Geohot Releases BlackSn0w: Free Solution to Unlock iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G running iPhone OS 3.1.2 and Baseband 05.11.07

BY Jason

Published 3 Nov 2009

New Geohot jailbreak update to jailbreak via baseband unlocking

Geohot has released blacksn0w to unlock iPhone running iPhone OS 3.1.2 and baseband 05.11.07.

Along with blacksn0w, Geohot is also releasing sa new version of his popular and extremely simple iPhone jailbreaking tool blackra1n RC3, with hactivation support, 15 second speed improvement, Tiger+PPC support, and installation of the latest

He has provided the following details on his blog for users who have already used blackra1n to jailbreak their iPhone:

If you are a loyal blackra1n user who kept the on your iPhone, run it. You will see Icy replaced by an option "ra1n". Install this to upgrade your app. After upgrading, run again. You will see "sn0w". Install this, and enjoy your unlocked iPhone.

If you’re planning to unlock your iPhone for the first time then he has the following instructions for you:

If you are new to the scene, just looking for an unlock, finally ready to upgrade to 3.1.2 and the accompanying baseband, willing to restore for the latest and greatest, or stuck on the "Connect to iTunes" screen, you are in luck. Jailbreaking and unlocking have never been easier. Go to, click on the logo corresponding to your operating system, run the app, and click "make it ra1n". When your phone reboots, you'll see Run this, install blacksn0w, and enjoy your unlocked iPhone.

He also plans to release blacksn0w via Cydia so you can install it if you have jailbroken your iPhone using PwnageTool.

If you jailbroke using pwnage or deleted your, you are in luck too. Sometime later in the sn0wday, blacksn0w will be added to Cydia.

Blacksn0w will unlock iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, if you are an iPhone 2G user then Geohot has provided the following instructions:

If you are on a 2G iPhone, blacksn0w isn't an option for you. But BootNeuter is, a completely free permanent unlock for your 2G. Of course, blackra1n will work great, and even hacktivate for you.

Geohot recommends:

Clean firmware 3.1.2 and baseband 05.11.07 are recommended.

You can install blacksn0w on your iPhone to unlock it using  blackra1n. You can download the latest version of blackra1n from this link.


Geohot has also release blacksn0w via Cydia. To install it on your iPhone, add as repository.

Please remember hacking your iPhone could void its warranty. So please proceed with caution and at your own risk. It is always a good idea to take a backup of your iPhone before you hack it, refer to this post for more details.

If the solutions works for you, don’t forget to drop over at the blackra1n’s website to give Geohot a donation for all his hard work.

As always, if you give it a shot let us know how it goes.

[via Geohot’s blog]

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