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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. headstrain0z's Avatar
      headstrain0z -
      GeoHot=Boss
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      i would lol if apple actually hired geo for the job.
    1. iRockish's Avatar
      iRockish -
      Haha this would be awesome if Apple accepted. I doubt they will though for obvious reasons
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I'm on 3GS 3.1.2 with Baseband 04.26.08 Ultrasn0w'd and no Wifi Problems whatsoever.

      Heres 10k if anyone wants it
      kkkkkkkkkk
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      WOW! That would be unbelievable if he were to work for Apple.
      Personally, I would do it...simply for the cash!
      (yea, my integrity and dedication to a cause can easily be swayed! But at least I'm honest in my hypocrisy!)
      Good times!!
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      They need a new head of security. GeoHot could be their answer.

      What better way to kill the jailbreaking community than by hiring their knight in shining armor?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      ^I just contacted my bank and they said they will only deposit L's
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      I think it was more of a joke. Or a "f*k you, in ur face apple"

      He can obviously do it,
      but I think apple just wants him to dissapear rather then come on their team.
    1. number johnny 5's Avatar
      number johnny 5 -
      I Have a 3GS on 3.1.2, JB'd with pwnage 3.1.4, and have had no WIFI problems at all. My wifes is a 3GS stock out of the box with 3.1.2, and has had no problems either Now my 2G on 3.0 is a totally different story. It is pwn'd on 3.0 and drops WIFI like a hot potatoe all the time. sometimes it comes back by itself, sometimes i have to manually turn it back on.
      I think its a crapshoot on if it happens or not.
    1. titeo's Avatar
      titeo -
      yeah...the prob is mostly with 2G owners. I myselft is experiencing this ever since 3.0 Been waiting for a fix. I am basically using a regular phone LOL, since i'm unlocked on tmobile. no internet, no email, no cydia/themes downloading.

      this sucks so bad...an iphone with no internet...just another touch phone...
    1. Conas's Avatar
      Conas -
      I say Geo should fix it for free, but he should rig it so that only jailbroken phones can reap the benefits of the 'patch'. Then we could go to the Apple forums and brag that our jailbroken phones work and their stock phones don't. Muwhaha ;-)

      Good luck Geo! I'm pulling for a big payday for you.
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Conas View Post
      I say Geo should fix it for free, but he should rig it so that only jailbroken phones can reap the benefits of the 'patch'. Then we could go to the Apple forums and brag that our jailbroken phones work and their stock phones don't. Muwhaha



      Sounds good! like a slap in the face. Then apple would just analyze the code from a jailbroken iPhone and fix there bug with his code.
    1. knguyen's Avatar
      knguyen -
      Apple's reply would be "here's a million, stop hacking our ****"
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by titeo View Post
      yeah...the prob is mostly with 2G owners. I myselft is experiencing this ever since 3.0 Been waiting for a fix. I am basically using a regular phone LOL, since i'm unlocked on tmobile. no internet, no email, no cydia/themes downloading.

      this sucks so bad...an iphone with no internet...just another touch phone...
      Why not add a data package?
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Conas View Post
      I say Geo should fix it for free, but he should rig it so that only jailbroken phones can reap the benefits of the 'patch'. Then we could go to the Apple forums and brag that our jailbroken phones work and their stock phones don't. Muwhaha ;-)

      Good luck Geo! I'm pulling for a big payday for you.
      Best idea ever. That would be so cool. Only jailbroken phones would receive the fix.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      I am just trying to figure out how this made the front page lol
      Saw this tweet yesterday and figured he was just making a mockery of Apple.

      People- start following geohot on twitter
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      A "fix" is putting your iPhone in the freezer for a minute? How in the world did someone figure that one out?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      A "fix" is putting your iPhone in the freezer for a minute? How in the world did someone figure that one out?
      I am placing my money that it was the same person that smothered his xbox 360 with a towel to re-warp the GPU so that the 3 red rings of death went away.
    1. MuseFan288's Avatar
      MuseFan288 -
      thats why im still on 2.2.1 perfect wifi
    1. The Digital Alchemist's Avatar
      The Digital Alchemist -
      I'm sure glad I JB and unlocked my phones before I saw this news. I would have paniced and hesitated. So far I haven't had any issues myself that my own stupidity couldn't explain.