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    Default Unlocking/Jailbreaking 3GS?
    Hi guys. I just bought a 3GS. I've unlocked/jailbroken a 2G and 3G, and thought I'd find a handy guide in the "Guides" section, but I didn't see anything for 3GS. So I had a few questions before starting:

    1. First of all, I thought unlocking and jailbreaking were the same thing, but there's two forums on each topic. What's the difference?

    2. I see a lot of posts on programs that can do the job. I saw something called purplesnow, ultrasnow, redsnow. What is the best program to go about it? I remember when it was just yellowsnow, so now I'm really confused.

    Thanks.

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    Unlocking = remove carrier block (any Carrier can then be used)
    Jailbreaking = enable non Apple approved software to run on the iPhone

    Try this page redsn0w

    Downloads and guides all in one page.

    Read - read & read again until you completely understand.... good investment for anyone with an iPhone
    Last edited by sursture; 2009-09-04 at 01:35 AM.
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    Awesome, but is redsnow a better alternative to purplerain? Just wondering..

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    Redsn0w is stable & proven

    BTW - stay with FW 3.0 and leave 3.0.1 alone
    Last edited by sursture; 2009-09-04 at 01:43 AM.

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    Will do. Thanks!

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    so question as far as doing any type of updates or syncing how does that work? will it override the jail break? thanks.

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    What you mean is updating FW using iTunes I suppose - YES! u need to rejailbreak (and unlock)
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    Hello,

    I have a similar question... I just upgraded my treo to an iPhone 3GS. Only problem is that I live 90% of the year outside of the States for business. Now that I'm in Africa, I realize that I cannot simply call ATT and have them unlock my phone so that I can use my African SIM cards.

    From reading your earlier reply, I am to understand that I really only need to unlock my phone... Is this possible? I would assume that I have to 'jailbreak' my phone first, then unluck--but that sounds like a lot of work.

    I just want to enable my device to work on the local sim card.

    Please advise on the easiest method to accomplish this. Initially, I found a couple sites that I could pay and download a program, but it sounded too good to be true/easy.

    Assistance would be great.

    THANKS!

    -CoCo

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    Quote Originally Posted by sursture View Post
    BTW - stay with FW 3.0 and leave 3.0.1 alone
    Why is that? I'm on 3.0.1 jailbroken with redsn0w and i'v got no problems at all!

    iPhone 3G[S]

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    As from the release of FW 3.1 - Apple has BLOCKED restore usage of FW 3.0 and 3.0.1. on 3GS.
    3.1 Cannot be JB yet!

    IF!! you are running FW 3.0 or 3.0.1 JB is easy...

    You need a PC or MAC with internet to retrieve files requiered.

    Do like this;
    1 - Download FW 3.0 here: iPhone Firmwares download | iPhone Firmware
    2 - Read & read the tutorials here: redsn0w. Once done read again.
    3 - DO NOT restore (a 3GS) in iTunes
    4 - Run redsn0w 0.8 downloaded from http://www.quickpwn.com/redsn0w
    5 - select the downloaded FW 3.0 (Not 3.0.1 even if the phone is running 3.0.1) - continue

    You should now be having a massive grin on your face.

    If you still have problems: PM me and I'll assist.
    Last edited by sursture; 2009-09-11 at 10:15 PM.
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