just bought unlocked iphone, questions re: syncing with itunes

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  1. jnagar macrumors newbie

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    So, I just bought a JB'en iphone 3g tonight.
    Went ahead and unlocked it using ultrasn0w.
    Connected it to my mac/itunes, and it asks "an iphone has been previously synced with this computer. setup as a new iphone -or- restore the backup of ***"

    So, since I had purchased apps using my *** phone (actually was an ipod touch that i got rid of), I'm thinking that I should restore the backup so that I can get my paid apps back for free.

    Questions:
    -will restoring this backup to the new unlocked phone restore it to its original locked state (i.e. will i have to re-jailbreak/unlock)? or will it simply restore preferences, etc...?
    -otherwise, if i call this phone a new name, is there a way to transfer my purchased apps to the new phone's account?

    thank you!
    (p.s. I did search extensively for this question for the last hour, and finally gave up to ask the public at large)
     
  2. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    You don't need to restore from backup to sync your apps, and it is never a good idea to use a backup on a different phone. You will lose saved game scores and saved MMS, but you will be much better off. Just set up as a newphone and then sync what you want.
     
  3. jnagar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so the apps i've purchased aren't tied to a particular/specific device? assuming music follows the same rules...

    thanks,
    --j
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Never try to restore a JB and unlocked iphone unless you're 100% positive on what you're doing.
    If not it will lock up and you might lose your ability to unlock it for a long time.
     
  5. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    iTunes purchases are tied to an account, not a device
     
  6. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    +1
     
  7. dacapo macrumors 6502

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    I know apps are tied to the iTunes and not to the device. That is, you buy once and that's it; if you purchase or install again, the App Store will recognize an app as being already in your account.

    But with music, you can end up buying a song more than once, so you do want to be careful with song purchases, since the music industry will want a royalty from each song sold. Of course, you are allowed to have copies on up to 5 devices, but if you somehow end up purchasing a song again, your account will be charged again. (I'm not sure about movies.)
     
  8. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Almost all music in the iTunes store is now DRM-free and can be used on any number of devices without restrictions.
     
  9. dacapo macrumors 6502

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    You're right, I think, as far as DRM is concerned. What I'm referring to is the way iTunes handles transactions. The App store is smart enough to stop you from paying for the same app twice, but the iTunes music store will in fact charge you twice if you happen to press "buy" twice. Maybe this has nothing to do with what the OP was asking. But just a couple days ago, I ended up replacing my day-old iPhone due to an AT&T mistake and therefore ended up having to re-fill my new iPhone. So, I was testing out whether apps could be paid for twice (the answer was no) and then I just tried to purchase the same song twice (the answer is yes, they charged me again). Just thought it was interesting.

    So, my point is simply that maestrokev's statement that the "iTunes purchases are tied to an account, not a device" should not be taken as a blanket statement. iTunes has different "transaction models" for different product types.
     
  10. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    The OP was asking about transferring apps. If you end up buying the music again, a quick email to iTunes will result in a refund.
     
  11. dacapo macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, sorry I went off track. :D
     

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