Newbie Guidance to Hackivate 3GS

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by mkochsch, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. mkochsch macrumors newbie

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    Situation:
    A friend gave me an old 3GS. Was running 4.3.x iOS. My plan was to jailbreak and unlock the phone and give it to a friend who needs a pay as you go phone for financial reasons.
    The iPhone is probably locked to either Roger's or Bell.
    I plugged it into iTunes last night. It updated to iOS 5.1 (probably a mistake oops as it was activated).
    Now when I turn it on I'm stuck trying to activate the phone: I can get as far as selecting, language, country and connecting the wifi (which it recognizes) then I get stopped at "SIM not valid".

    My question is: what do I do first? continue to try to (h)activate? or should I unlock or jailbreak now?. I'm working from PC if that matters. I've d/l'd 0.9.10b.6 of redsn0w and verified the 5.1 iOS using Tiny Umbrella. Baseband says 05.16.05-6.4_M352.

    Thank you. ~m
     
  2. mkochsch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Fixed I think

    Running redsn0w seems to have fixed.
    - Used the "Jailbreak and install Cydia" button.
    - Did the hold power (2secs), hold home button (3sec) and let go power button while holding home button (13secs) reboot.
    - Cydia now installed.
    - Chose "Set Up As New iphone" during the configuration.
    - viola! boots up. Thank you redsn0w team.

    Need to acquired a sim card. Probably go with the 7-11 plan or Petro Canada. Anyone have an opinion on pay as go in Canada? ~m
     
  3. mkochsch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No Signal

    OK. Tried the Rogers sim card from my android and I'm still getting a "No Signal" when I boot, and in settings under "My Number" have a greyed out "Unknown". So I'm not "unlocked" at this point.
    I guess I'm heading down the baseband road, since I accidentally put 05.16.05 on the phone last night.
    ~m
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That baseband cannot be unlocked.
    Your only option is the iPad bb but I don't recommend it.
     

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