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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. zkzk2009's Avatar
      zkzk2009 -
      Your the man geohot.. U work hard for this.... They didnt care about us... God bless u bro..
    1. win1fight2's Avatar
      win1fight2 -
      #jodyfail keep it free!!!!
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      A store by my house sells the unlocks for 50 dollars. Complete ********, i herd them telling a customer once, so i was like dude...you can do it for free...look up blog.dev-team.org and blackra1n. 50 dollars for an unlock... that store is full of douce bags.

      Never sell freeware that why they call it "free"
    1. akash_nu's Avatar
      akash_nu -
      GeoHot rules man. Respect to u from the bottom of my heart. Only for people like u goodness is still a part of this world.
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      geogot rox your sox!
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      In other news, i heard that GeoHot knocked out Chuck Norris in the first round!
    1. CaptinPoopy's Avatar
      CaptinPoopy -
      Wow Geohot... I'm not only impressed but I am glad that you are who you are.. Sticking to what you believe is not something many people do anymore and I respect that..

      I will be making many donations for your efforts as soon as I can..
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      see alot of people talked bad about him but he proved many wrong...i donated for this blackra1n had and will do for the unlock..thats the least we can all do for his hard work and giving apple the big FU haha
    1. lutz2041's Avatar
      lutz2041 -
      Geohot, two thumbs WAY UP!!!
    1. thatruth132's Avatar
      thatruth132 -
      personally i do understand what he is saying but some people like to pay someone else to jailbreak or unlock there iphone for them to avoid issues....and not all iphone sites are scum so he is doing what people was doing to him flaming for no reason ....every one decides to pick there own poison ...u know people are going to use things they way they want ...i have had a person ask me to come to there house to jailbreak and unlock there phone from there pc and still offered me cash to do it ....
    1. drumstyx's Avatar
      drumstyx -
      People need to see a distinct difference between 2 ways of making money from jailbreaks/unlocks. On one hand is the stealing work and naming it your own, like Jody. On the other hand is doing the service for people, because they don't want to do the work themselves, or want someone to hold liable if something goes wrong (of course nothing does, as I tell them, there's no chance of a brick). Myself, I do this for people, I show them how I do it, I tell them it costs me nothing, and I tell them who does the developing.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      hmmm...how can you screw it up. He has made this the easiest UI of any jailbreak/unlock. Download one program, press go!
    1. drumstyx's Avatar
      drumstyx -
      Quote Originally Posted by thatruth132 View Post
      personally i do understand what he is saying but some people like to pay someone else to jailbreak or unlock there iphone for them to avoid issues....and not all iphone sites are scum so he is doing what people was doing to him flaming for no reason ....every one decides to pick there own poison ...u know people are going to use things they way they want ...i have had a person ask me to come to there house to jailbreak and unlock there phone from there pc and still offered me cash to do it ....
      as I was saying, that's perfectly fine. The issue is that people are saying the software is written by them. It's basically all about giving credit where credit is due. People pay other people for all sorts of services involving free things. I've been paid to install GNU/Linux a number of times, nothing wrong with that, people just don't want the hassle.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Way back my powerbook g4 would not unlock 2.2 or 2.2.1 regardless of the free software availble. I went around to a local cellphone place and they charged me $30 to unlock. I would not had a iphone or cell to use at all if they didnt help me. I think i mentioned this earlier in this year posts or late last year. Now, I can buy a 3GS and unlock it and will not hesitate to go back to the cell shop if my Macbook Air will work!
    1. meetidnani's Avatar
      meetidnani -
      GEOHOT is hot... could u help me crack Archos plugins?
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      I don't need to unlock and I jailbreaked my 3G with blackrain already, but just for your effort and what you did, I will donate. I don't need to wish you a good future, because you got it already. We need people like you. You are doing history... Thanks
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Its amazing how many people Geohot has helped by doing the things he does . We are not worthy .
    1. PMwebhouse's Avatar
      PMwebhouse -
      Geohot....what would we do without U. Thanx for all the good work.... 10K would never repay for what U already did for us. RESPECT
    1. jayteez's Avatar
      jayteez -
      thats classy. Geohot is that dude.
    1. bahgger's Avatar
      bahgger -
      geohotz,

      Thanks for all the time you've put into unlocking the iPhone. Your work has been indispensable and I cannot be more appreciative. You are the man!