Does it take a genius to unlock an iPhone?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Michael CM1, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I ask this because I tried with the instructions in the stickied post above and failed. I'm pretty sure I did everything I was told, but it was kind of confusing since I was wanting to unlock it and jailbreak it to sell it. I thought I selected the right answers, but when I got to the iTunes recovery and selected my ipsw file, it told me "no dice!"

    I'm worried about bricking this thing since there are quite a few ways to go wrong. I selected 2.2.1 for my original iPhone, downloaded the bl46.bin file. I just have no idea what I did wrong. Anybody got any clues?
     
  2. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    Bricking is relatively impossible to do now, all you would have to do is restore it to stock firmware. It doesn't take a genius to do - sometimes the unlock doesn't always work because of certain errors. Just have to keep at it.

    What particular error did you get?
     
  3. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a

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  4. Michael CM1 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure since it was a good 12 hours ago. I think I'm going to wait until I get my 3G S working unless that would make it impossible for me to check the unlock/jailbreak status of my 2G. Will that be a problem? I'm a legit iPhone user, as Pwnage asks, so I don't know how I would know that it is unlocked or not.
     
  5. imfrog2002 macrumors 6502

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    Okay, if you have iTunes 8.2, that'll mess up EVERYTHING. You can't do the DFU mode needed to unlock for the first time.. I've unlocked MANY iPhones. It can be tricky sometimes, but anyone can do it, you just might need some pointers. :) Here's how to downgrade to 8.1: (unconfirmed. I just googled it, but it should help.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKC2db3XvbI

    EDIT: Also, if you say you're a legit user, it'll jailbreak but NOT unlock. You need to hit no there for it to unlock.
     
  6. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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  7. benflick macrumors 68020

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    You don't have to get rid of iTunes 8.2, because the new PwnageTool and QuickPWN will work with 8.2, they are being released today.
     
  8. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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    Ben, given the title of the thread, I think the OP will be helped by having a detailed tutorial to follow, hence the link to the iClarified page. That still links to the last versions of the software, which do exactly what he needs to do.

    So imho he'd be best to get rid of 8.2, ignore today's releases, and follow the tutorial. Then he'll have an unlocked 2G, and can sell it as such, which is what he wants to do.
     

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