Saturday, January 03, 2009

The iPhone 3G Unlock

Online forums have been filling up with the cries of iPhone 3G users worldwide. You can thank The Dev Team for that. The group's latest iPhone hackery came in the form of an beta unlock tool for 3G devices two days ago. And while the instructions are easy enough to allow anyone to rip the AT&T exclusivity off of their mobile device--we've even given you a step-by-step guide for unlocking your iPhone 3G--not all has been well in the iPhone 3G world as of late. We've counted two iterations of the Dev Team's unlocking tool thus far, each promising to fix issues, errors, and does-not-work problems that have been plaguing would-be unlockers over the past 48 hours.

We've searched through countless forum posts, angry criticisms, and pleas for assistance to come up with the best methods for getting that unlock to stick. Before we give you the tips, you'll want to hit up The Yellowsn0w Report to check out the general status of the iPhone 3G unlocks and your carrier of choice. If a lot of people are striking out with your carrier, you might be out of luck. But if there's confusion--or better yet, a large number of successful unlocks--then you'll want to turn to one of the two following methods for getting the 0.9.4 beta unlock (as of this article's writing) to stick on your iPhone. These come courtesy of Lostfaith over at the Modmyi forums, who did a painstaking job of tracking down these seemingly arcane techniques:

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