Unlocking an iPhone 3G with 2.1 firmware


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Jul 13, 2008
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I've done nothing but read about the iPhone and all the lovely features, etc, etc. But, I'm still rather confused.

Some people / web sites seem to say jail braking and unlocking (i.e. using the device on another carrier) is the same thing. Where as other web sites explain it differently.

So, if one wants to unlock an iPhone to use on another carrier than AT&T, is that in fact jail braking it?

I just wish AT&T offered better service in my area. T-Mobile seems to be the king where I am, at present...

Thanks in advance for the clarification(s).


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Mar 27, 2005
No... they are NOT the same thing. Jailbreaking gives you the ability to add applications via the Installer app and Cydia.

Unlocking is the act of unlocking the phone to use with another carrier besides AT&T. Simple as that. Hope this helps clear things up for you.


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Oct 9, 2008
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i have unlocked my iphone 3G with the help of rebel sim card.

it works like charm. i suggest you to use rebel simcard to unlock iphone.


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Aug 26, 2008
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I've seen the same thing. Some people think that jailbreaking is called unlocking. What Ash said is correct. The hackers that have jailbroken the iphones have been trying to unlock the 3G for a long time now, and, as far as I can tell are nowhere close. Unfortunately, if unlocking is a big thing for you, a software solution won't be available anytime soon.

I've heard mixed things about simcard unlocks. Personally, I'm sticking with AT&T, but sympathize with those that want to switch.


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Oct 27, 2008
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I have also bought and I'm using the Rebel SIM. I paid ?30 for a special offer and they sent me 3 very thin wafer-like sims, with a tiny processor on them. I also recd a special hole punch with a template for cutting a hole in your mobile phone SIM. This is so that the tiny processor can fit through the hole. They also send a programmable SIM reader so that you can update the SIMs they send you if the "unlock code" in the chip stops working due to an Apple update.
Finally they sent three Pay as you go SIMs, I guess to practice cutting holes in, but it was so simple they were unnecessary.
I cut the hole in my Tmobile SIM, place the Rebel SIM on top of it and inserted it back in the Iphone 3G and presto hey it works. Thats all there is to it.
Ok to be honest there was a bit more, where I specified in the phone settings what data network to connect to and what the username and password were, they are easy to find on the internet. This was only necessary for the internet/data stuff, the phone was able to make calls and receive calls without that. And it does display the Tmobile 3G symbol.
You should be aware of a few things:
1. When you try to sync with iTunes, it knows that you have an invalid SIM, but it won't stop you from syncing.
2. You can't connect to the app store. If you want to, then borrow an O2 SIM download the apps you want then put your own SIM back in.
3. Be patient!!! I turned the iphone on and off loads of time to try to get it to pick up the Tmobile network, in retrospect I should have just waited longer.
4. My wife used the phone whilst she was in South Africa and it just picked up Tmob partner out there, she didn't change any settings on her phone. She did turn off the data services! Otherwise I think it still connects to the UK data network and you get a massive bill.
5. I did use the dev team 2.1 jailbreak to pwn the phone. Not sure if this really made any difference to anything.
6. I used the Rebel SIM in my old 2G iphone and it worked fine there too.
7. It also worked in a Tmobile Vario2.

So all in all worth the money, in my opinion.

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