There’s one song that is coming to my mind right now: Waiting in Vain, by Bob Marley. Maybe I’ve got this song stuck in my head because I’m going to Jamaica next week, or maybe because it really seems to be the story behind the iPhone 4 unlock.

A month ago we were told that we’d get an unlock for the iPhone 4 by January 16th, which was the Dev Team’s priority. Now a tweet from MuscleNerd giving an “official statement” about the unlock, confirming that it will not be released before iOS 4.3 comes out, most likely next month…

I don’t know about you but it does feel like Apple is winning the cat and mouse game lately. No stable untethered jailbreak, no stable unlock. Damn, I even gave up my iPad jailbreak yesterday and restored to a clean firmware.

Now don’t get me wrong, I know these guys are doing their best. I have great respect for what they do, but maybe instead of fighting each other on Twitter, they should just remain quiet until they do have something to offer.

While you’re waiting for the unlock, why don’t you tell us what you think about this situation?

  • Ernesto Castellanos

    If you haven’t noticed yet, they do stay quiet. People just ask them all the time about their progress. And they’re humble enough to answer. It’s our fault mostly for pressuring them.

  • shannon

    hes talking about all the arguing and infighting thats been going on since last night, but yeah Ernesto is right too as well*hangs head in shame*

    • Hinge

      There losers and will never be able to come out with a unlock or unthered jailbreak.
      It’s much harder and those idiots dont have a clue what there doing.
      The have been using the same holes since the first apple iPhone, the don’t know any other way.
      Not going to happen.

  • Beakhand

    Still rocking my unlock and untethered next time don’t upgrade so quickly version 4.1 baseband 1.59.00

  • Greg

    Still waiting in vain over here. They are quiet lately but today is a little bit diff. Coz they are now fighting all over and after the silence kabooom! Out of nowhere! *sign* all i gonna do is wait. Respect to all the devs.

  • Eric

    ya the arguing and fighting between @musclenerd @chpwn @chronic @p0sixninja is out of hand. If they were to work together i dont think we would be where we are. I mean still no unlock for 4.1? At least not a good one, ya we have the 4.2.1 ipad baseband unlock but who the hell wants to upgrade to some crazy baseband not knowing if they will be able to downgrade it ever. I dunno. An official ultrasn0w update would be nice. I appreciate everything the Devs do and i am staying on 4.1 pwned right now as i do have an unlock at the moment and i am not screwing that up.

  • iMex

    “but maybe instead of fighting each other on Twitter, they should just remain quiet until they do have something to offer.” Bang on.
    I only tried jailbreaking my 3GS 4.2.1 phone 3 weeks ago, tethered for a bit then just did a restore. Was looking forward to an untethered version. If I’ve noticed anything from the past three weeks it’s all the “coming soon”, “hopefully”, etc. Redmond pie had an article tha Greenpois0n would be out before the Verizon phone, two days later, they retract that comment, probably out next month.

    I respect what these guys do as well, SPECIALLY since it’s free and they DON’T have to do this for us. Just a bit annoying with the waiting times.

  • Gaguigu

    I bought an Iphone locked because I choosed this options. All of us that did it must understand this point of view. We must be grateful to these Dev guys. They work hard and try to make us happy. Try to pressure them is the worse thing we can do. This is free, my friends. Let them do the show. The Unlock will come soon! I bet!
    : )

  • Eric

    I am not complaining at all. Just dont like all the bickering between all the devs, wish they would work together instead of against each other. quite sad really. But i always stay jailbroken and unlocked that way it does not matter when the next JB or UNLOCK comes out cuz i already have them, so i wait patiently. Thanks Devs

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  • Tom Silver

    I was waiting since they said about relese date which was Jan16 . But now they saying something else. How can we trust them and waiting more for something it is Not exist. No any update or some thing shows they got the crack for Bb 02 10 04 or…..

  • AppleBits

    I’m still chillin’ on 4.1, j/b as well. It’s always fun to have the latest updates and hope it has a handful of new GOOD features. But even then, a j/b is necessary to get ALL the best out of the iPhone, IMHO.
    I truly do appreciate the efforts of the Devs to make these j/b & unlocks happen for us.
    I hope from time to time peeps donate to them.
    But with that all said, I’m also finding it a little deflating to have these on again, off again posts, because I agree, it feels like Apple is winning the cat/mouse game, as another poster said. 🙁
    And with all the competition with other smartphones out there, I truly want the iPhone to always stay on top. 😀
    Go Devs, Go! 😀 And thanks!!

  • HasanM

    God I really hoped for the baseband downgrade because I can’t use my iPhone 🙁
    as for the great effort these guys are doing , well we can’t do anything about that , and instead of bothering them all the time we should just wait and hope they will release what ever they have soon .

  • Jj

    A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.

    In time all things will come.

    • iMex

      Currently have my iPhone 3GS new bootrom bb 05.15.04. Jailbroke with redsn0w but now restored on 4.2.1. When the new jb for 4.3 comes out, my baseband shouldn’t be an issue correct?

      • Burge

        There is a new baseband for 4.3 4.08.00 .

    • Tony

      You sir = win

  • Ibnusulis

    I notice when they dont announce ETAs people will still make one for them, by asking nonsense numeric questions and take their after midnight/postsurgery twitter replies as ETAs. I’ve never seen musclenerd this mad but hey we knew it was a matter of time. Too much of this legal BS talk among them is really not healthy.

  • Christian

    What about a jailbreak?

  • DomPerignon

    Of course Apple is winning the cat and mouse race and with it is going to be even more difficult to jailbreak a phone when the iPhone 5 comes out.

    Oh, by the way, I decided to do the tethered jailbreak 3 weeks ago and I am a very happy with iOS 4.2.1 now.

  • sk@tta

    Welcome to Jamaica Sebastien (whenever u get here)

  • iUrAs

    still rocking iOS 4.1 with 15.13 BB… cheers dev-team!

  • Thomas

    I’m still happy (not really, I’ve grown to hate the iPhone and plan to move to Sprint someday and get an awesome HTC phone) with my iPhone 4 on 4.1 jailbroken, but when there’s a new iOS out that I don’t have I feel empty. They can take all the time the want, but once an iOS update is out with something great and not just “bug fixes”, they better step their game up. These guys need to just all work together and make a super team of jailbreakers.

  • RubberShoes

    It wouldn’t be such a big deal if this was announced or any information about any unlock was announced months ago.

    Instead I’ve been checking daily for any updates since OCTOBER.

    Some of us didn’t have the luxury of obtaining an i4 with BB 1.59.

    I have the utmost respect and admiration for these guys, they spare their free time for a community and not personal gain.

    But to leave little hints of unlock news and replies with “soon” or “wait just a little longer” are blatant lies, not to mention the January 16th incident.

    Now I sit in a corner, forced to wait until 4.3, instead of allowing myself the option of selling the locked phone back in October when it was worth a lot more.

    Anyway, venting done, I can only wish the absolute best for Sherif and Musclenerd among others for a secure and stable unlock, thank you!

  • I love Jamaica , went their for my honeymoon , good luck have fun .

    I hate waiting , I wish they stop telling us about they have it and teasing us for do long , I would pay for it now !

  • Addy

    It is a little ball busting for me.. My hopes are up each time a release date is out. I’m done waiting for the unlock. I think I’ll use my blackberry for a bit. I waited for 2 to 3 months now and each time date keeps moving no hope they will release it soon. Might as well just forget about it. Thank musclenerd for this confirming info. Now I can stop checking tweets

  • Leosia

    I jailbroke my iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1 using the latest beta of redsn0w_mac_0.9.7b6 (modem firmware 03.10.01) and it’s been perfect. No problems at all.

    • Fahim

      have u unlocked the carrier

    • RAJ

      where u jailbreak and unlock gv me details.

  • Adnan Algazaly

    Can anyone know how to unlock iphone 4 by pay. Pls inform me.

  • Trutru

    I’m still on 4.0.2 don’t want 2 pressure them and I dnt think others should either! Will wait as long as I have to or until iPhone is on T-Mobile which is unlikely cuz they are always trying to shit on apple. T-Mobile = Haters 🙁 it’s a damn shame!

  • Trutru

    …… Still waitin and I want game center. By the way some 1 should do a post on the game center in more detail….. PEACE!!!!!!

  • Trutru

    Lol o yea and dude that did the game center hack……u WACK!!!!! Try 2 better the community not help lames cheat…… PEACE!!!

  • Mark

    Jailbreak & unlock is not a right… these guys like doing it but they don’t have to do simple as that.. We are not entitled to a jailbreak or unlock simple as that… I have baseband 1.59.00 but haven’t been able to unlock it because I couldn’t get TU to update to 4.1 without baseband change because my port 80 was blocked. I don’t need unlock but love it for resale value… I have learned my lesson I will take my resale money & get an unlocked i5 from Canada.

  • RANA

    Dear I think that we are at a wild goose chase. As only the news come about the unlock soon but for a long time there is no unlock for iphone4 ios 4.2.1 and baseband 03.10.01.

  • Foxfox

    Don´t wait a new unlock for BB 2.10.04 and 03.10.01 iphone 4. Dev Team isn´t working on that!!
    because apple pay´s them well. Maybe someone else could be working on that, but don´t wait for Dev Team´s work

  • Maestro

    Quick question..if i do a tethered JB to my iphone can i later convert it too untethered when these guys release?

  • Jake

    I think it’s pretty foolish to make announcements like these saying, “We have an unlock!”. So you’re right. It’s better to make Apple look dumb for every update, and losing this cat and mouse game, than the Unlockers. That way, Apple will throw updates blindly, and then bam! Jailbroken and unlocked.

  • Bradibiza

    What we think and what is reality may be far off the mark. And I am sure all will become clear soon.

  • Vik071

    I’ve been waiting for the unlock for a while now. Even though I use iPhone 4 on the official carrier, unlock would come handy when travellin to the US, for instance.
    Even when the new unlock is released, it will stay valid only until the next iOS update. I guess owners of the good ol’ 3G should be happy…

  • Angryman

    Fuck this shit now! I’ve been waiting for years man… I’ll just sell that piece of shit, and get a fucken htc phone mang fuck! fuck! fuck! fucken useless…

  • Angryman

    And fuck the ppl who hav been lying to us saying its gonna come out this weekend but it never comes… faggets just get a real shit to do, just quit if you can’t do it anymore… I’d pay you for your great and awesome work but you guys just can’t do it anymore…. 🙁 but still I love you 🙂 I’m just mad sorry :/


    People, if you don’t know what your doing, don’t complain about what works and what what doesn’t. This morning i created a 4.3 restore that partially works and that was after about 2 hours of research.The best thing for users is to wait for the final release.The next JB is very very simple. Do your research the answers are right in front of you.


  • Alex the iphone tech

    Yo sabastian straight up the fight is have the reason thaats where the uave there fun cause wrighting unix aint easy so insgead let the users do there part immsure if we donate each and everytime they would talk less and do more frend i donate 5 bucks everytime i use there tools i charge 50 so please lets do our part lets give them money lets make em rich and i promise apple would be way down and its not just jailbreaking and unlock it alos the ease of use that they provide that takes so much time effort and trials so point blank donate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alex the iphone tech

    Yo sabastian straight up the fight is have the reason thaats where the uave there fun cause wrighting unix aint easy so insgead let the users do there part immsure if we donate each and everytime they would talk less and do more frend i donate 5 bucks everytime i use there tools i charge 50 so please lets do our part lets give them money jailbreaking and unlock it alos the ease of use that they provide that takes so much time effort and trials so point blank donate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    • Angryman

      I’m with you! this is getting annoying; my i4 is useless without this jb and unlock

  • Gaurav

    I have iphone 4.1 bb 2.10.14 in India. I paid 662$ for one in US. It is still not working despite paying the carrier fee in US…any way to get it JB & Unlocked…i have been waiting since Oct2010. Please advice. Thanks!!

    • G

      there is one solution 🙂 )) just go to apple store, and tell them – what to do with non working iphone ? tell them that u off the country. they should unlock it :)))

  • Umer

    I think this thing is not gonna work anymore. I have an iphone 3G with firmware 3.1.2 jailbroken on baseband 05.15.04 and its been quite a long time to wait for a cure to this but in vain.

    Various ideas are bubbling in mind one of which is to upgrade this to baseband 06.15 but significant risk involved

    Can ANYONE help if there is ANY way to unlock it?

  • KIKI

    ok my phone is Version 4.2.1 and my base band is 05.15.04 and ive read and reread so much im getting well stressed as i have not read any jailbreak or unlock articals with any referance to these two nos (Version & baseband) so im BEGGING some one please tell me whitch ones to use pls pls pls pls pls pls pls
    thanx x

    • iMex

      What iphone do you have? You CAN jailbreak it with the latest redsn0w beta version. Just depends on your device to determine whether you can have an untethered or tethered jailbreak. I have a 3GS new bootrom, so I’m running a tethered jailbreak as of last week & have had no problems.

  • gabe

    they are doing an awesome job here….
    lets just wait patiently….respect to the dev team

  • djh

    Remember there are a lot of projects running at the moment. The iPhone 4 JB and unlock is priority however they have to wait for the new iOS to come out every time else Apple would just patch the exploit and then they would be back to square one!

    There is also the “no GPS” issue on the iPhone 3G with baseband 6.15 for them to fix. This solution apparently needs a baseband downgrade so it’s not as if they are sitting there drinking coffee and reading the newspaper! (well maybe they are!)

    Fixes are generally released not too long after Apple release their iPhone OS so maybe instead of hassling Chronic Dev team, hassle Apple to give you what you want without restrictions!

  • RS

    I guess I have the same question as somebody just asked above. I have a 3GS iPhone on 4.2.1 and 5.14. Will the latest redsn0w version unlock & JB this iPhone, unteethered of course. I have heard that there are chances of GPS not working. Has that been for 3GS also or just 3G/4G ones? Plz lemme kno. Thx

    • iMex

      Latest version of redsn0w will jailbreak but not unlock & it will be tethered. GPS worked fine for me, iPhone 3GS, new bootrom, 5.14.4. Only shitty part is I had to do a reset today and eventually had to restore my phone. So now I have nothing.

  • NIC

    Not official statement Muscle nerd is making us NERD. He do not have any jailbreak and h do not have any Unlock might be he have stolen from some person. When he can encript the 4.0.1 then why not 4.1 and 4.2.1. Seriously frustrated from you MR. Muscle from last & months i and 10 of my friends are waiting for unlock. Pls tell will you roll out the Unlock or not.

  • Izzy

    PEOPLE! The reason they are waiting on the new iOS 4.3 before realeasing the unlock is because then Apple won’t patch the 4.2, BB 02.10.01 and 03.10.01. There won’t be any sense it because it will run on a new baseband. They either have the unlock or are really close. Guys it is not that simple to write code on cocoa platform especially the way Apple writes their codes now. It’s like jumping into a a haystack and looking for a needle…literally, you have to dig and dig and dig to find an open door. By the way for those who don’t know the unthethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2 has been out for 3 days now. I have it and it works great. To obtain it go to
    Anyway, these guys will come out with a new unlock. Hopefully on 14 FEB 2011, because Official iOS 4.3 comes out on the 13th. I am shooting for 14th, and if not then just few days after that. I don’t understand why everyone is so upset. Sell your iPhone and go buy a factory unlocked one. They don’t have to do anything for free, but they do it. What if we wouldn’t have a DEV team? Then all of us would be faaacked!