Saturday, June 20, 2009

How to jailbreak OS 3.0 using redsn0w

Today the unlock software from Dev Team, redsn0w, was released. Redsn0w enables every iPhone 3G owner (not 3GS) to jailbreak the phone.

The installation is actually simple. I downloaded the firmware (iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw) and upgraded my phone from OS 2.2.1 to OS 3.0 through iTunes.

After downloading the iPhone1, file, rename the file to iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw.

Connect your iPhone to your computer and start iTunes. Select "restore" and then select the firmware that you downloaded on the website mentioned above. Do nothing during the upgrade untill its finished.

When the iPhone is upgraded, start the redsn0w application (see dev team blog for download mirrors). Clearly read the instructions on the screen. First you will be asked to completely switch off the phone while it is still connected to your computer. Switch off the phone by holding in the power button for a couple of seconds and then slide the power off widget in the screen. After clicking next, the phone restarts and you will be asked to hold the power button, then the power and home button and finally only the home button. Then the jailbreak procedure will start, just wait until it completes.

When you see "done" in the screen, the iPhone will complete the jailbreak and your phone is jailbroken.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Microphone not working

After I experienced the good life with my iPhone, after 2 months of usage all of a sudden the mic stopped working. In the beginning, whenever I had did problem I did a simple reset after which the phone functioned normal again. Though after a while the problem remained and a simple reboot did not resolve the issue anymore. The strange thing was that i was able to make call when I used the headset that comes with the phone.

I tried different things to repair it myself: clean the headphone jack, reboot, reset, and I did a complete re-installation of the software with a DFU (see for details).

Finally I decided to bring back to phone to an official Apple store. Unfortunately I live on Aruba, but I was lucky a friend of mine went to Miami the week after. He reported that when Apple heard of the problem, they immediately replaced the phone (maybe the problem was already known with Apple?)

Eitherhow, I own a completely new phone right now, unfortunately with the 2.2.1. software and baseband 2.30 which can not be unlocked by using Yellowsn0w as yet. I have purchased a piggybag Rebel SIM through ebay and I am waiting for it to arrive. By using the Rebel SIM, I should be able to make calls again soon.

Will keep you updated,