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  • [ RELEASE ] 3G iPhone Unlocked - Eat the yellowsn0w


    You've waited. You've watched. You've waited more. Now... its here!

    The Dev Team has released yellowsn0w, the 3G iPhone unlock. Its available NOW via Cydia, you'll need to add their source (check the release post for the URL - they'd prefer sites didn't link the repo url) then check your Changes tab - yellowsn0w should be right on top. If you don't know how, here's how to add a source in Cydia. Refresh if you don't see it. If you're reading this later, just search for yellowsn0w in Cydia (making sure of course you've added their source). As guessed (and confirmed a bit later) from their post earlier today, IT WORKS WITH THE 02.28.00 BASEBAND version - in fact, ONLY for that baseband version. Meaning yes, you will need to update in iTunes and then use PwnageTool on a freshly updated 2.2 iPhone if you DON'T have 02.28.00 right now. Running the unlock on older basebands will simply cause it to exit, and do nothing. "No harm, no foul."

    All you do is go to the package in Cydia and install just like you'd install any other package. Boom - restart the iPhone, and...

    ...wait for the slide to unlock screen, then wait 10 or 15 secs more. If you don’t see your carrier name pop up, then remove your SIM, reinsert it, and wait 10 secs more. This is the step we’ll be working on eliminating next.
    Then you're unlocked. A quick note for users whose SIM cards come preinstalled with menus or apps on them, you'll

    ...need to pull and reinsert the SIM once after rebooting the phone to engage the unlock. Even though it’s needed only once per boot, it’s still a nuisance and we’ll be fixing that ASAP... You’ll know if you fall into that “extra step” category if your carrier doesn’t show up within about 10 seconds of the slide to unlock screen.

    There is a known issue with SIM cards that have STK (SIM Toolkit) application menus, these menus are usually items such as “top up” “get credit” etc. These menu items confuse the application sometimes, removing and reinserting the SIM fixes this issue.
    Answers to some potential questions:

    My modem software says I have {less than 02.28.00} - can I still unlock?
    Yes, but you have to upgrade your baseband to 02.28.00 before you do anything. First restore completely to 2.2 in iTunes (just connect the iPhone to the computer, go to the iPhone tab in iTunes, and press Restore in the version area).You can follow this guide to jailbreak after, then install the unlock from Cydia.

    Is this permanent? In other words, will I be able to upgrade my firmware when the next one comes out and keep my unlock?
    No. This is a soft[ware] unlock, not a hardware unlock, so you'll need to do as we've mostly been doing - wait to upgrade on new firmwares (all current firmwares are unlockable as of now) until the Dev Team releases a patch. Of course we'll have details for you every time Apple comes out with a firmware update.

    What if I WANT to remove the unlock?
    yellowsn0w is completely removable through Cydia, the command line, and iTunes.

    I'm still on [2.1 / 2.0.2 / 2.0.1 / 2.0] firmware on my iPhone 3G, but would like to upgrade... what should I do?
    Back up your iPhone. Restore in iTunes. Follow this guide to upgrade to 2.2 jailbroken, then simply install yellowsn0w from Cydia when you're finished - unlocked, jailbroken, enjoy.

    I have T-Mobile, and they've recently upgraded their network to include 3G. Can I use the T-Mobile 3G data network with my unlocked iPhone 3G?
    No - T-Mobile and AT&T use different 3G frequencies, so your iPhone 3G won't pick up T-Mobiles 3G network. You CAN however still use T-Mobile EDGE and GPRS just fine with the iPhone 3G - as well as all T-Mobile's voice features, and WiFi of course.

    I have AT&T. I don't plan on selling my iPhone anytime soon, and I'm staying with AT&T. Is there any benefit for me to unlock my iPhone?
    Nope. Aside from the ability to use the iPhone 3G on other networks than it comes locked to (T-mobile in the States, various carriers elsewhere), and the higher potential asking price if you sell your iPhone unlocked, there are no benefits to unlocking your iPhone.

    OMG WTF BBQ!!!! This is awesome and I want to donate. Who do I send money to?
    Don't. They like uh... post cards. Scanned. And emailed.

    I think you're wrong about the basebands it will work with. I have an older baseband, and I'm going to run the unlock anyway. I think it will magically work in my case.
    I'm going to have a sandwich. After we each do these things, lets reconvene and see who's happier.


    [B]Edit: T-Mobile USA Users must turn off the 3G toggle in settings.

    Everyone: You MUST have your SIM card in (without the proxy chip) throughout the entire process. With your SIM card installed... Install yellowsn0w 0.9, then reboot and wait up to 2 minutes for the phone to get service. If it doesn't work then uninstall 0.9 and try version 0.91. Keep reporting

    If you have a SIM PIN you will need to REMOVE this first before running yellowsn0w... it is not compatible (yet)[/B


    Update: Version 0.9.5 should fix T-Mobile USA outgoing call SIM issues.

    EDIT: In case there is still any confusion about how to unlock your 3G iPhone, a tutorial has been created. Be sure to read the instructions very carefully so that you are on the right firmware or you maybe never be able to unlock your 3G.
    IPhone 3G Unlock Guide - ModMyi - Wiki
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [ RELEASE ] 3G iPhone Unlocked - Eat the yellowsn0w started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 1325 Comments
    1. doggy1's Avatar
      doggy1 -
      For anyone who is having a problem getting the carrier to read with the new 3G unlock....try this:

      take out sim card (iPhone on)
      reinsert it
      click airplane mode on then off
      it should now say "searching" at the top left
      now it should read your carrier

      it worked perfectly for me
    1. xjuliephanx's Avatar
      xjuliephanx -
      Quote Originally Posted by doggy1 View Post
      For anyone who is having a problem getting the carrier to read with the new 3G unlock....try this:

      take out sim card (iPhone on)
      reinsert it
      click airplane mode on then off
      it should now say "searching" at the top left
      now it should read your carrier

      it worked perfectly for me
      Yeah. That tip has been around for some time...

      So anyway, I was out tonight and made the grave mistake of trying to make a call and lost signal. Spent about half an hour in the parking lot resetting network, rebooting, popping the sim, and going into airplane mode to no avail (on .91 yellowsn0w). It's the third time my phone lost signal when I forgetfully made a call and I spent too much time trying to get it back. Once I got home and grabbed some wifi, I updated to .94 and decided what the hell let's see how difficult it is to regain signal. Surprisingly, with .94 all it takes is a reboot + popping sim and I get my signal back in 1 try. Great job dev team with this update! (Still no outgoing calls though)
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      Quote Originally Posted by stealthbravo View Post
      actually it isn't i.q.'s. There is no need for the apostrophe.

      the plurals for capital letters and numbers used as nouns are not formed with apostrophes.
      Examples:

      She consulted with three m.d.s.
      But
      she went to three m.d.s' offices.
      The apostrophe is needed here to show plural possessive.
      She learned her abcs.
      The 1990s not the 1990's
      the '90s or the mid-'70s not the '90's or the mid-'70's
      she learned her times tables for 6s and 7s.

      Hope this helped
      Quote Originally Posted by makav911 View Post
      tattoofag...you think your so cool with your almost 500 post, haha only 488 more to get to 500...all i gotta do is make some stupid azz comments like the one you just made, haha!!!

      Another annoying proxycard!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by makav911 View Post
      tattoofag: No edit for me, it is what it is...i don't give a fu$*$*$*^$%$!!! I'm out fellas!!! Good luck to everyone with their iphones!!! And hope there is a fix for those with the newer sim cards.
      this is why i am glad they started selling the iphone at walmart!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by xjuliephanx View Post
      Yeah. That tip has been around for some time...

      So anyway, I was out tonight and made the grave mistake of trying to make a call and lost signal. Spent about half an hour in the parking lot resetting network, rebooting, popping the sim, and going into airplane mode to no avail (on .91 yellowsn0w). It's the third time my phone lost signal when I forgetfully made a call and I spent too much time trying to get it back. Once I got home and grabbed some wifi, I updated to .94 and decided what the hell let's see how difficult it is to regain signal. Surprisingly, with .94 all it takes is a reboot + popping sim and I get my signal back in 1 try. Great job dev team with this update! (Still no outgoing calls though)
      with .94 u should only have to switch airplane mode on and off, no need to pop out the sim.
    1. quakerroatmeal's Avatar
      quakerroatmeal -
      Looks like when you get into an area with no signal it won't regain signal immediately. I went into settings and clicked on Carrier, it searched and found T-Mobile I clicked on it and my service came back on.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by makav911 View Post
      Some of you faggots complain to much 1st off the dev team is doing all of us favor wether their beta product works at 1st or not you must remember it's only a beta. You act like they owe a quality product when ur not even paying for it. Think about that. Next time buy yourself a phone make sure that it won't require unlocking dumb f;/@$(cos!!!!!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by makav911 View Post
      Stealth haha noob , you sound more like a noon with your ******** complaining! At least you know this noob is right this time! Instead of whining like biatch get creative and start working on an unlock and make sure it works, noob haha SENIOR!

      PMSkillah I see u and stealth holding each others dicks haha. Just to make u cry some more my iPhone 3g and my old sim card is working like promise with yellowsnow haha cry me a river ; )
      Quote Originally Posted by makav911 View Post
      I'm on my computer now dumbass!!! Wow...you have over 140 post and the things you comment on are worst than my noob comments. You act like i can't jump on my computer at any time you dumb ****...haha pathetic....damn proxycard!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by makav911 View Post
      THIS MESSAGE is DIRECTLY FOR : PMSKilla and StealthBiatch!!! If your yellowsn0w is not working properly, be patient!!! There will be a fix!!! Stop whining, complaining, you'll acting like some noobs!!! haha...
      Quote Originally Posted by makav911 View Post
      tattoofag...you think your so cool with your almost 500 post, haha only 488 more to get to 500...all i gotta do is make some stupid azz comments like the one you just made, haha!!!

      Another annoying proxycard!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by makav911 View Post
      Tattoofag: no edit for me, it is what it is...i don't give a FU$*$*$*^$%$!!! I'm out fellas!!! Good luck to everyone with their iphones!!! and hope there is a fix for those with the newer sim cards.
      makav911, seeing as half of your posts are just insulting and provide no benefit whatsoever, I guess the 3 strike rule doesn't apply to you. Let's cut to the chase and say that this is your last warning.
    1. Backslash786's Avatar
      Backslash786 -
      messed up my iphone it wont start , get stuck on the apple screen when switching it on?/??

      help please??

      thanks
    1. Wrapper's Avatar
      Wrapper -
      Quote Originally Posted by Backslash786 View Post
      messed up my iphone it wont start , get stuck on the apple screen when switching it on?/??

      help please??

      thanks
      Just put your phone in DFU mode and restore to 2.2 again, then you should be ready to go again.
    1. designgears's Avatar
      designgears -
      "We have released the 0.9.5 beta yellowsn0w 3G unlock application, 0.9.5 beta should fix quite a few problems including some STK issues . Please remember to add feedback -> here <- as we can get useful feedback that will help us. We suggest that everyone upgrade to this version." dev team blog

      looks like they have released another version, now I can test my pre-paid backup sim. w00t!
    1. rud3bwoy's Avatar
      rud3bwoy -
      NEW UPDATE ALLOWED ME TO MAKE CALLS ON TMOBILE USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!out going,edge and everything!!!!!!

      and i got the newest sim from tmobile!
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by rud3bwoy View Post
      NEW UPDATE ALLOWED ME TO MAKE CALLS ON TMOBILE USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!out going,edge and everything!!!!!!

      and i got the newest sim from tmobile!
      Any problems after a reboot or power off/on cycle?
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Hmm, guess I'll give it another try and feedback. First time was having the fluctuating reception issue on original AT&T.
    1. rud3bwoy's Avatar
      rud3bwoy -
      nope rebooted no issue i made calls again!
    1. socalkevin212's Avatar
      socalkevin212 -
      yellowsn0w 0.9.5 update FIXED THE OUTGOING ISSUE!! THANKS DEV TEAM!!!
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Still fluctuating or loss of signal on original AT&T sim. Good luck to you guys, I'll wait until it's more stable before re-installing. Kudos to the Dev-Team, this is great work and I'm sure they'll have it bullet proof very soon.
    1. -eWf's Avatar
      -eWf -
      No issues here works realy great!
    1. moonboy509's Avatar
      moonboy509 -
      9.5 work great people ...
    1. sbd's Avatar
      sbd -
      Confirmed, 0.9.5 fixed the outgoing calling issue with Tmobile USA. Nice job Dev Team.
    1. imagineThiss's Avatar
      imagineThiss -
      i don't know what i did wrong... but now nothing works for me .95.... at on .94 some things were working... did u guys do a full restore or update yellowsnow ??
    1. upstateiphone's Avatar
      upstateiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      makav911, seeing as half of your posts are just insulting and provide no benefit whatsoever, I guess the 3 strike rule doesn't apply to you. Let's cut to the chase and say that this is your last warning.
      Crazy, sure but let it be known that DMSKilla has been talking mess about the dev team release since the thread started. Just had to let that be known as well not trying to take up for this guy.

      They also released the source... DMSKilla why don't you start on a fix?

      I think what he was really trying to say is----- This is free work and people like DSMKilla and others that have the BALLS to say this was a failed release when in fact there have been many successful reports. They also continue with the updates being released. Sit back and relax....

      BTW- Been working since the release. I have an older model tmobile usa sim.
    1. Turntablist's Avatar
      Turntablist -
      Im livin in ireland im havin no probs what so ever with 9.4 abit aprehensive bout downloading 9.5 dont want to incase it messes up my phone. Is it a must have for me or jus u guys in u.s?????????