How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

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These are instructions on how to unlock the iPhone 3GS for use with any GSM cellphone carrier using PurpleSn0w. Geohot has posted stating that the purplesn0w unlock should improve issues with wifi, battery, and the unlock itself. If you would prefer to use the iPhone Dev-Teams UltraSn0w unlock you can find those instructions here

Before you can follow these instructions you must have a jailbroken iPhone and you must be on the 04.26.08 baseband(modem firmware). This means that you must be running the 3.0 firmware and have used PwnageTool, RedSn0w, or PurpleRa1n to jailbreak. YOU MUST ALSO (FOR THE TIME BEING) HAVE ACTIVATED YOUR IPHONE WITH AN OFFICIAL APPLE CARRIER. NO HACTIVATION SUPPORT YET.

To find your firmware and modem firmware(baseband) versions you can follow this tutorial. If you are not on baseband version 04.26.08 then you need to follow one of these tutorials before unlocking: Mac, Windows

If you are on T-Mobile or any carrier without 3G remember to turn it off before starting...

Step One
Press to launch Cydia Installer from your SpringBoard.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Two
Press to select the Manage tab at the bottom of the screen.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Three
Press to select the large Sources button
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Four
Press the Edit button at the top right of the screen.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Five
Press the Add button at the top left of the screen.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Six
Enter http://apt.geohot.com/ as the source url and press the Add Source button.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Seven
Once the source has been added press the large Return to Cydia button.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Eight
Press the Done button at the top right of the screen.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Nine
Press to select apt.geohot.com from the list of user entered sources.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Ten
Press to select com.geohot.purplesn0w from the list of packages
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Eleven
Press the Install button at the top right of the screen.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Twelve
Press the Confirm button at the top right of the screen.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Thirteen
After installation completes successfully press the large Return to Cydia button.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

Step Fourteen
Now press the Home button then power off and power on the iPhone. You do this by holding down the power button for 3 seconds then moving the power slider that appears to the right. Press the power button again to turn on the phone.
How to Unlock the iPhone 3GS Using PurpleSn0w

You should now be able to insert the SIM of your choice!

ankit - June 8, 2011 at 5:28am
Hi I bought new iphone 3gs and unlock it in india. software version is 4.3.1. i am trying t o use it for vodafone. but i am receiving no signal after a long time searching. please help
macfreak2326 - October 23, 2009 at 1:10pm
oops sorry i didn\'t notice that it was for the 3gs only i\'m sorry again and i need to ask another question does anyone know how to downgrade an iphone 3g from 3.1 firmware to 3.0
macfreak2326 - October 23, 2009 at 1:07pm
hi i\'m new in unlocking/jailbraking iphones and i happen to own an iphone 3g and i was wondering should i take out the sim while installing purplesn0w
turbulence - October 22, 2009 at 10:42am
Hello Dev team, Its been so quiet lately, I have been checking on this website many time each day, hopefully that the Pwanege tool would com out, so that I can full fill my duty, j/b and unlock my 3GS that have original firmware 3.1.2. But it seems thatt my hope is fading away. I might just put that damn phone on Greglist, get a Nokia, and No more apple product.
ses dinleme cihazları - October 19, 2009 at 7:42pm
You have to download itune to unlock sim but i do not know the rest of it:)
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