iPhone 3G Software Unlock: Coming Soon?

For all you first gen iPhone veterans out there, remember how we couldn’t even use our iPhones without jailbreaking and unlocking? The continuous game of jailbreaking and unlocking came to a bit of a snag up once firmware 1.1.2 came along. During this time, the only way to unlock your iPhone for use in Canada was through the purchase of a “SIM solution” ($99US). It wasn’t until ZiPhone was unleashed that made it easy to unlock and jailbreak the iPhone.

The state of today’s iPhone 3G baseband unlock is at a similar standstill. The iPhone 3G was released on July 11th and it’s been almost three months of the Dev Team working on the unlock. Yesterday they updated their blog to explain that the following:

We’ve been exploring different ideas with the 3G unlock, but this past weekend one of us hit a big snag. For whatever reason, all of our poking and prodding of the 3G baseband caused it to finally have a breakdown. After one specific exploit run, all of a sudden our baseband stopped responding to the OS

What does this mean? Essentially, the software unlock for the iPhone 3G could very well be coming soon. It’s just a matter of time before the Dev Team will come up with a full out software unlock. I have complete faith in them that they will succeed. Given that most of these guys have day jobs you can’t expect something to come over night.

If you’ve been waiting for the software unlock for your iPhone 3G (and the ability to use any GSM SIM from around the world), it could very well be around the corner. Until then, I would patiently wait for its release! However, since I have my first gen iPhone still it will come in handy when I go travel overseas. As for living here in Canada, I don’t mind my iPhone 3G being locked to Rogers since having a legit unit is worth it for warranty purposes.

Does anyone out there still care about the software unlock? I think it would be very handy once future GSM carriers get setup here. Let me know your thoughts!

[Dev Team]

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