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I finally worked things out with AT&T to where they let me upgrade my 3G to a 3GS and now I can send my 3G to my brother in Germany
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    Default Need Some Tips For Iphone Use With Tmobile
    I finally worked things out with AT&T to where they let me upgrade my 3G to a 3GS and now I can send my 3G to my brother in Germany where he will be using it on Tmo.

    I am in the process of upgrading the phone to 3.0.1 and plan on jailbreaking it with redsnow and then I will unlock it using ultrasn0w thereafter.

    He has never owned an iPhone before and I have never used one on Tmo before so I would like to print out a list of Do's and Don'ts that I can mail to him with the phone.
    • I have the old AT&T sim from my 3G(they gave me a new one with the 3GS) should I send that to him? Will he need it to jailbreak future firmwares or can he do it without a sim?
    • Does he need an iTunes account to sync his phone?
    • What will happen when he plugs his phone into his newly installed iTunes at his house?
    • I read that you have to take your Tmo sim out of the phone before you connect to iTunes...is that right?
    • Once he has the phone in hand and inserts his sim can he browse to benM's site to get the carrier settings or will he have to enter them manually?

    I can't think of anything else, but if you could help me out and throw in some stuff I am missing it would be highly appreciated

    Thanks in advance!
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    1 - The SIM is a carrier idenitifier and can't be used by ur bro.
    2 - Do NOT use 3.0.1 (use 3.0)
    3 - DL FW here: iPhone Firmwares download | iPhone Firmware
    4 - Make SURE!!! to set up as a new phone in iTunes.
    5 - Jailbreak/Unlock with redsn0w
    6 - Read, read & read again before using Redsn0w
    7 - Pass on the above links 2 ur bro (he must understand what he is doing...4 later)
    8 - He can just slip in his SIM and the phone will work
    9 - He MUST apply correct APN settings for Internet to work outside any WiFi (read more on the Web and/or Call the local carrier for correct settings)

    10 - Any iPhone is more ore less useless without iTunes.. But wth --- it is free
    Last edited by sursture; 09-07-2009 at 10:37 AM.
    Do hope that helps



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    Thank you very much sursture! So he will not need my dead sim to jailbreak in the future?

    He will need iTunes to sync music and such, but does he have to have an account linked to a credit card?

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    1 - the SIM is of no use 2 him. And it is not needed for restore/jailbreak/unlock.
    2 - To get a FREE iTunes account:
    2a Open Apps store (nothing else!)
    2b Click on download for a FREE app
    2c The Apps store will then request an Apps store account - but also provide an option to set one up.
    2d Performing a setup as above WILL give an option NOT to use any payment method.
    2e This account will work for anything FREE on the iTunes/Apps store

    If still in doubt: Google "Apps store + Free Account"

    If he is willing to pay: Well - then just open an account with CC or similar
    Last edited by sursture; 09-08-2009 at 08:19 AM.
    Do hope that helps



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    [QUOTE=CaptainChaos;4939997]
    • I have the old AT&T sim from my 3G(they gave me a new one with the 3GS) should I send that to him? Will he need it to jailbreak future firmwares or can he do it without a sim? No SIM card is needed to jailbreak.
    • Does he need an iTunes account to sync his phone? No.
    • What will happen when he plugs his phone into his newly installed iTunes at his house? He can use his iPhone like normal.
    • I read that you have to take your Tmo sim out of the phone before you connect to iTunes...is that right? As long as the phone is activated and unlocked you're fine. (This is done when you jailbreak and then use ultrasn0w)
    • Once he has the phone in hand and inserts his sim can he browse to benM's site to get the carrier settings or will he have to enter them manually? Usually best to do it manually.. it's only 1 setting... the APN.

    Just tell him never to upgrade the firmware on his phone without calling you first or reading on this site or he may lock it up forever.
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    Ok so I have him on 3.0 and installed ultrsn0w for him. With the phone being from the U.S. will he be able to link it to a German iTunes account?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
    With the phone being from the U.S. will he be able to link it to a German iTunes account?
    YES - has nothing to do with the iPhone - depends on the IP connecting from.
    Do hope that helps



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    Thank you very much

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    You COULD live with out itunes if you set it up right. Only thing you would need it for is updating the firmware which would brake the jailbrake. Besides when you set it up with music unless you do the multi computer hack to allow another computer to sync with it his account will erase everything on it anyway. There are other media managers that can put music into it. If you coach him right he could do it all. And so far 3.1 doesn't seem like a necessity so he will be good for a while.

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    The phone is empty. No music, photos, etc on it. I wiped it during the jailbreak. I am not in a position to hold his hand while he becomes accustomed to dealing with modding his phone due to my job. Otherwise I could help him out everyday. I will point him in the right direction though

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    Well if the phone is empty then yes he can use his own iTunes and make the phone his own. AND as long as you warn him about not updating when iTunes "says" and update is available then that will also help. More so with Apple changing things lately. Best to have him disable the automaticly check for updates for iTunes both the phone and the iTunes itself. And i'm sure you are going to tell him about MMI so he should be ok...

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