Full iPhone Unlock, but only via a hardware trick for now

Update: There is now a GUI application for unlocking the iPhone that simplifies things greatly.

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Geohot and the other iPhone hackers have done it! They’ve unlocked the iPhone so it can be used on any GSM network without resorting to a chimerical hacked SIM card.

That’s the good news. The bad news? You have to take the phone apart and do some very delicate work to hook up special gizmos in order to perform the unlock. Nevertheless, this is important progress and will likely help the efforts to come up with a software-only unlock.

They are keeping the method secret for now, so someone doesn’t exploit their work before they can claim the ultimate prize themselves.

Finding JTAG on the iPhone
Yes thats right, we have an unlocked iPhone. The hardware is only used to unlock the iPhone, and can be removed after it’s unlocked. Thanks to gray, iProof, geohot, dinopio, lazyc0der, and an anonymous contributor for making this possible. Thanks also to everyone who donated and stuck with us in #iphone.unlock. Our group has agreed to release the method in one week. The current method involves taking apart your phone and doing some complicated soldering, with a high probablity of a bricked phone. Although after the phone is unlocked all the hardware can be removed. We hope to find a software unlock very soon. So in one week exactly from this blog post(thats less than the time it takes to ship a turbosim) we will release simple step by step instructions for unlocking, probably not even involving hardware. Sorry about the wait, but I assure you it will be worth it.

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Update: There is now a GUI application for unlocking the iPhone that simplifies things greatly.

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