iPhone 2G Downgrade

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  1. sheppy1 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys, so I've just bought an iPhone 2G from eBay and I'm going to assume it has the latest 3.1.3 OS on it, what I would like to do is downgrade it to one of the original 1.x firmwares if possible, does anyone know the best way for me to do this?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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  3. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just because I'd like to have it on one of the original FWs where it ran fast as I wont be using the phone, it's just like a little collectors item for me :)
     
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  5. cynics macrumors G3

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    Sounds like its more of an antique. So he will find it to be more desirable in its original form. Like car collectors who want an old car to be original like when it was shipped.
     
  6. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah that's the reason why, I just want it on the original FW like when I had one on release, I'll take a look at that link though :) thanks
     
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    It truly does run about as well on 3.1.3 as it does on any other previous OS, and this is coming from personal experience having tinkered with MANY of these original iPhones.
     
  8. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay then, thanks for that, I'll give it a go when I get it and see how it is :) looking forward to getting a 2g again :D
     
  9. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I've tried to do the downgrade for similar reasons, no go beyond 2. Also you'll need an older copy of iTunes to get that far.
     
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  11. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awwwww that really sucks then :( I'll have a fiddle around with mine when I get it anyway and see which FW i like best :)

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    Ha I only really wanted one for nostalgics and collection reasons really, I just always remember it being an amazing phone and Wanted to have a go on one again :) it's obviously not going to be my primary phone but it will be fun to play with :)
     
  12. war eagle macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought one the other day... soooooooooooooooooo slow lol... I was going to use it as a backup/ipod but its unbearable.
     
  13. braddick macrumors 68040

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    Ah, you guys are killing me!
    When it comes to texting and phone calls my original iPhone is surprisingly as quick as my 4S.
     
  14. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Which FW are you running it on?
     
  15. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I agree, my phone was stolen a while back and I used my 2G as a temp phone while I saved up for the replacement. With the exception of lack of storage and 3G it was perfectly fine to use, snappy, and felt great. Like those who feel like anything over 8GB on a phone is stupid, there are those who will cling to the idea that just because something is over 2 years old it doesn't function anymore. I guess I should trash my TV, NGC, PS2, PSP, PS3 Rev 1.1 MBP and Wii since they are all older than the iPhone 2G and couldn't possible work any more.
     
  16. braddick macrumors 68040

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    2.2.1
     
  17. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And do you have the app store on this version?
     
  18. braddick macrumors 68040

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    No apps on this phone (that's what my 4S and iPad are for). It is strictly a phone (with music).
     
  19. war eagle, Apr 11, 2012
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    I'm going to try that. Go down to 2.2.1. I really want to use it for Navigon when i'm biking so I can find things and not kill my 4S battery.

    EDIT: Take that back. Forgot my the 2G doesn't have GPS!! DOH!! LOL
     
  20. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haha :p I always thought it did..I finally got my iPhone 2G anyway, it came on 3.1.3, not got round to downgrading it yet though but found some good (but slightly sketchy) instructions to downgrade to 1.0..not got round to trying it yet though
     
  21. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was able to get it down to 1.1.1 but couldn't activate the thing :-/ tried for ages and in the end I gave up and ended up upgrading it to 2.2.1, might try again tomorrow to see if I can get it working properly on 1.1.1 and possibly lower :)
     
  22. braddick macrumors 68040

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    Please post your results as I'd find this interesting to do too.
     
  23. 0m3ga macrumors 6502

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    iPhone 2G? Never heard of it. Heard of an iPhone, iPhone3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4... Did I miss it? :D
     
  24. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Don't worry I'll keep this thread updated as I go along :)
     
  25. sheppy1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just getting to 2.2.1 was hard enough though tbh..I'm running baseband version [04.05.04_G] and I originally wanted to downgrade directly to 1.1.1 and to do this I installed iTunes 7.5 on Windows XP and tried to restore using a downloaded .IPSW file, this failed and left me with a phone which wouldn't activate for some reason :-/ so then I decided to restore back to 3.1.3 so that I can downgrade to 2.2.1 (simply upgrading directly to 2.2.1 didn't work) so I tried to upgrade to 3.1.3 using the latest version of iTunes on my Mac and that failed too with the iTunes error 1603, so now I just decided to find out which version of iTunes would support 2.2.1, I found out iTunes 8.1.1 would do the trick so I installed this on my Windows XP partition, put my phone into recovery mode and then just restored it as normal, this put 2.2.1 onto my phone which is currently working fine and activated just fine too..

    Tomorrow I will probably try to get it onto a lower version as I said, just posted all this as to keep anyone updated in case anyone was interested :)
     

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