iPhone 3G finally unlocked
God bless you, iPhone Dev Team
If an O2 contract’s all that’s standing in-between you and an iPhone 3G, then hardware hackers the iPhone Dev Team have a treat for you: an upcoming unlocking tool.
According to the team’s blog, it has successfully cracked the iPhone 3G for use on any network with an unlock codenamed 'yellowsn0w'.
Unfortunately, the unlock won’t be available until New Year’s Eve, but the team’s promised that it’ll have a simple GUI interface style akin to the existing QuickPwn jalbreaking application.
The team cautioned that the unlock will only work on iPhone 3Gs with baseband version 2.11.07 or earlier - the firmware that runs on the handset's modem hardware. The unlock will also require the phone to be jailbroken first, and will be installable through the Cydia app installer tool.
If you’re still a little perplexed about the process, then fear not, because the team’s promised to upload a live demo of the unlock process sometime before the application's launched.
Find out more about basebands online, with the iPhone Dev Team's 'Baseband 101' guide.
@Will - Quicktime
Quicktime is and always has been part of iTunes because its the software that plays video. As long as you've had iTunes installed, you've also had Quicktime.
Can't comment on the file association stuff, usually even(!) iTunes / Quicktime will prompt before it changes associations.
@A J Stiles - Java on iPhone
There is already a version of JSE for the unlocked iPhone: http://java4iphone.com/all-news/tutorial-install-java-on-the-iphone/
@Ross Fleming and Jamie Hylton
It did occur to me that that signal strength/connection mode info might not be available in the API, but in practice I'd be stunned if there's any way Apple would allow such an app into the app store anyway. So Ross, you're right about having to jailbreak it. I must admit I didn't know enough about the configuration of the OS to realise that you also have to jailbreak to run the app in the background (which to be any use it would clearly have to do), although what you have said makes sense: my favourite app is last.fm, and it really bugs me that it won't run in the background like the ipod app. It also needs 3G (or wifi) to work properly - hence my irritation with the crappy 3G coverage.