Devteam - why can't they unlock the phone, if there are unlocks out already?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by h2009, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. h2009 macrumors member

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    Im just thinking here that why cant the devteam unlock the 3g iphone if unlocked phones are already out?

    Surely its just a matter of taking the firmware from an unlocked iphone and putting it on a non-unlocked phone?
     
  2. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    The unlocks are sim based. Pwnage is software based. Its been covered countless times.
     
  3. h2009 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know about the sim based unlocks, but im talking about the phones which are hardware unlock i.e. from italy.
     
  4. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    You just answered your own question. HARDWARE unlocked. Devteam is software.
     
  5. Geniusdog254 macrumors regular

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    First off its not hardware unlocked, they have a special baseband. Now at the same time they can't just use the firmware/software .ipsw to restore and unlock because that doesnt edit the baseband. Now what I don't understand, I know we have bbupdate that APPLE uses to update the baseband during firmware updates. Why can't the dev team download the BB from a legally unlocked phone and use bbupdate to add it to a locked phone to unlock it. I guess that its possible but either:
    A. Too difficult
    B. They won't illegally share Apple and Infineon's copyrighted baseband code.

    I'm guessing B is more likely but A is probable as well. Now i'm not great at this stuff but thats just my opinion. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
     

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