I want to unlock a 3g iphone but am confused.

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by sam10685, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. sam10685 macrumors 68000

    sam10685

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    I want to buy a 3G iPhone off of ebay or Craigslist to unlock so that it works with my carrier (t-mobile) but I am confused. Before anyone flames me, I did search the forums and did look it up on google but it's too confusing for me. I did find this that looks quite useful but I don't have "an old SIM card." Just the t-mobile one. Also, what is Pwnage and quickpwn and all that? Please help me.
     
  2. laz305 macrumors regular

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    once you JailBreak & Unlock it you can use the TMob SIM Card in the iPhone. The difference between QuickPwn & WinPwn is like Coke & Pepsi your choice, but I suggest QuickPwn.
     
  3. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Terrible explainaion.

    WinPwn is for Windows users.
    QuickPWN is for Windows or Mac users.
    Pwnage Tool is for Mac only.

    QuickPWN is the best choice. You may only Jailbreak the iPhone 3G with QuickPWN. You will need to use QuickPWN to Jailbreak your phone and then use Cydia to Unlock it.
     
  4. sam10685 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Awesome... :) My mind is slow but I'm figuring it out. now I'm wondering; it wants me to have a SIM card in it already to unlock it for use with any SIM card carrier. I only have my t-mobile SIM though so how would I work around that? Could I use my brother's girl friend's card? (She has an iphone+AT&T...) Would I mess up any of her data?
     
  5. benflick macrumors 68020

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    You don't need another SIM card to use QuickPWN. Take yours out before QuickPWNing and keep it out until after Yellowsn0w.
     
  6. sam10685 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I didn't think the iPhone would work without a SIM card in it... :confused:
     
  7. jmann macrumors 604

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    No actually when you run quickpwn, it will "hacktivate" the phone and it won't need a sim card.
     
  8. Stiney macrumors member

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    Before you buy the phone you should make sure it hasn't been updated to 2.2.1 and don't use Quickpwn. Updating with Quickpwn will lock you out of a 3g soft unlock. Go and read the Dev-Team blog a couple times to get used to what you will need to do. If the phone has the wrong modem firmware you will be out of luck. And the modem firmware can't be downgraded. So take a look here...


    http://blog.iphone-dev.org/post/74278878/close-the-stable-door
     
  9. sam10685 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Don't use Quickpwn? I thought Quickpwn was the program that was recommended.
     
  10. Stiney macrumors member

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    QuickPWN is for the iPhone 2g Unlock...But with the 3g you need to use Pwnage tool so the baseband doesn't get updated. Once that Baseband is updated to 02.30.03 you will not be able to use Yellowsn0w to do the soft unlock.
     
  11. lavrishevo macrumors 68000

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    Pwnage is the answer for unlocking now because of the recent update from Apple which changes the baseband. Before this update Quickpwn was the easiest and most reliable way. Honestly, I never liked Pwnage that much because of failure rates due to all kinds of circumstances but we have no choice as of now. I don't even know if I am going to bother with 2.2.1
     
  12. sam10685 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Excellent... thank you guys. :):) I think I have it all in order, now I just need to save up money to actually buy the thing. Also, any more tips?
     

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