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New iPhone 3GS Unlock - Purplesn0w

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George Hotz the guy who brought us the purplera1n iPhone jailbreak software has now revealed a new unlocking solution for the iPhone 3GS called Purplesn0w, which does sound very similar to the iPhone Dev Teams solution Redsn0w.

It seems that George wasn’t happy with the latest version of the iPhone Dev Teams unlock tool so he decided to release his own.

First off, what is purplesn0w? It’s a soft unlock for your 3GS that I’d actually use day to day. It’s not a daemon that takes any resources, and it doesn’t add a task to your baseband. It’s very close to a true unlock. All it does is patch three files, CommCenter, lockdownd, and your wildcard activation plist (which you need, activate w at&t sim first, no hacktivation support yet). That’s it, no other files are installed.

So as you can see Hotz needs to do some more tweaking to get purplesn0w in pristine full working condition. If you do choose to use this software now be prepared to jump thru a few hoops such as having a legitimately activated AT&T sim card. On the bright side - Hotz claims that all of the issues people have had with ultrasn0w, such as Wi-Fi loss, battery fails, unlock fails, etc… are now gone if you use his unlock. If you can hold off for a day or two, do so as Hotz will release an update according to his twitter account.

For more info on purple ra1n or purple sn0w you can check out George’s Blog.

VIA [ GeekGadgets, TheiPhoneBlog ]

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