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Blacksn0w Unlocks iPhone for All Carriers

BGR is reporting that iPhone OS hacker geohot (George Hotz) has successfully created an iPhone baseband unlock for the device's OS 3.1.2 and the standard 05.11.07 cellular modem firmware. Called Blacksn0w, the exploit hack jailbreaks the iPhone so it can not only run unapproved applications, but also be used on non-Apple sanctioned carriers. This takes his Blackra1n jailbreaking exploit one step further, which only unlocks the device to allow non-Apple apps.

To prove that it works, geohot uploaded this video to YouTube, showing Blackra1n/Blacksn0w resetting the iPhone to connect to T-Mobile's network. According to geohot's website, Blacksn0w will be released on November 4, and will cost consumers absolutely nothing. However, apparently geohot was offered $10,000 for the Blackea1n and Blacksn0w software, and wasn't exactly ecstatic despite the generous amount.

"First off, Jody Sanders, I am declining your $10,000," he wrote. "Why? Because you, and the rest of the iPhone unlock sites out there are scum. You make money selling freeware; that's not cool, and I am in no way going to legitimize it."

Currently Blacksn0w can be installed through Blackra1n (RC2), however it will be incorporated into the next Blackra1n update set to hit geohot's website at a later date. Blackra1n works with all iPhone and iPod Touch models except for the 8 GB iPhone 3G.