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  • GeoHot Turns Down the $10,000 Bounty for 3.1.2 Unlock

    GeoHot's decision to take on the iPhone 3.1.2 unlock was criticized for coming after Jody Sanders' offer of $10,000 - especially given that he had previously said he would not work on it. Today, in a scathing post on his blog, GeoHot said that though the unlock will be released on November 4 he was turning down the money, because Sanders "and the rest of the iPhone unlock sites out there are scum."

    GeoHot is the pseudonym of 20-year-old George Hotz, the illustrious hacker behind the iPhone jailbreaks purplera1n and blackra1n, as well as the at+stkprof exploit used in the yellowsn0w unlock, announced yesterday he had an unlock solution for baseband 05.11.07. While this was welcomed by the community in general, he was challenged by bloggers like the iPhone Download Blog's Sebastien Page for why he was taking Sanders's money. Sanders gained notoriety for selling iPhone unlocks, purporting it to be his own work that was entirely stolen from the Dev Team. Page said, of GeoHot: "He sure is a genius but the kid is way too cocky, pretentious and has no ethic."

    In today's blog post turning down the money, GeoHot called for a campaign against businesses who unethically "make money selling freeware:"

    Iím asking for everyones help on this. Our weapon is information. Get the truth out, that all iPhone unlocks and jailbreaks are free, and if you are buying something, you arenít getting anything a simple google search couldnít get you, and are probably funding someones crack habit.
    It would have been easy for GeoHot to take Sanders's money, even if he disagreed with his methods. But he decided that it wasn't worth compromising his integrity, and it's a class move to not only turn down the money, but to use the publicity that his decision is sure to generate as a way to spread the word that people should never pay for jailbreaks or unlocks.

    image via blackra1n.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: GeoHot Turns Down the $10,000 Bounty for 3.1.2 Unlock started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 125 Comments
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Geohot has more sense in him than to accept 10k from Jody Sanders
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Yeah geohot. U r the man.
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      Geohot is a role model to me
    1. tankz504's Avatar
      tankz504 -
      Crack habit...CLASSIC!!!
    1. dunlapface's Avatar
      dunlapface -
      I don't care how cocky the kid is. He is a genius and he made a classy move right there to turn down the money.
    1. luigimaster24's Avatar
      luigimaster24 -
      Thanks for staying true G Hot. !!!!
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      Geohot for PRESIDENT 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!

      He could figure out the budget ..........
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      It warms my heart. His work has changed things for iPhone users everywhere. A very unselfish act of nothing short of fantastic. He has my respect (as always) and gratitude. The right thing to do would be to send a donation, I have.
    1. DMI187's Avatar
      DMI187 -

    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      that to me just shows more devotion to the iphone than his personal well being, as if he cant live comfortably now being able to do all he does!
      geohot is the man!!!
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Geohot is the best guy out there. Wat a stud
    1. dchandler's Avatar
      dchandler -
      Damn he is the man, And a smart one at that.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Good lookin' bro... I'll be donating to him anyways!
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Nice move! Geohot is amazing.

      But I would of been happier if he acually got a 10k donation for all his hard work/time
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Wow, right on. Major props to Geohot.
    1. helibubba's Avatar
      helibubba -
      If it works I'll donate. What's the paypal donation id?
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      What would us Windows users do without him? It's incredible how one guy is releasing jailbreaks faster than a whole [dev] team, and his method of jailbreaking is the fastest and easiest it could be. This dude's INSANE!
    1. gotmikes23's Avatar
      gotmikes23 -
      Geohot much respect to him. He is the man.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Such a intelligent young man! Shows he is dedicated at what he does...
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      I donated $20 as soon as he released the 3.1 jailbreak.

      I wish I could afford to give him $400 as I was seiously gonna throw away my 3.1 iPhone if it could not be jailbroken.