Problem with unlocked UK iPhone - help/advice needed

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by copydeskcat, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. copydeskcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    Okay, my friend has an iPhone 3G which he bought from a family member, who was on O2.

    My friend is on Virgin. He took the iPhone to a local place and got it unlocked, and stuck in his Virgin Mobile SIM, and all was well, until he went to sync it with iTunes. He got a message saying he had to insert a compatible SIM or the original SIM.

    Basically, he can't do anything with it now. If he restores it, then puts his SIM back in and syncs - he gets the same message. He's tried putting an O2 SIM in it belonging to someone else. No joy.

    What options does he have to get it working again?

    All help appreciated.
  2. seanwebb68 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    did you get it unlocked through o2 or was it jailbroken then unlocked with ultrasnow?
  3. copydeskcat, Mar 11, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011

    copydeskcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    I'm not sure - as far as I know it was just unlocked so he could use his Virgin SIM in it. It hasn't been jailbroken.

    UPDATE: He definitely hasn't jailbroken it. Should he just go straight to jailbreaking?
  4. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    The place you took it to to unlock used standard dev team software tools to JB and ul the phone. When it was connected to Itunes my guess is that he did more than sync it. He also updated the firmware to the latest version.

    You can check this quite easily by going to settings/general/about and check the version of modem firmware.

    If the modem firmware is either 5.14 or 5.15 then he definitely updated it to an unlockable version. If the baseband is 6.15 you need to come back for different advice.

    If the phone is on one of the unlockable baseband all is not lost. If this is an o2 phone then they will unlock it for you.

    Go to this page to find out how. This is what he should have done in the first place instead of going to the backstreet shop.
  5. Leet Apple macrumors 6502a

    Leet Apple

    Nov 10, 2009
    It Probably had not been an "unlocked" iPhone but if it was do what nebo1ss said
  6. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    I'll try and find out more from him.

    From what I understand, it was only unlocked, I'm not sure it was jailbroken.

    I think he probably needs to go the full hog and JB it. Although, he's worried he'll lose all his contacts.
  7. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    It is not possible to unlock without first jailbreaking it when you use software tools. Only o2 can do that. Believe me it was jailbroken.
  8. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    So, what do you recommend he does? He can't access the phone at all - when he restores it, it goes back to the "insert valid or original SIM" type message.

    Should he restore it, then Jailbreak it?
  9. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    call o2 and ask for an official unlock for the device.
  10. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    To unlock it using O2 you need to buy an O2 sim, put £10 on it and then call and ask for it to be unlocked.

    Fairly sure this is how its done, just tell him to go to an O2 store and ask for it to be unlocked.
  11. copydeskcat, Mar 13, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011

    copydeskcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008

    On that note. I have an iPhone 4 on an O2 contract. I'm heading to the States later this year and would like to use my phone for texting etc. while I'm there with a US sim.

    If I get my phone unlocked, I'll still be able to use it on O2, won't i?

    And, will I be able to use a US sim on it when I go over?
  12. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
  13. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Look up the definition of unlock. :rolleyes:
  14. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8F190 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Put the O2 sim in goto that site and o2 will unlock it for free then any aim will work.

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