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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. lild7hina's Avatar
      lild7hina -
      sorry i'm talking about t-mobile US prepaid
    1. JJOC1414's Avatar
      JJOC1414 -
      Some advice, please. My impression is that if you're using Windows XP you can only jailbreak an iPhone 3G, even if firmware is updated to 2.28.00, but you still cannot unlock it. Is this correct? I think so because I've been able to jailbreak but the unlock hasn't worked.

      If the unlock isn't possible with yellowsn0w using Windows XP, what would you suggest I do? Many thanks.
    1. lild7hina's Avatar
      lild7hina -
      Quote Originally Posted by JJOC1414 View Post
      Some advice, please. My impression is that if you're using Windows XP you can only jailbreak an iPhone 3G, even if firmware is updated to 2.28.00, but you still cannot unlock it. Is this correct? I think so because I've been able to jailbreak but the unlock hasn't worked.

      If the unlock isn't possible with yellowsn0w using Windows XP, what would you suggest I do? Many thanks.
      The unlock runs on the iPhone through the application through cydia. So it doesn't make a diff
      erence which operating system you are using.
    1. psykopsyborg's Avatar
      psykopsyborg -
      where do i get the yellowsn0w app?
    1. THE TECH's Avatar
      THE TECH -
      Quote Originally Posted by psykopsyborg View Post
      where do i get the yellowsn0w app?
      You didn't just ask that right?
    1. Xenthor's Avatar
      Xenthor -
      Quote Originally Posted by psykopsyborg View Post
      where do i get the yellowsn0w app?
      Did you read the first post on this thread? It tells you where to get it at. Visit the iPhone Dev Team Blog.
    1. center_99_99's Avatar
      center_99_99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I thought everyone on T in the US did? Glad to here they don't.
      Most other networks don't have to do this - but I'm sure some do - do you know which ones?
      Not sure which ones, check earlier posts in this thread. I would check for you, but I am on my phone right now, and don't feel like wasting an hour looking.
    1. iphonen00b89's Avatar
      iphonen00b89 -
      Originally Posted by psykopsyborg View Post
      where do i get the yellowsn0w app?
      LMFAOo
    1. rud3bwoy's Avatar
      rud3bwoy -
      btw for everyone on tmobile if you have the sidekick unlimited plan u can use it,works great for the edge on tmobile,so don't remove it as they upped the prices on the sidekick data

      so you get unlimited text plus net for 20 instead of 35!
    1. franklinromeo's Avatar
      franklinromeo -
      I currently have t-mobile with the 2g iphone and use edge.
      Will it be any faster on the 3g iphone?
    1. imagineThiss's Avatar
      imagineThiss -
      Quote Originally Posted by franklinromeo View Post
      I currently have t-mobile with the 2g iphone and use edge.
      Will it be any faster on the 3g iphone?
      lol not at all my friend... all you will get is edge also on the iphone 3g.. so basically if your going to use T-Mobile with iphone/iphone3g... the only difference is the look(which is much sexier) and GPS.. that's it.. maybe reception but im not too sure.. they say that the plastic covering is suppose to help with the reception as opposed to aluminum.. but i honesty don't see a difference in that regards...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by zani1972 View Post
      i dont know if iam rite or not but i turned on 3g network on iphone and edge at the same time on and off on both 3g is working on my iphone tmobile could someone tell me anything am i seeing things or is this fixed to
      Try http://dslreports/mspeed and post the results back here
    1. the poksquid project's Avatar
      the poksquid project -
      and frustration sets in... been at this for about 3 hrs...
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      @franklinromeo...
      TMobile is not so good where I live and the 3G has better reception than the 2G.
    1. nextgenius's Avatar
      nextgenius -
      i tryed another iphone and this time im getting invalid sim
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by nextgenius View Post
      i tryed another iphone and this time im getting invalid sim
      What have you tried? Are you on FW 2.2 with BB 2.28.00?
    1. khoon's Avatar
      khoon -
      I have V2.2 and BB 2.28.00. I followed the steps outlined by Poeticfolly - jailbroke the iPhone, loaded Cydia and successfully downloaded/installed yellowsn0w and powered down/restarted the iphone. After installation of yellowsn0w, I noticed that my signal reception took a nose dive and the phone starting frequently SEARCHING for a network.

      I unstalled yellowsn0w and the network reception issues disappeared. Reinstalled yellowsn0w and the network went south again. Has anyone encountered this issue? I am on the AT&T network in the NYC area.

      Please advise if this is a known issue or if I am doing something wrong (although I doubt it since I followed the instructions faithfully).
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I believe there are problems with AT&T and Yellowsn0w - strange isn't it?
    1. THE TECH's Avatar
      THE TECH -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I believe there are problems with AT&T and Yellowsn0w - strange isn't it?
      Yeah. I still don't understand why the AT&T users are even bothering with doing this. Can't be that many people who are going overseas to use their phones.
    1. rud3bwoy's Avatar
      rud3bwoy -
      i had tested my mothers atnt sim for fun and it worked...out calls and everything before the update to 0.9.5