Monthly Archive for March, 2009

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Read Before Buying a 3G iPhone for Unlocking or You May Be Sorry

If you are planing on buying a 3G iPhone for unlocking, DON”T, at least not until you read more.

As of right now, there is no way to unlock a brand new 3G iPhone. The newest iPhones have version 2.2.1 firmware, which was released at the end of January. The 2.2.1 firmware includes included an update (02.30.03) to the “baseband” firmware (the chip that makes the iPhone a phone) that breaks the unlock.

Older 3G iPhones can be updated to the 2.2.1 firmware using a special process that preserves the older, unlockable, baseband, but chances are, unless the iPhone has been sitting on the shelf for a month, any newly purchased iPhone will have to wait for an update to yellowSn0w that works with the newest baseband firmware.

If you have an older 3G with 2.2 firmware, you’ll have to use the Mac-only PwnageTool to prepare a custom firmware image with the old baseband.  Unfortunately, if you have a newer 3G iPhone, there is no way to roll-back to the older baseband firmware.

Again, as of early March, new 3G iPhone’s can’t be unlocked until the iphone dev team releases an unlocker that supports the 2.2.1 firmware with the 2.30.3 baseband firmware.

Cydia App Store for Unlocked iPhones Now Takes Payments

User’s of jailbroken iPhones aren’t limited to applications from Apple’s official store.  They can also install 3rd party apps that haven’t been through Apple’s screening process, and now the developers of those apps have a simple way to charge for their apps.

Most iPhone jailbreaking tools install Cydia app store, which makes it the most popular option for distributing 3rd party apps.  Up to this point, a few 3rd party developers have tried charging for apps, but they had to roll their own ecommerce solution.

Starting this weekend, Jay Freeman, the creator of the Cydia store, has added an option to allow developers fot charge for their apps.  Right now it only works with a limited number of applications, but in the coming weeks, he’ll be opening it up to more developers and offering more payment options (currently it is Amazon only).

ModMyI has more details in First Look: Purchasing from the Cydia Store.  Check it out!

RedSn0w: An iPod Touch Jailbreak Allready in Progress

This is old news at this point, but for anyone with an iPod Touch who missed it, there is now a jailbreak for it called “redsn0w.

This is definitely a work in progress.  “Caleb Mingle” has done the hard work of compiling a redsn0w FAQ.  It looks like it’s a bit out of date in spots, but it covers a lot of important ground.