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  • Dev Team Baseband tool - More progress towards 3g unlock.
    The devs have posted up a video of their latest progress towards an iPhone 3g unlock. The video is of their PMB8878 baseband tool.

    [ame=http://www.vimeo.com/2069634]3G Baseband Tool on Vimeo[/ame]

    The baseband tool allows communication with the baseband via AT commands. The video shows an AT command that has been inserted into to the PMB8878 that starts and application on the basband.

    Let me sum it up. The dev team has made some awesome progress towards making a software unlock for the iPhone 3g that much closer to reality.

    [via iphone-dev]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Dev Team Baseband tool - More progress towards 3g unlock. started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. 12jmartinez's Avatar
      12jmartinez -
      haha awesome
    1. mihajmis's Avatar
      mihajmis -
      About time...

      devs... :-)
    1. oliverhart77's Avatar
      oliverhart77 -
      I can't wait til this is totally done and compatible with tmobiles 3G network. And are you guys hiring or need interns or just freelancers? I would have had this written 7 hours ago. No offense
    1. iPhone4_Nerd's Avatar
      iPhone4_Nerd -
      this is freaking good news, patiently waiting for the dev team to finish this unlock...

      good job guys and keep it up...

      cheers!
    1. wildgene789's Avatar
      wildgene789 -
      Does anyone understand what this means? lol just wondering if they do unlock it does that mean it will work on verizon?
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by oliverhart77 View Post
      I can't wait til this is totally done and compatible with tmobiles 3G network. And are you guys hiring or need interns or just freelancers? I would have had this written 7 hours ago. No offense
      The iPhone 3G will never be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network. T-Mobile transmits on a different frequency that the iphone radio cannot receive.

      You may also want to look at the forum section for member written news. If it's done well enough it will be transferred to the home page news instead.


      Quote Originally Posted by wildgene789 View Post
      Does anyone understand what this means? lol just wondering if they do unlock it does that mean it will work on verizon?
      The only 2 compatible cell phone providers in the USA are AT&T and T-Mobile... and this is only for regular cell phone use and Edge data transfer. The rest of the cell phone providers work on a completely different type of cell phone technology.

      Additionally, this video does not indicate which baseband version they are running code on. For the majority of those that have updated to firmware 2.1 this may not work for us... we will have to wait and see. Remember the Dev Team recommended NOT to update the baseband when upgrading the firmware in case you want to unlock.
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      there's a company called "einstien" it works on too...
      I unlocked my first gen and used it on there for my x girls phone...just thought I would mention...
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      they are running 1.45 modem firmware according to their video...
    1. heath_rox's Avatar
      heath_rox -
      once again means nothing to me *metal backs* all the way
    1. aznracer's Avatar
      aznracer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      The iPhone 3G will never be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network. T-Mobile transmits on a different frequency that the iphone radio cannot receive.

      You may also want to look at the forum section for member written news. If it's done well enough it will be transferred to the home page news instead.




      The only 2 compatible cell phone providers in the USA are AT&T and T-Mobile... and this is only for regular cell phone use and Edge data transfer. The rest of the cell phone providers work on a completely different type of cell phone technology.

      Additionally, this video does not indicate which baseband version they are running code on. For the majority of those that have updated to firmware 2.1 this may not work for us... we will have to wait and see. Remember the Dev Team recommended NOT to update the baseband when upgrading the firmware in case you want to unlock.
      Never say never...the iPhone 3G has the chipset to support UMTS 1700 but it is disable through software. Maybe some day the dev team can enable the software to support it.
    1. oliverhart77's Avatar
      oliverhart77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aznracer View Post
      Never say never...the iPhone 3G has the chipset to support UMTS 1700 but it is disable through software. Maybe some day the dev team can enable the software to support it.
      thank you. I was reading about that. If you think about it, the end result of unlocking the iphone 3G would BE to enable the usage of it on other 3G GSM networks. Aside from the dev team just wanting a good challenge, the main reason is compatibility.

      [QUOTE=Poseidon79;2537741][COLOR="DarkOrange"]The iPhone 3G will never be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network. T-Mobile transmits on a different frequency that the iphone radio cannot receive.

      You may also want to look at the forum section for member written news. If it's done well enough it will be transferred to the home page news instead.
      [/COLOR


      [QUOTE=Poseidon79;2537741]The iPhone 3G will never be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network. T-Mobile transmits on a different frequency that the iphone radio cannot receive.

      You may also want to look at the forum section for member written news. If it's done well enough it will be transferred to the home page news instead.



      Additionally, I brought up the slow posting process because this was reported to modmyi hours before someone got around to posting it, and this being a news and info site that reports on things of this nature, you'd think they would keep up with or beat out the competition by reporting on it first
    1. cheekydevil1234's Avatar
      cheekydevil1234 -
      This may sound stupid but i don't get it??? My Iphone 3g is unlocked, i can use it on any network in the world. All the phone company did was send me an sms message saying unlocked please plug into Itunes. Can't that be looked at in any way? I know it is harder than that but what is it that makes it so hard when an sms does the job?
    1. oakie's Avatar
      oakie -
      Quote Originally Posted by oliverhart77 View Post
      thank you. I was reading about that. If you think about it, the end result of unlocking the iphone 3G would BE to enable the usage of it on other 3G GSM networks. Aside from the dev team just wanting a good challenge, the main reason is compatibility.
      sorry, but the person you quoted is misinformed. the iphone 3g's chipset has no support for the 1700MHz UMTS band T-Mobile USA is using. it's a tri-band UMTS chip... there is no hidden or locked 4th band.

      cracking the baseband allows for more than just unlocking the SIM restriction and is a worthy endeavour, even if just to use prepaid SIMs while traveling outside of the country.

      Quote Originally Posted by cheekydevil1234 View Post
      This may sound stupid but i don't get it??? My Iphone 3g is unlocked, i can use it on any network in the world. All the phone company did was send me an sms message saying unlocked please plug into Itunes. Can't that be looked at in any way? I know it is harder than that but what is it that makes it so hard when an sms does the job?
      it wasnt the SMS that unlocked it. what happens in that process is that the IMEI is sent to Apple with a request for permanent SIM unlock. Apple then unlocks that IMEI in their database, and when you connect it to iTunes at that point, the phone is unlocked remotely.

      countries in the EU like Germany and France have laws requiring that all devices sold MUST be unlockable upon subscriber request for interoperability across borders while traveling within the EU.
    1. quakerroatmeal's Avatar
      quakerroatmeal -
      Quote Originally Posted by aznracer View Post
      Never say never...the iPhone 3G has the chipset to support UMTS 1700 but it is disable through software. Maybe some day the dev team can enable the software to support it.
      Is there proof/fact of this somewhere? Also what benefits is it unlocking via software over hardware (turbo sim)? Other then the fact that turbo sim is not as stable it seems.
    1. ej6 wut's Avatar
      ej6 wut -
      Quote Originally Posted by oakie View Post
      it wasnt the SMS that unlocked it. what happens in that process is that the IMEI is sent to Apple with a request for permanent SIM unlock. Apple then unlocks that IMEI in their database, and when you connect it to iTunes at that point, the phone is unlocked remotely.

      countries in the EU like Germany and France have laws requiring that all devices sold MUST be unlockable upon subscriber request for interoperability across borders while traveling within the EU.
      ok my question is...my boss is selling me his iphone 3g, can he call at&t and have them unlock the phone and in return i can use it on tmobiles network?
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ej6 wut View Post
      ok my question is...my boss is selling me his iphone 3g, can he call at&t and have them unlock the phone and in return i can use it on tmobiles network?
      if the phone he bought came originally locked (not internationally unlocked) to att, then the answer is no, he cannot call them and they will unlock it....

      thanx button in advance
    1. cheekydevil1234's Avatar
      cheekydevil1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by oakie View Post
      sorry, but the person you quoted is misinformed. the iphone 3g's chipset has no support for the 1700MHz UMTS band T-Mobile USA is using. it's a tri-band UMTS chip... there is no hidden or locked 4th band.

      cracking the baseband allows for more than just unlocking the SIM restriction and is a worthy endeavour, even if just to use prepaid SIMs while traveling outside of the country.



      it wasnt the SMS that unlocked it. what happens in that process is that the IMEI is sent to Apple with a request for permanent SIM unlock. Apple then unlocks that IMEI in their database, and when you connect it to iTunes at that point, the phone is unlocked remotely.

      countries in the EU like Germany and France have laws requiring that all devices sold MUST be unlockable upon subscriber request for interoperability across borders while traveling within the EU.
      sorry to sound like a noob here but is it basically just a code the dev team are looking for to break it? sort of like a passkey? Im in Australia and had mine unlocked on request because i travel for work overseas all the time.
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      great news
    1. Slims's Avatar
      Slims -
      w I C k E d G u Y s

      Keep up the good work!!!