iPhone Best iPhone unlock software?!

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by AndyD, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. AndyD macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2008
    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?!

  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    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. :)
  3. Tokiopop macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Yellowsn0w is the only iPhone 3G Software Unlock :rolleyes:
  4. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    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.
  5. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2005
  6. Tokiopop macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
    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.
  7. marirs macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2009
    Jail Break IPhone and Queries.

    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

  8. Tokiopop macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
    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.
    No problem :)
  9. AndyD thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2008
    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?
  10. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    If you can't figure out how to jailbreak/unlock, it's best that you don't do it.
  11. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    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.

    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.
  12. AndyD thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2008
    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.
  13. Tokiopop macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
    This is why I end up doing 1-3 iPod Touch Jailkbreaks a week :p

    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! :D

    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! :D
  14. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
  15. AndyD thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2008
    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?


    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?

  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    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.

    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.

    Yes. You can run the "settings" app to see your system info, which tells you what firmware and baseband you have.

    Currently, no.

    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.

    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.
  17. cosycoupe macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2009
    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.
  18. WhatAmI macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2009
    Get out of here you fake clown, anyone with a photoshopped iPhone box on their web page automatically gives themselves away.
  19. unlckiphone macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2011
    Best iphone unlock

    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.
  20. hackthatphone macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2010
    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.
  21. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2008
    Seattle, WA USA
    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

    Good luck!
  22. tech123 macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2012
  23. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
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    Scam waste your own money if you want.
  24. jemm macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2011
    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 :)
  25. BumpyFlatline macrumors 68030


    Apr 11, 2012
    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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