So, for those not in the know, many iPhone users with a version 1.1.2 out of box (OOB or OTB) iPhone have been unable to unlock their phones to use with more reasonable providers like T-Mobile or Sprint. While, 1.1.2 OOB iPhones can be jailbroken to add new apps (follow these instructions here), there’s been no unlock. Yet, recently, teenager George Holtz (GeoHot), the original iPhone unlocker, unlocked the 1.1.2 firmware. If you haven’t updated to update 1.1.3, this unlock may work for you. But as George warns, you may BRICK your iPhone if you don’t know what you’re doing. Be careful! Here are the instructions (from On the Iphone):
“First download this pack, you will need these files. This includes the NEW secpack, a new ieraser, a new testcode.bb, and a new iunlocker.
1. Copy all the files to a directory on your phone. It is imperative you do not shut off the phone after ieraser, or you cannot restore wifi, since the only fls which works on 4.6 is 1.1.3 Install mobileterminal before you begin, in case you lose wi-fi. Also I advise doing this on 1.0.2, since resetting the baseband doesn’t cause problems.
2. Run ienew. This is ieraser, and it erases your 1.1.2 firmware to allow the testpoint to work.
3. Find an old 3.9 nor dump and create a file called “nor” with the first 0×20000 bytes of the old nor dump. This is the 3.9 bootloader.
4. Copy “nor” into the folder and run iunew. This is iunlocker and runs just like the old one. You will need the A17 testpoint on before running this. See Step 3 for info on this testpoint. If you restarted and lost wi-fi, it is fine. Just run it from mobileterminal.
5. The bootloader is now 3.9!!! Run bbupdater or restore phone with the AnySimmable firmware of your choice.
6. Run AnySim and, as usual, enjoy your unlocked iPhone.”
Additionally, the software unlock for 1.1.2 is nearly completed- this way, iPhone users won’t have to downgrade to 1.0.3, jail break, and then upgrade back up to 1.1.2. If you don’t feel confident in your mad haxx0r abilities, you can always try to purchase a TurboSim from eBay with the necessary software changes installed.
It’s that time of year again, and Cute and Adorable Gadgets is proud to provide you with a list of popular gadgets for your friends, family, and co-workers during the Holiday Season.
Rock Band: One of the most popular and anticipated games of this year, especially among teens, the Rock Band bundle retails for $170 from Amazon and other retailers. Since Rock Band is in such great demand, you might one to pick one up ASAP.
Guitar Hero III: Guitar Hero III is on almost every video gamer’s wish list for Christmas. Buy the bundle from Amazon for a price of $90.
Wii: The Wii has the broadest appeal of all gaming devices; it has converted many a non-gamer and continues to intrigue gamers across a wide spectrum of age. Because it’s so popular, the Wii is hard to find. If you’re lucky, you might be able to find one with this Wii Tracker.
Canon Powershot SD850 IS: As a top rated camera, the Canon Powershot SD850 is a good camera for beginners and intermediate consumers and comes packed with picture settings. Pick one up from Amazon for $250.
Nikon D80: The feature packed DSLR camera, the D80, makes a great gift for more advanced camera users. Buy one here for $780.
Apple’s iPod Touch: This is probably the best designed mp3 player on the market. In addition to looking good, the iPod touch has a touch screen (duh) and comes in 8 or 16GB. Buy from Apple for $300 or $400. If price is a problem, then check out the iPod Nano (starting at $150) or iPod Shuffle ($79).
Creative Zen: Although the Creative Zen isn’t as popular as the iPod, the Zen still boasts tons of features that the iPod lacks (like an FM tuner, significantly greater battery life, or expandable memory for example). Buy here from Creative for a starting price of $79 for the 2GB version.
Nokia N810 Internet Tablet: The Nokia N810 is the phone closest to a laptop. Buy the Internet tablet here for $459, and allow that special someone to check their email and web-browse wherever his or her heart desires.
iPhone: The iPhone is all the rage among consumers. As long as the gift receiver isn’t expecting a business smart-phone, the iPhone is a sure bet. Buy from Apple for $400.
Nokia N95: The perfect phone for a business person. Buy the Nokia N95 here for $750 and bring the joy of Christmas in the form of a multi-media device.
Helio Ocean: The funky dual sliding Helio Ocean is a big hit among teens. Buy the Helio Ocean from Helio for $200.
LG Choclate VX8550: The LG Chocolate is the it phone of 2007. Buy one from Verizon for $88.
Alienware Area 51 m9750: The 17 inch gaming laptop from Alienware is not for the faint of heart. As ZDNET writes “It’s really hard to put it down into words just how good this notebook is without making everything sound like marketing hype.” Buy one from Alienware, starting at $1,699.
Macbook: A cute, well designed, affordable notebook is hard to come by these days. Additionally, it can run Windows through Boot Camp or Parallels. Check it out here (it retails starting at $1,099).
Eye-Fi Wireless 2GB SD Card: The Eye-Fi Wireless 2GB SD Card wirelessly uploads pictures to your computer. Although it’s a bit expensive ($99), it would make a great gift for a techie. Buy from Amazon here.
Pleo: This robot dinosaur never ceases to amuse me. Buy it from Amazon for $350. In order to ensure that you get one in time for Christmas, you might want to check Ebay (Amazon is currently out of stock).
Robot R2D2: This will please the Star Wars fans: a Robot R2D2 from Hammacher Schlemmer for $120.
Garmin Nuvi 660: Or any comparable GPS device, for that matter. Buy from Amazon for $475.
DeLonghi CGH800-U Retro Panini Press: Not all people are technology geeks, but everyone loves a good melted sandwich. You can find the DeLonghi Panini Press at Amazon for $74.
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 Noise Cancelling Headphones: Noise cancelling headphones are all the rage these days, and these Audio-Technica headphones reduce environmental noise by up to 85%. Buy here for $125.
And this concludes Cute and Adorable Gadgets’ Holiday Gift List for 2007. Hopefully, this gift guide will aide you during the Christmas rush. Merry Christmas!!
If you have a predilection for touchscreen phone devices, you might want to check out the Samsung Armani P520. The classy P520 has a gorgeous 2.6 inch display, Bluetooth 2.0 and AD2P, a 3.15 megapixel camera, microSD storage, and Tri-Band GSM with EDGE connectivity. A huge competitor for the iPhone, the Samsung Armani P520 is sure to snag tons of stylish consumers. The release date and price are currently unknown.
The Nokia 8800 Arte and Sapphire Arte are ridiculously glitzy cell phones for the rich. Soon to retail at €1,000 for the Arte and €1,500 for the Sapphire Arte in either quarter 4 of 2007 or quarter 1 of 2008, these two phones are decked out to impress. They both have a 2.0 inch QVGA OLED display, a 3.2 megapixel camera, 1 GB of built in memory, an anti-fingerprint coating on the metal and glass, and come with a leather pouch. The Arte and Sapphire Arte have a “turn to mute” feature, which enables users to mute their phones merely by turning them over. Additionally, these phones ship with Nokia’s BH-803 noise canceling Bluetooth headset. For more information, click here.
One of the most gorgeous, jaw dropping phones was just released by Sony Ericsson- the W380 Clamshell Walkman phone. With a 3.2 megapixel camera, up to 2 GB of memory, FM Radio, MP3/AAC/AAC+ Support, and sleek design,t he W380 is sure to rock the house when it launches in Quarter 1 of 2008.
Specifications for the Sony Ericsson W380:
- Band – GSM 850/1800/1900MHz or GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
- Data- GPRS/EDGE
- Size – 92mm x 49mm x 16mm (3.6″ x 1.9″ x 0.6″)
- Weight – 100g (3.5oz)
- Battery Life – Up to 12.5 days standby; Up to 7 hours talk time
- Main Display – 1.9″ 262k color TFT, 176×220 pixel resolution
- Sub-Display – 38×128 pixel resolution OLED
- Camera – 1.3 megapixel
- Video – Video capture/playback
- Messaging – MMS/SMS
- Email – POP/IMAP/SMTP
- Bluetooth – Yes, A2DP (stereo)
- Memory – 14MB, Memory Stick Micro card slot
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