BlackSn0w

BlackSn0w RC2 iPhone 3.1.3 Unlock Released

Yesterday I was telling you about this guy who’s been working on updating BlackSn0w to work on iPhone OS 3.1.3. Well it seems he has worked out the kinks and someone has made his update available.

You can now download and install BlackSn0w RC2 to unlock your iPhone 3.1.3 with baseband 05.11.07. The app should be available in the MMI repo soon, but if you can’t wait, you can always add this repo: http://cydia.pushfix.info/

After jailbreaking your iPhone, simply launch Cydia and look for BlackSn0w RC2. Download and install, then reboot your iPhone. You should be good to go.

Note that if you accidentally updated your iPhone to 3.1.3, thus updating your baseband to 05.12.01, you will not be able to use this hack.

To date there is still now jailbreak and unlock for iPhone 3.1.3 on baseband 05.12.01.

How to Unlock iPhone 3.1.3

This guide and tutorial will show you how to unlock iPhone 3.1.3 using UltraSn0w or BlackSn0w, depending on your iPhone baseband.

The first step is to jailbreak your iPhone 3.1.3, either with RedSn0w or with PwnageTool. Note that PwnageTool is the preferred method as it helps preserve the baseband.

You can use UltraSn0w to unlock these basebands:

04.26.08
05.11.07
05.12.01
05.13.04

To find out what your baseband is, go to Settings > General > About > Modem Firmware.
How to unlock iPhone 3.1.3 with UltraSn0w

Launch Cydia.
Add the following source to Cydia repo666.ultrasn0w.com (note there is a “0″ in sn0w, not an “o”).
After installing this source in Cydia, search for “ultraSn0w”.
Install UltraSn0w and reboot your iPhone.

How to unlock iPhone 3.1.3 with BlackSn0w

Launch Cydia.
Add the following source: http://blackra1n.com.
After installing this source in Cydia, search for “BlackSn0w”.
Install BlackSn0w and reboot your iPhone.

Your iPhone should now be unlocked. If you have questions or comments on how to unlock iPhone firmware 3.1.3, please leave a comment.

UPDATE: This post is outdated. Check out our unlock section for the latest information about iPhone unlocking.

How to Fix Wifi Connection Issues After Unlocking Your iPhone With BlackSn0w

Many people are experiencing various issues after unlocking their iPhone with BlackRa1n and BlackSn0w.

Here are some of the problems you may have encountered:

No 3G or Edge
Can’t connect to wifi
Problems with YouTube
No push notifications

There are 2 possible solutions for this.

The first fix is to reset your network settings. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. After resetting your settings, make sure to reboot your iPhone. It is very important to reboot or else, the changes won’t take effect.

A few people told me on Twitter that this didn’t work but resetting ALL the settings then rebooting did work. So try this if the first fix didn’t work.

The second fix is pretty simple too but it does require you to have an Internet connection. From your iPhone, go to Cydia and add this new source http://cydia.iphoneil.net.

After adding this source, search for an app called Push Fix and install it. Reboot your iPhone and you should be good to go.

If the problems persist, I suggest taking more drastic measures by restoring your iPhone. I know, I know, restoring is not fun but it’s always a good thing to do when nothing else works.

If you choose to restore your iPhone, make sure you set it up as a new phone. Do not “restore from backup” as this would bring back some of the bad settings that caused your issues in the first place.

If you tried all of these fixes and you’re still experiencing issues, then I’m not sure what else to tell you.

If you found another fix, please feel free to leave a comment below.

BlackSn0w Unlock Now Available on Cydia

If you jailbroke your iPhone using PwnageTool or if you uninstalled the BlackRa1n app from your iPhone but still want to unlock your iPhone 3.1.2 with baseband 05.11.07, then read on.

You can download BlackSn0w from Cydia and unlock your iPhone this way.

Simply add the following repo in Cydia: blackra1n.com.

Then in Cydia, look for BlackSn0w. Install the application and reboot your iPhone.

Congrats, your iPhone is now unlocked!

Other tutorials of interest:

Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC3
Unlock iPhone 3.1.2 with BlackSn0w

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any question.

Tutorial: Unlock iPhone 3.1.2 with BlackSn0w

It’s official, BlackSn0w is out and available for download. BlackSn0w is not a standalone app. BlackSn0w is part of  Blackra1n RC3.

People who accidentally locked their iPhone on baseband 05.11.07 will now be able to unlock their iPhone using BlackSn0w.

This step by step guide and tutorial will show you how to unlock your iPhone OS 3.1.2 baseband 05.11.07 with BlackSn0w.

If you just want to jailbreak your iPhone and are not interested in unlocking, refer to my BlackRa1n RC3 tutorial.

This BlackSn0w iPhone unlock tutorial will work on both Mac and PC.

In this tutorial, I will assume that your iPhone is currently not jailbroken or unlocked.

BlackSn0w is Out!

BlackSn0w is now available for download from BlackRa1n.com! BlackSn0w comes as an addon to BlackRa1n.

Here is what’s important to note:

BlackSn0w will unlock baseband 05.11.07
BlackSn0w will enable tethering

I will write tutorials on how to use BlackSn0w, but here is a quick overview of how it works, depending on your situation:

If you previously jailbroke your iPhone using BlackRa1n and you kept the blackra1n.app on it, then run BlackRa1n. The Icy icon should be replaced by the “ra1n” option. Select “ra1n” to upgrade BlackRa1n to RC3. After upgrading, run BlackRa1n and you should see the “sn0w” option. Just select “sn0w” and it will unlock your iPhone.
If you were waiting to update to 3.1.2 or if your iPhone was stuck locked, then download BlackSn0w, run it, reboot, and choose the “sn0w” option from the BlackRa1n.app.
If your iPhone was previously jailbroken using PwnageTool or if you deleted the BlackRa1n.app from your iPhone, BlackSn0w will be added to Cydia later during the day.

UPDATE: BlackRa1n RC3 and BlackSn0w tutorials are up:

BlackRa1n RC3 tutorial
BlackSn0w unlock tutorial

BlackSn0w Unlock Coming Out Today

Yesterday GeoHot gave us a quick sneak peek at BlackSn0w and told us BlackSn0w would be bundled into BlackRa1n RC3, due to be released on November 4th.

Good news came earlier today from GeoHot when he wrote in a blog post that Sn0wDay was coming one day ahead of schedule.
At Noon EST, 5 PM GMT, I will be making it sn0w, and I’m looking to see “#blacksn0w” trending. blacksn0w is the unlock for the latest 05.11.07 baseband, and will also enable official tethering. blackra1n, a jailbreak for 3.1.2, has been updated to RC3, with hacktivation support, 15 second speed improvement, Tiger+PPC support, and installation of the latest blackra1n.app.
Here is what’s important to note:

BlackSn0w will unlock baseband 05.11.07
BlackSn0w will enable tethering

UPDATE: BlackRa1n RC3 and BlackSn0w tutorials are up:

BlackRa1n RC3 tutorial
BlackSn0w unlock tutorial

Sneak Peek at BlackSn0w iPhone Unlock

GeoHot gave us a sneak peek at BlackSn0w earlier today, revealing the icon of his long awaited iPhone unlock as well as details on how it will work when it’s released on November 4.

From what I understand, BlackSn0w will be bundled into BlackRa1n RC3. You will have to jailbreak your iPhone with BlackRa1n first, then run BlackSn0w.

As a reminder, BlackSn0w will be the first solution to unlock the iPhone 3.1.2 with baseband 05.11.07. So all of you who accidentally updated your iPhone in iTunes and are now locked out of their carrier can rejoice!

As you can see, Icy is not part of BlackRa1n anymore which is probably due to the fact that the developers of Icy decided to stop maintaining it.

As usual, I will be updating the site with a BlackSn0w tutorial when it comes out. However, I will be flying from Los Angeles to Brisbane Australia when BlackSn0w is released tomorrow, so I might be a little late on delivering the news. My top priority when I land in Australia will be to find some internet and update the blog, so stay tuned!

UPDATE: BlackRa1n RC3 and BlackSn0w tutorials are up:

BlackRa1n RC3 tutorial
BlackSn0w unlock tutorial

GeoHot Declines $10,000 for BlackSn0w iPhone Unlock

GeoHot finally came back to reality and realized that working for Jody Sanders was not a good move. For those of you who haven’t followed the story, let me give you a quick summary.

A week ago, GeoHot said he wouldn’t work on an iPhone unlock for baseband 05.11.07. Then Jody Sanders came in and offered him $10,000 for BlackSn0w, the iPhone unlock. Surprisingly, GeoHot accepted the offer, which created a lot of noise in the jailbreak/unlock community.

Most people didn’t really understand the situation and thought it was a good thing for GeoHot to get paid $10,000. Truth is, Jody Sanders is a bad guy, a scammer who’s been stealing and illegally reselling jailbreaks and unlocks for a couple years and being paid by him didn’t really send the right message.

This morning, GeoHot wrote a blog post in which he explains why he declined the $10,000 and why it’s important you should never have to pay for a jailbreak or an unlock:
First off, Jody Sanders, I am declining your $10,000. Why? Because you, and the rest of the iPhone unlock sites out there are scum. You make money selling freeware; that’s not cool, and I am in no way going to legitimize it.

Seriously, the people who really lose here are the customers. These sites are full of blatant lies, claiming to have unlocks for 05.11.07 People buy them, and are told the unlock is in development, and the release date is unknown. Imagine you bought a cup of coffee and were told it’s in development? Recently, many of these sites sent out e-mails saying they made major breakthroughs and the unlock will be ready 11/04/09. Coincidence that that’s the release date of blacksn0w?
A little further down the post, he says:
I’ll give you a whitelist, two people make unlocks, me and the dev team. Every iPhone unlock site you see out there is selling our stuff, repackaged in some form or another. Same goes for jailbreaks, although ih8sn0w and chronicdev are legit. Notice what all the legit ones have in common? They are free.
I suggest you read the full post at GeoHot’s blog. It’s worth it!

And remember, you should never ever have to pay for an unlock or jailbreak. If you can’t figure it out by yourself, come to this blog as we’re always up to date on the latest jailbreaks and unlocks news, with full detailed tutorials.

GeoHot Unlocks iPhone 3.1.2 Baseband 05.11.07 With BlackSn0w

GeoHot just published a video of the first unlocked iPhone running OS 3.1.2 and baseband 05.11.07 using BlackSn0w. Earlier this week, GeoHot was offered $10,000 to work on the 05.11.07 unlock. Initially, he said it would take him 24 hours. It’s been more than 24 hours but it’s still darn impressive.

BlackSn0w hasn’t been released to the public yet. My guess is that GeoHot is still testing it. BlackSn0w is supposed to work on both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS and will unlock to any carrier.

We don’t know when BlackSn0w will be released but I’ll sure try to be on top of it and let you guys know.

Are you excited?

BlackSn0w is the New iPhone Unlock

There is good news for those of you who accidentally updated their iPhone to firmware 3.1.2 in iTunes and updated the baseband to 05.11.07. After being offered a bounty of $10,000, GeoHot started working on BlackSn0w, an unlock for the iPhone 3.1.2 baseband 05.11.07, and it seems he’s getting closer to finding a solution.

In a blog post titled “A Heap of Trouble”, GeoHot posted the following image:

If you zoom in the image, you can read this:
hello there, this is geohot
this is the most complicated injection i have ever done, and it uses a public command
… prepare for blacksn0w, although i gotta still figure out this zamboni
GeoHot said on Twitter that BlackSn0w is still ways away so don’t expect it to be released tonight.

When I see how shaky BlackRa1n is, I will probably stay away from BlackSn0w and I will patiently wait for the Dev Team to release an update to UltraSn0w. That’s just me though.

Are you eager to get your hands on BlackSn0w? Will you use BlackSn0w, or like me, will you wait for the Dev Team to release their own iPhone unlock?