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Jailbreaking experience with UK iPhone on O2 Simplicity SIM
In the best community spirit, I thought I'd post my experiences recently JailBreaking a friend's UK-bought iPhone. It was less than straightforward and we had a few hairy moments along the way - hopefully something some others might benefit from.
First off, for clarity, the current state of play: You can only use a UK iPhone on the O2 network right now. This is because the method to unlock the iPhone modem baseband has not yet been cracked to support the new 04.02.13_G modem baseband version. One day, 04.02.13_G will be cracked too, and AnySIM updated accordingly. If you know that to have happened since this review was posted, then these instructions will probably be slightly different.
So, if you have a UK O2 SIM, you can have a completely working iPhone - Jailbroken and making calls. If you don't have an O2 SIM, you can do everything except calling (i.e. you can still jailbreak).
We were using the Conceited Software 1.1.2 unlock package provided here:
We followed the readme instructions to the letter. Here's our experience:
Downgrading to 1.1.1
- firmware available from here
- It took us a couple of tries to get the iPhone to go into recovery mode. You should persist, and make sure you don't inadvertently turn off your iPhone.
- Make sure iTunes is quit when using the TouchFree 'Boot from Recovery' mode.
Jailbreak 1.1.1 on Unactivated iPhone
- The method for getting into the contacts was different to the instructions. It says to enter the magic number, press call, then use the back button. When you press call, the phone immediately calls you back and puts a '1' on the screen. There is no back button. You have to accept the call first. Point to note: the instructions in the readme aren't accurate.
- When we got to the point where we had to choose the WiFi gateway in Sys Prefs on the iPhone, we could enter the password for our wireless network (and it didn't refuse the password), but it didn't seem to want to connect. We tried everything we could think of, but for some reason the phone wasn't being issued an IP address. When connected to our network, no wireless icon appeared in the menu bar at the top. I think there might have been some kind of error with the firmware downgrade we did in the previous step, as we did a re-flash of the 1.1.1 firmware, and this time the wireless icon did appear when we joined our network, and we could do the AppSnapp jailbreak with no problems. Odd.
- We also ended up using 'prefs://1F' instead of 'prefs://11' - we were trying anything at this point, and I stumbled across this on another forum post somewhere. Not sure if this makes any difference, but it was what we used when it finally worked. YMMV.
- AppSnapp is VERY quick. You get the 'active iPhone' screen pop up for a few seconds too, before the iPhone restarts. Don't panic.
At this point, we tried the O2 Simplicity SIM card that my friend had purchased, removing the O2 SIM that came in the phone. The phone showed a the little signal bars in the menu at the top, but it showed no signal bars, and didn't have 'UK O2' carrier logo or anything. Calls failed.
We thought we could stop at this point, and just have a working 1.1.1, but this turned out not to be possible. It looks like you need to complete the TouchFree steps and upgrade to 1.1.2 for the 04.02.13_G modem baseband to work.
After that, the instructions were correct and everything went smoothly.
We now have a working UK-purchased 1.1.2 iPhone on an O2 contract not activated through iTunes! Yippee!
Big thanks go out to all that helped bring TouchFree to fruition, and to all those that TouchFree relies on to work. Your efforts for the community are deeply appreciated.
So if i understood this, even if you already are a valid customer, you will need to renew your contract and get a new SIM because those from the very same carrier will not work on their own "line of products" -- or hack them?
Originally Posted by craigp
Good question. The reason we removed the original O2 SIM was that we didn't want to activate it and start the 'O2 iPhone contract'. My friend preferred to get a different O2 contract and use that instead.
Originally Posted by hquest
My understanding is that you can use any O2 SIM. If you're already an O2 customer and have been using a different phone, you should be able to just follow the activation process above, and then just use your SIM card.
In fact, to clarify, the only reason you need to hack the iPhone at all to use an O2 SIM is to circumvent the activation process (that ties you into a new O2 contract).
Hope that helps.
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