Owners of the iPhone 3G and fans of network freedom have been waiting for this day for a long time. The masterminds behind iPhone ‘pwnage’ have finally released an unlocking solution for the iPhone 3G.
Unlike the unlocking (and jailbreaking) method for the for the 2G iPhone, which relies on external tools and modified firmware, the iPhone 3G unlock appears to work with an application install.
The iPhone Dev-Team posted details of the unlock, codenamed “yell0wsnow,” on its blog. Those who wanted an unlocked iPhone 3G were warned not to upgrade the baseband software that came with Apple’s updates, but the yell0wsnow release now appears to require the very latest baseband that’s a part of the 2.2 iPhone firmware version.
Users who want an unlocked phone will have upgrade to the latest firmware, jailbreak using QuickPwn, and then install the yell0wsnow application via jailbroken app managers Cydia or Installer.
The first couple of versions of yell0wsnow were quickly updated following user reports that the software hack doesn’t work. As of version 0.9.4, which is still considered a beta, it appears that many of the issues are fixed.
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