Unlocking and jailbreaking question

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by boss.king, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Hi. I searched but didnt find the conclusive answer i wanted.
    I was wondering if it is possible to unlock an iPhone without jailbreaking?

    Also, if i jailbreak, can i still use the official app store?
  2. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida

    You could buy a factory unlocked iPhone, but normally you have to jailbreak to unlock.

    You can still use the Apple App Store with a jailbroken iPhone.
  3. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2009
    Factory unlocked iPhones come unlocked, and therefore do not require you to unlock it yourself. However, they are far more expensive then buying locked iPhoens and unlocking them on your own.

    You need to jailbreak in order to unlock, sorry.

    You'll still be able to use the app store even though you've jailbroken.
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    One of the steps required to unlock involves jailbreaking, so no to your 1st question.

    Yes, to your 2nd question.
  5. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I used redsn0w on my old 2G, I think there was 2 options, Jailbreak and Unlock, I only chose unlock, so I guess technically it isn't jailbroken?

    Might be different for the 3G/3GS versions of redsn0w.

    App store will still work.
  6. bytethese macrumors 68030


    Jun 20, 2007
    Cranford, NJ
    To unlock, you need a jailbroken phone, so yours is def jailbroken. :) Redsn0w jailbreak your iPhone (any version), Boot Neuter can be downloaded from Cydia (or maybe redsn0w does this?) for original iPhone's. The 3G and 3GS need to have ultrasn0w used after redsn0w to unlock the device.
  7. boss.king thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Ok... And so if i unlock it, its not permanent? I'd have to rejailbreak after each update? Sorry for all the questions, im just trying to make sure i understand the situation.
    I could be wrong but i seem so remember someone saying that once a phone is unlocked, it stays that way?

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