iPhone 3GS Jailbreak

iPhone 3GS Jailbreak

Up until this weekend, many iPhone 3GS users running the 3.1.3 iPhone update were unable to jailbreak. iPhone 3GS was not entirely jailbreak-proof. You may have noticed that there were no directions for jailbreaking iPhone 3GS’s running iPhone update 3.1.3 in my Ultimate Guide to iPhone Jailbreak. After months of hacking, a member of the iPhone Dev Team has released a jailbreak for all iPhones, including 3GS’s running 3.1.3. The jailbreak is called Spirit, and it works on iPad, too.

Windows and Mac OS X users, jailbreak your iPhone with Spirit.

Note: I have not tried to jailbreak my iPhone 3GS with Spirit. I don’t endorse this product. Jailbreak at your own risk.

iPhone Jailbreak/Unlock Issue: T-Mobile SIM Installed, But Stuck On Emergency Calls

This post is intended to help T-Mobile customers who are having trouble jailbreaking and unlocking their 2nd generation iPhones.

I sold a jailbroken, unlocked iPhone 2G on eBay last week and the buyer contacted me because his T-Mobile SIM was “not supported” and he was stuck on the Emergency Call screen. I realized after some research that although this issue is common, there aren’t many answers floating around in the blogosphere.

I finally concluded that to make your iPhone 2G T-Mobile-compatible you need to wipe out your iPhone’s memory of the original SIM, in this case an AT&T SIM. Here are the instructions I sent my eBay customer to help him fix his iPhone 2G with a T-Mobile SIM, based on help from the comments on a jailbreak guide by The iPhone Blog:

“After doing some research, it seems the problem you’re having is that because I’ve used an AT&T SIM on that phone in the past, iTunes will not accept a new, non-AT&T SIM. So what we have to do is start from scratch and wipe out the memory of that AT&T SIM.

1. Download the 3.1.2 firmware and save it in a location you’ll remember.

2. After that has downloaded, put your T-Mobile SIM in the iPhone.

3. Connect the iPhone to your computer and start iTunes

At this point iTunes will probably tell you it cannot identify the SIM in the phone and that you should get a valid SIM from the proper carrier.

4. On your iPhone, press the Home and Power buttons simultaneously until the screen goes black. (Home is the circle at the bottom center of the screen, Power is the black button at the top right of the phone.) A second after the screen goes black, release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed.

5. iTunes will tell you it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. Press OK.

6. Now, click Shift + Restore and a file browser window should come up (If you have a Mac, click Option + Restore). Find the file you downloaded in Step 1 and open it. iTunes will complete the restore of the software and firmware and when it completes and reboots the phone, disconnect the phone immediately. Now all traces of AT&T should be removed and you’ll want to jailbreak and unlock the phone once again.

7. To Jailbreak, download Blackra1n RC3 for Windows or Mac.

8. Plug your iPhone to your computer and make sure iTunes is closed. Run BlackRa1n RC3 and click on “make it ra1n.”

9. Your iPhone will enter recovery mode and you will see the usual recovery image replaced by a picture of iPhone hacker GeoHot. BlackRa1n will run on your iPhone and it will reboot when done.

10. After your iPhone has rebooted, you will notice a new BlackRa1n icon on your iPhone screen. Make sure you have a Wi-Fi connection and launch BlackRa1n.app on your iPhone. Select Cydia and tap Install.

11. Launch Cydia and search for the BootNeuter app. Download and install it. Launch the BootNeuter app and tweak the settings to match the ones in the image on
Step 12 here.

12. Reboot your iPhone and cross your fingers!

After trying this, my customer called me from his iPhone and confirmed that the phone was recognizing his T-Mobile SIM. Ta-da!

Did this solution work for you? For further help, read my general iPhone Jailbreak instructions and check out the comments on that post.

How to Jailbreak & Unlock iPhone 2G v 3.0

iPhones that have been Jailbroken & unlocked sell better on eBay, so I decided to Jailbreak my old 2nd generation iPhone OS 3.0 before I put it up for auction. This is the second time I Jailbreak my iPhone after writing my original iPhone Jailbreak guide a couple years ago.

Here’s how I did it:

[Note: This iPhone Jailbreak guide is intended for 2nd generation iPhones with 3.0 firmware or below ONLY. For instructions on jailbreaking other iPhone versions, visit the ultimate guide to jailbreaking your iPhone.]

Jailbreak iPhone 2G with OS 3.0

  1. This iPhone Jailbreak guide requires you to download the following: (1) RedSn0w for Windows, Mac or Linux; (2) the 3.0 firmware for iPhone 2G; and (3) the 3.9 and (4) 4.6 BootLoaders if you want to unlock your iPhone in addition to Jailbreaking. Save your downloads in a folder named “Jailbreak.”

    iPhone Jailbreak files

  2. Launch RedSn0w and click “Browse.” Find the 3.0 firmware (the .ipsw file you just downloaded to your Jailbreak folder) and select it. Then click “Next” to restore your 2G iPhone to the 3.0 firmware.

    iPhone Jailbreak RedSn0w

  3. Choose whether to install Cydia, install Icy and/or unlock your iPhone. I chose to install Cydia (like an “App Store” for Jailbreak) and to unlock my iPhone 2G, which allows the iPhone to be used on non-approved carriers.
  4. If you chose to unlock your iPhone, RedSn0w will ask you to identify the bootloader files you downloaded in Step 1.

    iPhone Jailbreak Bootloaders

  5. Now turn off your iPhone (but leave it connected via USB), click “Next” and follow instructions.

    iPhone Jailbreak instructions

    In under a minute, you will have a Jailbroken iPhone 2G.

    iPhone Jailbreaking with RedSn0w

    iPhone Jailbreak activating

  6. Let your iPhone reboot, open Cydia and download a bunch of cool apps and modifications that you could not otherwise download with a factory iPhone.

What Do You Think?

Did this Jailbreak solution work for you? Got any iPhone Jailbreak tips? Let us know in the comments.

iPhone Jailbreak: Worth the Trouble?

David, meet Goliath. iPhone Jailbreak, meet Apple Inc.

The struggle to free iPhone’s software from proprietary Apple restrictions, by way of the process dubbed “iPhone Jailbreak,” is often described as a cat and mouse game. And for good reason.

Each time Apple releases an iPhone update, the iPhone dev team scrambles to crack it. Each time the hackers find a new way to Jailbreak, Apple scrambles to develop the next best way to block them.

This back-and-forth between Apple and the Jailbreak team has been ongoing since day one, and it’s all because people want the right to do what they want with their iPhones. For example, iPhone Jailbreak lets you:

  • Change the look and feel of your iPhone
  • Download and save YouTube videos on your iPhone
  • Record video using iPhone’s camera lens (for non-3GS users)
  • Tether your iPhone to your laptop
  • Set SMS privacy levels using the Kate app
  • Unlock your iPhone for use on other carriers

Lofty is the list of things you can do with a Jailbroken iPhone. Loftier still is the number of complaints about the Jailbreak process on the comment thread of one of my old iPhone Jailbreak guides.

The problem is that confusion over Jailbreak software and iPhone versions makes iPhone Jailbreak impractical.

Whether an iPhone can be Jailbroken depends on its “baseband,” and if you have the wrong baseband for the Jailbreak software that you’re using, it could cause you some trouble.

In principle, I would love the freedom to modify my iPhone without restrictions, and I agree that an open iPhone is a better iPhone; but in practice I find myself too uninformed, too busy or too worried to Jailbreak my iPhone.

Is iPhone Jailbreak Worth the Trouble?

At the moment, I can’t Jailbreak my iPhone 3GS because I installed the official iPhone 3.1 update. As of this writing, you can Jailbreak an iPhone 3GS only if it runs the 3.0 software, which means you miss out on all the new augmented reality apps that are all the buzz.

The truth is I haven’t Jailbroken my iPhone lately because it’s just too complicated to keep up with all the updates, from both Apple and the iPhone Jailbreak team.

Worse, Jailbreak voids your iPhone warranty. So if your Jailbroken iPhone breaks because of a problem that was Apple’s fault, well good luck with that, because the Geniuses ain’t gonna help you — not for free anyway.

Do You Play the Cat & Mouse Game?

Do you Jailbreak your iPhone? Are the benefits of Jailbreak worth the risks? Please share your opinion in the comments.

Set SMS Privacy Levels With the Kate App [Jailbreak Required]

iPhone SMS Privacy

Update: The SMS Preview privacy issue is now resolved as of the iPhone 3.0 software update.

SMS Preview — the iPhone feature that interrupts what you’re doing to display an excerpt of an incoming text message on your screen — has been a privacy concern of mine since the iPhone was released last June. Now RiP Dev, a third-party development team, has released a solution.

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ZiPhone Jailbreak: So Easy a Caveman Can Do It [See Video]

Warning: Once-Great ZiPhone Jailbreak is Now Sadly a Scam

Caveman Jailbreak

Last August I published an article detailing my initial iPhone Jailbreak experience. At the time, Jailbreak was a time-consuming process, so I did it once but gave up on it after restoring my iPhone to install a new firmware update. Now there’s a much easier way to Jailbreak your iPhone — using ZiPhone — and it requires no more than 1 measly minute of your time.

ZiPhone’s Jailbreak method is fool-proof. Don’t believe me? Watch this video of a caveman I caught using ZiPhone to Jailbreak my iPhone:

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to Jailbreak an iPhone with ZiPhone, you can do it yourself in 3 easy steps:

A word of caution: Although I haven’t had any trouble with this software, some viewers of my video on YouTube commented that they were having problems… so Jailbreak your iPhone at your own risk.

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