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Software Unlock your Apple iPhone 3G – Dummies Guide [Step by Step Videos]

4 January 2009 57 Comments

For a change, I published 3 videos which definitely enables a total noob to unlock his/her iPhone without much difficulty. Latest Firmware via iTunes (2.2), QuickPwn (Jailbreak) and yellowsn0w via Cydia/installer (Unlock) hold the three key steps for a successful unlock.

Before proceeding further, make sure you are equipped with the following :

1) Strictly iPhone 3G Updated to 2.2 firmware via iTunes (2G iPhones have a different process – BootNeuter from Cydia).

2) Intel Mac (10.5.6 s/w update) or Windows machine. [Mac users, make sure DFU mode is enabled (10.5.6 s.w update and Unibod Macs have issues with iPhone not being recognized while Jailbreaking (QuickPwn).]

3) WiFi Network recommended. (If you don’t have a Wireless Router, try creating an Ad-Hoc WiFi network on your PC/Mac.

4) Make sure SIM Pin is disabled. Put your SIM in your old phone and disable the Pin.

If you are on the iPhone, click on the video title to watch it.

Video 1 : Intro to iPhone 3G Software Unlock and Jailbreak : Recommended for newbies, recent iPhone converts. Experienced users may proceed to the second video.

Video 2 : Jailbreaking your iPhone using QuickPwn [Mac and Windows versions are pretty similar : Download the latest version.] Feel free to skip to the third video if you have Cydia installed on your iPhone already.

Video 3 : Software Unlock iPhone 3G using yellowsn0w available via Cydia or installer.app

Please list your GSM network and Country where you unlocked your iPhone such that the iPhone community can greatly benefit. iPhone 3G software unlock is achieved by iPhone Dev Team. Please don’t spend time on x-Sim hacks and never pay for iPhone unlocking software.

Submit feedback at Dev Team’s site here. Check for the current unlock status in your country here.


  • Abuccella said:

    I recely unlocked my 3g iphone based on your video, I can access the internet but my phone does not get a signal, I am with rogers and I purchased the iphone from the us and it has an att sim card. Once I put my rogers sim card I cannot make a call, do you have any advise


  • kkiran said:

    I sure do! I need to know th firmware and baseband version : You should find it in settings->general->about section on your iPhone….

  • Abuccella said:

    I am still waiting to get some help with my iphone I have jailbroken and Cydia and installer are on my screen I have WiFi but I cannot make or rec. calls I have version 2.2.1 and Firmware02.30.03 can anyone help

  • kkiran said:

    2.30 baseband cannot be unlocked at the moment 🙁

  • abuccella said:

    How do you create the Ad-Hoc WiFi on your laptop?

  • tropical said:

    are you still taking donations?. I think your very, very smart.

  • tropical said:

    Hello kiran, I am very new to this. I will be purchasing a iphone and 2 black berrys storms within a week.
    I have a few questions. I) can new iphones be jail broken and unlocked? 2) Is it the same for blackberrys as well? thank you for taking time to answer my questions.

  • kkiran said:

    New iPhones van be jailbroken but cannot be unlocked.
    Blackberries can be unlocked by purchasing an unlock code…

    Sent from my iPhone

  • tropical said:

    What!!!!! the 3g cannot be unlocked? when,when will they be able to? Ok then, I'm trying to avoid a high cell phone bill. Can I use a At&t prepaid sim card in the iphone? thank you for your time.

  • kkiran said:

    2.30 baseband cannot be unlocked…
    You may use ATT prepaid with the iPhone 🙂

    Sent from my iPhone

  • tropical said:

    thank you!!! sorry to bother you but I have one more question. Is jailbreaking just as difficult than unlocking a cell phone?I Will try to attempt to jailreak all 3 phones.

  • kkiran said:

    Jailbreaking is the easy part 😉 Just follow the guide step by step, cannot be simpler!

  • lev said:

    Hello, why can't the new iphones 3g be unlocked? Is it because it is on a different firmware?

  • kkiran said:

    Hi! It is because of the new baseband. Anything over 2.30 and up cannot be unlocked at the moment …

    Sent from my iPhone

  • lev said:

    Oh ok, thanks. I would like to jail break my phone using windows, is that possible?

  • kkiran said:

    Yes! It is very much possible. Please follow one of my posts related
    to jailbreaking the iPhone…

  • Chrios11 said:

    When I try to run QuickPwn, it asks me to browse for firmware and it gives me this message "The correct IPSW will have a filename beginning with iPhone1,2_2.2.1" . How do I get past this screen?

  • gary Innes said:

    how do i get cydia onto the Iphone

  • Kiran said:

    By jailbreaking it.

  • GPS Tracking Device said:

    GPS Tracking Device…

    Many GPS units also show derived information such as direction and speed, calculated from position changes….

  • lakhwinder said:

    hello bro… i have iphone 3g ,,,,,but by mistake i updated it , now its turned to 3Gv3.1.3 and locked.
    i unable to used it. please if you have any solution please reply .
    thank you

  • Kiran said:

    Unfortunately it cannot be unlocked yet, hopefully soon. Will post updates on this site the moment it is released..

  • david said:

    wassup bro …i have a iphone 3gs with an 5.1 (9b176) version and the firmware is 5.16.05, could i still unlock the phone and use my tmobile simcard in it?

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