Is there hope for bricked iphone users?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by airfrancisco, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. airfrancisco macrumors regular

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    I'm wondering if there's hope for us with bricked iphone such as "incorrect sim" message? What are the chances that there's a way to downgrade the baseband then relock it so the iPhone is back to "virgin" state? Or should I take my losses and sell it on ebay/craigslist and buy another iPhone?
     
  2. Telp macrumors 68040

    Telp

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    I have read that people have been able to unbrick their phones. How truthful these are I am not sure, and if they have released their little secret on how to do it I haven't seen it. Look around or wait for more people to post the opinions. I say your SOL but I am not the definitive word by any means. Good luck with your predicament.
     
  3. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just glad I've waited to get the iPhone. Now I know that doing anything against what Apple says is a bad idea. I'm not going to risk it. I sure hope they decide to open the OS up a little though.
     
  4. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Me too. I can't imagine how anxious I would feel if I was experiencing the problems that so many people with unlocked iPhones are having.

    Or am I getting the wrong impression about how many people have these problems?
     
  5. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    WHY YOUR iPHONE WAS BRICKED
    There are people (koff, Gizmodo) who consistantly report SOME hacking news and may actually be surpressing others. That means that while some stories, like the initial unlocking or the initial 1.1.1 bricking get a LOT of attention (and lots of fun graphics drawn up) other breaking news is entirely left out. Take this excellent report from TUAW.

    http://www.tuaw.com/2007/10/10/first-signs-of-a-schism-in-the-iphone-dev-community/#comments

    They posted a very enlightening post here, regarding WHY your iPhone got bricked... here's the skinny:
    Ouch, huh?

    The answer to a BRICKED iPhone, appears to be
    found in downgrading your baseband:
    http://code.google.com/p/iphone-elite/wiki/DowngradingBaseband

    Another solution can be found by going straight to iPhone Sim Free, which you arguably should have just paid for to begin with. Apparently iPhone Sim Free promises to restore the baseband (something that the Unofficial iPhone Dev Team promised to do at the at end of September, but may have been distracted from after a while).

    WHY DID iPHONE SIM FREE NOT BRICK MY PHONE?

    The iPhone Elite Team also posted a write-up about how iPhone Sim Free apparently works. I thought it made a lot of sense.
    http://code.google.com/p/iphone-elite/wiki/HowIPSFWorks

    Here's the skinny:
    iPhone Sim Free Tutorial
    http://www.iphonesimfree.com/cgi-bin/iphonesimfree/engine.pl?page=tutorial

    In the meantime, use this quick hack to use Safari on your BRICKED iPhone without activating or anything else (just some fancy fingerwork and your good!)
    http://www.hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=10378&page=2

    DISCLAIMER:
    Just passing along information here. :)


    ~ CB
     

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