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    I've come by an iPhone 3GS that has supposedly never been used.

    Right now, I'm using an old RAZR. I am on an Cingular/AT&T family package, unlimited data plan.

    For the past couple days, I've been looking into how to get this existing service on my new iPhone. I haven't even turned it on yet, out of fear of SOMETHING happening. But from jailbreaking to unlocking to PwnageTool to Redsnow, I am at my wit's end as to what I should do. There is so much conflicting information, and things I don't know and things I'm assumed to know that I've been left completely overwhelmed and exasperated. I don't know what I should do.

    I don't understand what having an old bootrom means. I don't understand what "Spirit" is, or what "IPSW" is. I'm actually very tach-saavy, but only on computers. Phones are just nonsense to me.

    The worst part is that there's no "where do I start" tutorial or anything on how to do all this. Even trying to make this thread, there are so many different forums that I don't know where to even ASK how to begin!



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1800 View Post
    I've come by an iPhone 3GS that has supposedly never been used.

    Right now, I'm using an old RAZR. I am on an Cingular/AT&T family package, unlimited data plan.

    For the past couple days, I've been looking into how to get this existing service on my new iPhone. I haven't even turned it on yet, out of fear of SOMETHING happening. But from jailbreaking to unlocking to PwnageTool to Redsnow, I am at my wit's end as to what I should do. There is so much conflicting information, and things I don't know and things I'm assumed to know that I've been left completely overwhelmed and exasperated. I don't know what I should do.

    I don't understand what having an old bootrom means. I don't understand what "Spirit" is, or what "IPSW" is. I'm actually very tach-saavy, but only on computers. Phones are just nonsense to me.

    The worst part is that there's no "where do I start" tutorial or anything on how to do all this. Even trying to make this thread, there are so many different forums that I don't know where to even ASK how to begin!
    Plugin your iPhone, if iTunes opens, just cancel any alerts it displays and quit/shutdown iTunes
    Download and run The Firmware Umbrella
    TinyUmbrella should detect your iPhone and determine the OS version, baseband version and model number, make a note of these.
    While you are there, click "save my SHSH" - this is useful for the future.

    Identify old or new bootrom.
    http://www.hackint0sh.org/f127/53930-4.htm#post559682
    Bootrom - The iPhone Wiki

    Paste this information in a reply to this thread and we can provide much better advice for you.
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