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  • Dev Team Still Working on 3g Unlock


    Unfortunately not all things come easy and quick. Don't worry though they are still working on an Unlock solution for the iPhone 3g along with a jailbreak for the iPod Touch 2g.

    Over the weekend they hit a bit of a snag while playing around in the 3g baseband looking for an unlock solution. The baseband stopped responding the the iPhone OS completely.

    Repeated restore attempts resulted in no change and only gave the dev team lists of errors. Somehow the hacking resulted in the SPI bus on the baseband chip to stop responding. Luckily simply updating the baseband and then downgrading fixed the issue.

    While they have tried to repeat the error they have not had success and are going to continue working forward for the 3g unlock. You can read more at the iphone-dev blog.

    thanks Tony for the tip
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Dev Team Still Working on 3g Unlock started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. guncrazy12's Avatar
      guncrazy12 -
      It's just around the corner!!!
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      i guess.

      Go dev-team!!!!!
    1. jajajafromHF's Avatar
      jajajafromHF -
      keep it up. This is good so we don't need to buy 3rd party hardware
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      is it possable that apple locked out the unlock feature by hardware. and the iphones that are being sold unlocked dont have the chip that is keeping them from being unlocked? this just seems possable because with that new error they found it could be that they unlocked it but the chip detected it and shut down the baseband... just my random string of thoughts
    1. mankin2006's Avatar
      mankin2006 -
      i cant wait for it to come out
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      is it possable that apple locked out the unlock feature by hardware. and the iphones that are being sold unlocked dont have the chip that is keeping them from being unlocked? this just seems possable because with that new error they found it could be that they unlocked it but the chip detected it and shut down the baseband... just my random string of thoughts
      thats what i was assuming, but who knows? maybe its itunes or something
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by lillewis51 View Post
      is it possable that apple locked out the unlock feature by hardware. and the iphones that are being sold unlocked dont have the chip that is keeping them from being unlocked?
      But, wouldn't it cost more for Apple to add another chip to a phone, reducing their profit margins?
    1. idolpunk's Avatar
      idolpunk -
      I'm not holding my breath on the 3G unlock
    1. iphone3g99's Avatar
      iphone3g99 -
      why not?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I personally think phones SOLD unlocked are hardware unlocked. Lots of people think otherwise but I think that would be hands down THE EASIEST way to make it so standard iTunes updates DO NOT relock the phone. There are probably unlocks out there as well (s0ft unlocks) done by Apple, I really have no comment on those. The 3G unlock will come, the question is when.

      If people care enogh about this write congress. Make it illegal to lock phones in the US. Make cell phone companies compete in ways other than cell phone exclusivity.
    1. Ponyboy's Avatar
      Ponyboy -
      In Sweden where I live iphones are sold by Telia and they are all locked to Telia. But after 12 months you have the option to make it unlocked for a cost of 300SEK (50$). So I dont think that the iphone 3G is hardware locked because then it wouldnt be possible for Telia to unlock it after 12 months.

      Keep up the good work Dev-Team. You guys are the greatest.
    1. jimbeam4581's Avatar
      jimbeam4581 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      If people care enogh about this write congress. Make it illegal to lock phones in the US. Make cell phone companies compete in ways other than cell phone exclusivity.
      There is a class action suit against apple and at&t set for trial next month that will hopefully put an end to locked iphones in the US.

      Quote Originally Posted by lillewis51 View Post
      is it possable that apple locked out the unlock feature by hardware. and the iphones that are being sold unlocked dont have the chip that is keeping them from being unlocked? this just seems possable because with that new error they found it could be that they unlocked it but the chip detected it and shut down the baseband... just my random string of thoughts
      All iPhones are the same. There is a lock/unlocked token saved to the phone and sent via itunes to the phone. The baseband checks for that token to see if the phone should be unlocked or locked. The token generated is unique to each phone and is impossible to fake or reproduce.

      The original iphones baseband was modded to except all tokens as unlocked and is probably what they are trying to recreate with the 3G baseband.

      I think those errors had something to do with the baseband not matching the FW. But who knows. It could have been anything.
    1. lethlorian's Avatar
      lethlorian -
      I Simply love getting face first into talk about software, firmware, baseband and comparing devices.

      I love this forum