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  • Want 3.0? Don't Have an iPhone Developer Program Account? Devs are Selling Spots.


    With the pure awesomeness of iPhone 3.0 features many want to upgrade. There are a couple small catches though. First of all to (legally) download the iPhone 3.0 firmware you must be a registered with the Apple iPhone Developer Program at the cost of $99. Next, if you snatch the firmware off of a torrent you're out of luck because your iPhone's Universal Device ID (UDID) is not linked with a registered developer's account in the iPhone Developer Program making it fairly useless.

    Tipster happyaxekillercob pointed out to us that slots in dev accounts have made it to ebay. With a "Buy it Now" price of $0.99 and "shipping" of $9 the grand total to get a slot in a dev account and run some working 3.0 firmware is $10 instead of the $99 it costs to join the iPhone Developer Program.

    Another MMi reader with a dev account sent us a tip about his website to do the exact same thing. His prices are $15/slot but according to the email he is happy to give a 30% discount to MMi members making the grand total $10.

    Your options if you just can't wait for Firmware 3.0:
    1. Register in the iPhone Developer Program through Apple for $99.
    2. Grab a spot for your UDID in a pre-existing dev's account for $10.
    3. Find a kind friend that will add your UDID for free.
    4. Wait.
    5. Jailbreaking is awesome = wait.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Want 3.0? Don't Have an iPhone Developer Program Account? Devs are Selling Spots. started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 193 Comments
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Figured that was just a matter of time.
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      hahaha i would sell it too if i had actually paid the money
    1. fearls101's Avatar
      fearls101 -
      3. Find a kind friend that will add your UDID for free


      any kind friends out there who wana hook me up?
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      I found a nice dude on MacRumors who did it for me... FOR FREE $$ Booyeah

      (I'm downgrading to 2.2.1 right now, lol)
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      ^Yeah, 3.0 is fun for about 10 minutes. But beta + no jailbreak gets old
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      ^^^^owwies hows the process?
    1. ima80baby's Avatar
      ima80baby -
      Interesting. Does anybody think that we use QuickFreedom to update and jailbreak our iPods to 3.0?
    1. Rocketerz's Avatar
      Rocketerz -
      it's very very very very buggy. But it is beta, so if you want to beta it go head. I use my phone alot though and found myself downgrading. 10 minutes of fun though. ^^ haha
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Its like a new market. I have sold a few accounts for $10 on my dev account. Personally, I have used the money to invest back into development.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I'd rather just wait. Even if I could get 3.0 working on my iPhone for free, I wouldn't, because you can't fully enjoy it until it's released. No push yet (no apps out use push yet), none of the new APIs matter now, I've never needed copy and paste, no tethering (AT&T), I don't know if A2DP works yet, and NO JAILBREAK YET! I'm also getting mixed stories about MMS working yet, which is what I want the most. 3.0 is hardly worth getting now.
    1. bsonline's Avatar
      bsonline -
      **EDIT CPJR - This thread isnt meant for ads.**

      cash edit #2: this is the guy with the website selling spots mentioned in the post. If you have questions for him direct them @ his pm box please

      Hey, sorry if I came off sounding like an ad. I just wanted to add in the times when I'm at my computer for faster responses. I'll behave now that I know.
    1. r1994augusto's Avatar
      r1994augusto -
      those options are really funny but i can wait!
      and also if u google a little u i'll find the 3.0 but yes its true it is really useless to put it on ur iphone if ur UDID is not registered!
    1. GenNove's Avatar
      GenNove -
      Installed it wow'd @ the additions.

      Then I realized that firmware 2.2.1 is just too awesome.
      I mean everything apple is adding I ALREADY have/had on my phone.
      Copy and paste-check
      landscape mode sms/mms-check
      tethering-check
      background apps-check not in 3.0.
      Scrobble my music all over town check not in 3.0

      Had it for a day really enjoyed the email landscape mode
      other then that dont really miss none of its features.
      But ohh boy did I MISS QUICK REPLY FROM ANY APP.

      It was so annoying to be in safari while on a phone call
      and have sms app close safari so thata I CAN RESPOND TO A BUSINESS INQUIRY.

      Iuse my iphone the entire day taking calls, making calls, researching online while on a call and texting.
      I just had to revert back.

      I am hooked on the versatility of a jailbroken iphone.
      If somebody out there disagrees then your not putting your phone to serious using/testing.
    1. esko032's Avatar
      esko032 -
      can someone verify if stereo bluetooth works in the beta? If so im upgrading, and how buggy is it really?
    1. KeviN | NiveK's Avatar
      KeviN | NiveK -
      (waste of time).
      wait for jailbreak
      which means even more POTENTIAL
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Yeah, stereo Bluetooth is the biggest for me. I'm still stuck with my adapter lol.
    1. freaky1718's Avatar
      freaky1718 -
      Ugh When u get off the phone the volume controls show... safari sometimes don't rotate and have a high chance of crashing. and also my maps application is very very sensitive will crash for anything. I don't understand the old items are the ones that crash not the new items..
    1. Micara57's Avatar
      Micara57 -
      If I buy it, can I still use my phone to make phone calls and whatnot?

      Or will it just become a "beta" phone?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Forget about it. You will want to downgrade after 12 hours
    1. Micara57's Avatar
      Micara57 -
      Well, I'm just asking, even if I would want to downgrade. Would I be able to make calls and text and whatnot?