As you might know, unlocking your iPhone through any means other than your carrier or manufacturer became illegal starting this week under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA prevents unauthorised modification of software, and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been responsible for winning exceptions for jailbreaking and unlocking since the past few years.
While the software unlock scene hasn’t been active since quite some time, there might be some good news for folks who are stuck with on an iPhone baseband that isn’t unlockable.
A number of sites have started selling a permanent iPhone unlock solution that doesn’t need users to jailbreak their iPhone and simply requires the device’s serial number and the IMEI code.
iPhone and PS3 hacker George Hotz aka Geohot who has been off the limelight since the infamous Sony lawsuit is now working at Facebook according to p0sixninja of the Chronic dev team. The news was first uncovered by Tech Unwrapped and later verified by Gabe Rivera of Techmeme. He apparently joined Facebook in May and announced it on his Facebook profile on June 17th.
MuscleNerd, member of the iPhone Dev Team has revealed that baseband – 04.10.01 that comes bundled with iOS 4.3 for iPhone 4 is vulnerable, which indicates that it can be unlocked if Apple does not update it in the final version.
MuscleNerd revealed this news via the following tweet:
Current i4 unlock goal includes til 04.10.01 (4.3b3). Very weird situation…vuln cmds are there, trying to invoke them!