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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. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by DSMKilla View Post
      Thanks man, people know deep down that 0.9.1 was a complete EPIC FAIL! They just wanna try to act like girly nut swingers and cover it up.


      BTW be careful dude someone might try to cover your mouth for saying what you wanna say.
      Well, I am having to type this with my left hand because my right hand "accidentally" fell into a wood chipper.
    1. DSMKilla's Avatar
      DSMKilla -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Well, I am having to type this with my left hand because my right hand "accidentally" fell into a wood chipper.
      What? Man the hitman didn't come for you too did he?
    1. melo107's Avatar
      melo107 -
      some one im begging you help lol
      ive jailbroken my 3g with pwn
      then some one said it had to be quickpwn so i rejailbroke it with that
      then...
      i downloaded yellowsnow .95...turn the phone off then on...messed with the airplane mode and
      i still get the >>>........ at the top
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      If I keep posting about yellowsn0w, I might need voice recognition typing software.

      Quote Originally Posted by melo107 View Post
      some one im begging you help lol
      ive jailbroken my 3g with pwn
      then some one said it had to be quickpwn so i rejailbroke it with that
      then...
      i downloaded yellowsnow .95...turn the phone off then on...messed with the airplane mode and
      i still get the >>>........ at the top
      You performed a double jailbreak? Did you do a complete restore before quickpwn?
    1. melo107's Avatar
      melo107 -
      yea i downloaded the restore from the guide then did the jailbreak with quickpwn
    1. indiscretion's Avatar
      indiscretion -
      updated to .95...will test once i get a activated tmobile sim...signal for ATT still fluctuates on .95 until i set the permissions to 777 instead of 644.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I have had my disagreements with him but he has had a lot of people hit his thanks button so he must be helping out somewhere. He speaks his mind and doesn't hold punches. I agree that the initial release of yellowsn0w was bad for t-mobile users. How can anyone argue that the initial release was a success? I am happy that the new update seems to be giving everyone back an operable phone. Good day.
      There is a difference between speaking your mind and insulting members. Also, no matter how bad the inital release of yellowsn0w was for T-Mobile users, the Dev Team has done so much for the iPhone community, any bashing of them just wont be tolerated on this site...
    1. woostar88's Avatar
      woostar88 -
      it works now. Im using the newest simcard. (one that came with G1)

      1) uninstalled previous version of yellowsn0w
      2) rebooted the iPhone
      3) installed new version of yellowsn0w
      4) performed the reset on network.
      5) reboot
      6) airplane mode on, and waited 10 sec.
      7) turned OFF the airplane mode.
      8) BOOM!
    1. melo107's Avatar
      melo107 -
      Quote Originally Posted by woostar88 View Post
      it works now. Im using the newest simcard. (one that came with G1)

      1) uninstalled previous version of yellowsn0w
      2) rebooted the iPhone
      3) installed new version of yellowsn0w
      4) performed the reset on network.
      5) reboot
      6) airplane mode on, and waited 10 sec.
      7) turned OFF the airplane mode.
      8) BOOM!
      when you say reboot u been turn it off then on or is there way to make it restart
      nothing at all just .............
    1. center_99_99's Avatar
      center_99_99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by woostar88 View Post
      it works now. Im using the newest simcard. (one that came with G1)

      1) uninstalled previous version of yellowsn0w
      2) rebooted the iPhone
      3) installed new version of yellowsn0w
      4) performed the reset on network.
      5) reboot
      6) airplane mode on, and waited 10 sec.
      7) turned OFF the airplane mode.
      8) BOOM!
      Glad you are finally up and running.
    1. xjuliephanx's Avatar
      xjuliephanx -
      Updated to .95 today on a 31.x tmobile usa sim. No problems. I can now make outgoing calls in addition to receiving, text, and data. Awesome! Thank you dev team!

      See guys it only took 2 days for the dev team to resolve a lot of the key issues. So please be nice, they're spending their New Years doing this for us so we should be very thankful.
    1. scking3000's Avatar
      scking3000 -
      9.5 workks 100%
      blk 8gb
      download
      restore settings
      reboot then airplane and it works you can even turn the phone on and off it it ops right back on..

      tmobile usa chicago 3.9 sim? sim is a few days old
    1. MOEPLO's Avatar
      MOEPLO -
      Yooo bballcat my sh** is finally working. Urs good bro??? Lol about time, dev tem i love u but u owe me for the date i had to take my girl on cuz i didnt call her alll day yesterday lol!!!!
    1. djslash's Avatar
      djslash -
      Hi all
      iPhone 3g, 8gb, 2.2, 2.28.00
      was on 2.2 with 2.11.xx
      restored via iTunes
      used quigkpwn
      from then on did NOT follow any specifiek guide, just played around with different methods, lot's of restart, airplane on and off, wel anyway now still working with my original T-Mobile AND with my private Vodafone SIM.
      It's a bit of a struggle when switching SIM but the way to make it work for me is open terminal and do "yellowsn0w -c" followed by "yellowsn0w -q", then quit terminal, airplane on, off, wait and BOOM.
      Sometimes it says invalid SIM, just airplane on, off again untill it finds network.
      btw, I did NOT need to do it because I have a legit T-Mobile iPhone from work with everything, just did it because it can be done, for fun.
      Dev Team WAY TO GO!
      Greetz

      DjSlash
    1. melo107's Avatar
      melo107 -
      everybody got theres working cept for me lol
    1. stargtsi's Avatar
      stargtsi -
      can confirm new update works flawless
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      CONFIRMED!!!!!

      I can make outgoing calls. T Mobile. Washington State. SIM card 39.XX

      For anyone that cares, I updated in cydia, rebooted via SBS, toggled airplane on and off and I was good to go.


      I have a question though, any idea if we are always going to have to toggle Airplane Mode On/Off in order to get service? Or is this the next task for the Dev Team

      Quote Originally Posted by MOEPLO View Post
      Yooo bballcat my sh** is finally working. Urs good bro??? Lol about time, dev tem i love u but u owe me for the date i had to take my girl on cuz i didnt call her alll day yesterday lol!!!!
      Yeah I'm all good now bro!
    1. Xenthor's Avatar
      Xenthor -
      Quote Originally Posted by bballcat03 View Post
      CONFIRMED!!!!!

      I can make outgoing calls. T Mobile. Washington State. SIM card 39.XX

      For anyone that cares, I updated in cydia, rebooted via SBS, toggled airplane on and off and I was good to go.


      I have a question though, any idea if we are always going to have to toggle Airplane Mode On/Off in order to get service? Or is this the next task for the Dev Team


      Yeah I'm all good now bro!
      Kickass man! Glad its working for you, I'm going to try 0.9.5 in a bit too, so all you did was update and not remove the prior version?

      I'm sure that later they will fix the Airplane on and off issue too. I'm sure their taking down the bigger problems first.
    1. AndrewIbk's Avatar
      AndrewIbk -
      i still cant make outgoing calls.. when i hit the phone button.. it will pop up and then close on me about 3 seconds later...
    1. melo107's Avatar
      melo107 -
      yes i see the light lol i did then install through installer instead of cydia and it worked it said reboot i did then i did the airplane the it said searching the i was unlocked yes after 2 days of trying fully working