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    Default 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.

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    Geohot has more sense in him than to accept 10k from Jody Sanders
    I always feel sorry for the guy in the iPhone commercials. He always gets a call right in the middle of trying to do something

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    Yeah geohot. U r the man.

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    Geohot is a role model to me
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    I don't care how cocky the kid is. He is a genius and he made a classy move right there to turn down the money.

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    Thanks for staying true G Hot. !!!!

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    Geohot for PRESIDENT 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!

    He could figure out the budget ..........
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    It warms my heart. His work has changed things for iPhone users everywhere. A very unselfish act of nothing short of fantastic. He has my respect (as always) and gratitude. The right thing to do would be to send a donation, I have.

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    that to me just shows more devotion to the iphone than his personal well being, as if he cant live comfortably now being able to do all he does!
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    Good lookin' bro... I'll be donating to him anyways!

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    Nice move! Geohot is amazing.

    But I would of been happier if he acually got a 10k donation for all his hard work/time

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    Wow, right on. Major props to Geohot.
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    What would us Windows users do without him? It's incredible how one guy is releasing jailbreaks faster than a whole [dev] team, and his method of jailbreaking is the fastest and easiest it could be. This dude's INSANE!
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    Geohot much respect to him. He is the man.

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