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Free iPhone 3G Software Unlock Unleashed

Gordon Kelly


Free iPhone 3G Software Unlock Unleashed

I'm not entirely convinced the Dev Team met its New Year's Eve iPhone 3G unlock deadline but it's here now...

Dubbed 'yellowsn0w' (don't eat it) the application version is 0.9.1 meaning the elite hacking group hasn't quite had the faith to pull it out of beta at this stage still early reports are it does what it says on the tin.

For the uninitiated that means yellowsn0w is the first software unlock to open up the iPhone 3G handset for use with any network and will work with the latest 2.2 firmware - in fact, it only works with this edition as it requires the latest 02.28.00 baseband to operate.

Though completely removable through Cydia, the command line and iTunes be warned at this stage there are no niceties, such as a GUI, so newbies might like to steer clear for now. The Dev Team also issues the following warning:

"The iPhone 3G is used all over the world with all sorts of SIM cards, and we almost certainly will see untested and unexpected situations. If the soft unlock doesn't work for you on day 1 (literally day 1, of 2009!) then please don't panic or be impatient. This is new territory for everyone, so enjoy the ride as much as you can :)"

With seemingly everyone I know being bought an iPhone 3G for Christmas (apart from me *sniff* pick pocket scumbags *sniff*) yellowsn0w should go down a bomb. As ever let us know your experiences...

Update: Oh dear, we're hearing more people than not are finding snowsn0w to be coming up short - perhaps the time isn't yet right for consumption (mother was right!).

Update 2: An incremental update to the app now seems to have it working better for many though it's not bullet proof by any means.


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January 1, 2009, 11:12 pm

On a somewhat related note - Expansys seems to have started selling the Iphone 3G ("refurbished") unlocked- I can't see anyone else in the UK who are doing this yet- although the price seems pretty painful - &#163725 for 16gb or &#163630 for 8gb! No hassle with firmware updates to the unlocked handset sounds mighty tempting but that price will put off most I would of thought.


January 4, 2009, 6:10 am

It's not the most reliable unlocking solution (but not many of them are for the iPhone) yet after some time I did get it to work with v0.94. Unfortunately this morning the dreaded "No Service" error came up and I spent all evening trying to fix it. I've finally got the latest (as of 3rd January) v0.95 to unlock my iPhone but it's a bit of a hassle with taking the SIM card out and in, and switching Flight mode on and off repeatedly. It's the casual rebooting of the phone that seems to make it most temperamental.


January 6, 2009, 9:15 pm

Works fine for me

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