How to Unlock a 3G iPhone for Russia?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by md63, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. md63 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    I have a relative visiting from Russia who wants to buy an iPhone in the US and use it in Europe. Apparently a Russian 3G iPhone would cost him $1,000. I'm trying to help him out.

    I assume he (or I) could buy the iPhone from ATT and then terminate the contract and pay the termination fee. After that how would he unlock the phone to use it in Russia? I've read about both hardware SIM unlocks as well as programs which apparently change the firmware. Also, do these solutions provide 3G access or just voice?

    This is all new to me and would appreciate any guidance in how to help him out.

  2. lavrishevo macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2007
    If the phone comes with any other firmware besides 2.2.1, the latest released, you can download the firmware 2.2.1 off the internet and use a program called pwnage to create a custom firmware from 2.2.1 that will the the baseband chip intact for the program called yellowsn0w. This would allow you to have the phone "unlocked" for other sim cards.

    Honestly the easiest solution, especially if your not comfortable with the rather technical process of creating custom firmware and installing yellowsn0w, a sim unlock might be the best path. Rebel sim and and others offer their products for pretty cheap. These will work with the full apple version of 2.2.1

    I hope this helps.

  3. PYR0M310N macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    A friend of mine brought a iphone about a week ago, and it came with 2.2.1, so he hasn't been able to unlock it.
    This is in the UK though, so it might be different in the US.
  4. kairos macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2009
    iPhone 3G - Downloads
    Download the 2.2.1 firmware file from here

    Windows users: Quickpwn 2.2.5 Download here

    Windows users: iTunes 8.0 Download here

    Windows users: .NET Framework version 2.0 Download here

    iPhone 3G - Jailbreak 2.2.1

    1.Before beginning: You must have iTunes 8 installed and you must be on firmware 2.1, if you are not, be sure to update via iTunes.
    Also make sure to go into the task manager and disable ANYTHING Apple or iTunes related.
    2. WindowsXP user must download the NET Framework version 2.0 (Click to download)
    3. WindowsXP user should be sure" Control Panel " -> " Administrative Tools " -> "Telnet ,messenger ,terminal services" (Be sure three services are turned on)

    4.Download Firmware 2.2.1 (3G) (Click to download)

    Step 1

    Make a folder on your desktop & name it Pwnage.Download the Firmware 2.2.1 & Pwnage tool 2.2.5 & place them in Pwnage folder you just created on your desktop:Unzip/Unrar the file inside the Pwnage folder.

    Step 2

    Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone 3G to the computer via USB cable.

    Select your iPhone from the list of devices on the left side navigation bar. Now hold down shift while clicking the Restore button.

    Navigate to the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop and select the 2.1 firmware ipsw file. Double click the ipsw file or select it and click the Open button to proceed.

    Step 3

    Once iTunes has finished upgrading your iPhone 3G to the 2.2.1 firmware you may launch QuickPwn 2.2.5 from the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop.

    Step 4

    Make sure you iPhone 3G is still connected to the computer via USB cable then click the blue arrow to proceed.

    Step 5

    Click the Browse button to locate your iPhone 3G firmware.

    Step 6

    QuickPwn will check to verify that the ipsw file is valid. After completetion of the verification, click the blue arrow button to proceed.

    Step 7

    Selecting(Add Cydia)
    This step allows you select what you’d like installed on your iPhone. You have the ability to select Cydia, Installer, and replace boot logos. Once you have made your selections click the blue arrow to continue on. If you want a full jailbreaking experience, installing Cydia and Installer is highly recommended

    Step 8

    QuickPwn will now ask you to confirm your iPhone 3G is still connected via USB cable before it continues. Click the blue arrow button to proceed.

    Step 9

    QuickPwn will now automatically put your iPhone into recovery mode. Once its in recovery mode you will be prompted to: Hold the Home button for 5 seconds, Hold the Home and Power buttons for 10 seconds, then release the Power button and continuing holding the Home button until your iPhone is in DFU mode.

    Step 10

    Once QuickPwn detects your iPhone 3G in DFU mode it will begin the jailbreaking process.

    Step 11

    Once jailbreaking is complete QuickPwn will inform you that it was successful
    I get these information from here, you can refer to
  5. diemos macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2009
    buy 10 iphones sell them in russia for 1k and make 10k :)
  6. vivithemage macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    minus the cost of the iphone of course ;)

    @kairos - can you do that method if you have 2.2.1 + the new baseband, or no?

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