jailbreak then unlock, or unlock then jailbreak?

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  1. hkpuipui99 macrumors member

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    I have searched all over these forums and iClarified tutorials, but I can't find an answer to this question...


    My iPhone 4 is eligible for unlock from AT&T next month. Can I jailbreak with Absinthe now and keep it jailbroken after I unlock? Or is it easier to wait till after I unlock before jailbreaking?


    I ask because from the posts on here it looks like unlocking from AT&T involves some kind of restore on iTunes. I don't know how jailbreaking now will affect that process. All the tutorials I see on iClarified has to do with unlocking with SAM or some other way, not by contacting AT&T...

    Thanks. Appreciate the help.
     
  2. GalvaJ macrumors regular

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    Once you get your unlock code from AT&T you'll need to backup and restore your phone.

    So, if you jailbreak now, before unlocking it, you're gonna have to jailbreak it again after the restore cause it would be removed during that process.

    I say unlock it first, then jailbreak it after the restore so that you don't have to do the same thing twice.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need to restore. You can just deactivate your phone using redsnow and then activate to get the unlocked screen and unlocked status.
     
  4. hkpuipui99 thread starter macrumors member

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    Is there an iClarified tutorial you can point me to? If not, is it a complicated process? I'm a jb newbie

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    am I right to assume that once it's unlocked it'll be unlocked forever and any further jb won't affect that?
     
  5. TriJetHero macrumors 601

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    Correct

    And like Applejuiced said you don't need to rectore, either deactivate with redsn0w or with SAM(get it from cydia), either will work.

    It's very easy, i used SAM, deactiavte and then let itunes reactivate it for you.
     
  6. hkpuipui99 thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought the SAM way has already been blocked by Apple. Can you point me to some kind of tutorial/instructions?
     
  7. TriJetHero macrumors 601

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    SAM is only blocked in unlocking it completely, the original function of SAM is fixing push/activation/battery darin, with SAM you can deactivate and activate your phone, it's something different than unlocking.

    google will bring you this:
    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=13089
     
  8. hkpuipui99 thread starter macrumors member

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    This is where I get confused. How does this tutorial help me unlock the phone or apply to my original question? I don't think I'm trying to deactivate/activate... :confused:
     
  9. TriJetHero macrumors 601

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    you need to get it unlocked by AT&T.

    once you have confirmation it is unlocked, AT&T says you need to restore and it will thereafter be unlocked.

    you don't have to restore once you get confirmation, just use redsn0w or SAM to deactivate the phone, then connect to itunes, it will auto activate and will be unlocked, but that is only after you get AT&T to unlock it for you.
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, trijet knows his stuff.
    You just need to deactivate like he said. Pick eithe SAM or redsnow.
     
  11. hkpuipui99 thread starter macrumors member

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    Got it! Thanks so much everyone esp TriJetHero!
     
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  14. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    What, an IMEI unlock from your carrier ?

    It is the best unlock available.
     
  15. hkpuipui99 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, I meant using SAM instead compared to restoring from iTunes as instructed...
     
  16. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    No downsides.
     
  17. TriJetHero macrumors 601

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    AT&T says restore because they are ofcourse assuming you have a non-jailbroken phone. Non-jailbroken there is no other way to deactivated than to restore.

    With a jailbroken phone you can deactivated with SAM or redsn0w, why make life difficult when there is an easy way!?
     
  18. hkpuipui99 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry for reviving an old topic...

    I finally got the unlock email from AT&T, and I'm trying to follow TriJetHero's advice of following this link:
    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=13089

    But SAM now looks different then in the instructions... looks like there has been an update...

    Any ideas what I am supposed to do next?
     
  19. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Push both the deactivate and Revert Lockdown to stock button in Utility
    Then plug it into iTunes.

    This is more than simple.
     
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