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How to Update Your 2G iPhone to 3.0 Without Losing Activation, Unlock

How to Update Your 2G iPhone to 3.0 Without Losing Activation, Unlock

Posted June 17, 2009 at 2:21pm by iClarified
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This is an important note for those looking to update their 2G iPhone to the 3.0 firmware without losing their activation and unlock.

If you click the Update button in iTunes to install the 3.0 firmware you will not loose your unlock. (2G iPhones ONLY).

HOWEVER, if you are using the 2G iPhone on an unofficial carrier you may loose your activation. This means that will your network will be detected but you will not be able to use your iPhone.

You will loose your activation if you used QuickPwn to jailbreak your iPhone. If you used PwnageTool you will not.

If you are super excited about iPhone 3.0 and wish to update immediately, either make sure you jailbroke with PwnageTool or rejailbreak using PwnageTool and then do the update.

Otherwise wait for a little bit and the iPhone Dev-Team will release new PwnageTool and QuickPwn utilities shortly.

How to Update Your 2G iPhone to 3.0 Without Losing Activation, Unlock
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xhippiechildx - July 15, 2009 at 1:07pm
Hi, I also unlocked using QuickPwn for windows. I'm running 2.2.1 and want to upgrade SO MUCH! But something with the dev team for QuickPwn means they've stopped developing QuickPwn so I was wondering whether I could upgrade to 3.0 and then unlock using redsn0w? would that work okay? has anyone else tried this? Thanks!
John - June 20, 2009 at 10:24am
Hi peeps please kindly help me with my problem im really going crazy with my iphne i cant unlock my iphone tried ibricker, ziphone and liberty but its not working.... my iphne is 2g with 1.1.3 ver.....
air phloo
air phloo - June 20, 2009 at 10:21am
I upgraded my unlocked 2G iPhone. Works fine except no YouTube. Also, the battery seems to die extremely fast when I am outside. No data plan but I think the phone is trying to connect all the time or something. Maybe I need to hack the apn settings?
Shawn Parker
Shawn Parker - June 20, 2009 at 10:54am
you need to add your APN setting back again - same thing happened to me battery life got better but you have to turn off wifi
John - June 19, 2009 at 12:02am
guys my iphone2g is also stuck in emergency screen i was trying to upgrade it from 2.2.1 ver to 3.0 then i think something was wrong and it didnt continue then it says that the phone will restore.. and now my phone in back to 1.3 ver. i dont know what to do please help....... ive been trying to jailbreak it but it says that the ipsw didnt match to me devide...i need an immediate response am going crazy over this.
actasci - June 18, 2009 at 7:33pm
hell no man; it's going emergency screen after hard reset. everything was good, until i did hard reset (home + power buttons). now i stuck in the emergency screen and i need to downgrade my iphone in the middle of the night.
Virtualmoon - June 18, 2009 at 12:57pm
I upgraded my iphone 2g to 3.0 and everything went well, until my battery drain 1/4 almost in 2 hours, when usually last up to 48 hours with wifi on, so I decide to downgrade back to 2.2.1, it took a many tries to get itunes to not report 1600 error and use pwned again, but work, i am wondering if any one has had a short battery life after upgrading????
Shawn Parker
Shawn Parker - June 18, 2009 at 3:36pm
I also have the crazy battery drain - less than 4 hours down to nothing. I will need to go back soon if no fix is on the horizon soon.
Frank - June 22, 2009 at 5:26pm
my battery life is short as well. i dont know why this is happening. this all happened after upgrade to 3.0
Mark - June 18, 2009 at 5:32am
BE CAREFUL!!! I have (more precisely, used to have) a jailbroken and unlocked 2G iphone (using Pwnage Tool, to 2.2.1). I use a Mac, followed Vinay's instructions exactly on ihackintosh.com, updated (not restored) to 3.0 AND NOW MY PHONE IS BRICKED. And I can't downgrade back because I can't download iTunes 8.1 anymore (even oldapps.com doesnt have it, only 8.2). SO IF YOU HAVE A MAC, PLEASE BE MORE PATIENT THAN ME AND WAIT FOR THE NEW RELEASE FROM THE DEV TEAM!!!!
Nizam - June 18, 2009 at 10:17am
Samething happened to me, Does that mean my iphone 2G is completely useless now? or do I have to wait for the new PwnageTool via dev team. This sucks.
donmarco72 - June 18, 2009 at 6:34pm
hopefully we just have to wait for the next Pwnage, which should be coming out any moment. Otherwise, its back to the stone age. i just wish i waited and didn't trust what Vinay wrote. I was suspicious to just update on iTunes without anything else, and my suspicions were unfortunately confirmed. But its my mistake
joren De Groof
joren De Groof - June 18, 2009 at 3:44am
How can I see if I unlocked my 2G iphone with quickpwn or Pwnage? It has been a long time since I did it, and last time I jailbroke it with quickpwn, but I can't remember if I also unlocked it since is was already unlocked. I didn't jailbroke it since last update (2.2.1 I think) via iTunes.
rjulyanto - June 18, 2009 at 3:28am
Gw ikutin saran diberita ini dengan baik dan benar. Sekarang, iPhone 2G gw dah pake 3.0. Lebih cepet dan rasanya lebih enak dengan huruf yang sedikit lebih besar jadi enak dilihat kalo liat menu2 di iPhone (terutama SMS), dan betul adanya kalau fitur2 yang membutuhkan spec hardware yang baru, gak bisa dipake di 2G ini. WARNING: Battery jadi cepet abis.Silakan dicoba sendiri, asal siap tanggung resiko sebab semua jailbroken apps hilang!!! Following the warning, I successfully upgraded my 2G to OS 3.0. Seems like the battery drops too fast...!!!
Shawn Parker
Shawn Parker - June 18, 2009 at 2:53am
I had Pwnage 2.2.,T-mobile and the upgrade right from Itunes - lost all Cydia and apps and can not connect to Youtube - all other functions work. Landscape mode is not but since all my Jailbroken apps are gone - I would wait for Pwnage 3.0 version
Jobo - June 18, 2009 at 6:45pm
Same thing here...upgraded my 2g iPhone to 3.0 firmware (I had unlocked it with the Pwnage Tool). Everything works perfectly but I lost Cydia, Installer, Youtube and I can't access my TZones data via Edge (argh!). Oh well, no worries...at least I didn't get bricked.
Steve - June 17, 2009 at 11:32pm
I have a 2G that is unlocked and jailbroken with 2.2 on it now. I used Pwnage Tool to do the unlock/jailbroke. I am an AT&T customer, but do not want to pay the 20 bucks each month for the iPhone service. I am happy with just using the internet functions when I have wifi connection. If I go to itunes and upgrade to 3.0 will I have to then pay the $20.00 per month or will I still be unlocked and jailbroken?
Michel - June 17, 2009 at 9:39pm
Yeah, YouTube not working for me either.
Alexandre Santos
Alexandre Santos - June 17, 2009 at 10:37pm
My Youtube is not working after update, either MMS :-(
Don - June 18, 2009 at 5:28am
Yup same here, you tube cannot connect. Also, I can't see the MMS options in this OS 3.
iphonedo.com - June 17, 2009 at 9:35pm
Just upgraded (NOT RESTORED) iPhone 8GB 2G which was running OS 2.2 (Unlocked, Jailbroken and activated using PwnageTool) to 3.0. And it works.
Will - June 17, 2009 at 9:36pm
but does the phone stay jailbroken? do the apps work?
iphonedo.com - June 17, 2009 at 9:50pm
Everything is fine except YouTube. I get the "cannot connect to YouTube" error.
Spliffy - June 18, 2009 at 11:25am
so you're confirming this article is wrong? please say again: phone makes calls on T-Moble?
virtualmoon - June 17, 2009 at 8:20pm
Hey guys! I updated my iphone from previous pwnd 2.2.1, and everything went fine, but after going around the new 3.0 I found out that youtube and google maps inst working, like some erros on some old firmwares a time ago (1.1.4) i am wondering if any one would know a solution, or if you knos if a restore could fixit and mantain my activation. I am using telcel, an official carrier! thanks for ur help!!
iphonedo.com - June 17, 2009 at 9:48pm
With this phone, only YouTube dosn't work. I get the "cannot connect to YouTube" error.
Amir - June 17, 2009 at 8:06pm
I just upgradet my 2g to firmware version 3.0 and it is working fine. After upgrading it asked to activate my phone and I did it without any error. The only problem is that my applications do not open (crash as soon as I open them), please help what should I do???
ernst - June 18, 2009 at 3:46am
Can you tell me step by step, how I can update my Iphone 2G with mac? Thx a lot
jessiemn - July 10, 2009 at 8:18pm
The same thing is happening to me. After upgrading it asked to activate my phone and I did it without any error. The internet work fine so far, I have used you tube and safari. But i can't open any of the apps, they open and closes inmediately..... Help please!
Godbolt - June 17, 2009 at 6:41pm
is there anyway to unlock using a windows unlock tool? Not pwnage tool? I know i didnt use pwnage tool to unlock my phone cuz i dont own a mac. any other suggestions
Michel - June 17, 2009 at 6:36pm
Hey, so just a little heads up, don't be stupid like I was. I updated my iPhone, but before I had updated it, I had my apps in categories using the app Categories (I don't even know why 'cos I don't even like the app.) Anyways when my iPhone was done updating it booted and to my surprise (don' t ask me why I wsa surprised 'cos I shouldn't of been.) all the apps that had once been inside my categories were gone. Just like that. And also inside the dock using SB settings. Gone. And now my iPhone is not jailbroken so I can't access the root folder through iPhoneView. So I will be stuck restoring tonight. Which was what I was trying to avoid doing in the first place. So just a little head up, if your using categories and SB Settings dock for your apps ROMOVE THEM BEFORE UPDATING!!!! Oh and if anyone has any tips, please don't be shy:)
boreddrummer - June 17, 2009 at 5:49pm
anyone have any ideas as to whether the new pwnage tools etc will be released today or..?
wendell - June 17, 2009 at 4:35pm
yay!!! same here. im now in 3.0... from my jailbreak/unlocked iphone 2g work just great! :)
Jay - June 17, 2009 at 4:45pm
did you lose all of your data and info?
wendell - June 17, 2009 at 5:06pm
i did a back up first. after all the restore and update.. i restore my back up. i have all my phonebook, phone calls history, calendar and SMS, photos. except songs and apps.
Jay - June 17, 2009 at 4:28pm
What if I used QuickPWN but have a AT&T SIM Card? Could I install the update and not lose the activation if I install it with the AT&T SIM Card in the phone? The SIM Card does not have a AT&T Account with it but has a phone number (the card has not been activated)
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