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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. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      I thought we were already supporting someones crack habit, I recall us jailbreakers being drug dealers :-P
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      Wow thanks geo. I will post info on free jbs and unlocks on craigs list as soon as he releases it i see all the ads for jb 30 20 whatever anyone got a cl account post a free add right under one of these
    1. Neomaxmaya's Avatar
      Neomaxmaya -
      geo hot is doing the right thing....and he is not cocky at all...i can see it mature enough to decide about the money like this...cuz if im cocky im gonna take the 10k not leave it and sue whom selling my free softs....
      go forward geo ....if im in ur place im gonna kick their as*...and show them thats im doing it for the Appel community ... not for silly dealers...
      we r supporting u geohot ...and my donation will be the first piece of snow in ur account
      so get ready man....
    1. ajjj08's Avatar
      ajjj08 -
      Seems like he has his head on straight. Hopefully we will be able to get the word out to people that don't know.
    1. bboysunz's Avatar
      bboysunz -
      i agree about the Craigslist thing. I seen an ad saying $80 to unlock iphone with 3.1.2 FW, starting on the 4th so make an appointment now......lol. Lame.
    1. xxpwnxx's Avatar
      xxpwnxx -
      where would we be without him. hes a genius and he just tweeted "hacktivation, geohot style, is working++...will be included in blackra1n RC3 on the sn0wday"
    1. elborinqueno3's Avatar
      elborinqueno3 -
      Geo, u r the man!!! Much respect goes out to u!!! Not only for turning down the money. But, for sticking to ur principles!! A man without principles is not a man! and u sir, YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!
    1. silt247's Avatar
      silt247 -
      First I want to say thank you Geo.
      I don't need to unlock my iphone,but it is very nice to see that a lot of people are going to be able to unlock the iPhone for FREE.
      I would tell every one in every forum to donate, because Geo deserve more than $10,000, if all us could donate a
      dollar to show every body that the Iphone community can and will support guys Like Geo and the Dev Team.
      Go Geo ...Go Dev Team... Go Iphone Community knowledge is POWER.
    1. tangus999's Avatar
      tangus999 -
      while a classy move....
      you take the money and DONATE it to a charity of your liking.
      it's one thign to take BAD money and use it your self.
      it another thing to take BAD money and do GOOD with it!
      either way it's his choice.
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      How does this kid know all this stuff?!?!! I mean come on... Seriously why aren't only Apple execs banging on his door but also private military firms...
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      much respect to the man, only 4 years older than me and has high class, if its one thing the dev team and him agree on its that JODY SANDERS MUST GO DOWN :P

      Quote Originally Posted by ifonemaniac View Post
      How does this kid know all this stuff?!?!! I mean come on... Seriously why aren't only Apple execs banging on his door but also private military firms...
      true dat, ofcourse hed deny apple if they did but still plus apple could say he could find varouis ways to work around all of it if he was on the inside
    1. chhay's Avatar
      chhay -
      the badest **** in the world,not to be rude or anything, this is the way i respect people.

      geohot = sickcunt!
    1. Spooky's Avatar
      Spooky -
      Respect to geohot!! I'm donating November 4th!
    1. brandoncarr's Avatar
      brandoncarr -
      Now that's class. Praise the Lord for your gifts, and continue to use them for good. God bless you bro.

    1. imirish02's Avatar
      imirish02 -
      That tool who trashed him on the blog should make an apologize write up.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      great work and great guy..it really piss me off that people sell this unlock software..ebay is one of the big ones..taking peoples hard work and to make a quick buck..people are so low in life that they sell this..

      spread the word is the power..
    1. yankee88sg's Avatar
      yankee88sg -
      Geohot, You have my full respect.
    1. Junta200's Avatar
      Junta200 -
      Keep your pride man!!!!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Well, I have respect for Geohot for standing up for what he believes at 20 years old. That's integrity. And thats rare in this society.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Geohot has asked us all to spread the word regarding this unlock and the fact that it is a FREE program. Myself and many others have been spreading the word as much as we can. Tweet, update Facebook statuses, and post on criagslist to help spread the word so people no longer get ripped off by those charging money for unlocks

      Twitter and Facebook:
      Get the word out..if you are paying for an iPhone unlock or jailbreak you are buying freeware, making you an idiot - http://bit.ly/GsRDl
      Attention All!!!! This is information provided from Geohot, the original iPhone unlocker:


      I have an unlock for 05.11.07. I will be releasing on 11/04/09, for $0.00

      First off, Jody Sanders, I am declining your $10,000. Why? Because you, and the rest of the iPhone unlock sites out there are scum. You make money selling freeware; that's not cool, and I am in no way going to legitimize it.
      Seriously, the people who really lose here are the customers. These sites are full of blatant lies, claiming to have unlocks for 05.11.07 People buy them, and are told the unlock is in development, and the release date is unknown. Imagine you bought a cup of coffee and were told it's in development? Recently, many of these sites sent out e-mails saying they made major breakthroughs and the unlock will be ready 11/04/09. Coincidence that that's the release date of blacksn0w?
      I'm not going to post all these scam sites here, as I don't want to give them the pagerank boost. Rather I'll give you a whitelist, two people make unlocks, me and the dev team. Every iPhone unlock site you see out there is selling our stuff, repackaged in some form or another. Same goes for jailbreaks, although ih8sn0w and chronicdev are legit. Notice what all the legit ones have in common? They are free.
      Now despite rumors of the ferocity of my legal team, they actually are pretty poor lawyers. And the scum who run these websites are the type who get off on legal battles. So we have to fight them in another way, and I'm 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 aren't getting anything a simple google search couldn't get you, and are probably funding someones crack habit.
      This is the first time I have tried to make something simple for the end users, and it enrages me to see people selling it. Let's shut all these assholes down, and tell the iPhone owning world all they need is at blackra1n.com, including blacksn0w instructions on it's release date, 11/04/09(yes, will support hacktivation). You do your part, and I'll do mine making things as simple, reliable, and straightforward as possible.

      You have 4 days.