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  • iPhone 3GS Unlocked!


    This is kind of old news - but I realized a lot of folks may not have put two and two together.

    ultrasn0w has been out for a while, and has always been known to work on the 3GS "as soon as it was jailbroken" so it could be installed - how could you install it without a jailbreak.

    And now, purplera1n has jailbroken the 3GS for both Windows and OS X users.

    So how do you unlock?

    Easy - jailbreak from either Windows or OS X, then install ultrasn0w. Done.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 3GS Unlocked! started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 119 Comments
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Remember to turn off 3G for all the T-Mobile USA users.
    1. reddevilseye's Avatar
      reddevilseye -
      and daaaaaaaa to who still asking if it can be unlocked
    1. foureight84's Avatar
      foureight84 -
      There is still problems for T-Mobile customers, not to mention wifi drops.
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      All you need to do is turn on Airplane mode after running ultrasn0w, then turn off the phone. Power it back on and then turn Airplane mode off and you should be able to use the phone without any problems. I unlocked my new 3GS last night and this is how I got it to work. The Airplane toggle will need to be done anytime the phone is power cycled as well. I am making calls, SMS, MMS, Data and WiFi flawlessly on T-Mobile.
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      I guess purplera1n does not work for 3.1. I should have guessed have before I tried. O well my iPhone is restoring know.


      Is there anything I need to do the get this done?
    1. foureight84's Avatar
      foureight84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kruejl View Post
      All you need to do is turn on Airplane mode after running ultrasn0w, then turn off the phone. Power it back on and then turn Airplane mode off and you should be able to use the phone without any problems. I unlocked my new 3GS last night and this is how I got it to work. The Airplane toggle will need to be done anytime the phone is power cycled as well. I am making calls, SMS, MMS, Data and WiFi flawlessly on T-Mobile.
      I will give this a try. I must have missed this tip earlier.

      EDIT: Still getting WIFI drops.
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      ^^^No prob, I just posted it.
    1. Ruud's Avatar
      Ruud -
      he he... I love it when others do the hard work for you... 3Gs rocks, got it the other day... now I hope it will turn brown as they promised
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      I've got a question for t mobile users - how much are u guys paying a month and are u on a contract under the iPhone?

      Also do u get Internet with the service and how quick is it?


      Thanks
    1. cyrusthevirus's Avatar
      cyrusthevirus -
      Quote Originally Posted by timbo View Post
      I guess purplera1n does not work for 3.1. I should have guessed have before I tried. O well my iPhone is restoring know.


      Is there anything I need to do the get this done?
      pretty sure u cant unlock your iphone anymore since 3.1 updates your baseband and restoring to 3.0 doesnt put it back. Tough. Should have read the warnings all along
    1. Ale_lock's Avatar
      Ale_lock -
      Quote Originally Posted by timbo View Post
      I guess purplera1n does not work for 3.1. I should have guessed have before I tried. O well my iPhone is restoring know.


      Is there anything I need to do the get this done?
      If you have fw3.1 (beta?) installed, I think you may have locked yourself out of unlocking.
    1. itaintrite's Avatar
      itaintrite -
      Ultrasn0w has mixed results. Personally, it broke my Wifi and Cydia AND doesn't work.

      Unless 3.1 upgraded the baseband, I'm pretty sure Ultrasn0w will still work. Assuming you can jailbreak 3.1 that is.
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ale_lock View Post
      If you have fw3.1 (beta?) installed, I think you may have locked yourself out of unlocking.
      F#$K I upgraded before all the warnings... I should know better. O Well I have faith in the dev team.

      I done want to unlock.... I just want to jailbreak. Is there now way....
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      It broke my WiFi too until I did the Airplane mode toggle.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      UltraSn0w is not supported under PurpleRain.
      It should work but doesn't always - if it doesn't please don't ask at the Dev Team blog for support!
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      question, when I jailbreak it, is there any further need to have freeze there or can i just delete it with cydelete? (will i ever need "Freeze" again)
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      I just hid Freeze with SBSettings.
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kruejl View Post
      I just hid Freeze with SBSettings.
      oh thats a good idea..

      just jailbroke it on windows vista 32bit.
      worked like a freakin charm.

      thanks to everybody for inputting their results. that was good research.
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      feel free to delete the Freeze app with Cydelete. its pretty much taking useless space.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      O2 Ireland are due to get more stock of the iPhone 3Gs on Tuesday so this is great news for me, as I have a 32GB preordered! Woo!