help me understand

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Tony Earl, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Tony Earl macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    i have a phone (1gen) that was broken all that jazz firmware 1.1.4. now i dont really understand the process of jailbreaking, unlocking pornage so please can someone help me?

    if i jailbreak my phone, do i ever have to do it again?
    only after its jailbroken, can upgrade the firmware? how?
    it is then unlocked or must i still unlock it?

    thanks and please have patience im not the brightest peanut in the turd!
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    I can't help you myself, but this deserved a quote :D
  3. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    Wow this needs to be on a T-shirt I will buy one. I want it with an arrow too the person standing next to me though. :p I will let somebody else answer too but ua made me laugh! I won't try to claim to be a expert. btw still laughing
  4. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Once you jailbreak it you never have to do it again as long as you don't update /restore the firmware of the iPhone. So yes, it is a one time process. If you update/restore with Apple's firmware your iPhone will be relocked/deactivated/unjailbroken, and you have to wait for the new tools from the dev team to be updated to work with the new firmware.

    Technically speaking jailbreaking and unlocking are two separate things. Jailbreaking means you have complete control over the phone including root access. Jailbreaking also breaks the security chain at its lowest levels allowing you to do/run just about anything you want. Unlocking refers to being able to use your phone with any carrier. At a higher level, jailbreaking is the first step towards unlocking because obviously you need to completely control the phone to start playing with the baseband (the part the locks the phone to a carrier).
  5. Tony Earl thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    thanks for the help so far and let me start by saying i cant take full
    credit for my post, that is a line from a song of the band "blood hound gang".
    but it describes me to the T

    so if my phone is jailbroken, i dont need to worry about this again so i just need to update the firmware ? how? and can i jump from 1.1.4 to 3.0 ? or must i go through them all?

    when do i unlock it?

    maybe i should buy a nokia! its much easier ;-)
  6. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    My advice would be this:

    - update the phone now, via itunes, to 3.0 (unless you are already unlocked and using a non-official carrier, in which case wait a few days)

    - the unlock software for the first gen iphone on v3.0 will be released in the next few days, and when it is this forum will be swamped with posts from people about their experiences with it.

    - when most people are reporting that it works fine, that's your time to download it and jailbreak/unlock your phone, whatever you want to do

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