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iPhone 3G Software Unlock Arrives Today: yellowsn0w!

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Today is the last day of 2008–can you believe it? New Year’s Eve is also the day that the iPhone Dev Team will be releasing the much anticipated iPhone 3G software unlock, codenamed yellowsn0w.

A couple days ago I posted a video demonstration of the iPhone 3G software unlock process and it was pretty exciting for those that have been waiting.

What exactly is the difference between “jailbreaking” and “unlocking” you ask? For those who aren’t sure, jailbreaking will allow you to install 3rd party applications on your iPhone, ones that aren’t in the App Store. You’ll also be able to customize your iPhone in a variety of ways, such as installing themes via Summerboard.

Unlocking will allow your iPhone 3G to accept SIM cards from any worldwide GSM provider. This is different than having your iPhone roaming while in another country. Essentially, an unlocked iPhone 3G will allow you to insert a non-Rogers SIM card. Let’s say Telus finally has their GSM network implemented. You’ll be able to use a Telus SIM inside your iPhone 3G. Without a software unlock, this would not be possible.

Will the iPhone 3G Software Unlock Work on my iPhone 3G?

There are a few factors that will determine if your iPhone 3G is “ready” for the software unlock. What do I mean exactly? Well, with every firmware update from Apple there usually is a baseband file update. Currently, the iPhone Dev Team has developed an unlock for the “older” iPhone 3G basebands.

If you have any of the following iPhone 3G firmware/baseband combinations you can unlock using yellowsn0w:

– 2.0.0 Firmware & 01.45.00 Baseband
– 2.0.1 Firmware & 01.48.02 Baseband
– 2.0.2 Firmware & 02.08.01 Baseband
– 2.1.0 Firmware & 02.11.07 Baseband

How to check if your baseband files are the ones above? Just answer this question: did you update to 2.2 firmware directly in iTunes by clicking “Update”? If your answer is NO, your iPhone 3G will work fine.

What’s the Easiest Way to Update to 2.2 Firmware Then?

The best way to update to 2.2 firmware is to create a custom firmware using PwnageTool 2.2 (Mac only). This will allow you to “make” a 2.2 firmware file with an older baseband file, still leaving you in the running to become America’s Next Top Mod…err…I mean to allow you to unlock your iPhone 3G.

Damn it! I Updated Directly to 2.2 Firmware via iTunes. Now What?

If you updated directly to 2.2 firmware via iTunes, your iPhone 3G will be on the following:
– 2.2.0 Firmware & 02.28.00 Baseband

This means you will have to wait a bit longer for the Dev Team to release the unlock for the 02.28.00 baseband. You’re out of luck at the moment, but I am pretty sure this unlock will be released shortly after.

By the time you’re reading this post, yours truly will be four hours (out of a total 17hrs and 20mins of flying time, god help me!) into my flight back to Vancouver from the UAE. I’m going to be missing out on the live yellowsn0w action so you’re going to have to keep me updated here.

If you have taken the plunge with yellowsn0w, I’d love to hear if you’ve had success or not. Please let us know in the comments!

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  • Justin

    Question is what time are they realeasing it today? Can’t wait!

  • Justin

    Question is what time are they realeasing it today? Can’t wait!

  • Justin

    Question is what time are they realeasing it today? Can’t wait!

  • Justin

    Question is what time are they realeasing it today? Can’t wait!

  • Bojan

    Thanks. I am on version 2.2 (5G77) with a modem firmware (baseband) 02.08.01. This update was made through Pwnage Tool and is not on your list above. Do you think I can unlock at this time?
    Thanks,
    Bojan

  • Bojan

    Thanks. I am on version 2.2 (5G77) with a modem firmware (baseband) 02.08.01. This update was made through Pwnage Tool and is not on your list above. Do you think I can unlock at this time?
    Thanks,
    Bojan

  • Bojan

    Thanks. I am on version 2.2 (5G77) with a modem firmware (baseband) 02.08.01. This update was made through Pwnage Tool and is not on your list above. Do you think I can unlock at this time?
    Thanks,
    Bojan

  • David

    I have currently my iphone 3G jailbroken with version 2.1 as I am waiting for the unlock. However, I don’t have a Mac and was wondering if we will have a Windows only process in order to upgrade to 2.2 with the unlock and the jailbreak? Right now, if I understand correctly, only pwnagetool (Mac only) allows to upgrade to 2.2 without touching the baseband…… Does it mean I will be stuck indefinitely with my 2.1 or have the only option to upgrade to 2.2 and loose the unlock possibility?
    I think I’m not the only one to wait for a clear answer on that issue.
    Thanks!
    Please make this new year a great year with 2.2 unlock@jailbreak for us ‘Windows only’ users… I regret so much buying a PC 2 years ago…. ๐Ÿ™
    David.

  • David

    I have currently my iphone 3G jailbroken with version 2.1 as I am waiting for the unlock. However, I don’t have a Mac and was wondering if we will have a Windows only process in order to upgrade to 2.2 with the unlock and the jailbreak? Right now, if I understand correctly, only pwnagetool (Mac only) allows to upgrade to 2.2 without touching the baseband…… Does it mean I will be stuck indefinitely with my 2.1 or have the only option to upgrade to 2.2 and loose the unlock possibility?
    I think I’m not the only one to wait for a clear answer on that issue.
    Thanks!
    Please make this new year a great year with 2.2 unlock@jailbreak for us ‘Windows only’ users… I regret so much buying a PC 2 years ago…. ๐Ÿ™
    David.

  • David

    I have currently my iphone 3G jailbroken with version 2.1 as I am waiting for the unlock. However, I don’t have a Mac and was wondering if we will have a Windows only process in order to upgrade to 2.2 with the unlock and the jailbreak? Right now, if I understand correctly, only pwnagetool (Mac only) allows to upgrade to 2.2 without touching the baseband…… Does it mean I will be stuck indefinitely with my 2.1 or have the only option to upgrade to 2.2 and loose the unlock possibility?
    I think I’m not the only one to wait for a clear answer on that issue.
    Thanks!
    Please make this new year a great year with 2.2 unlock@jailbreak for us ‘Windows only’ users… I regret so much buying a PC 2 years ago…. ๐Ÿ™
    David.

  • David

    I have currently my iphone 3G jailbroken with version 2.1 as I am waiting for the unlock. However, I don’t have a Mac and was wondering if we will have a Windows only process in order to upgrade to 2.2 with the unlock and the jailbreak? Right now, if I understand correctly, only pwnagetool (Mac only) allows to upgrade to 2.2 without touching the baseband…… Does it mean I will be stuck indefinitely with my 2.1 or have the only option to upgrade to 2.2 and loose the unlock possibility?
    I think I’m not the only one to wait for a clear answer on that issue.
    Thanks!
    Please make this new year a great year with 2.2 unlock@jailbreak for us ‘Windows only’ users… I regret so much buying a PC 2 years ago…. ๐Ÿ™
    David.

  • David

    Will we have a Windows only process to upgrade from a 3G jailbroken 2.1 into 2.2 with unlock and jailbreak? I am still in 2.1 as I am waiting for the unlock. But even after unlocking, I still need to upgrade to 2.2 and I don’t have a Mac (I am sure I am not the only one in this situation out there). I believe pwnagetool will still be needed in order to keep the baseband untouched?
    Thanks for the answer!
    David.

  • David

    Will we have a Windows only process to upgrade from a 3G jailbroken 2.1 into 2.2 with unlock and jailbreak? I am still in 2.1 as I am waiting for the unlock. But even after unlocking, I still need to upgrade to 2.2 and I don’t have a Mac (I am sure I am not the only one in this situation out there). I believe pwnagetool will still be needed in order to keep the baseband untouched?
    Thanks for the answer!
    David.

  • David

    Will we have a Windows only process to upgrade from a 3G jailbroken 2.1 into 2.2 with unlock and jailbreak? I am still in 2.1 as I am waiting for the unlock. But even after unlocking, I still need to upgrade to 2.2 and I don’t have a Mac (I am sure I am not the only one in this situation out there). I believe pwnagetool will still be needed in order to keep the baseband untouched?
    Thanks for the answer!
    David.

  • Superbman

    you should be ok bojan

    seems like the dev team may have found a way around the baseband issue, though!
    read their newest post
    it seems to refer to ignoring their warning against upgrading ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Superbman

    you should be ok bojan

    seems like the dev team may have found a way around the baseband issue, though!
    read their newest post
    it seems to refer to ignoring their warning against upgrading ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Superbman

    you should be ok bojan

    seems like the dev team may have found a way around the baseband issue, though!
    read their newest post
    it seems to refer to ignoring their warning against upgrading ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Superbman

    you should be ok bojan

    seems like the dev team may have found a way around the baseband issue, though!
    read their newest post
    it seems to refer to ignoring their warning against upgrading ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • jech

    check dev-teams blog. they haven’t released yet as of 10 mins ago

  • jech

    check dev-teams blog. they haven’t released yet as of 10 mins ago

  • jech

    check dev-teams blog. they haven’t released yet as of 10 mins ago

  • jech

    check dev-teams blog. they haven’t released yet as of 10 mins ago

  • Nitar

    Anyone check the dev team website? That picture is supiciously… 2.28???? Could It Be!!!!????

  • Nitar

    Anyone check the dev team website? That picture is supiciously… 2.28???? Could It Be!!!!????

  • Nitar

    Anyone check the dev team website? That picture is supiciously… 2.28???? Could It Be!!!!????

  • The Dev Team has posted an update to their blog, showing a screenshot of 2.2 firmware being unlocked ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • The Dev Team has posted an update to their blog, showing a screenshot of 2.2 firmware being unlocked ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • The Dev Team has posted an update to their blog, showing a screenshot of 2.2 firmware being unlocked ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nitar

    RIGHT!! vtaber is ROT13 for ignore!!

  • Nitar

    RIGHT!! vtaber is ROT13 for ignore!!

  • Nitar

    RIGHT!! vtaber is ROT13 for ignore!!

  • Nitar

    RIGHT!! vtaber is ROT13 for ignore!!

  • Look at my list above and you’ll notice that your baseband is from 2.0.2 firmware. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Look at my list above and you’ll notice that your baseband is from 2.0.2 firmware. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Look at my list above and you’ll notice that your baseband is from 2.0.2 firmware. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Justin

    Man, the wait is killing me…

  • Justin

    Man, the wait is killing me…

  • Justin

    Man, the wait is killing me…

  • Justin

    Man, the wait is killing me…

  • Tony

    Where is it!!?? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Tony

    Where is it!!?? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Tony

    Where is it!!?? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Justin

    The Dev Team has updated their site but it seems like we need to update to baseband 02.28???

    And how do we get to the link for it?

  • Justin

    The Dev Team has updated their site but it seems like we need to update to baseband 02.28???

    And how do we get to the link for it?

  • Justin

    The Dev Team has updated their site but it seems like we need to update to baseband 02.28???

    And how do we get to the link for it?

  • Justin

    The Dev Team has updated their site but it seems like we need to update to baseband 02.28???

    And how do we get to the link for it?

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  • @Justin you must upgrade to firmware 2.2 to get baseband 02.28. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @Justin you must upgrade to firmware 2.2 to get baseband 02.28. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @Justin you must upgrade to firmware 2.2 to get baseband 02.28. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @Justin you must upgrade to firmware 2.2 to get baseband 02.28. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paul

    Unlocked my Rogers 3G today and put in my wifes telus SIM, the iPhone is working very happily for her!

  • Paul

    Unlocked my Rogers 3G today and put in my wifes telus SIM, the iPhone is working very happily for her!

  • Paul

    Unlocked my Rogers 3G today and put in my wifes telus SIM, the iPhone is working very happily for her!

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  • N2

    hi paul i am trying to unlock my gf telus iphone3g can you tell me where to get it done? my email. is antulover@hotmail.com

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