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iPhone 1.1.4 Upgrade, Downgrade, Activate, Jailbreak, Unlock Horror Story!

28 February 2008 179 Comments

Once iNdependence v 1.4b5 was released with 1.1.4 support, I went ahead and updated the iPhone (16GB 1.1.3 OTB unlocked using iJailbreak)from 1.1.2 to 1.1.4 via iTunes which gave me an error. I repeated the same and the update went fine and now I have version 1.1.4 installed on the iPhone.

I then fired iNdependence trying to jailbreak/activate my iPhone. I hit the Activate button and it didn’t respond in a timely fashion showing me the Jailbreak screen. I then hit the Jailbreak tab to Jailbreak the iPhone which gave me positive results. I now proceeded by clicking on the activate button and it sorta activated the iPhone but I saw no signal. It being unlocked previously in an IPSF manner using iJailbreak, I never realized that I had to use signal.app to get a signal on 1.1.4 . I took an extreme step and hit the unlock button at this stage which promptly alerted me saying I need not unlock the iPhone if I used IPSF – I ignored it! It gave an error message saying the unlock failed.


The horror story begins now – I see the famous – no WiFi, no Bluetooth, no IMEI, no modem firmware on the newly updated 16GB 1.1.4 iPhone.

It was a little scary at this time. I almost lost faith in my iPhone troubleshooting skills! I then tried something interesting – downgrade to 1.1.3 using iTunes. All I did is hold the ‘opt’ key and hit the restore button – browsed the 1.1.3 Restore firmware file and boom, the restore was underway! MAGIC!! I did not put the iPhone in DFU mode , it started downgrading to 1.1.3 and finally it finished with the downgrade!

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I then used iJailbreak as usual and took a bold decision yet again – i.e to unlock and jailbreak the 1.1.3 iPhone and hey, it worked a charm this time around! Not to mention that WiFi, Bluetooth, IMEI back to where they belong!! The iPhone is wiped clean, the entire 14.6 GB is showing ‘Free’. It is working great now! I just restored to a 1.1.2 backup from iTunes. Yeah, weird tries but I am a happy man at the end of the day. I don’t have to fake to Apple saying my 20 day old 16GB iPhone died all of a sudden 😉

Verdict : Don’t use iNdependence and don’t upgrade to 1.1.4 yet. Trust me, you will save a ‘heart attack’ in the process!!


  • Nonya said:

    I have researched a few tricks for the iphone myself. I would suggest waiting for the new firmware upgrades to take efffect. Upgrading now would only leave you stuck.

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