1. 4boostin's Avatar
    I recently traded my T-Mobile Blackberry for an Unlocked/Jail Broken 2G iphone, so I'm a newbie to iphones and never used itunes. I'm really enjoying the iphone and have a couple of questions. The software version is 3.0.1......

    What will syncing with itunes erase? I don't want to loose my contacts or apps.

    Is there a way to put music on my iphone without using itunes?

    How important is it to upgrade the firmware/software?
    12-31-2009 10:48 AM
  2. Alli's Avatar
    If this phone has been sync'd to another computer, it will erase everything. If you have never done a sync, there's nothing to erase. (?!)

    You will probably want to update your firmware, and that will require that you then re-jailbreak and unlock your 2G. (See the detailed instructions in the j/b forum - it's easy.)

    No, you are stuck using iTunes for your music and photos on an iPhone.

    Not that important, but why would you not do it?
    12-31-2009 10:58 AM
  3. LVCIFER's Avatar
    Okay, it truly is simple even though all the steps might be intimidating. Just follow EACH step, focus on only that step, complete it, then move to the next.

    You WILL want to upgrade to the newest 3.1.2.

    However, if you sync, you'll lose everything if it's a new computer, as the above poster said.

    However, there are computer programs outthere like CopyTrans that will allow you to copy your iPod/iPhone content to your computer so that you can then enter it into iTunes. Google is your friend here.


    Don't download any firmwares from any sites. There's no need to even use PwnageTool right now either. Connect your 2G 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 s 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, 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.

    Once blackra1n.app is installed, choose to install Cydia from the blackra1n.app on your springboard (iPhone homescreen). 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.

    After installing it, 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...

    In Cydia, search for the app BootNeuter and install the app. Open BootNeuter and make sure the settings match are exactly as follows:

    Version: 4.6
    Neuter: On
    Faceblank: Off
    Baseband: Unlock

    Then tap "Flash" in the upper right corner to unlock.

    Reboot your iPhone. Insert SIM card of your choice. Reboot your iPhone.

    If you have data or MMS problems (you can install "Native MMS 2G" from Cydia), you may want to google or wikipedia "iPhone APN Settings" to find a way to fix those issues. However, if the plan for the 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 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.
    12-31-2009 11:13 AM
  4. 4boostin's Avatar
    What do you mean by everything? How can I save my contacts and apps? My contacts are on the sim card. Will they get erased?
    12-31-2009 11:13 AM
  5. LVCIFER's Avatar
    No. Once you do all the steps I mentioed, go into Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then select the "Import SIM Contacts". That's how you do the SIM thing.
    12-31-2009 11:21 AM
  6. 4boostin's Avatar
    Do I need to take out the SIM card to upgrade to the new firmware? The instructions say when to put the SIM card into the iphone after restoring thru itunes, but at what point do I remove the SIM card? Before starting the process?
    12-31-2009 03:09 PM
  7. LVCIFER's Avatar
    Well, if you have one, even if it's NOT an active AT&T SIM card, activate it with tht SIM card as it will fix the other issues. And I would just leave the SIM card in during the restore.
    12-31-2009 04:43 PM