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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. jiggykilla's Avatar
      jiggykilla -
      it didn't work for me so, back to my rebelsim no qwams!
    1. MOEPLO's Avatar
      MOEPLO -
      Yeah i def gotta put my sim in another phone now
    1. ryan christopher's Avatar
      ryan christopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by bballcat03 View Post
      yeah no kidding.

      But yeah I can send and receive texts no problem. I can use the internet no problem.

      Just trying to make a phone call BOOO lol. Thank goodness I'm home on break still so if I need to make a call I have a land line
      Yeah same here lol

      I don't make many outgoing calls anyway but it would still be nice to have the option!

      I'm wondering if I should have stayed on my Rebel Sim till the bugs got worked out.

      Quote Originally Posted by jiggykilla View Post
      it didn't work for me so, back to my rebelsim no qwams!
      I have a rebel sim and I never got it to work with the 2.2 baseband. Did you?
    1. upstateiphone's Avatar
      upstateiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOEPLO View Post
      And also if i have sservice and everything is fine (looks fine lol) and for some reason i have to reboot i lose service again. So even if i am able to make outgoing calls i am basically suppose to be walking around with a pin in my pocket??
      Sorry to hear about your results... I don't see many complaints about reception on the dev blog. A couple but not many.... For laughs have you restored and tried again?

      Quote Originally Posted by bballcat03 View Post
      can you make a phone call?
      Yes my longest is 10 min NY-TX Tmobile USA..
    1. melo107's Avatar
      melo107 -
      Quote Originally Posted by upstateiphone View Post
      For me on Tmobile USA... After 2 min 30 off airplane on airplane bam Tmobile network. I have had to reboot for winterboard, tzones hack.... 3 times now works... Keep trying
      smh didnt work.....
      looks like im not selling my OG iphone lol
    1. MOEPLO's Avatar
      MOEPLO -
      Is there anyone in the usa that uses t-mobile and used 9.1 yellowsnow on a fresh restore and has working incoming/outgoing/and sms working and can restart there iphone without losing service and everything is successfull
    1. upstateiphone's Avatar
      upstateiphone -
      Rebooted again wanted to try something else. After no service... Airplane off / on BAM again 5 bars!! Just posting my findings trying to help.
    1. ryan christopher's Avatar
      ryan christopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOEPLO View Post
      Is there anyone in the usa that uses t-mobile and used 9.1 yellowsnow on a fresh restore and has working incoming/outgoing/and sms working and can restart there iphone without losing service and everything is successfull
      I did a fresh restore and everything works but outgoing calls. It looks like everyone is having this same problem. I have full bars until I try to call.

      Quote Originally Posted by upstateiphone View Post
      Rebooted again wanted to try something else. After no service... Airplane off / on BAM again 5 bars!! Just posting my findings trying to help.
      Now try making a call and I bet you won't be as excited.
    1. sierra.marty's Avatar
      sierra.marty -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOEPLO View Post
      Is there anyone in the usa that uses t-mobile and used 9.1 yellowsnow on a fresh restore and has working incoming/outgoing/and sms working and can restart there iphone without losing service and everything is successfull
      yes I am on tmobile usa and everything is working perfectly
    1. MOEPLO's Avatar
      MOEPLO -
      Quote Originally Posted by ryan christopher View Post
      I did a fresh restore and everything works but outgoing calls. It looks like everyone is having this same problem. I have full bars until I try to call.



      Now try making a call and I bet you won't be as excited.
      LOL I KNOW. I BET THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON ON TMOBILE THAT CAN MAKE A CALL I GUARANTEE THE IDIOT WITH THE NY-TX 10 MIN CALL WAS AN INCOMING
    1. gbadude's Avatar
      gbadude -
      Quote Originally Posted by sierra.marty View Post
      yes I am on tmobile usa and everything is working perfectly
      Did you fake activation when you jailbroke?
    1. upstateiphone's Avatar
      upstateiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOEPLO View Post
      Is there anyone in the usa that uses t-mobile and used 9.1 yellowsnow on a fresh restore and has working incoming/outgoing/and sms working and can restart there iphone without losing service and everything is successfull
      Yes I have!! I actually downloaded the restore from the modmyi wiki went into itunes hit shift picked firmware. After restore I ran qwkpwn 2.2 add cydia then added wifi install yellowsn0w 9.1 reboot 2 min 30 seconds only showing 5 dots. Shift airplane off/off at 2 min 30 seconds... Every time.. Also just tried went no service then airplane off / on bam tmobile...

      Quote Originally Posted by MOEPLO View Post
      LOL I KNOW. I BET THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON ON TMOBILE THAT CAN MAKE A CALL I GUARANTEE THE IDIOT WITH THE NY-TX 10 MIN CALL WAS AN INCOMING
      Hey poopd1ck... Chill with the name calling... It was out going you chooch.... I'm glad you have problems now.... Should have know PA....
    1. melo107's Avatar
      melo107 -
      well i used pwn not qwkpwn could that be it
    1. plumber4549's Avatar
      plumber4549 -
      T-Mobile USA here a step to get your to Work
      1. Install yellowsn0w thru cydia, keep your T-Mobile Sim in the iphone
      2. Reset Network Setting "Most important" 99% success rate will depend on this
      3. Reboot your inphone
      4. Wait a little over a min.
      5. Remove your sim card and re-insert it back in
      6. Wait 30 sec.
      7. Turn on Airplane mode and wait 10 sec. "This is important as well"
      8. Turn of Airplane mode, you should see "searching" start smiling T-Mobile carrier will start appearing.
      9. Start make call!
    1. upstateiphone's Avatar
      upstateiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by melo107 View Post
      well i used pwn not qwkpwn could that be it
      As said many times quickpwn.... Nothing was state about pwnage...
    1. minawagdi's Avatar
      minawagdi -
      HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
      I was on the 2.1 unlocked via gevey 3G i restored to 2.2 amd jailbreaked with quickpwn and NO SIGNAL BAR???????????????????
      the carrier (null) (null)
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOEPLO View Post
      Is there anyone in the usa that uses t-mobile and used 9.1 yellowsnow on a fresh restore and has working incoming/outgoing/and sms working and can restart there iphone without losing service and everything is successfull
      MOEPLO

      I can receive calls and talk no problem. Talked for 7:31 without a problem

      I've been having conversations via text without delay.

      I can't make a call. Lose it all.

      I can't reboot/restart. Have to take SIM card out for a min or two and then airplane mode to get T MO back.

      I am sure DEV TEAM is working on what the hell is going on. Someone has to be. They wouldn't just leave us hanging.
    1. jeffnjen's Avatar
      jeffnjen -
      im gonna try that plumber
    1. melo107's Avatar
      melo107 -
      Quote Originally Posted by upstateiphone View Post
      As said many times quickpwn.... Nothing was state about pwnage...
      yah!!!! to you i used the program this site side to use to jailbreak it via the top of the page
    1. hondapro210's Avatar
      hondapro210 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOEPLO View Post
      LOL I KNOW. I BET THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON ON TMOBILE THAT CAN MAKE A CALL I GUARANTEE THE IDIOT WITH THE NY-TX 10 MIN CALL WAS AN INCOMING
      Im in San Antonio, Texas on Tmobile everything works,safari,email,text ,incoming with 5 bars and edge icon and BAM when i call out bars are lost and "call failed" i knew i should have waited a day or so!!!!

      HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!!