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Download Custom iPhone 3G 3.0 Firmware ipsw Files to Activate, Jailbreak, Unlock iPhone 3G 3.0

20 June 2009 116 Comments

UPDATE : A new version of custom firmware 3.1 for iPhone 2G/3G/3GS is now available here!

Free your iPhone 3G 3.0 from Apple’s chain by jailbreaking your iPhone which provides you with various customization features and even unlock feature which Apple and your official carrier hate! There are various options available to achieve this level of customization on your iPhone such as download firmware files, bootloader files, jailbreak/unlock tools such as Redsn0w/Pwnage or QuickPwn.

iPhone 3.0 Jailbreak Unlock

If you are not the one to download all the various files and just want the ultimate result, these files are waiting for you to download! If you rather want to start from scratch, this guide is for you.

  • Caution #1 : Please proceed further only if you have an iPhone 3G. For all other devices, there is an other post in the works.
  • Caution #2 : Ultrasn0w (iPhone unlock s/w) is yet to be released (soon). If you are looking for iPhone 3G unlock, please hold off for a day or two. Proceed only if you have no carrier signal at the moment and want to activate and jailbreak your iPhone 3G. You may also proceed if you signed an official iPhone contract and need jalbreak stuff! Ultrasn0w is now released!
  • Caution #3 : A restore is going to wipe the iPhone clean. Hence, please make a backup of all the info using iTunes and then proceed.

Step 1) Download Files (Please read the following carefully)


Step 2) Join the downloaded files

  • The files downloaded above have an extension .001 and .002. They need a special opensource (free) software HJSplit to join.
  • Download HJSplit to join both the files – Link for Windows Computers here and Macs here.

Step 3) Restore the firmware in iTunes  8.2

  • You should now have the respective firmware file with an extension .ipsw . Please follow the steps in order.
  • Launch iTunes and connect the iPhone to your Mac / Windows computer.
  • If you are aware of DFU mode, proceed further. If not, watch this quick video and pay close attention to the steps to achieve DFU mode.
  • Turn your iPhone off. Press and hold the Home button and the Power button at the same time for 10 seconds.
  • After exactly 10 seconds release the Power button. Continue holding the Home button until iTunes pops up a message saying that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.
  • The iPhone will show you a blank screen (black).
  • Click on ‘Ok’ to the prompt displayed and hold Option key on your Mac and then hit Restore button. For Windows, hold the shift key and then hit the restore button. In the dialog box that pops up, browse the downloaded custom firmware file.

Step 4)  Give it few minutes to perform the restore. Once the iPhone is up and running, proceed for software Unlock using Cydia. Follow this guide to install Ultrasn0w to software unlock your iPhone 3G.

You are now good to go! Please post a comment if you are stuck at any of the steps described above.


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  • Lotfi baballou said:

    Hi, I realy like your website, You did encourage me to jailbreak my iphone and unblok it.
    But I want to ask you a question before going into the process.

    I've an iphone 3G, in frameware 2.2.1 (5H11) with modem 2.30.03 (in operator i've carrier 2.9) and will use windows to update it.
    I want to update it to os3.0 and i've to unblock it after that.
    should i proceed with the update? and use the activated framework to unblock my iphone?

    Thanks for your help, cause I realy wanna jailbreak it as soon as possible.

  • attnos said:

    Hi, I try to restore my iphone with the custom fw 3.0 that i found here but i get the 1604 error.
    Im in greece and i can't activate the phone without at&t card. Any ideas pls?
    Thanks in advance

    Iphone 3G 8G/ vista 64bit

  • iLikeMyiPhone said:

    Hi! Why don't you try 3.1 firmware? Did you put your phone in DFU mode? That is what is causing the issue.

  • sunil said:

    hi,i am having iphone 2g model number isa1203 i restore my phone with out back up now my phone is not geting its orginal position it showing apple logo & itune usbcable logo and it was reboting and when i am updating it shows error 1611,1603 and iam using windows vista ple help me

  • Kiran said:

    What firmware did you restore your iPhone to?

  • jaz said:

    does this work in june 2010 and it does not give errors like 1015

  • kkiran said:

    Were you referring to 4th gen iPhone or iPhone 4.0? Stay tuned, I will update the articles by then…

  • BlackE said:

    hey i have an 2G on XP with fw3.0, and/or 3.1.3 (i downloaded both) and i am not as concerned about the jailbreak as the activation process ("hactivation"?) since we obtained this from a friend locked and without a sim. we just need to get past the "no SIM card installed" screen to actually access the springboard. please comment with any ideas.

  • Kiran said:

    If you have the custom firmware, it should activate it automatically (Activated Custom Firmware that is)…

  • threecbuckingbulls said:

    I have a iphone 3g but I cant get it to restore but the att stores can. It comes up with error code 2003 what does that mean. Someone help please.

  • Kien said:

    I have a IP 3g 8g . Before upgrade its ran good . I upgrading , when IP restart I see apple picture . I Could'n restore IP . Help , pls .

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