Blackra1n Failed, Redsn0w Failed, out of options, have an Expensive Brick
I'm having a problem that I can't resolve. I've tried everything I know.
I had a working jailbroken and unlucked iPhone 3G that was working a bit slow so I wanted to restore it to its factory default settings to jailbreak and unlock it again so it would work as new.
So I did the full factory restore via the Settings menu on the iPhone and it froze on the Apple logo with that Ajax wheel.
So my only option was to restore it with iTunes. It seems that iTunes restored it using the 3.13 firmware, but at least it worked.
However, it's asking for the original SMS to activiate, but I do not have it.
Worse yet, I've tried to jailbreak it using both Blackra1n and Redsn0w and both failed. The custom .ipsw created by Blackra1n gave me an "unkown error" when restoring it on iTunes on 3 different computers (the errors were 1601, 1602, and 1604). I then tried Redsn0w which got to the final screen saying everything was done and that the rest would be completed on the iPhone, but nothing happened on the iPhone and it's still asking for my original SIM which I don't have.
So I've had a useless brick for the past 24 hours and I'm desperate to get it working again as I can't make or receive any calls and it's the only phone I have.
Please let me know how I can fix this to get my phone activated, jailbroken, and unlocked again. I will try ANYTHING and I'm pretty computer savvy.
Thank you very much, I appreciate it.