1. oilman4345's Avatar
    I live in UK and have a contract with Vodafone. 3 months ago, I wanted an IPhone 3GS and thus had to buy one which was new but "unlocked". I then inserted my Vodafone Sim. The instructions with the new phone told me not to update software to 3.1.2 and so, I have not.
    Next month, Vodafone in the UK will have the IPhone. Am I then able to upgrade the software on my phone to the latest Rev and for everything to work as normal.?
    12-29-2009 08:55 AM
  2. BENGRIMM's Avatar
    You can upgrade right now and rejailbreak and unlock with Blackra1n . Just go that route dont even worry about Vodafone , your service should get better when they swicth there network up .
    12-29-2009 10:22 AM
  3. oilman4345's Avatar
    Thanks for that. However, I am a REAL novice at this. Is there a link to a "step by step" process to follow to do this? I am currently on 3.0 software.
    12-29-2009 10:36 AM
  4. Tramain's Avatar
    Go here and Click Learn How for a step by step guide on how to update.
    Then go to Blackra1n.com and download Blackra1n to jailbreak/Unlock.

    12-29-2009 10:51 AM
  5. oilman4345's Avatar
    Sorry to be so persistant, but my computer is a PC with Windows XP. Does the same "Blackrain" Jailbreak work with this???
    12-29-2009 11:19 AM
  6. Tramain's Avatar
    Sorry to be so persistant, but my computer is a PC with Windows XP. Does the same "Blackrain" Jailbreak work with this???
    Yes, Blackra1n works with windows XP.
    12-29-2009 11:23 AM
  7. LVCIFER's Avatar

    Don't download any firmwares from any sites. There's no need to even use PwnageTool right now either. Connect your 3G[s] to iTunes. (Hopefully, you're running the newest version of iTunes) When it asks you if you want to update your iPhone, SAY YES. This will erase any an all jailbreak and unlocks previously there. DON'T PANIC.

    Download and install the official firmware, 3.1.2 from iTunes.

    Go to blackra1n.com and download blackra1n.

    Now, after you restore from iTunes, when everything is about 98% done, it will ask you to insert the SIM card that came with your phone from AT&T. If you have AT&T, great. If you don't, a/k/a T-Mobile, INSERT THAT SIM CARD, and then follow these instructions.

    Open up blackra1n on your PC, and then click "Make it rain" and jailbreak your phone. This will also 'hacktivate' your phone with your alternate SIM card. (Note: follow directions at the end of this post to fix Push Notifications, YouTube and WiFi for hacktivated iPhones)

    YOU MAY NEED TO ATTEMPT THIS MULTIPLE TIMES FOR IT TO WORK CORRECTLY. Sometimes there are minor errors. Let it do it's thing. It is okay and even somewhat expected.

    Once blackra1n.app is installed to your springboard (a/k/a iPhone home screen), choose to install "sn0w"( a/k/a blacksn0w) from your iPhone. Once again, make sure it that you connect to WiFi first. It will be the only way you can install Cydia/Rock if you're not on AT&T.

    1) Open up the "blackra1n.app" on your iPhone.
    2) Tap on "sn0w" until a green check mark appears next to it.
    3) Tap "install".
    4) Watch for the splash screen telling you that it was successful.
    5) Turn your iPhone off.
    6) Insert your SIM card.
    7) Turn the iPhone back on.

    After installing sn0w, install Cydia.

    1) Open up the "blackra1n.app" on your iPhone.
    2) Tap on "Cydia" until a green check mark appears next to it.
    3) Tap "install".

    Cydia will ask you questions, and to update. Select "Graphical User", and "Update All". Let it restart and reboot. Once it does it's thing...

    If you have data or MMS problems with ANY carrier, you may want to google or wikipedia "iPhone APN Settings" to find a way to fix those issues. However, if the plan for the cell carrier SIM card you've inserted does not include data, then your Internet/e-Mail/maps/gps etc won't work. You will have to add data/MMS to that SIM cards plan for them to officially work.

    Voil. You're updated, jailbroken, and unlocked on the newest OS.

    For some, the new blackra1n HACKTIVATED jailbreak was causing problems with Wi-Fi, YouTube, and Push Notifications. Here is a quick guide on how to fix these problems.

    1. Go to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings, then click "OK"
    2. Reboot your iPhone, when it comes back on WiFi should be fixed, but next time you reboot you have to do this again.

    YouTube and Push Notifications for "hacktivated" iPhones.

    1. Go to Cydia
    2. Tap Manage at the bottom
    3. Tap Sources
    4. Tap edit in the right hand corner
    5. Tap add.
    6. Type cydia.iphoneil.net
    7. Tap done
    8. Search for "PushFix" and tap on the first result
    9. Install then confirm
    10. Reboot your iPhone.
    12-29-2009 12:48 PM
  8. oilman4345's Avatar

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to my question.

    I do have one more issue (I think).

    It seems to be that once I install Blackra1n, I am on a "tethered" jailbreak which would necessitate re-doing every time I switch the phone off!. Am I correct?

    If so, I cannot live with this as I travel by air VERY frequently,and thus switch the phone off during the flight, whilst needing it again on my arrival.

    Going back to my original question , (if I can live without jailbreaking), will I be able to update my currently unlocked IPhone software to 3.1.2 AND have the phone work normally once Vodafone UK release the IPhone in mid January (I have a vodafone SIM contract).
    12-30-2009 07:18 AM
  9. sargd66's Avatar
    When ur flying just put it on airplane mode and keep a juice pack handy in case your battery gets low.
    12-30-2009 09:12 AM
  10. Alli's Avatar
    If you haven't even updated to 3.1.2 yet, you are not a candidate for a tethered jailbreak, and the point is moot. This is only a problem with the new 3GS models that come with 3.1.2 installed (along with the new modem software).
    12-30-2009 09:52 AM
  11. LVCIFER's Avatar
    Let's simplify this - go to Settings>General>About, and take a look at your serial number. It should look something like this:

    72638MK26HR (Fake SN)

    now, ignore the rest of it, so that only the 4th & 5th alphanumeric keys are visible. Example:

    xxx38xxxxxx (See?)

    if those digits are HIGHER than 40, it's safe to assume you will have a tethered jailbreak.
    12-30-2009 10:21 AM
  12. oilman4345's Avatar
    Done: My 4th and 5th digits are 36 . What now, please!!
    12-30-2009 10:28 AM
  13. LVCIFER's Avatar
    Now, follow the guide I posted yesterday in this thread, step-by-step, and you'll be able to enjoy your newly unlocked and jailbroken iPhone.
    12-30-2009 10:35 AM
  14. LVCIFER's Avatar
    Take it slow. I know it seems like a lot of steps. Compartmentalize. Focus only on the current step. Complete it. Move on to the next. Everything should work fine.
    12-30-2009 10:37 AM
  15. oilman4345's Avatar
    Thanks again.
    As I am off on holiday tomorrow I will be ready to do this on my return.
    12-30-2009 11:36 AM
  16. LVCIFER's Avatar
    Sounds good. Let me know how it goes.
    12-30-2009 12:05 PM