Newbie Guidance to Hackivate 3GS

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

  1. mkochsch macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2012
    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

    Apr 9, 2012
    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

    Apr 9, 2012
    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.
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    That baseband cannot be unlocked.
    Your only option is the iPad bb but I don't recommend it.

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