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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. tonycortes's Avatar
      tonycortes -
      [irrelevant]
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      I just uninstalled it.
      I will just reinstall once its all fixed.
      Only thing i could think of to do until its fixed.
    1. sonyman74's Avatar
      sonyman74 -
      I'm good to go
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tonycortes View Post
      For those of you having problems with outgoing calls, I believe the problem lies in when the phone sends a Call Setup Request, the RR connection is not established (GSM) for unknown reasons. May be due to incorrect yellowsn0w installation or bug
      Now that's some useful info right there! Now we need to turn it around. THanks!
    1. hebs's Avatar
      hebs -
      thanks....That worked for me with UK Vodafone.....
    1. upstateiphone's Avatar
      upstateiphone -
      I also noticed I connected better on the second floor in my house. So maybe try another location where your working.

      I'm having no issues.

      App-Store works fine for me on edge / wifi.

      Tmobile USA
      16GB White
      3G off
      quickpwn
      yellowsn0w
      restart
      airplane on/off if no service comes on. Then Searching -- TMOBILE~
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      i am thinkin the only people having probs with it never showin tmobile are people like me who were using a sim bypasser.

      i believe the sim bypasser has created a larger gap and the sim is no longer making a good enough connection.

      i am going to try puttin some tape on the back of my sim to make it a lil thicker and see if that works.
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      seems kinda weird some can make calls though and some can't

      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      i am thinkin the only people having probs with it never showin tmobile are people like me who were using a sim bypasser.

      i believe the sim bypasser has created a larger gap and the sim is no longer making a good enough connection.

      i am going to try puttin some tape on the back of my sim to make it a lil thicker and see if that works.
      Interesting theory. Let us know how it turns out.
    1. ryan christopher's Avatar
      ryan christopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by upstateiphone View Post
      I also noticed I connected better on the second floor in my house. So maybe try another location where your working.

      I'm having no issues.

      App-Store works fine for me on edge / wifi.

      Tmobile USA
      16GB White
      3G off
      quickpwn
      yellowsn0w
      restart
      airplane on/off if no service comes on. Then Searching -- TMOBILE~
      Can you make phone calls?
    1. SkyWalker1726's Avatar
      SkyWalker1726 -
      Didn;t Work For me too ...
      Don't Know why , i;v done exactly every thing as it was said to do
      Even with my TurboSim Still i get NO SERVICE With 2.2 + YellowSn0W !
      tryinng to go back to 2.1
    1. tonycortes's Avatar
      tonycortes -
      [irrelevant]
    1. upstateiphone's Avatar
      upstateiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      i am thinkin the only people having probs with it never showin tmobile are people like me who were using a sim bypasser.

      i believe the sim bypasser has created a larger gap and the sim is no longer making a good enough connection.

      i am going to try puttin some tape on the back of my sim to make it a lil thicker and see if that works.
      I was wondering the same about my Gevey. But only took out once after install... I just got use to rebooting 100 times after NO SERVICE...

      If so I'm going to buy a thousand sim holders and resell on EBAY!! LOL
    1. tonycortes's Avatar
      tonycortes -
      [irrelevant]
    1. lasteve's Avatar
      lasteve -
      Im I the only one or is anybody else on AT&T repeatedly losing connection?
      I did the yellowsn0w install from cydia and everything went fine. I unlocked it like 1hour and half ago and in that time ive lost connection about 50 times.
    1. DSMKilla's Avatar
      DSMKilla -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Update #4 on Dev Team Blog:

      The unlock will silently quit on anything other than baseband 02.28.00. It detects the wrong version and just quits to avoid any damage. Please double check your Modem Firmware setting in Settings->General->About.

      That's why it matters.
      Oh I was running yellowsn0w from the command line and gave me an error telling me that I was using 2.11.07 baseband so apparently it doesn't do that when you install thru cydia

      Quote Originally Posted by minawagdi View Post
      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)
      Yeah sorry to hear that man. This unlock was DEFINITELY NOT READY for public release.
    1. zeke900's Avatar
      zeke900 -
      I took my turbo sim out, checked that I am 2.28 and followed the steps and installed 0.91. but it still says no service on the phone. I am using t-mobile in the us. any ideas?
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tonycortes View Post
      Can someone with FAILED OUTGOING CALLS on T-Mobile try this:

      Remove SIM card
      Insert into a T-Mobile phone
      Place a call, use Edge
      Remove SIM card
      Reinsert into yellowsn0w unlocked iPhone
      Attempt call

      Worth a shot, let me know results
      I don't have another t mo phone laying around...damn
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      Quote Originally Posted by lasteve View Post
      Im I the only one or is anybody else on AT&T repeatedly losing connection?
      I did the yellowsn0w install from cydia and everything went fine. I unlocked it like 1hour and half ago and in that time ive lost connection about 50 times.

      Yes, i have the exact same problem.
    1. bballcat03's Avatar
      bballcat03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeke900 View Post
      I took my turbo sim out, checked that I am 2.28 and followed the steps and installed 0.91. but it still says no service on the phone. I am using t-mobile in the us. any ideas?
      are you rebooting, taking the SIM card out, letting it sit for a couple minutes, putting it back in, turning airplane mode on....waiting 10 seconds and then turning airplane mode off?
    1. lasteve's Avatar
      lasteve -
      Im I the only one or is anybody else on AT&T repeatedly losing connection?
      I did the yellowsn0w install from cydia and everything went fine. I unlocked it like 1hour and half ago and in that time ive lost connection about 50 times.