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Stupidly updated 3G baseband to 05.15.04, then updated to iPad and unlocked
In case this can be of use to someone who made the same mistake, here's what I did (the good, the bad the ugly):
I bought a used JB, unlocked 16-gig iPhone 3G in the USA. Used it with T-Mobile there and then Orange in Europe. One day, I got sick of the slow speed and decided to bring it from 4.? to 3.1.3 and fell in the n00b trap of updating the baseband (and the boot fw I think), too. I perused all the forums, talked to a few people, read hundreds of posts, tried ten versions of every tool around, nothing worked. I happen to have both Mac and Windows. I used the Mac to deal with this situation. I got it back to IOS 3 and it's twice as fast, but of course the phone part was useless.
Getting long WiFi passwords over to the iPhone.
First comment, it isn't that obvious to me, because I never have used "Mail" on the Mac, but this is the easiest way to get Wifi passwords to your newly rebooted iPhone. Make a Note with the password, then right after you bring it up the final time with iTunes, you can sync just the notes and grab that password.
Second, all these versions of the tools are a nightmare and this is why all us clueless people keep asking the same questions. There are a few confusing things that also get in the way, especially when you're frantic, trying to get the phone back to a useful state and wondering when, if ever, it will either boot or become a brick.
From various bad states (3.1.2, 3.1.3 with the baseband already updated to 05.15.04 giving the "No Network" message)...
1) I connected to iTunes and restored the known good NON-CUSTOM version of of the 4.2.1 IPSW from Apple. After a long moment and a reboot, you get the phone to a pristine but ugly state where it wants to activate.
2) Ejected the phone and killed iTunes. By the way, make iTunes NOT come up when it detects a phone. I did it by killing the iTunes helper, but there's an adjustment for this somewhere, too.
3) Using pwnage 413 Unlock edition, followed instructions and created the custom FW with the baseband upgrade. I set the root partition to about 1 gig as I'd seen somewhere that 500 was not enough. There's 16 gigs, so why not?
4) Put the phone in DFU. Even us beginners become really excellent at this having done it about 300 times in the past two days.
5) Called iTunes to restore the selected CUSTOM FW by holding the Options key while clicking on Restore button.
6) A lot of exciting things happen, but finally the jb phone should be booting and have Cydia installed. Followed instructions further to get into Cydia, add the source for ultrasn0w and install that. Wifi connectivity is obviously needed for this.
7) After a few disconcerting error messages, I suddenly saw the SIM was now working. Ultra asked to reboot, and I did and everything is now working as it was before.
As many have already said, don't use iTunes alone to change versions, you may totally lock yourself inside the bank vault. Ok, no police will come and arrest you, but you can pry the door open with the useless iPhone.
Thanks to all the people who work on this stuff, really there's no justifying the fact that in Europe _permanently LOCKED_ iPhones are illegal, unlocked iPhones are for sale and we should be able to buy used iPhones and unlock them.
btw, I do not know if GPS is working because I don't have data on this carrier. GPS works using wifi, but I don't know if that means anything. I will check on another carrier later.
Thanks! This is a great thread and is really useful to me right now!
But what do you mean by lock yourself inside the bank vault if you use only iTunes to change versions?
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