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Old Mar 30, 2009, 01:35 AM   #1
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Best iPhone unlock software?!

Hi all,

I'm about to get a 16gb 3G and will need to unlock it for use on Orange UK.

Is there any verdict on the best unlock software to use? Obviously I need to be able to relock and return the baseband to its original for software upgrades etc.

There are a few sites about, including iphoneunlocking.com which claim lifetime support and relockability of the phone.

Whats the best on the market for an unlock (and/or jailbreak) and where from?!

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Old Mar 30, 2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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Don't pay for any website to do it. As long as you can get an iPhone with 2.2 or before, you can jailbreak it with pwnage tool, and then run cydia and download yellowsn0w, and it will unlock your phone.
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Old Mar 30, 2009, 02:33 AM   #3
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Old Mar 30, 2009, 07:33 AM   #4
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If you're about to get a new phone from O2 or CW though, it's likely to come with 2.2.1 which you can't unlock with software, only with a piggyback SIM.
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Old Mar 30, 2009, 10:03 AM   #6
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If you're about to get a new phone from O2 or CW though, it's likely to come with 2.2.1 which you can't unlock with software, only with a piggyback SIM.
No, they're most probably going to come with 2.1 or 2.2. I think mine came with 2.0 when 2.2 was out.
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Old Mar 30, 2009, 11:14 AM   #7
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Dear Iphone Genes

I have few queries before jail break my iphone

1) Will ATT unlock my phone after three months?
2) As new iphone use want to know difference between unlock and jail break
3) If I jail break can update new OS 3.0
4) What advantages for jail breaking and can it be done free?

Thanks and looking for your valuable answers

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Old Mar 30, 2009, 11:45 AM   #8
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Dear Iphone Genes

I have few queries before jail break my iphone

1) Will ATT unlock my phone after three months?
2) As new iphone use want to know difference between unlock and jail break
3) If I jail break can update new OS 3.0
4) What advantages for jail breaking and can it be done free?

Thanks and looking for your valuable answers

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  1. No.
  2. Jailbreaking is gaining root acess to the iPhone, and being able to install Apps you cannot find in the App Store, as well as other cool mods/hacks (like themes). Unlocking is bing able to use the iPhone on any GSM Network (Like T-Mobile).
  3. You can. I'd reccomend restoring before you do. But remember, 3.0 is only in BETA and there is NO Jailbreak released for it. However, a Jailbreak will be available when 3.0 is publicly released.
  4. Jailbreaking is 100% free. Check out this site, they're the guys who make the Jailbreaking. They give out their software for free. The main advantage of Jailbreaking is Cydia. Cydia is an open source alternative to the App Store.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 01:37 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info.

Does anyone have a definitive guide to unlocking?

Can I still reverse the lock with Yellowsn0w and therefore carry out future software updates?
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 03:31 AM   #10
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If you can't figure out how to jailbreak/unlock, it's best that you don't do it.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 03:50 AM   #11
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If you can't figure out how to jailbreak/unlock, it's best that you don't do it.
This is the best advice that could ever be given to someone considering whether or not to jailbreak/unlock.

If you can find, understand and follow the instructions, then you should go for it. If not, then you should leave it alone.

I jailbroke/unlocked from 1.0.2 all the way to 2.1.0 but finally decided that the app store had matured enough to replace cydia and that the memory leaks and application lag were unacceptable. I still stand by that decision. Whatever anyone tells you, messing with your iPhone's software reduces its performance and reliability.

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Does anyone have a definitive guide to unlocking?

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Personally, I'd ditch Orange for O2 in a heartbeat but, if you're determined not to go with them, the only site I would trust for info is Hack That Phone.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 09:44 AM   #12
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I'm quite capable of following instructions, but I just wanted to ensure the method I use is the safest and best.

Will using Yellowsn0w be better than a bought software from www.iphoneunlocking.com?

Furthermore, due to not actually having the phone yet, I wanted to get some helpful advice from members of the forum to ensure I am aware of the softwares levels required by using Yellowsn0w etc.

I'm not so interested in the jailbreak side it, more the unlock to allow use of my Orange sim.

I'll be staying with Orange until my contract end in Nov, then moving to my O2 PAYG sim.
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 10:29 AM   #13
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This is the best advice that could ever be given to someone considering whether or not to jailbreak/unlock.

If you can find, understand and follow the instructions, then you should go for it. If not, then you should leave it alone.
This is why I end up doing 1-3 iPod Touch Jailkbreaks a week

And yeah, I've had a much better time with O2 than I did with Orange.

But seriously, App Store. Mature? Hahahah!! You're a funny fellow!

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I'm quite capable of following instructions, but I just wanted to ensure the method I use is the safest and best.

Will using Yellowsn0w be better than a bought software from www.************.com?

Furthermore, due to not actually having the phone yet, I wanted to get some helpful advice from members of the forum to ensure I am aware of the softwares levels required by using Yellowsn0w etc.

I'm not so interested in the jailbreak side it, more the unlock to allow use of my Orange sim.

I'll be staying with Orange until my contract end in Nov, then moving to my O2 PAYG sim.
Do not buy iPhone unlocking software.

Make sure you do not upgrade to 2.2.1 (if you have, it's already too late). You need to be on 2.2 or a custom 2.2.1. Make sure you have 02.28.00 modem firmware. Now Jailbreak using QuickPwn (tons of guides all over the net). Next go to Cydia after you have Jailbroken, then go to Manage, Sources, Edit, Add then type in 'http://apt9.yellowsn0w.com/'. Install yellowsn0w, reboot you iPhone and... BAM! You're done!
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 11:08 AM   #14
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Old Mar 31, 2009, 02:55 PM   #15
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Ok, I had found the dev team website but thanks for posting again.

So, please confirm my understanding:

Pwnagetool (running XP, not a Mac) will jailbreak up to 2.2.1....?

However, Yellowsn0w will only work with 2.2 (baseband 02.28.00)?


So are these simple to check when I receive my iPhone? Furthermore, what can I do if it comes pre-loaded with 2.2.1? Is there no solution for this? The pay per unlock solution offers unlock to firmware 2.2.1 - is Yellowsn0w currently being developed for this?

Thanks


PS. The dev team website states that the Pwnagetool is developed for use with 2.2.1. Therefore, will it not jailbreak a 2.2? Or do I need to get an old release of it from DevTeam?

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Pwnagetool (running XP, not a Mac) will jailbreak up to 2.2.1....?
Um, last I checked, pwnagetool only worked on a Mac. On Windows you need to use quickpwn. And that doesn't allow you to keep your baseband at 02.28.00.

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However, Yellowsn0w will only work with 2.2 (baseband 02.28.00)?
Basically correct. However, pwnage tool does allow you to upgrade to 2.2.1 while keeping the baseband 02.28.00 -- but you'll need to find a Mac to run pwnage tool.

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So are these simple to check when I receive my iPhone?
Yes. You can run the "settings" app to see your system info, which tells you what firmware and baseband you have.

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Furthermore, what can I do if it comes pre-loaded with 2.2.1? Is there no solution for this?
Currently, no.

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The pay per unlock solution offers unlock to firmware 2.2.1 - is Yellowsn0w currently being developed for this?
Don't know anything about the paid solution, and the iPhone-dev team hasn't posted anything about Yellowsn0w for 2.2.1 in quite a while. My guess is they are pulling the same game they did with the 2nd gen Touch unbreak -- they are holding back on publicly releasing the unlock until the next iPhone goes on sale.

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PS. The dev team website states that the Pwnagetool is developed for use with 2.2.1. Therefore, will it not jailbreak a 2.2? Or do I need to get an old release of it from DevTeam?
Yes, pwnagetool will *jailbreak* 2.2 or any earlier firmware, as well as 2.2.1, but it won't *unlock* your iPhone. You need to use yellowsn0w to unlock, and yellowsn0w only works if the baseband is 02.28.00.
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Old May 13, 2009, 02:52 PM   #17
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Okay, so i am kind of new to this, but i would consider myself very capable with a computer and software. I have been looking around at the various softwares for unlocking and jailbreaking the iphone 3g. However, there seems to be a lot of contradicting information and i have began to question the stability and safety of any 3rd party software for the phone. It would obviously be an expensive mistake if for some reason the phone stopped working. Therefore, here is my question.

I found this website today that offers free unlocking and jailbreaking for any of the Apple software updates. [URL="http://http://www.iphoneworldwide.com/usa3g_soft.htm"[/URL]

Obviously you guys have mentioned that there no reason to pay for this service, and in fact you shouldnt because you can get a fix for free.

Therefore, i understand that jailbreaking essentially gains you access to new abilities through cydia. However, does the phone still function well? can it be put back to the way it was stock?

Also, is there really any benefit of unlocking my phone if i am not going to be doing a lot of international travel? the way i was understanding unlocking is it would allow you to use any other internation network free of charges. This would be awesome because i will probably be going to canada in the next few months, but i really am not sure if it is worth it to go through all the trouble and risk for really only 1 or two trips internationally over the summer.

Thanks guys. I am sure some of these questions are kind of repeats, but i really appreciate the suggestions and clarification.
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Old Feb 9, 2011, 03:56 AM   #19
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If you are trying to find out your best iphone unlock software then first of all make sure that the software is verified. second, it should support working with all kinds of networks.
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Whatever you do don't pay for the software. The software is free.

The iPhone Dev Team, The Chronic Dev Team and GeoHot all provide jailbreaking and unlocking tools for free.
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If you are trying to find out your best iphone unlock software then first of all make sure that the software is verified. second, it should support working with all kinds of networks.
There are several sites or google search you can get instruction on unlocking your phone for free. One of the site that I like is www.Iclarified.com

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You can unlock any locked phone but you can't unlock them free of cost. Either you pay network provider to provide you an unlock code and get your phone unlocked legally or pay an individual who can unlock your phone using a software (obviously unlocking a phone without company's permission is considered illegal and doing so shall void the phone's warranty).

Once you get your phone unlocked illegally and later if you face any problem with the phone, the company wont assist you anymore so in my opinion the best way to avoid these problem is to contact your network provider and request an unlock code by paying a small fee. I have already unlocked some mobile phones of friends including mine too which ended up getting damaged in an attempt to get it unlocked using a software. I strongly advice either you buy an unlocked phone or contact your network provider. Thanks, James
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You can unlock any locked phone but you can't unlock them free of cost. Either you pay network provider to provide you an unlock code and get your phone unlocked legally or pay an individual who can unlock your phone using a software (obviously unlocking a phone without company's permission is considered illegal and doing so shall void the phone's warranty).

Once you get your phone unlocked illegally and later if you face any problem with the phone, the company wont assist you anymore so in my opinion the best way to avoid these problem is to contact your network provider and request an unlock code by paying a small fee. I have already unlocked some mobile phones of friends including mine too which ended up getting damaged in an attempt to get it unlocked using a software. I strongly advice either you buy an unlocked phone or contact your network provider. Thanks, James
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but in the united states, both jailbreaking and unlocking are legal. Obviously Apple voids the warranty if you jailbreak but so long as you can restore the phone to stock (which is possible 99.9% of the time) Apple will have no clue that your phone was ever jailbroken.
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