new to jailbroken iphones, need some guidenece

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Sossity, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Sossity, Aug 3, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2011

    Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    I am curious about this, as right now, I have a little clamshell motorola phone with a pay as you plan from t-mobile. I like the plan as, I am not locked into an expensive contract with high monthly payments, I cannot afford this.

    however, I would like a smart phone like the iphone with this same t-mobile pay as you go plan, I can just buy minutes as I need them for about $10.00 to $15.00. My mom had an at&t phone, & she had a bad experience with it, in the end she was charged about $400.00 in fees, when she tried to break off with them, they were not very good, calls were often dropped, & they were expensive.

    So we now have had t-mobile for about 2 years now & it is much better.

    I would like to cut down on the bulk in my purse, as I have a separate ipod touch for showing off photos of my art, & occasional free wi-fi, & then I have the t-mobile motorola phone.

    I thought, why not try to combine the two devices? less to carry, I like the big screen on the iphone to show my art off, & to use as a phone as well. And since I am already familiar with ios on my ipod touch, & iphone would be a very similar thing, I already would know my way around.

    So I have a few questions I hope the more knowledgeable people could help me with, or to keep me from making a blunder.

    I see alot of jailbroken iphone 3g's on ebay, saying they are unlocked, some say t-mobile, at&t.

    once I get an unlocked iphone, how would I get a sim card or a t-mobile pay as you go plan on it? I want a plan like the one on my motorola phone.

    would I be able to get internet access with it? 3g access would be nice, but would it least be able to get free wi-fi like my ipod touch does? I need this occasionally, to look at maps & find my way around. would also like to be able to access my e-mail. would I be able to use it in another country like Europe, specifically the UK, as I have family there.

    also, I read that I cannot let itunes, restore or format the iphone or I will lose my jailbreak, so how do I prevent itunes from initializing it once I hook it up to my mac? it does this when I plug in a new device for the 1st time. I will want to put some of my material on it, photos of my art, maybe some music from my external hard drive.
  2. awadeee macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2011
    Viper City
    If you don't already have a SIM card, you can go with either prepaid or post paid with T-Mobile.

    You cannot use 3G data with an iPhone on Tmo. This is because their 3G frequencies are not compatible with the iPhone's bands. If you choose to have a data plan, you will be limited to EDGE data which is slower.
    Go into iTunes: Edit, Preferences, Devices, "Prevent iPhones from syncing automatically".
  3. Sossity thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    so would I have to go to t-mobiles site & buy a cheap pre paid cell phone to get the sim card? & would I put the sim card into the iphone? I thought sim cards were locked into just a single phone? & would I be able to refill minutes on it?

    if I cannot get 3g on the iphone with t-mobile, would I be able to use free wi-fi? like with my ipod touch?
  4. mrg2011 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    Cannot restore after jailbreak on ios5

    Hi guys, I installed ios5 a while ago and just now I plugged my iPhone in to the computer to charge it. A few seconds later, I got a screen that told me to connect to iTunes and I did. Nothing happened so I tried restoring and now its giving me error 1603. It's not restoring and I don't know what to do!!! HELP!

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