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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. jshon's Avatar
      jshon -
      Would the GPS still work on the T-Mobile network?
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jshon View Post
      Would the GPS still work on the T-Mobile network?
      Yes, but you will only be able to use T-Mobile's EDGE network...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajl917 View Post
      Yes, but you will only be able to use T-Mobile's EDGE network...
      This, of course, is only true in the USA (but the OP was from NYC which I assume is in the USA) - here in the UK and in the rest of the world it works fine on T-Mobile's 3G/HSDPA network
    1. mianlien's Avatar
      mianlien -
      my ipohne 3G verson 2.1 baseband 2.11.07 I tried jealbreak qgw21 but download cydia the still invalid sim, download booneuter v2.1 it hang up and retart alway
      how can i do that
      thank
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Bootneuter?
      That's for 2G
      For 3G you need YellowSn0w and that only works with BB 2.28.00
    1. TysonCali714's Avatar
      TysonCali714 -
      Can I still do software unlock if I have 02.30.03? If i can please show me how to unlock it. thanks
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by TysonCali714 View Post
      Can I still do software unlock if I have 02.30.03? If i can please show me how to unlock it. thanks
      No.
    1. aznkooltx's Avatar
      aznkooltx -
      the new firmware out now 2.30 ,, just wait and see the new unlock program out for us . Thanks for those guys working hard .. We waiting for u guys in this new firmware break
    1. kkiran's Avatar
      kkiran -
      Airplane mode keeps coming up, not sure what the reason is. I was testing iPhones bought in Canada to work with ATT here...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by aznkooltx View Post
      the new firmware out now 2.30
      No. The latest FW is 2.21
      2.30.03 is the BB version.
    1. djayyy's Avatar
      djayyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by kkiran View Post
      Airplane mode keeps coming up, not sure what the reason is. I was testing iPhones bought in Canada to work with ATT here...
      I have started having this over the last week or so. I notice the airplane icon comes up then i get a popup saying "Sim Failure" then about 3 seconds later i have Vodaphone reception again.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      What version of YellowSn0w are you using?
    1. djayyy's Avatar
      djayyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      What version of YellowSn0w are you using?

      Currently using 0.9.8
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      So am I. I've not had any problems. I'm on T-Mob in the UK. Which country are you in?
    1. djayyy's Avatar
      djayyy -
      Im on Vodaphone in the Uk. Only noticed this happening like i say in the last week or so. I have tried resetting network settings etc but still the same. To be honest it's not a major problem, just strange.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Very strange - I'll keep an eye out for it. Not noticed it myself yet, hopefully it won't develop into a problem!
    1. waseem1963's Avatar
      waseem1963 -
      nice things ... need little help just got the iphone 3g version is 2.2(5g77)... modem firmware is 02.30.03 ... what to do exactly ... it is aleady jailbroken n wifi is fine ... pm me anybody ... thanks n wonderful forum indeed
    1. ALL DAY's Avatar
      ALL DAY -
      ^Well, looks like your baseband is already updated in which case you're screwed for a soft unlock for a while... Weird that you're on 2.2 with 2.30.03, though.
    1. handsome's Avatar
      handsome -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post


      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...



      Then you're unlocked. A quick note for users whose SIM cards come preinstalled with menus or apps on them, you'll



      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




      Iphone 3G unlock(Downloads and Jailbreak)
      iPhone 3G - Downloads
      Download the 2.2.1 firmware file from here

      Windows users: Quickpwn 2.2.5 Download here

      Windows users: iTunes 8.0 Download here

      Windows users: .NET Framework version 2.0 Download here

      iPhone 3G - Jailbreak 2.2.1

      Notes:
      1.Before beginning: You must have iTunes 8 installed and you must be on firmware 2.1, if you are not, be sure to update via iTunes.
      Also make sure to go into the task manager and disable ANYTHING Apple or iTunes related.
      2. WindowsXP user must download the NET Framework version 2.0 (Click to download)
      3. WindowsXP user should be sure" Control Panel " -> " Administrative Tools " -> "Telnet ,messenger ,terminal services" (Be sure three services are turned on)

      4.Download Firmware 2.2.1 (3G) (Click to download)




      Step 1

      Make a folder on your desktop & name it Pwnage.Download the Firmware 2.2.1 & Pwnage tool 2.2.5 & place them in Pwnage folder you just created on your desktop:Unzip/Unrar the QuickPwn2.2.5-2.zip file inside the Pwnage folder.

      Step 2

      Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone 3G to the computer via USB cable.

      Select your iPhone from the list of devices on the left side navigation bar. Now hold down shift while clicking the Restore button.

      Navigate to the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop and select the 2.1 firmware ipsw file. Double click the ipsw file or select it and click the Open button to proceed.

      Step 3

      Once iTunes has finished upgrading your iPhone 3G to the 2.2.1 firmware you may launch QuickPwn 2.2.5 from the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop.

      Step 4

      Make sure you iPhone 3G is still connected to the computer via USB cable then click the blue arrow to proceed.




      Step 5

      Click the Browse button to locate your iPhone 3G firmware.






      Step 6

      QuickPwn will check to verify that the ipsw file is valid. After completetion of the verification, click the blue arrow button to proceed.




      Step 7

      Selecting(Add Cydia)
      This step allows you select what you’d like installed on your iPhone. You have the ability to select Cydia, Installer, and replace boot logos. Once you have made your selections click the blue arrow to continue on. If you want a full jailbreaking experience, installing Cydia and Installer is highly recommended



      Step 8

      QuickPwn will now ask you to confirm your iPhone 3G is still connected via USB cable before it continues. Click the blue arrow button to proceed.




      Step 9

      QuickPwn will now automatically put your iPhone into recovery mode. Once its in recovery mode you will be prompted to: Hold the Home button for 5 seconds, Hold the Home and Power buttons for 10 seconds, then release the Power button and continuing holding the Home button until your iPhone is in DFU mode.





      Step 10

      Once QuickPwn detects your iPhone 3G in DFU mode it will begin the jailbreaking process.



      Step 11

      Once jailbreaking is complete QuickPwn will inform you that it was successfull.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Posting an old guide with errors and links that don't work really doesn't help much.