Unlock iPhone 3GS

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  1. auptimus, Feb 7, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012

    macrumors member

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    Hi guys,
    I keep reading about this baseband thing. I want to unlock my phone, but I don't want to until I get more specified info on if I can do it according to my phone's specs:
    iPhone 3GS.
    Version: 5.0.1 (9A405)
    Serial #: 84938xxxxxx
    Baseband: 05.16.05

    By the way, I don't mind losing the GPS option as I have a GPS unit anyway.

    So I trust you guys. What are my options to unlock it? I'm paying at&t $47/month only for talking and I can have unlimited talk/text/web with t-mobile for only $50/month and without a contract.

    My best regards.
    Optimus
     
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    ylerT

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    You can unlock it but only by flashing the baseband to 6.15.00 which is made for the iPad. This will make you lose GPS functionality.

    If you're not too concerned about having a lot of data you can go sign up for H2O Mobile. They have plans in that price range but the $50 is only 250mb and the $60 is 1gb of data. The reason I recommend H2O is because you won't need to flash your iPhone baseband and you will be able to get 3G data speeds since they use the same system as AT&T.
     
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    Unlock iPhone 3GS

    Hi ylert,
    Thanks a lot for your answer and for the info. I will give it a try. At least I don't have to unlock my phone. The $520/month plan is ok for me.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Optimus.
     
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    PsstGreek

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    If you install the iPad baseband you'll brick your iPhone (killing the radio). Any 3GS with a production week of 35 or higher cannot take the iPad baseband.

    I'm not quite sure for what production year though.
     
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    ylerT

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    Generally, the 3rd number is the year of production. Since his a 9 that would usually mean it was manufactured in 2009 and wouldn't be vulnerable to the "bricking" like newer devices are.

    Either way, if you're looking to go pre-paid, H2O is a great solution. My wife is on it and I've now helped 4 of my friends switch from T-Mobile to H2O. Without the need for unlocking and having the ability to get 3G data, it's a really good choice/service IMO.
     
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    maturola

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    That only Apply to 3GS manufactured on 2011 after week 35, OP 3GS was manufacture on 2009 week 38
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    Unlock iphone 3gs

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for your inputs. Guess for now I will go with the H2O plan until they come up with an unlock for the 05.16.05 BB.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Optimus
     
  8. Applejuiced, Feb 7, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012

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    I heard red pocket is also a good option.
    They have fast 3G and again you won't need to unlock it. And they have unlimited plans with 2GB data for $60.
     
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    Unlock iphone 3GS

    I checked red pocket website but they don't have the Store Location link. Don't know if they have any in Minneapolis, but H2O, yes.
     
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    Applejuiced

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    Or buy a sim/account from them online?
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    a lot of bad info here about basebands. 0 on that third digit mean 2009 since that refers to first year. 1 refers to 2010. If it's QR it's refurbed and all bets are off.

    check this link. http://iphone-unlock.blogspot.com/2012/01/iphone-3gs-8gb-unlock-issue-with-ipad.html

    If it's 16 or 32 GB, all of them will flash just fine. If it's 8 GB, then check the serial. If it's QR then it's very hit or miss but if you're within warranty, apple will just replace it with another 3GS at your local Apple store. Yes, I've done it.
     

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