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Latest iPhones now unlockable

Latest iPhones now unlockable

The software unlock: not a feature you'll likely hear Steve touting at the next MacWorld.

For those who have bought their shiny new iPhones and ditched the sim---and hefty contract---only to find that unlocking solutions aimed at earlier software revisions just didn't work, there is hope. iPhone hacker George Hotz (aka GeoHot) has worked out a way to unlock 1.1.2 and 1.1.3 firmware iPhones via software.

In a posting to his blog George announced on Friday that the “impossible has been done,” and claims full credit for the hack. Describing himself as spending much of Thursday “really pissed off,” George claims that he wanted to direct his anger towards something productive – namely a software-only unlocker for the latest iPhone firmwares.

I don't know what made George so angry, but it must have been quite impressive: it took him a solid 23 hours with only a couple of hour-long breaks in between. It was time well spent, however: after finding an almost identical exploit to the one present in older firmwares but shifted up the memory registers (George wonders if “Apple thought big numbers were harder to guess”) and working for a solid sixteen hours to find a way to boot his custom code, he'd cracked it.

Users who are running firmware 1.1.2 are advised to seek the 1.1.3 update elsewhere, however: the iPhone Dev Team---not to be confused with the real Dev Team who work at Apple and are rather unlikely to help you unlock your iPhone---is telling people to use their version of 1.1.3 and not to update via iTunes. With previous jailbreaks being broken in turn via iTunes-delivered updates this is probably good advice. If your iPhone came as 1.1.3 out of the box, then go ahead and run the unlocker – no problems have been reported.

iClarified has a good step-by-step guide to unlocking the handset for those who need a bit of hand-holding when performing operations that have a non-zero possibility of bricking their expensive handsets, or you can go ahead and get the package directly from GeoHot if you're feeling brave.

Does this make an iPhone more appealing to you, or is that only going to happen if they drop the price like a hot potato? Give us your opinion over in the forums.

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cjoyce1980 11th February 2008, 09:27 Quote
if you could use any other software other than itunes, i would be interested. its just bloatware with no really functionality.
<A88> 11th February 2008, 09:32 Quote
DXR_13KE 11th February 2008, 10:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by <A88>
http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/x1?cc=gb&lc=en
Makes the iPhone seem incredibly obsolete now.

the iphone was already obsolete when it came out..... spec wise....
Solidus 11th February 2008, 11:46 Quote
Yeh that new Xperia is looking hot. When i saw the pics i pretty much wet myself. My phone contract expires in june so a few months to go yet but i hope its available then...anyone reckon whether it will be available for free on £35 a month handsets?
fev 11th February 2008, 13:43 Quote
no...it's a premium handset
Firehed 11th February 2008, 13:57 Quote
Figures that the easy versions of the jailbreaking and latest hacks always come out about ten minutes after I do it in a terminal window. Oh well.
mclean007 11th February 2008, 14:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
the iphone was already obsolete when it came out..... spec wise....
Yeah, let's be realistic - a 2G phone with a crummy camera, no video camera, no GPS and no storage expansion (among other notable omissions) was never going to be a bleeding edge handset. Apple doesn't do ultra-high tech. What Apple does do exceptionally well is designer hardware with slick, intuitive user interfaces, seamless product integration and frankly amazing marketing. The iPod is not the most fully-featured MP3 player, nor does it offer the best sound quality or value. Similarly, there are better flash players than the Nano and you can get a substantially better laptop or desktop for the same money as Apple's offerings. But when it comes to how much people want an iPod Touch, or an iPhone, or (and this is where I am most guilty at the moment) a MacBook Air, no other brand comes close. I know it's absurdly overpriced and that I have no need for a laptop that thin, but it is just so pretty I can't help myself.
Nexxo 11th February 2008, 14:50 Quote
Same here. Shall we start an AA meeting (Appleholics Anonymous)?
Firehed 11th February 2008, 15:10 Quote
I quite agree mclean007 (though I think it's technically 2.5G, but I don't care). Now that I'm well out of high school, I actually value my time. I simply have better things to do than to be fighting with the latest-and-greatest. If Apple provides something that does just what I need, then it's worth my money. They do just this. While they may charge a premium if you're only going by hardware costs, the time I'm not spending always screwing around with stupid crap just so my hardware runs as it should is worth the extra 10% or whatever the case may be.

Sure, plenty will buy it because it's sleek and they want to be "in" - I know a couple people where I work with iPhones have them for that reason. I got mine because it does everything I could want in a mobile device, and does them as well as I can reasonably hope for. Even if it only did email, phone, and web (and not iPod), it would still be worth the $400 to me. There are some compromises made of course, but IMO they make plenty of sense given the application of the device. Yeah, they could have done some slide-out keyboard, but that's a ton of wasted space and creating easily-broken hardware, blah blah blah. I'm not going to bore you with what Steve said a year ago, but having owned and used an iPhone since just about day one (and played with plenty of other devices in the meantime), I can confidently say that he was right.

The Macbook Air, OTOH... well, it's certainly beautiful, but I wouldn't pay more than $1200 or so for it. That took the hardware compromises a bit too far for me.
Nova 11th February 2008, 17:47 Quote
i finally got to touch and play with an iphone this weekend... which just made me want one more. but being in the states im alittle worried about keeping some the functionality i liked, such as maps, weather, itunes store, txt, ect. i want one, just not sure itll be worth it for me yet.
Nexxo 11th February 2008, 18:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehed
The Macbook Air, OTOH... well, it's certainly beautiful, but I wouldn't pay more than $1200 or so for it. That took the hardware compromises a bit too far for me.
Infidel! Erm --*cough* Sorry...

The more I think about it, the more I am of the opinion that the Macbook Air is receiving an unjustly bad press. As robust, compact and light laptops go, I can't think of anything that is better built. And the entry model is not that expensive compared to for instance Sony's thinware.
Phil Rhodes 11th February 2008, 19:18 Quote
Look at the shiny thing!

Look! Look! Keep your eye on the shiny thing!

No - Not the spec sheet - the shiny thing!
ChriX 11th February 2008, 19:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by <A88>
http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/x1?cc=gb&lc=en
Makes the iPhone seem incredibly obsolete now.

Windows Mobile is shocking. Despite it being the last OS I would ever want on my phone, I currently have a phone with it on. :)

...never getting another one though. Would love an iPhone purely for that interface but all the faffing around puts me off a bit.
pumpman 11th February 2008, 19:23 Quote
I can't understand peeps who knock the iphone who dont own one , not just a five minute play in the shop or whatever, but actually own one , I owned the N95 and couldnt get to like it , yet everyone said it was the phone to have, but if you like it great, now I have two iphones well the kids own them now and Im getting another for me
Grinch123456 11th February 2008, 19:24 Quote
I found this phone. It too is unlockable, can text, and can call people! Best part is, it's not stupidly expensive, has better battery life, and is less breakable! It even doesn't require bloatware to be installed on your computer (iTunes/Quicktime/etc)! What a fantastic device!
completemadness 11th February 2008, 19:39 Quote
What justifies the iPhone - the iPod touch is basically the same, without the sim bit - but at like 1/2 the price
I don't understand the attraction of the iPhone :(
Cthippo 12th February 2008, 00:16 Quote
Sadly this news comes a little too late for Tim and his i-brick
Nexxo 12th February 2008, 20:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Look at the shiny thing!

Look! Look! Keep your eye on the shiny thing!

No - Not the spec sheet - the shiny thing!
http://www.the-reel-mccoy.com/movies/2003/images/FindingNemo4.jpg
Oooh... shiny!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grinch123456
I found this phone. It too is unlockable, can text, and can call people! Best part is, it's not stupidly expensive, has better battery life, and is less breakable! It even doesn't require bloatware to be installed on your computer (iTunes/Quicktime/etc)! What a fantastic device!

Razr V3. Best. Mobile. Ever.
Hwulex 12th February 2008, 22:02 Quote
Razr!? Are you mad? Uurrrgggh Motorola *shudders*


I'm currently very tied between having an iPhone brought back from the states for me, or going N95 8GB. I got to play with an original N95 over teh weekend and feature wise it's great, I just do not like Symbian that much. Sure I could learn to live with it, just the Nokianess of it all is so different from the SEs I've been using for 6 years.

I think feature-wise the N95 has me sold. I do so love the slickness of the iPhone but it's just not quite there for me specs wise.
Seth 12th February 2008, 22:23 Quote
Now that I have been playing around with my ipod touch I really want an iPhone. I love the interface and how everything works.
I just have to wait for them to come to canada. I don't have any interest in having to hack my device to keep it working every update.
Fod 12th February 2008, 22:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hwulex
Razr!? Are you mad? Uurrrgggh Motorola *shudders*


I'm currently very tied between having an iPhone brought back from the states for me, or going N95 8GB. I got to play with an original N95 over teh weekend and feature wise it's great, I just do not like Symbian that much. Sure I could learn to live with it, just the Nokianess of it all is so different from the SEs I've been using for 6 years.

I think feature-wise the N95 has me sold. I do so love the slickness of the iPhone but it's just not quite there for me specs wise.

welllll, i just got an n95 8GB and so far, is totally awesome. to think i nearly sold it! if the iPhone had 3g, though, it would probably be a totally different story.

also! SEs and Nokia both run symbian.... yeah i know the interface is different but at the end of the day they have the same roots.
crazybob 12th February 2008, 23:15 Quote
To me, the most interesting feature of the iPhone is the prospect of a reasonably priced plan with unlimited data and a proper web browser. How many times have you wanted to just glance at something on the internet, but didn't have a computer or an internet connection available? Best of all, my phone is always with me.

Yeah, I realize other companies have similar phones. I'm not as sure about their prices, though. Apple has a habit of only offering a few options for things - irritating with computers, but absolutely perfect for mobile plans.

No, I don't own an iPhone. Yet.
Solidus 13th February 2008, 23:35 Quote
Hey Tim, will this help fix your iphone? i know you had problems with it :S
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