Help! Think I've gone and done it...

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by woodspring, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. woodspring macrumors newbie

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    Hi All!

    Just found this site while researching and so happy about it. Looks like a great resource and place to chat all things Mac.

    Have a question that may be a "Duh" answer, but I'm a novice at jailbreaking/unlocking.

    A year ago, I bought a iphone 3gs from a friend that had been using it at AT&T. I jailbroke and unlocked it using redsn0w and used it happily for a year while on TMobile until my contract ran out. Now that it's over, I went legit, purchased the iphone 4s and signed up with Verizon.

    I decided to give my daughter the old phone to use as an itouch for Christmas this year. Well, then I had to go and do something dumb...
    I plugged it in, reformatted and erased all data through itunes (i'm assuming it updated it to ios 5.0.1) And now it seems it cant be unlocked.

    Any advice?

    I thought i found the newest version of redsn0w online, but I could be wrong. Someone told me to buy a att gophone sim, look up an ?imei? number and activate it prepaid through AT&T just to get it working for her.
    Well, can't find one of the numbers online and wouldnt know that right one if I did.

    Is this phone toast?

    Thanks in Advance!
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You can activate it with any att sim, even old invactive sim cards.
    Or use a friends sim for a minute to activate it and then use it as an ipod.
    If you JB in order to hactivate you will be stuck with a tethered JB.
     
  3. woodspring thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, or deactivated AT&T sim, prepaid AT&T sim anything like that will do the trick.
     
  5. woodspring thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok applejuiced- i put in the att sim and plugged it into itunes:

    here is what is happening:

    -"waiting for activation" message on iphone (this may take some time)
    -"set up your iphone" screen on itunes -
    do i select:
    1. set up as new phone
    2. restore from the back up of "____ family's iphone" last updated 10/26/11
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Its up to you. Do you want to set it up as new or restore from a backup? Either one will do.
     
  7. woodspring thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did a restore and it worked great. Hoping it had my previous jailbroken apps on there like Cydia, but it did not. Will take what I can get though...

    Happy that it is working for her and she will be happy this Christmas! Thanks for the help. I was thinking it would be so much more complicated than the Sim card...
     
  8. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    You have 2 options to jailbreak this phone if you want Cydia on it.

    1. You can jailbreak it with redsn0w, then install semi tether onto the phone. You will have a semi tether jailbroken phone.
    2. Since you have a 3GS, you can downgrade it to 4.1 and then jailbreak it. It will be untethered jailbreak for that firmware.
     

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