Now if someone offered you an iPhone and you don’t want to use it on an official carrier (like AT&T in the US), then you will have to unlock your iPhone. Unlocking is fairly easy, even for non techy people and there are very few risks of doing any damage.
Brand new to this whole jailbreaking and unlocking thing? I understand it might be a little confusing. I wrote an article about the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking that might help you understand both better, so feel free to check it out if want to learn more about it.
Let’s get into it now. This article aims at giving a quick overview of possibilities for jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone. For both jailbreaking and unlocking, the method used depends on what iPhone model you have and what software (firmware) is currently installed on it. At this time, I will assume that your iPhone comes with firmware 3.1.2 preinstalled on it.
First things first. Before unlocking an iPhone, you first have to jailbreak it.
Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.2
Note that I strongly recommend using PwnageTool to jailbreak your iPhone, that is if you have a Mac as it doesn’t work on PCs. PwnageTool is a much “cleaner” and trouble-free jailbreak.
I am not a big fan of BlackRa1n as many have reported issues with it (many have had great success too). Besides, if you have an iPhone 3GS, it’s important to note that BlackRa1n is a tethered jailbreak, which means that everytime you reboot your iPhone, you will have to plug it to your computer and launch BlackRa1n. Not so convenient but it does the job.
Jailbreak iPhone 3GS
- Jailbreak iPhone 3GS 3.1.2 with PwnageTool
- Jailbreak iPhone 3GS 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n
- Jailbreak iPhone 3GS 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC2
- Jailbreak iPhone 3GS 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC3
Jailbreak iPhone 3G
- Jailbreak iPhone 3G 3.1.2 with PwnageTool
- Jailbreak iPhone 3G 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n
- Jailbreak iPhone 3G 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC2
- Jailbreak iPhone 3G 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC3
Jailbreak iPhone 2G
- Jailbreak iPhone 2G 3.1.2 with PwnageTool
- Jailbreak iPhone 2G 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n
- Jailbreak iPhone 2G 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC2
- Jailbreak iPhone 2G 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC3
For jailbreaking information about earlier firmwares, please visit the jailbreak page of the blog.
Unlock iPhone 3.1.2
Unlock iPhone 3GS
Unlock iPhone 3G
Unlock iPhone 2G
For more information about unlocking earlier firmwares, please refer to the unlock page on the site.
I believe this gives you a fair bit of information about jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone. Browse the various tutorials and find the one that fits your needs. If you have any question, please leave a comment on the tutorials pages or in the forum and the community will be here to help.