I recommend unlocking only, not jailbreaking!

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by trajen, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. trajen macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2008
    I had my iPhone 2G 8G unlocked and jailbroken with T-Mobile, with just a few extras installed: Clippy, Winterboard w/ Mario SMS, transparent dock, reflective dock and Cyntact.

    Programs ran slow, quit unexpectedly and YouTube refused to work. Restored fresh 2.2.1 unlock only and this thing is snappieness™ to a T! Even battery life seems improved! LOVE IT!

    It's worth the wait for a 3.0 unlock for all the things you can get in Cydia if it means your phone will run smoothly and efficiently! Just thought I'd share my story! :D
  2. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    That may be true.
    However, it should be noted that many of us depend on these Applications.
    Such as tethering.:p IMO
  3. koollectablz macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2009
    How you gonna unlock if you don't jailbreak first?
  4. trajen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2008
    I ran Pwnage and un-checked Cydia and Installer, so that just bootneuter ran again and didn't add anything extra to the firmware. All I know is that this "new" iPhone is blazing fast! ;)
  5. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    :apple:I have all that plus backgrounder and insomnia running all the time with no slowdown. battery life is less but I can live with it.:apple:
  6. trajen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2008
    That's cool! :)
  7. vivarey macrumors member

    May 16, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Just because you aren't using Cydia or Installer doesn't mean your phone isn't jailbroken! But yeah, I get what you're saying. More apps mo' problems...
  8. orrlyfe macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2009
    Buying IPhone on craigslist


    I've been wanting an Iphone for a looong time, but I didn't want to go with at&t. I recently found a guy on craigslist that has a 3g, 8gb iphone that he wants to sell for a good price. He had at&t but said the service didn't work at his house, so he went back to verizon. The phone is not unlocked and I want to make sure it works before I buy it.

    I'm meeting him in a parking lot today and I would like to unlock it there and make a phone call using my tmobile sim card.

    I'm a complete newbie..never used the iphone and don't know much about the Iphone software. I am a technical person and can follow clear instructions.

    My question is, what would you suggest that I do to unlock it in the parking lot and what should I look out for?


  9. yomnym macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2008
    you'll have to take a laptop with quickpwn or pwnage in it and a usb iphone cable as well as have a simunlock such as turbosim or whichever other. When you get his phone restore it, jailbreak it and insert your sim with unlock chip.. try and call. Should work.
  10. dorqiekat macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2004
    Did he already agree to this?

    I totally understand the being cautious before buying from strangers, when I sold my T-Mobile BlackBerry to another T-Mobile customer I allowed him to insert his sim and make calls before buying.

    With that said... However, unlocking a AT&T phone to use on another network to see if it works before buying is unlikely. (That is - if the seller knows what you're asking for and what he is getting into). Say that you unlock it incorrectly, or something goes wrong... or through no fault of your own, the unlock does not take or the phone just does not work for any reason. You unlocking the sellers iPhone void's the warranty.

    To me, unlocking to use on another network is a risk for the buyer...

    my 2 cents.
  11. yomnym macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2008
    just make sure you advise him of what the procedures are so that neither of you will waste your time. If you do have a sim unlock chip and are able to hactivate the phone through jailbreaking, it is almost 100 guaranteed that it'll work
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    FWIW, the original iPhone also stays unlocked as long as the baseband isn't updated, which hasn't happened with any recent update... so another, albeit more complicated, way to end up with an unlocked but not jailbreaked phone is to jailbreak and unlock it once, and then simply restore it with Apple's unmodified firmware, directly from iTunes. After that is done, the phone is no longer jailbreaked, but it remains unlocked.

    There are a small number of us who did this at some point and just stopped bothering with jailbreaking for a variety of reasons. So for instance I jailbreaked 2.0.1, I think, but I've been unlocked only, using the official updates, ever since.

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