Been waiting for an unlock for your iPhone 3GS? Thanks to George Hotz, who goes by the handle of Geohot and offers the blackra1n unlock tool, a new version – blacksn0w – capable of unlocking iPhone OS 3.1.2 will be launched on November 4th. According to Hotz, one unlocking company has gone as far as to offer him $10,000 for the necessary code; however the good news is that the blacksn0w unlock will remain free.
Problem is, that won’t stop various less-than-honest unlock merchants from “borrowing” blacksn0w and charging iPhone owners for what they could readily do themselves for free. Hotz is asking people to share the information about his – and the iPhone Dev Team’s – offerings, to try to reduce the number of people conned into paying unnecessarily.
Video demo of the unlock after the cut
blacksn0w will support hacktivation of iPhones delivered running the latest firmware, so if you can pick up a handset without AT&T (or whichever regional carrier offers the smartphone near you) then you don’t even have to go through the rigmarole of activating it and then cancelling your contract. Demo of the unlock – which only takes seconds – in the vide below.