Unlock Activate iPhone 2G on OS 3.0 7A341 (Final Release) from iPhone 2.x

UPDATE: Follow the new Redsn0w method.The below one was applicable till official unlock was not released by DevTeam.
After playing around for 6 hours with all possible combinations possible, I finally found what would actually unlock and activate iPhone 2G under OS 3.0 GM (the final release).

This method works for all types of upgrades to 3.0 7A341 & GM. i.e. from 2.x to 3.0, 1.1.x to 3.0 7A341 or GM

Easy Steps:

– Install iTunes 8.2

– Change date to something after “17th june”.

– Go into DFU mode.
– Restore to 2.0.2 (get it here).

– Jailbreak with Quickpwn RC3 (windows) available here

– go offline (iTunes should NOT be able to reach internet)
– Update to 3.0 (do not use “Restore”)

After upgrade is complete, iPhone is unlocked and activated, you can now sync with iTunes and go online πŸ™‚

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  • kwanbis

    You say: “go offline (iTunes should be able to reach internet)”. So, if i “go offline”, how can itunes be able yo reach internet?

    Or you mean: “go offline (iTunes should NOT be able to reach internet)”?

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  • saaket

    doesnt work for me…any alternative ?

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  • @kwanbis
    u got it right, that was NOT, corrected πŸ™‚

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  • @sasket
    what problem did u face?
    where u stuck up with phone being unlocked but not activated? gimme some hints, i`ll help u get through it

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  • woody

    will this work i got a 1t gen iphone today and i need to activate it and unlock it. its running 2.2.1 and i dont wanna pay the extra $20 a mon th for internet, or get wacked with an activation fee. ANMY IFEAD I NEED TIS PHONE!!!

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  • woody

    i mean I NEED THIS PHONE. haha spelling mistake :p

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  • Its recommended that you don’t update to 3.0 just yet. There is no jailbreak available yet (that lets u add more applications like video recording, cracked applications)

    Otherwise 3.0 is quiet feature-ful.

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  • woody

    so what do I do. I just spent 9 hours trying to unlock/activate/jailbreak a iPhone 2g running 2.0 then 2,01 and then 2.02. and nothing worked. what do you reccomend doing so I can jailbreak/activate/unlock. please help me I’m desperate and do not have a phone

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  • woody

    does the method above work yes or no? becUse I wasted a Friday night in front of a computer for 9 hours I just want the easiest way to unlock/ achivate a first gen iPhone running ANY fw after 2.0. anyoneout there help me pplease!

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  • @woody Yes it works, If you are facing problems unlocking using 2.x, your problem is something else. Seems like your baseband is locked. For unlocking, you might have to upgrade/downgrade baseband. this guide only helps u unlock 3.0 when 2.x is already unlocked. This might help you- http://www.sizlopedia.com/2008/11/25/unlock-iphone-22-firmware/

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  • rohan

    hey, thanks, It worked..
    I loved the search feature in 3.0 awesome πŸ˜›

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  • Zan

    slick!
    I completed the unlock in an hour!
    thanks for the quick solution

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  • woody

    making an attemp at ur method. will it activae it thats all i cae about

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  • Cooper

    Taranfx,
    Thx for your time and info. Since itunes is offline how shall I update to 3.0(itunes won’t be able to download the software)?. Do I need to download the firmware first?
    Thank you.

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  • yes, since 3.0 is not yet released, u have to download it from other sources. try: http://www.taranfx.com/blog/?p=1089 or else google for “7A341 torrent” you should get some torrents.

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  • Cooper

    Got it. Thank you.

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  • tim

    how do i change the date in itunes??

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  • now u dont need to change date. now it will do without changing date.
    all else will b same

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  • tim

    i get an error message 1688???

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  • Glad

    I can’t even download the first link that is to restore to 2.0.2

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  • susana

    hey i need help i do the unlock for 2.0 and then my iphone stucks on the apple .. i reset it a lot of times and simply do nothing please help

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  • @Glad
    the link is working try again. IT’s official Apple link.
    http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net/content.info.apple.com/iPhone/061-5246.20080818.2V0hO/iPhone1,1_2.0.2_5C1_Restore.ipsw

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  • @susana
    after u restored to 2.0, did you follow the quickpwn method with the correct version ?
    Normally rebbots occur if we either try to UPDATE and not RESTORE and then unlock with unsupported quickpwn version.

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  • Dave

    so i updated my phone to the 3.0 update, i can see the phone gets the carrier name (T-Mobile) and i can even receive calls but i cant bypass that “emergency only” screen, i know the phone is unlocked otherwise i wouldn’t be able to receive calls from any phone. i tried these method and the phone is not letting me downgrade to any 2.x firmware i always get an “error 1600”, any hints on this?? because i tried this and it didn’t work , btw im using a 1st gen. iPhone (2G)

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  • @Dave
    Your phone failed to activate.
    Did you let your internet connection enabled throughout the process? U must disable iTunes’s access to internet else it de-activates.
    U will have to start the process over and this time make sure u r offline till u actually landup the iPhone home screen on 3.0, don’t connect to internet.

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  • iBoy

    I keep getting the error 1600 when trying to restore to 2.0.2 from 3.0 πŸ™

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  • Ben

    I am having the same problem as Dave, I cant go back from 3.0 (de-activated) to 2.02 because I get the “error 1600” any ideas?

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  • Dave

    Hey Taranfx i do hope you dont remove this post, is just another way to help people who have the same problem as me.

    So guys the reason why you are getting the error 1600 message is because the iPhone is not on DFU , DFU mode actually the screen is blank , no text, no logo, just a white screen. in order for you to get into DFU i used winpwn 2.5 beta , you will need the bootloader 39 and 46 and the 2.0.2 firmware, use winpwn to create a custom ipsw firmware , just before you installl the custom firmware close winpwn (dont worry iPhone will stay on DFU mode)and restore the iPhone with iTunes 8.1 and real firmware 2.0.2. its alright we are going to unlock the phone later. after you restored your iPhone to factory settings use quickpwn to unlock it , now you can upgrade your iPhone with 2.2.1 firmware . i tried to get to 3.0 but for some reason i cant get my phone activated and it gets stuck with the emergency only screen so my only hope is to wait for some quickpwn or pwnage tool release for 3.0.

    hope that helps, i really scratched my head trying to figure it out how to downgrade this damn thing, but hey , in the end, it was worth it at least i have my iPhone on 2.2.1 , no plans to update unless a new quickpwn tool is released

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  • Shruti

    Hi, My iPhone is stuck on the screen with an iTunes icon. Though i am trying to restore it to 2.x , it always gives me a 1601 error…

    Please help…

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  • @Shruti
    1601 is about getting stuck in DFU Mode. There are 2 solutions:
    1st solution:
    Compeltely remove and install iTunes 8.2 and try restore again, it shud work, if it doesnt, followthe solution below.

    2nd Solution:
    Step 1 for Mac users) Navigate to the folder ~Library/iTunes/Device Support … For the new Mac users among us, remember that the “~” designates that you start in your home (i.e., yourname) folder on your Mac rather than the several other places where a “Library” folder exists.

    Alternate Step 1 for Windows users) Navigate to this subdirectory:
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\

    Step 2) Delete this file: xxxxx.ipsw and all temporary files.

    3. run the resore again

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  • @Dave.
    Nice addon. why wud i delete that ?

    The 160x errors are not very common, only those people get it who don’t have unlocked firmware with proper boot loader and baseband.
    It didn’t happen with me coz I already had them when i unlocked 2.2 way back in time.

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  • FYI.
    I have 04.05.04_G baseband. This works best for 2g iPhone.
    works on all 2.x, 3.0.
    Once you use this baseband u will face minimal problems with 2g.

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  • Majid

    Okay please help, i just bought a 2g (first gen) Iphone today, I think it is locked to AT&t, when I push the sleep wake button the home screen tells me to connect to itunes, when i connect to itunes it tells me that i iphone is in recovery mode and you must restore it.
    I am very frustrated all I want is to unlock this 2g iphone so i may use it with t-mobile and upgrade to 3.0, please any one help me….

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  • UPDATE: Follow the new Redsn0w method.

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  • RK

    Tranfx … really great of you to be helping everyone out. So here’s my situation.
    I have a locked iPhone but am using the hardware (www.unlockediphone.info) method to use a third party SIM in my unit and it has been working great. All prior OS upgrades went OK as well. However, after the 3.0 upgrade, the phone is still waiting to get “Activated” !! Any options/solutions?
    Many thanx.

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  • Im sorry to say this but http://www.unlockediphone.info is using an inferior way of unlocking, you don’t have to go with it anymore. I’m not sure if they are going to support 3.0 anytime soon.
    Follow my new guide http://www.taranfx.com/blog/?p=1182
    its pretty simple and strightforward, u can remove that unlock chip.

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  • RK

    Hi again … OK , followed your instructions and I’m pretty sure it worked.
    As for my other iPhone which is a 3G … am I to understand that I need to wait for Ultasn0w in order to “unlock” it? Will that also address the issue of the phone currently “Waiting for Activation”?
    Many thanx …

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  • itouchz97

    i got UNLOCKED but not ACTIVATED it says im on t-mobile but its on the emergency screen someone help me please!

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  • @itouchz97
    follow the new guide as mentioned.
    http://www.taranfx.com/blog/?p=1182

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  • emc

    I have an old 2g iphone that i no longer use since i now have the newer 3g phone. I’d like to give the 2g phone to my young daughter for using like an itouch. I removed SIM card and the phone worked fine. Even set up her email address, etc. so it would work with wifi connection. Problem came when i downloaded itunes to her computer and connected phone to try and sinc her songs, etc. Now phone is stuck with”No SIM card installed” on screen. What to do now?

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