- 08-01-2009, 07:30 AM #26
- 08-01-2009, 09:16 AM #27
- 08-08-2009, 06:06 AM #28
iPhone 3G, 2.2.1, locked. Should I upgrade?
thank you in advance for any answer.
I just bought an used iPhone 3G and it is locked. I read some forum about the 2.2.1 where they say the only way to unlock it is to use a turbo sim cause of the firmware (I guess is because of it, not sure). I wonder if upgrading it to 3.0.1 will be easier to unlock it.
When I plug it to iTunes it says he doesn't recognize the sim card, should I borrow a AT&T sim card from my girlfriend and try to connect with that one? She has a regular contract with that company but I am a T-Mobile lover. Cause of that I have to find the way to unlock my new phone. I really hope you guys can do something for me.
Have a great week end!
Thank you again,
- 08-08-2009, 08:31 AM #29
- 08-08-2009, 09:10 AM #30
- 08-08-2009, 09:27 AM #31
- 08-09-2009, 06:53 PM #32
Cool, for future reference and for people that have a 3G, just update everything, download Redsn0w and the .ipsw file that you need when asked during the installation. The only thing I noticed is that you have to use firefox to download it, don't use safari!
Follow instruction that you can easily find on google *( I am not allowed to put a link here) and after jailbreak it you can unlock it. It works with me, everything is fine. I use tmobile data plan (tzone $4.99), mobile me, itunes for sync, everything is perfect.
Thank you Tramain.
- 08-10-2009, 03:42 PM #33
3Gs & redsn0w - black screen, no reboot
I have a two month old 3Gs which I use on Tmo. I downloaded redsn0w to jailbreak. When iTunes did the 3.01 upgrade it told me that I had an unsupported sim but the upgrade appears to have finished. I unplugged the phone and pulled the sim. Then, I ran redsn0w and started the upgrade. It has now been sitting at the "Waiting for reboot" screen for over ten minutes.
What do I do and where to I go from here?
- 08-10-2009, 04:35 PM #34
- 08-10-2009, 05:13 PM #35
- 08-10-2009, 05:27 PM #36
Ok, just did a restore and now its telling me that the phone is not activated. IOW, the phone is bricked. When I put the Tmo sim in it it brings up an emergency call screen but I can't get back into the iphone.
I'm going to toss this piece of s**t and Apple can kiss my a**. An app store where they decide what you can get, what words are ok for you to see and they make sure that nothing that might compete with them or AT&T is allowed to get in there either.
I will check back in here for the next couple of days to see if anyone has any ideas but I don't think it looks good right now.
- 08-10-2009, 05:35 PM #37
- 08-10-2009, 05:49 PM #38
Tramain, thank you again for the advice. I will give that a try but when I do that it just sits at waiting for reboot. It says it could take up to 5 minutes but I've left it there for up to 30 minutes and nothing happens.
One question. At the end of the jailbreak process with redsn0w it says to release the power button but not the home button. Am I supposed to keep holding the home button down until it reboots automatically?
- 08-10-2009, 06:00 PM #39
- 08-10-2009, 06:30 PM #40
Pulled the sim, turned off the phone, ran redsn0w followed the instructions and when it told me to release the power button I did and kept on holding the home button down. I saw it say that it uploaded the ram disk and there seemed to be a quick reboot but I wasn't sure it happened too fast. I kept on holding the home button and it is now on the screen that says "Please wait while your device is being jailbroken" and below it says "Please wait for Reboot". That's where it sits, it doesn't reboot and the "finish" button never becomes active.
- 08-10-2009, 06:37 PM #41
- 08-10-2009, 08:05 PM #42
Ok, its been two hours now and its still sitting on that same screen. Let me give you a step by step of what I'm doing and maybe you can point out something that I'm doing wrong.
Turn off the phone
select the downloaded file (I'm positive its the right one because I downloaded from the link you provided)
Attach to usb cable, make sure phone stays off or turn it off again
I follow the direction exactly as they appear on the screen
The next part is where I may be having a problem.
I see it upload the ramdisk to the phone and the phone blips for a second. It runs the first upload and then it runs the second while I'm still holding the home button. At that point it goes to the last page where it says that redsnow is now jailbreaking and below that it says Waiting for Reboot. Then I take my finger off the home button and wait. I did try keeping my finger on the home button on that screen but gave up after about 10 minutes because nothing happened.
- 08-10-2009, 08:18 PM #43
- 08-10-2009, 08:39 PM #44
Tramain, I've tried it both ways, it just won't finish. I've restored from iTunes and run redsn0w over and over. I held the button, I've taken my finger off the home button and it still is always the same. I guess the phone is trashed unless possibly an AT&T sim is put in with a valid account.
I'm going to give it one last try, I don't know why I'm going to bother again but if it fails again I think I'm gonna just take a hammer to the phone and go in another direction.
Thanks for all the help, it is sincerely appreciated.
- 08-11-2009, 01:09 PM #45iPhone Beginner
- 79 Posts
Edit: I see you have a 3Gs you are using the 3.0 IPSW for the 3Gs, right?
If not or not sure, here is the link for the 3Gs 3.0 ipsw
Last edited by CorvZ061; 08-11-2009 at 01:16 PM.
- 08-11-2009, 02:25 PM #46
Thanks to Tramain, the phone is now upgraded to 3.01, jailbroken again, this time using redsn0w and unlocked with ultrasn0w. I had downloaded the wrong firmware upgrade file which is why it wasn't working. Tramain got the right file and got the phone back and running. Added a lot of new stuff that I had not yet played with, some of which is lots of fun, some is ok but I'm looking forward to playing with this thing.
I want to emphasize one thing and that is: KUDOS TO TRAMAIN
No Tramain, no iphone because I was getting nowhere. And would I have taken a hammer to the phone? Hell yes I would.
- 08-12-2009, 12:21 PM #47iPhone Nanite
- 2 Posts
WOW! what a great thread. glad to find it.
alright so here is my scenario, I bought an iphone 3g from ebay. it came locked and not jailbroken, my friend jailbroke it for me and unlocked so i can use it with muy tmobile sim.
Now, i messed with cydia, and decided to restore the phone back to its factory settings through iphone, so i did. The issue iam having, is inorder for me to jailbreak it, i will need atleast to connet my iphone to itunes, and activate it, however, i tunes is telling me that it cann;t be done because the phone is not activated, so i think i need an att sim. what do u guys think?
- 08-12-2009, 03:51 PM #48
No, you do not need an AT&T sim. This is exactly what happened to me with my 3Gs on Tmo. You just need to remove the sim and jailbreak and unlock the phone. Then when you put the Tmo sim back in it will find the Tmo signal.
If the phone is 3.0 then I would use purplera1in and ultrasn0w.
- 08-12-2009, 03:53 PM #49
Uh, you don't mention whether the phone is running 3.0 or 3.01. If its running 3.01 then you'll need to use redsn0w to jailbreak. If that's the case be SURE that you download the correct firmware file. I didn't do that and I spent hours trying to jailbreak the phone. Thought I had wrecked the thing and was ready to give up when Tramain jumped in to help me.