If you’re in Argentina (or anywhere else, really) and you need to unlock your iPhone, the super tech champ George Hotz will be releasing a new software to help you do this on Wednesday. (UPDATE: The unlock has been released and you can find it here.)
In technospeak, Hotz will be allowing iPhone’s with the 05.11.07 “baseband” to unlock their phones. This solution will help people who’ve tried to unlock their phones but who failed to do so and ending up with so-called “bricks” – that is, phones that cannot be unlocked. The new baseband unlock is called “blacksn0w.”
In its battle with unlockers, Apple recently updated the iPhone’s firmware to “permanently” lock the phone to its initial carrier. If you’re in Argentina, that would be Claro or Movistar. If you’re in the US, that would be AT&T.
Apple’s move left a lot of people around the world – including many in Argentina – with locked iPhones. If you happen to be one of these people, or know someone who has a locked phone, you’ll be able to find out more about the new unlock solution by clicking on Hotz’s website here.
I’ll update this post with new details once they’re available.
Note: There is no need to pay to have your iPhone unlocked. Two developers, Hotz (known as Geo Hotz) and the iPhone Dev Team, provide so-called “jail-breaking” and unlock software for free. Anyone who charges for this service online is likely a scam artist trying to profit off of someone else’s work.
Of course, since the iPhone has become more widely available around the world, this has made unlocking it unnecessary. But since many people travel and cross borders, unlocking the phone can be useful.
If you have questions about all of this, submit a comment and I’ll try to answer it.