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Reminder: iPhone 3G unlock coming tonight

Updated 4 years ago
Published Dec 31st, 2008 4:04PM EST

We’re now just hours away from the New Year, which means we’re also hours away from yellowsn0w courtesy of the Dev-Team. Yellowsn0w, for those with short memories, is the Dev-Team’s solution for soft-unlocking the iPhone 3G. After MuscleNerd’s successful demo last week, iPhone 3G owners have been anxiously awaiting 2009 as with it comes the public release of the Dev-Team’s work. A curious post has just gone up on the Dev-Team blog however, which has sparked tons of speculation:

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There have been tons of guesses made as to the post’s meaning and since we’re not coders, we’ll leave it to all you hackers out there to figure this one out. If you think you can shed some light, definitely drop us a comment here and let use know. To this point, the most convincing explanation comes from “teamare” in the post’s comments section:

Converted to Ascii the message reads “vtaber 61060174”. vtaber converted to ROT13 reads, “ignore”.

It is possible that this means to ignore post 61060174 on the iPhone Dev-Team’s blog. The post entitled, “The man from DelMonte – He say Yes!” is a warning not to update to iPhone firmware 2.2 using iTunes. Perhaps the iPhone Dev-Team has figured out a way to unlock the new baseband that came with 2.2 as well.

In other words, the Dev-Team might just have one last trick up its collective sleeve and yellowsn0w may have been tweaked to unlock any currently available iPhone 3G firmware / baseband versions. Woo! So, if you can manage your way around a keyboard tomorrow morning post-New Year’s partying, there should be a nice surprise from the Dev-Team waiting to usher you into 2009 SIM-lock free.

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