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

    Oct 13, 2007
    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

    Apr 13, 2007
    The unlocks are sim based. Pwnage is software based. Its been covered countless times.
  3. h2009 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
    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

    Apr 13, 2007
    You just answered your own question. HARDWARE unlocked. Devteam is software.
  5. Geniusdog254 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2008
    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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