Great news iPhone 3GS users, we have confirmation that very soon we will have a baseband 5.12.01 unlock tool that will allow iPhone 3GS users running OS 3.1.3 to get rid of their baseband lock. It seems that the release of this awesome feature is really near as per the following twitter conversation between two iDevice hacking experts, as you can see below:
@MuscleNerd Will there be a unlock software out for 3gs 3.1.3 baseband 05.12.01 when the new iPhone 4g comes out?
@EmmanueGT yep..so don’t see or give away your 3GS 🙂 ( at same time, remember not to accept Apple FW upgrades in future)
We can assume that this baseband unlock will be released as soon as the new iPhone 4 is unveiled. again, if you are stuck on a locked baseband and want to abandon your iPhone, don’t do so and wait for 3 or 4 more days until the baseband unlock is released by the Dev team.
It can be really frustrating to have a device that you paid for, without the ability to use it on a carrier of your choice when need be. It makes sense for carriers to want to keep you from switching to another carrier for everyday use when you’ve bought the device from them at a cheap rate due to your contract with them, there is still justification for using the phone on other carriers elsewhere. If you are travelling in an area where your carrier doesn’t provide good coverage, or any coverage at all, you might want to swap your SIM with another pre-paid SIM. If you are roaming abroad, you might want to switch to a local carrier and save up on high roaming charges. There may be other legitimate use scenarios as well, in addition to these.
We will keep you updated on this and will give you detailed instruction on how to go about unlocking your baseband 5.12.01 as soon as it is released.
Update: The unlock for all basebands, including baseband 05.12.01 is out. Check it out here.