How to Capture Your iPhone 3GS iBEC and iBSS (Mac) [Updated]

How to Capture Your iPhone 3GS iBEC and iBSS (Mac) [Updated]

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TUK - August 2, 2009 at 4:00pm
My 3GS phone recently died, and I have had to replace it. When I tried to DFU to get the iBEC and iBSS files, using a Mac running itunes 8.2.1 and the terminal script method, I succeeded in getting the files but when the phone tried to authorise with Apple\'s activation servers it failed with the message \"Unsupported Carrier/SIM\" etc. I have (had!) a legitimately purchased and activated account, and I have now tried this procedure with several replacement phones. Each of these phones was obtained from the Apple Store, and was successfully activated with my SIM, in the store. Each time I got it home and tried to DFU it to get the iBEC and iBSS files off it, it was totally bricked at the end of the restore process because iTunes refuses to re-activate it. The same result, every time. The phone restores, and when it does, it won\'t recognise the legitimate SIM card, or indeed any iPhone SIM card. DFU-ing and restoring it again doesn\'t help. It won\'t re-activate. Period! Even after a factory reset. I have tried going back to iTunes 8.2 instead of 8.2.1, with a fresh phone from the Apple Store, which WAS activated in-store successfully (as were each of them - I\'ve tried 5 replacements now!) and got the same result. Can anyone shed any light on WTF is going on??
mz - August 23, 2009 at 2:04pm
FUD