all......
    1. zani1972's Avatar
      zani1972 -
      Heloo people ive got a problem with my iphone ive been in europe for about 3 months the iphone 3g 3.1.2 worked find and great wifi youtube everything worked but now that iam back in the start nothin works swiched sim to tmobile and now nothing no wifi able to download blackrain unlock wifi come's and it go never alba to download the unlock software did everything like reset netwok reset phone off airplane mode everything reistall fireware i mean everything what can i do please help me i really need this phone on for work and home no other phone at home the use but buy another one please help me


      Zef
    1. camperchuck's Avatar
      camperchuck -
      hmm I forgot about this thread..

      I know everyone isn't a pro or expert, but you seem intelligent enough to see where we are coming from. this is 2009 and people should have some clue on how to use a forum by now, not to mention doing a little research before you try something out instead of just posting and expecting people to do it for you.

      knocking someone for spelling is petty and only used when people have nothing else better to say. you could have made your point with out the insult.

      I am here for help too but its almost impossible to find it when your sifting through tons of crap. I really don't like lurking and I'd really like to not seem like a troll but its just hard to get involved on here with all the crappy post.


      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      You have apparently missed the irony and the whole meaning of my post.

      Not everyone is a forum pro.
      Not everyone jailbreaks.
      Not everyone is going to know "the obvious" just because we do.

      People come here specifically for help. If it bothers you that they are not well informed about modifying telephones then maybe a help forum is not the place for you to be trolling.
    1. famleon69's Avatar
      famleon69 -
      Ok, will be ugly for us if the guy goes to work in apple, you can imagine if he has resources and time to develop locks???? that sounds scary 3.1.4 new Iphone firmware, brought to you by mR geohot... that sounds scary...
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      I'm pretty sure we can all save Apple $1,000 if we all just take the time to press that Reset Network Settings button.
    1. pusober's Avatar
      pusober -
      i think i discovered a solution on the wifi issue. i have an iphone 2g on 3.1.2 using blackra1n.

      1. reset network setting
      2. using sb setting, turn off EDGE. if you don't have sb setting, try the freeze method. put your iphone on top of an ice pack to get wifi and install sb setting via cydia. for 3G users, you can try turning off 3G (not tested)
      3. turn on wifi..and that's it

      i'm running the iheartradio app for about an hour now. usually, i can only use wifi for a max of 15 mins when iphone is cool. i'm going to leave it running all night and i will post the result.

      update: experiment was a success! iheartradio app was running all night via wifi. i think the issue is that when edge or 3g are on, it takes priority over wifi. what you need to make sure is that data ip address in sbsetting is N/A. if not, toggle edge/3g from on to off until it resets to n/a. according to the article i read from bosspref, the OS will renable the edge and 3g on reboot and it my experience, on lock.