How to Install iPhone 2.1 Firmware on Hacked T-Mobile iPhone

Update #4: There is now a guide for installing, jailbreak and unlocking the iPhone 3.0 Firmware.

Update #3: We have completed an updated Guide to installing the iPhone 2.2.1 Firmware on a Jailbroken/Unlocked iPhone.

Update #2: This is an update to our previous article covering how to install the iPhone 2.0 Firmware on your T-Mobile-enabled iPhone. Now that 2.1.0 is out, the process is even easier and we cover it here for anyone interested on keeping their non-AT&T iPhone up to date with the latest release.

Update #1: Chris Hunkele sent in updated links for the newest version of PwnageTool (Mac OS X) and QuickPwn (Windows) for folks wanting to install the new 2.2 firmware:

  • PwnageTool 2.2.1 for Mac OSX, SHA1 Sum – 3a91f2bf4f342baaa700ae7d35959d7ade186134
  • QuickPwn 2.2 for Mac OSX, SHA1 Sum – 254b8af0e19870a4660b7b11e3b6f6ae1d6bc66f
  • QuickPwn 2.2 for Windows, SHA1 Sum – ffdbc561224c61ffc2713cb6a6e696b6d429c4ca

First off I want to thank Chris Hunkele for sending along a link to the iClarified iPhone 2.1 tutorial that got us started down this upgrade path.


First things first, here is the Changelog to see if you want to spend the time upgrading your phone to the 2.1 Firmware:

  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
  • Significantly better battery life for most users
  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • Faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
  • Improved performance in text messaging
  • Faster loading and searching of contacts
  • Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  • Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
  • Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Genius playlist creation

I have had a problem with #1 since I started using my iPhone, so the mere fact that fixing the issue of dropped calls was anywhere on this changelog made it a “must install” for me.

Getting Started

Before we get started installing firmwares and clicking through wizards, you will need the following files:

  1. Update iTunes to iTunes 8 if you haven’t already.
  2. QuickPwn 2.1
  3. Bootloader v3.9 (Mirror)
  4. Bootloader v4.6 (Mirror)
  5. Depending on the iPhone you are upgrading, you will need one of the following firmwares:

We are upgrading a 1st Generation (non-3G) iPhone that is on the T-Mobile network, so we used the first firmware and after all the files were downloaded, we created a directory called Update iPhone:

Step 1

Unzip QuickPwn 2.1 directly into the Update iPhone directory. This will place a QuickPwn.exe and README.txt file directly into the Update iPhone directory.

Step 2

Plug your iPhone into your computer. If this does not automatically launch iTunes, go ahead and launch it now.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your iPhone is synced with your computer at this point, either by it happening automatically or you forcing the sync. After you install the new Firmware, it reformats your phone, and the only way to get your info back is to Restore from iTunes. So don’t skip the sync step here.

Now select your iPhone in the left hand tree under Devices and then with the Summary tab displaying, hold down the Shift key and Left Click the Restore button:

This will take you into a firmware selection mode, where you can select the downloaded firmware you grabbed to restore your iPhone with (effectively installing the 2.1 firmware for you):

iTunes will now begin by extracting the firmware, preparing the iPhone for the restoration process, then restoring the phone (installing the updated firmware), verifying the installed software and then for some odd reason after all that, you’ll see “Restoring iPhone firmware” again for a while. It will look like a series of dialogs like so:

This process will take about 10mins.

So what we have now is a legitimately upgraded iPhone with the latest 2.1 firmware, unfortunately this isn’t going to work on the T-Mobile network because the phone is now locked back down. This is where QuickPwn comes in to save the day.

Getting Ready to Pwn

After your iPhone restarts and iTunes re-detects it, you’ll see this horrifying message in iTunes:

Don’t sweat it, we aren’t done yet, now we need to crack out QuickPwn and unlock this iPhone.

Step 3

Go back to your Update iPhone directory (or whatever you named it) and run the QuickPwn.exe program. QuickPwn will first ask you to make sure that your iPhone is connected to your computer via USB:

Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Now QuickPwn will want you to select the Firmware that you just installed on your iPhone (so it can pwn it). This is just the same IPSW file you selected in iTunes about 10mins ago that got installed on your phone:

QuickPwn is pretty smart and not only gives you textual prompts of the exact firmware file you should probably select, but will also verify it when you select it.

Click the blue arrow button to continue.

After selecting the firmware, QuickPwn will ask you to select which installers you would like to add (Cydia & Installer) as well as replacing the boot screens and unlocking the phone. We recommend adding Cydia and if you are on a non-AT&T network, like T-Mobile, you probably need to Unlock the phone as well:

Click the blue arrow button to continue.

QuickPwn now wants you to select the Bootloader v3.9 and v4.6 files that you downloaded, so go ahead and select those files wherever you downloaded them to:

Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Now QuickPwn is ready to rock and roll, applying all these changes to your iPhone:

First make one last check that your iPhone is attached to your computer and click the blue arrow button to continue.

IMPORTANT: On the next screen, QuickPwn will show you a series of prompts that look like the following:

You have to be ready to physically follow the prompts, namely the 2nd one for holding the Home button (that means the big round button on the bottom/center if your iPhone) and the 3rd one that requires you to keep holding the Home button and also now hold the Power button (thing button on top right corner of phone) together for 10 seconds and then lastly the 4th one where you have to let go of the Power button (the thin one on the top right) but still keep holding down the Home button as you have been doing this whole time.

While QuickPwn will put your phone into recovery mode (the 1st step on this screen) the rest of the convoluted button presses you are doing puts your phone into DFU mode which allows all the rest of the Pwning magic to happen.

NOTE: You may notice that while the prompts say things like “Hold for 10 secs” you’ll notice that QuickPwn might jump to the next step way before 10 secs is up or hear the USB disconnect/connect sound from your PC, this is normal. The button holds are actually shorter than 5 and 10 secs, but holding them longer is still OK. You can release them early if you see your phone go to the next step successfully.

After you have gotten the iPhone into DFU mode (followed all the prompts) QuickPwn will take over and pwn the phone for you:

After that process is done, QuickPwn will let you know everything was a success:

And your iPhone will proceed to reboot itself and run through a handful of cracking applications, starting first with a pretty QuickPwn/Pineapple splash screen then moving on to boot neutering and then onto baseband cracking… or something like that, the whole process takes about 8mins and you just sit and wait.

After it’s all done, you can close QuickPwn.

Done… Now What?

At this point you have a fully upgraded iPhone with a hacked 2.1 firmware on it so you can use it on a non-AT&T network, yay!

But wait… you might have noticed that none of your information is on your phone, it’s brand-new/wiped clean.

No worries though, that is why we made sure to sync our iPhone with iTunes back in Step #2, you can simply restore your iPhone from iTunes and all is right with the world again.

You do have a choice however, more specifically:

  • Restore everything from iTunes, this can also include a ton of hidden junk that may be brought back over to your phone especially if you have had it for a while.
  • Setup as a brand new phone, you will loose Text Messages and POP Email as well as Email settings, but if you were using IMAP mail, you can just set that back up again and resync everything else (Contacts, Music, Movies, etc.)

Given that I have had this iPhone since 1.1.1 and upgraded many times, and a friend that recently did the “clean” jump to 2.1 said that it was “much snappier”, I decided to set this phone up as New.

IMPORTANT: Just to reiterate this, if you don’t want to mess with the phone anymore and are prefectly happy with it, ‘Restore’ the iPhone using your existing profile from iTunes. If you want to try and start with a fresh/clean install to improve performance, set the phone up as New.

IMPORTANT: If you decide to set the phone back up as new, you will need to re-register the APN for the EDGE data network for the network you are on, until then, you will get errors that you aren’t connected to a cell data network. Here’s a good reference.

Step 4

To start with the setup process, fire iTunes back up (QuickPwn likely closed it when it ran) and select how you want to set the phone up (either New or Restored):

Then click the Continue button when ready.

NOTE: From this point forward I will walk through the New iPhone setup, if you decided to Restore, you can stop following this guide.

You then get prompted with the sync profile you want to setup for iTunes as well as syncing rules:

Hit Done when ready and iTunes will start syncing your iPhone with the new profile you just created. Remember, you’ll have to go back in and resync any movies, TV shows, music and playlists that you had and re-setup your email accounts on your iPhone, but really not that much effort to go throuh to get a totally clean 2.1 iPhone Firmware install.

TIP: You will need to re-register the APN for T-Mobile (for the EDGE cell network), incase you need it is (no username or password). Here is a good resource for all other networks.


That’s it, you now successfully have a fully upgraded iPhone with the 2.1 Firmware on it cracked and ready to use on any network you want. in our case, T-Mobile.

We hope you found this guide handy and easy to follow, if you run into any snags, let us know in the comments and we’ll try and help.

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151 Responses to How to Install iPhone 2.1 Firmware on Hacked T-Mobile iPhone

  1. None September 28, 2008 at 8:35 am #

    Why? T-mobile has EDGE only! The iPhone is 3G and different band than T-mobile.

    Why do it?

    T-mobile is the smallest and crappiest of all cells in the US.

  2. Editor September 28, 2008 at 9:15 am #

    None, T-Mobile has been rolling out their new 3G network all year and by October will have 22 major markets covered with their new 3G network representing 85% of their user base.

    You are correct that the 3G iPhone won’t work on the T-Mobile network though due to a different baseband, but I’d also point out that T-Mobile, along side AT&T, Verizon and Sprint is one of the largest cell carriers in the US.

    So… 1 out of 3, not too bad.

  3. p September 29, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Updated my 2g phone from 1.1.2 to 2.1 successfully. but not able to see the phone working. I dont see the signal and carrier name. do I need to do anything else to make the phone work.

  4. Paul September 29, 2008 at 6:39 pm #

    I have followed your excellent tutorial and managed to get my 2G iPhone working twice. Everything seemed to be working normally, however on both occasions after about 10 mins the phone signal was lost, the wifi died. If you then restart the phone it just locks up and is stuck in emergency calls only, but even then the keypad doesnt work.

    I have tried it on my mac and PC with the same outcome, Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Editor September 29, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    All you certain you chose to unlock the phone during the QuickPwn process? Also are you on T-mobile?

    I’m not sure why it would work and then die after 10 mins… try and run through the process again just to make sure.

  6. Sam October 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    Nice….I’m already waiting on 2.2.

  7. NXz October 2, 2008 at 2:08 am #

    does this allow me to use the iphone 3G on Tmobile? (make call, recieve call, etc..)

  8. Editor October 2, 2008 at 7:17 am #


    No, unfortunately the 3G iPhone won’t work on T-Mobile’s 3G network due to different basebands on the T-Mobile 3G network from the AT&T one.

  9. REY October 2, 2008 at 8:22 pm #

    ok… i followed all of the steps to unlock and add 2.1… now when in serted the sim for tmobile the phone tells me to connect to itunes… but the phone is in emergency mode…(how do i get it to read the sim) what will happen if i connect to itunes… will that allow the phone to work? the phone was definately unlocked in the process… i watched it go through the process… please help.. i am trying to get my phone to work!

  10. JP October 2, 2008 at 11:54 pm #

    Thank you very much. Worked like a charm. Just a few extra things popping up but nothing that you can’t figure out on your own. Thanks again!

  11. Editor October 3, 2008 at 8:34 am #


    The first steps are to connect to iTunes and actually use it to install the legit firmware (before it’s pwned), did all that part work? You sure the pwning process worked?

    Are you *sure* you followed all the steps? I wonder if you are just half way through the process and haven’t actually finished it yet?

  12. N20348 October 4, 2008 at 1:48 am #

    wiso wird in QuickPwn die Unlock Button nicht engezeigt?

  13. NXz October 4, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    Hey BiD Editor,
    Thanks for the reply. That’s not what I meant, I know the internet network 3G is not compatible with T-mobile due to different frequency or something of that sort. What I meant to ask was that Can I use this program to unlock the 2nd generation of iPhone aka iPhone 3G to use with T-mobile (make call, recieve call,etc..) ?

  14. marlon October 5, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    yes you can i have both and i did it on both of them and it worked. i am a 14 year old boy so i dont know why its taking you guys so long it worked perfectly fine for me

  15. gary October 5, 2008 at 11:06 am #

    after all steps, i stop at :×361.png
    “recorever mode”, what is the problem?? can you pls hlep?

    pls email me :

  16. Raj October 5, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    Thanks Dude ! … worked like a Charm …!!

  17. Editor October 6, 2008 at 5:19 am #

    Sorry for the misunderstanding, yes you can follow this guide both for the non-3G iPhone and the newer 3G iPhone, that is why up in the Getting Started section we provide links for the firmwares for both phones depending on which one you have.

    QuickPwn will put your phone into Recovery Mode for you (make sure iTunes is closed) but the rest of the prompts you have to follow exactly.

  18. Editor October 6, 2008 at 5:20 am #

    Awesome, glad you liked it!

  19. ener October 6, 2008 at 5:38 pm #

    if i never upgraded to 2.0 can i just jump up to 2.1. please help

  20. Editor October 6, 2008 at 7:44 pm #


    Yes you can jump right to 2.1, just follow this guide.

  21. LDSPilot October 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    I used winpwn to pwn my 1st gen iPhone to FW 2.0.2. (whenever 2.0.2 was new.) I’m running on T-Mobile. I was reading everyone’s posts about pwning to 2.1. I finally got the nerve to try. (I hadn’t used QuickPwn before.) I had everything downloaded and clicked update iPhone in iTunes so that i could have the 2.1 FW on my iPhone for quick pwning. After the update, my iPhone restarted and updated all my apps. I DIDN’T HAVE TO RUN QUICKPWN AT ALL!!! WHAT’S THE DEAL? EVERYTHING WORKS GREAT! I DON’T WANT OR NEED CYDIA OR INSTALLER, AND CAN MAKE CALLS, SENT TEXT, ETC. IS SOMETHING WRONG? DO I NEED QUICKPWN ONLY IF I WANT CYDIA AND INSTALLER? SHOULD I BE WORRIED? CONTACTS AND SMS ARE SUPER FAST! EVERYTHING ELSE APPEARS FINE! can i simply use iTunes to update from now on? NO CRASHES, NO GLITCHES, IT IS SURPRISING ME TAHT IT WORKED LIKE THIS. AM I JUST A KNOW NOTHING NEWB? WHAT ARE SOME THOUGHTS?

  22. Editor October 7, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    That is really strange, you should have seen a “Unsupport SIM” Error message after the updated firmware was applied… but if it worked, I guess just leave it alone 😉

  23. Elie October 12, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    Hi all
    Yesterday they bring me an iphone 3G 16G with unlocking GSM card without any turbo sim or any additional sim to the normal sim , the version was 2.1 and everything as if we cracked the iphone 3G 2.1 , i try a normal 3G with the firmware 2.1 everything worked well but the GSM not working on it , we should found the way to unlocked however these guys do to unlocking the iphone 3G without Turbo sim and worked on any carrier

  24. anna October 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm #

    my t-mobile isnt workin it says different sim detected please connect to itunes please help

  25. anna October 18, 2008 at 10:30 pm #

    but in the top left corner it detects that i am using a tmobile sim card

  26. Riyad Kalla October 19, 2008 at 8:12 pm #


    It sounds like you stopped right at the part of the guide called “Getting Ready to Pwn” and your screen probably looks something like this.

    You just need to go through the remainder of the steps, Pwning the phone and it will unlock it, allowing it to use the T-Mobile sim.

  27. Mto October 20, 2008 at 5:36 am #

    Another fantastic step by step iphone upgrade tutorial by the people @ breakitdownblog! Keep up the great work. I have book marked.

  28. Riyad Kalla October 20, 2008 at 5:39 am #

    Thanks Mto, we are glad it helped!

  29. carlos October 21, 2008 at 1:18 am #

    for some reason mine is stuck on the emergency screen .. =[[[

  30. Riyad Kalla October 21, 2008 at 6:14 am #


    Don’t loose hope, you can run and re-run the steps in the guide as many times as you want. And in the *worst case* scenario, you can always re-install 1.1.4 and ZiPhone it (which is a dead-easy GUI for cracking 1.1.x iPhones).

    Given that, my first suggestion would honestly be to run back through the process, making sure to hit every step exactly as written to make sure you cracked it right.

  31. Kevin October 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    My iPhone is at version 1.0.2 (1C28). Can I still follow this tutorial to upgrade or do I need to ‘unhack’ the phone before I start the steps in this tutorial?

  32. Riyad Kalla October 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm #


    You should be fine following this guide, because of how the Firmware install process goes. Every time you install a new firmware on an iPhone (or a BlackBerry) it actually wipes the phone clean and the last step is usually a “Restore” operation from the backup of data that was made on the computer. They aren’t typical updates in the classic sense of needing the previous update installed (for example).

    Also if anything goes wrong, you can always cycle back to say the 1.1.4 firmware and just use the ZiPhone program to re-hack/unlock it to get it working on T-Mo again. That step is done in this guide in the QuickPwn phase, it hacks the newly installed (legit) firmware to unlock the phone for you.

    It’s pretty straight forward. Just *make sure* you sync your iPhone to your computer before you start, so that way, even if the thing doesn’t install right, you still have all your data to restore the phone with.

  33. Anon I. Mouse October 25, 2008 at 10:05 am #

    Please help. I upgraded and unlockeed the phone and it all works great. Except that now the edge internet does not work. i did reapply the t-zones hack and re-entered the APN after doing a fresh install. I don’t know what else to try at this point. The t-zones was working fine before the upgrade. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  34. David October 30, 2008 at 7:38 am #

    Major help needed please….

    Here is my situation. I bought the iphone used and it already has unlocked with firmware 2.1 on it. The only thing is that the previous owner left all his/her contacts, calendar, etc….on it. I tried to erase all of the data by doing the reset–delete data straight from the phone (big mistake). Now, my iphone will not boot up at all. I’ve tried to reset the phone with no success. It will show the apple icon and will itune will not detect it either. Any help here is greatly appreciated. Please email me at dtvo2005 @ gmail


  35. Riyad Kalla November 1, 2008 at 9:37 am #


    I think you need to walk step-by-step through this process again, throwing the phone into that DFU mode and completely reflashing the OS.

    If *that* doesn’t work then you might try changing USB ports on your computer, because at that point your computer should atleast see the connected iPhone as a USB device… if it can’t do that then you might be looking at a hardware failure of some kind.

  36. Val November 2, 2008 at 6:43 am #

    This was an absolutely brilliant step by step guide. Really made for idiots (like myself) Thanks so much as was given this phone & really thought I had broken it forever!!!
    Now just need to find out how to delete all contacts from phone as they have been left on & there are too many to do individually.
    Thanks again
    Val x

  37. Riyad Kalla November 2, 2008 at 9:56 am #


    I’m really glad it helped!

  38. Raymond November 2, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi everyone ,i dont see the unnlock button ?????

  39. dorkrus November 7, 2008 at 8:35 pm #

    dear editor,

    is it will unlock 3g iphone as well?

    i have a 3g iphone with turbo sim unlock, so right now my iphobe is unlock and jailbreak with at&t. everything is fine. i’m able to make call, receive call and texting. the only problem right now is, i am not able to access wi-fi services.

    does this will help to access wi-fi?

  40. Riyad Kalla November 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm #


    The iPhone is a straight internet device, locking or unlocking won’t effect the wifi service.

    Make sure wifi is turned on first (under Settings > Wifi) and select a network and make sure you are connected. If you cannot even do that, unlocking the phone won’t help… something might be goofed, so reflashing the firmware (following the guide above MIGHT help), but it seems to me you should be able to figure that out without a complete system reinstall.

    You really should figure out first if this is a phone error or user error with regard to wifi before you start reinstalling/unlocking the phone again.

    I’m all for the “easiest solutions first”

  41. Feby George November 8, 2008 at 8:44 am #

    Excellent instructions ! My 2G IPhone is now running on latest firmware.
    I had a 1.4 firmware, jailbroken with ZiPhone, was good for 7 months, installing Cydia blew up the whole thing, causing a reboot every 20 secs.
    Now after 20-30 trials I restored to 2.1 firmware ( it used to throw error 1611 ) and with your instructions my phone is up and running

  42. Riyad Kalla November 8, 2008 at 9:10 am #


    That’s great news man, glad we could help!

  43. Ivan November 8, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    Hi i have iphone 3g 16gb just bought it from t-mobile
    i followed instruction just becaus i want to instal cydia and
    i dont have in step 3 unlock option just add cydia ,add ins replace
    boot logos…can you tell me whats the problem …
    tnx and sry for bad englisch…

  44. dorkrus November 9, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    dear editor,

    thank u so much. my 3G iphone works now, after i reformat my iphone. can use it anywhere and any wi-fi available now. :)

  45. Riyad Kalla November 9, 2008 at 10:12 pm #


    That’s great news man, glad to hear it!

  46. Brainy November 11, 2008 at 3:53 am #

    After this update can i use my phone on different carriers? (Vodafone, Orange, E-on) etc..etc?


  47. Riyad Kalla November 11, 2008 at 9:43 am #


    This will unlock the phone to run on other compatible GSM networks like T-Mobile with a compatible SIM card installed in the phone (and yes it looks like Vodafone and Orange as well)

    For a complete reference, check here:
    Mobile Networks and Broadcast Types.

  48. afiq November 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm #

    thanks a lot of lots lots n lots…i’ve spend my whole half day juz to “jailbreaking” before i found this site..after done all the things u’ve stated above, i’ve found it is so easy to be done.thanx again guys..1 more i want to add is for whoever found a difficulties during installing the quickpwn, try to install .net framework.this can b easily get from the microsoft update site.thanx n have a nice day guys.

  49. sudhi November 12, 2008 at 10:02 am #

    Thanks, this method works without any trouble.

  50. xxx6ulwxxx November 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    thnx it works =P
    and if u cant restore iphone be4 quickpwning it
    just remove the folder C:\Documents and Settings\*Your*Computer*Name*\Application Data
    Next go to control panel->add or remove
    Remove apple mobile device support, apple software update, and itunes
    Now restart ur computer
    Then redownload itunes and then restore iphone.
    This should help if any errors on iphone.

  51. Riyad Kalla November 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    NOTE: One addition to xxx6ulwxxx’s notes above, I would NOT erase the entire \Application Data directory or it’s contents as that directory can contain quite a bit of information from other applications. Be careful to only delete (or move) the bits that are effecting the iPhone, like iTunes or some other pieces.

    I just don’t want anyone wheeling off and erasing important Windows directories in an attempt to get this working and screw up their machine. Always play it safe.

  52. xxx6ulwxxx November 12, 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    but i was all happy when i got it unbricked lol
    i have tried for 2 days and gave up/’
    then i tried again and tought of that idea and it worked =]

  53. Riyad Kalla November 13, 2008 at 8:08 am #


    Sorry for the confusion, your advice is very good, I just wanted to make sure some folks didn’t get too heavy-handed with the delete.

    Thanks again for posting the steps that you took to get things working, I’m sure it has helped someone else out that might have been stuck.

  54. xxx6ulwxxx November 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    =] it must work lol

  55. Ogiphone November 16, 2008 at 4:08 am #

    I have the iphone original hacked with ziphone hack on fw 1.1.4, how can i get to 2.1 or 2.2 with out restoring my phone. Thanks

  56. Ogiphone November 16, 2008 at 4:11 am #

    Btw i have att

  57. Frank November 17, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    In approx. 45 minutes a fluid transition from 1.1.3 to 2.1, even wifi is working (was afraid it would brake down).
    thanks a lot!


  58. Riyad Kalla November 17, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    Frank, really glad to hear it went smoothly!

  59. Mike November 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm #

    I followed every step with exactness, I have a 1 gen ipod that i purchased and synced to my computer with the att sim still in it. Then I removed that sim and inserted a t mobile and went through the unlocking process. Calls, texts everything is perfect except the iPhone will no longer sync to my computerIt says that my phone cannot be recognized..Any recommendations or tips? I have firmware 2.1 and itunes 8. Thanks for any help, this tutorial was incredible! Thanks again!

  60. Riyad Kalla November 17, 2008 at 5:14 pm #


    Hmmm something sounds fishy, maybe with the device drivers. If the computer isn’t even recognizing the iPhone correctly, I’d probably try the following:

    * Reinstall iTunes, reboot
    * Try and re-flash the firmware on the iPhone and double check *before* the cracking that iTunes recognizes the iPhone and probably says something like “Sim not recognized, blah blah”, at least at that point you know the computer knows it’s an iPhone
    * Then try and recrack the phone and restore it… you should be good to go.

  61. Mike November 18, 2008 at 7:18 am #

    Thank you so much Ryan, I went into the itunes directory and deleted the existed firmware and forced it to take the modified. Also, I didn’t allow my itunes to notice that the sim was wrong, I closed it immediately after it installed the firmware. Everything went perfect from there! Thanks a ton!

  62. Riyad Kalla November 18, 2008 at 9:27 am #


    Good deal, glad to hear it’s working now.

  63. Reefo November 19, 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    I tried this process, everything worked, but I dont think it unlocked the phone (used mac version) and now I just have no bars, or tmobile or edge logos, and the phone isnt capable of calling. Any ideas?

  64. Riyad Kalla November 19, 2008 at 4:06 pm #


    I believe you can use the PwnageTool if you are on a Mac and IIRC it’s even easier to use than QuickPwn.

    I believe you can start here for that:

  65. JP November 19, 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    i did the entire shebang and ended up jailbreaking, but even after choosing UNLOCK, i don’t know how to make it work for t-mobile.

    can somebody give me some pointers?

    i have prepaid, if it’s important.

  66. JP November 19, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    also, my wifi and bluetooth died.

  67. Riyad Kalla November 19, 2008 at 6:07 pm #


    Is this a 1st gen iPhone or 2nd gen (3G) iphone?

    Which firmware did you use for the install?

  68. JP November 19, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    it’s a first gen with 2.1 firmware (Jailbroken).

  69. Riyad Kalla November 19, 2008 at 9:11 pm #


    Sorry, I mean the full name of the firmware file you used just to make sure you didn’t accidentally grab the 3G one.

    I’d suggest going back through this guide with a fine-tooth comb… there have been a few folks so far that did just that, and for whatever reason, the 2nd or 3rd time through it worked and everything was enabled as it should be.

  70. JP November 20, 2008 at 7:32 am #

    i’m sure it is for the first gen (1,1) but i went over it so many times that i got frustrated. after the entire process, the iPhone tells me to insert a valid activated AT&T SIM card, but after i fully reset it, it goes into the “Slide to unlock” menu. when i insert my SIM card, it says “No SIM Inserted” over and over again. It keeps popping up.

    I have a prepaid sim card, if that’s important.

  71. Riyad Kalla November 20, 2008 at 7:45 am #

    A prepair sim card for which carrier? I have no idea if that is different or not during the process. If it’s an AT&T sim card my guess is that you don’t even have to unlock the phone.

  72. JP November 20, 2008 at 7:52 am #

    it’s a T-mobile PrePaid SIM. but other people didn’t have any problems…

  73. Riyad Kalla November 20, 2008 at 7:53 am #


    The only things I can think of are:

    1. You flashed the phone with the wrong firmware
    2. Maybe try doing the process with the SIM in the phone the entire time. I never took mine out.

  74. JP November 20, 2008 at 8:16 am #

    AH! wait…

    so i should do the unlocking process separate from the SIM? THEN put in the SIM?

    also, i just restarted my iPhone, and it’s back to “Please blah, blah, iTunes, activate, blah blah.”

    i’ll just do the process again.

  75. Tom November 20, 2008 at 11:56 am #

    It work on iphone 3g phone? not the old generation iphone.

    Thank you.

  76. Riyad Kalla November 20, 2008 at 12:19 pm #


    Yes this works on the 3G iPhone, just be sure you grab the correct firmware listed at the beginning of the article.

  77. JP November 20, 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    just to be clear, did you do this as well? did it work for another company? if so, what did you do AFTER the jailbreaking and unlocking installation?

  78. Riyad Kalla November 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm #


    This guide… line-by-line, is exactly what I did. I have a 1st gen iPhone with a T-Mo sim in it that I left in during the entire process.

    I’m a t-mo customer so it’s a full sim, not prepaid… I have no idea if that makes a diff.

  79. JP November 20, 2008 at 5:03 pm #

    I just learned that i might have to disable iTunes when doing the process. i’ll post an update when i finish flashing.

  80. JP November 20, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    whoa. i. do. not. beleive. this. for some reason, i just inserted my SIM and it found my T-mobile service.

    wow. i’m disapointed. i was about to flash my iPhone, too.

    however, i can’t use the internet…

    what’s up with that? and how can i set up the wap.voice…. thing? i cant continue without setting up an account and i don’t know which of the three VPN things to choose…

  81. JP November 20, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    UPDATE: turns out the shape of my sim card mattered. i had to jiggle it around before it recognized it. wierd. also, my wifi and bluetooth problem might also be hardware problems… guess it’s time to bust out my trusty guitar pick to pop open the sucker…

  82. Riyad Kalla November 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    JP, just glad that you are making headway with the issue. Keep us posted.

  83. JP November 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    IT’S ALIVE!!!


    I’d just like to take a moment to thank everybody especially Riyad Kalla for helping me get though this dilly of a pickle!

    turns out that if the iPhone is overheated/does not have sufficient power (i assume 80% battery life), the daughterboard gets cut off to prevent damage.

    at least, that’s my theory. for those who are just stumbling across this post from Google or something, take my advice and cool the device. ha. it rhymes.

    i yanked out my SIM cuz my dad told me “my minutes will run down since the iPhone requires activation.” poor guy doesn’t understand.

    well, thanks again, Riyad! :)

  84. Riyad Kalla November 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm #


    Not a problem, glad it works man.

  85. JP November 20, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    well, just testing out the wifi. By the way, I can’t log onto my myspace on this thing… Does anybody have the same problem?

  86. Cris November 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm #

    Does the Quickpwn2.1 software that you have here on the tutorial for Windows or Mac? Ive a unlocked & jailbroken 1.1.3 that I will be updating to 2.1 following the listed steps. I just want to make sure I install the correct quickpwn for my machine (Windows)

  87. JP November 21, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    this is the correct quickpwn for 2.1. it’s a great and easy program. note that all your apps will be gone, so start syncing! :)

  88. JP November 23, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    ok. yesterday i was installing an app when my iPhone just shut off. it said it had 100% batt., but i don’t know why it died….

    i guess i need a new battery…

    anybody had this problem, but fixed?

  89. Riyad Kalla November 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Guys, quick heads up, the newest version of QuickPwn and PwnageTool are available if you want to install the newest 2.2 firmware that just came out:

    • PwnageTool 2.2.1 for Mac OSX, SHA1 Sum – 3a91f2bf4f342baaa700ae7d35959d7ade186134
    • QuickPwn 2.2 for Mac OSX, SHA1 Sum – 254b8af0e19870a4660b7b11e3b6f6ae1d6bc66f
    • QuickPwn 2.2 for Windows, SHA1 Sum – ffdbc561224c61ffc2713cb6a6e696b6d429c4ca
  90. Rich November 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    Ok, I followed the step by step instructions (very clear and well written) and everything functioned as stated. When I put my T-Mobile SIM card in, I received the error of “wrong SIM card detected, connect to iTunes”. I read the blog and tried the suggestions that were given. Trying with my T-mo SIM card in, turning off iTunes helper, etc. I still get the same error. I am useing the downloads from the links on this page for the 2.1 firmware/restore, the BL-39/BL-46 and Quickpwn 2.1. I have the 1st Gen non-3G 16 gig iPhone and my iTunes version is 8.0.2. Any help would be greatly appriciated

  91. Riyad Kalla November 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm #


    Try the entire process again from the start (I know, that sucks) but leave the SIM in the whole time. I never removed my SIM, just took the phone out of my pocket, plugged it in, and started this guide.

  92. JP November 25, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Rich: is your T-mobile card a bit loose in the SIM tray?

  93. Rich November 26, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    Yea, the SIM card was/is good and snug…I tried it two more times with no luck still…if you have anymore insight it would be greatly apprciated as I am at a loss right now.

  94. Riyad Kalla November 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm #


    Sorry man I really don’t have any more ideas, I wish I did.

  95. JP November 26, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    i found out that my sim card reader was faulty and one of the pins was literally torn out when i tried to put in my sim card in again (it died when i was installing an app).

    maybe yours is faulty as well?

  96. seantc December 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm #

    hello 1G iphone on a mac – when i run Pwnage it says it can’t find the Bootloader 3.9 file – when i browse manually to it it says its not the proper file . . . I downloaded the BL-39.bin file but am I supposed to expand it? I tried expanding it but it won’t expand using Stuff It – pls help

  97. Rich December 5, 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    Sweet, got it to work and this is what I did…I restored the firmware from iTunes with the at@t sim card installed. Set up the iphone as a new phone and started the Quickpwn process. At the step where you shift click for the quickpwn restore is when I put in my Tmobile sime card. I held the shift, left clicked, selected the firmware, removed the at@t simcard, installed the Tmobile card, then pushed opened and continued with the quickpwn and now my phone is up and running.

  98. Riyad Kalla December 6, 2008 at 6:53 am #

    Rich, great find and thanks for posting that so other folks stuck can follow your steps!

  99. Kevin December 6, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    These instructions worked great for me :-) Mine was one of the earliest 4g iPhones that was still running 1.0.2 (1C28). Everything worked as expected.

  100. NJ December 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks this worked great! Took only 40 minutes and Quickpwn basically did everything. For those of you using Tmobile’s data plan try putting the APN as, then shut the phone off (hold home + power button) and turn it on again. It works for me even though its noticeably slower than before.

  101. Riyad Kalla December 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm #


    Is that the T-Zone APN as opposed to the EDGE/$20-month data plan network?

  102. NJ December 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    That’s the APN for tmobile’s tzone plan ($5.99). Before I mentioned the speed was a bit slow but it seems back to normal now.

  103. JP December 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    oh, man. i wish i knew THAT apn…

    i had t-zones, but i couldnt get it to work….

    dammit. my iPhone fried anyhow. anybody up for a damaged iphone: hit me up if you like.

  104. baba December 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    will this work in the UK??? (UK tmobile)

  105. Andrew December 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    Hey guys thanks for this hack, i was a little nervous about leaving 1.1.4 but you made nice and easy to follow and do! and it works great so HAPPY to have the APP store now!!! Thanks again you ROCK!!!

  106. vincent December 26, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    I unlocked my first gen iphone version 2.2 firware with quickpwn. After it was unlocked, I took out the sim tray and inserted the t mobile sim card into the iphone. Immediately, the phone screen shows different sim detect. I don’t know what is going on and I tried to unlock it many times after. But the phone still does not recognize the t mobile sim card. I unlocked two iphones in a row and non of them work with t mobile

    Please help me!!!!!

  107. JP December 26, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    MAKE SURE YOU CHECK “UNLOCK” WHEN JAILBREAKING! Also, it helps to leave the sim in the iPhone when unlocking and jailbreaking.

    I had that problem at first, But What I did differently, however, was that I used iTunes to flash the ORIGINAL FIRMWARE before jailbreaking. If that doesn’t work, and only do this if you are desperate, put the phone in DFU mode, flash a clean ORIGINAL FIRMWARE, then jailbreak and unlock, respectively. Your sim should be working at this point.

  108. sonu December 27, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    i got the same problem like anna ….it says connet to itunes but on the corner it says t-mobile n m even able to call in emergency mode …any help wil be appreciated…thanx

  109. JP December 27, 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    do what I posted before you.

  110. ms December 29, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    I have 16g 3g phone without turbo sim. I have t-mobile sim. Pls help me how this work.

  111. JP December 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm #

    well, ms, you need to wait until new year’s eve to unlock your iPhone software-wise. if you live in southern california, i might be able to help. the software is still in beta mode until wednesday.

  112. Frank Y December 29, 2008 at 11:55 pm #

    4g iPhone
    1.0.2 (1C28) – tmobile sim

    * Spent 6 hours studying the whole matter as I purchased this phone from a friend and found out it was a very early jailbroken unlocked tmobile phone with no updates. Very much afraid to brick my phone I kept studying and read countless posts and was going to go with the 2.0 guide til I realized there was a 2.1, then I realized the 2.2 files were available so used them in conjunction with guide.

    Worked exactly as written in guide ~ followed the guide to the T. Step by step ~ it was easier to just read the guide over and over, then just follow the steps listed after I grew the balls to do it.

    I actually spent maybe 3 minutes doing anything and the rest of the time tinkering with my PS3.

    Thank you so very much for this guide. Incredibly well thought out and I really really admire how commenters followup to other users as well as original author replying as well.

    Your a gem in the community and provide a resource and forum that allows others to help as well.

    * notes
    1. I followed guide to the . ( exactly )
    2. I left my tmobile simcard in the whole time
    3. I did everything that the prompts asked for and besides that did not touch the sucker at all.
    4. I didn’t need or wasn’t prompted by itunes later to decide NEW or whatnot.. but perhaps it was because the phone basically had been wiped by old user.

    Thanks a bunch!!! Will have to visit this page from time to time to keep track with any new updates and info.

  113. Riyad Kalla December 30, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    Frank that’s awesome news! I’m really glad we could help out.

  114. ms December 30, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks JP. I tried turbo sim (black color) with 2.1. After hour there is no service. I have to put sim in old phone then use tzone then it works with iphone 3g.You have any solution to without removing sim. Thanks again.

  115. JP December 30, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    noooooooo!!!! Turno sim is never the solution for unlocking! Maybe gevey but not turnosim. You should have waited until tomorrow for the 3g yellowsn0w unlock…. Once your phone is jailbroken, you can download the software in cydia and install it within seconds… I could have saved you that money. Oh, well.

    I will try to post up the method of 3g software unlocking tomorrow if I can. Stay tuned.

  116. Riyad Kalla December 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm #


    Definitely looking forward to your findings, thanks for keeping us posted.

  117. JP January 1, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Here’s the new info on Yellowsn0w.

    This is straight from the dev team’s blog. Please note that this is still a beta and there might be problems when using Yellowsn0w.

    However, this is the EASIEST and CHEAPEST way of unlocking now, so give it a try. It seems that Yellowsn0w can be used on the 2.28 baseband.

    In order to install the Yellowsn0w unlock software for the 3G, install one of these repos first:

    * Cydia source:
    * Installer repo:

    Then search for “yellowsn0w” and install it. Please note the following:

    # If you are in the U.S. and are trying this with T-Mobile, you must turn off the 3G switch in Settings. Also if you are good with the command line, you can make it much easier by adding the line -q right after the /usr/bin/yellowsn0w line in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.iphone-dev.yellowsn0w.plist (that’s and advanced tip, hopefully someone will make a boosprefs type of tool for it)
    # No PIN support yet. Remember how we said this was beta? Well we’re still working out the flow for SIMs with PINs enabled. Please disable any PIN you may have on that SIM before trying yellowsn0w, for now..

    To quote the dev team:
    “The iPhone 3G is used all over the world with all sorts of SIM cards, and we almost certainly will see untested and unexpected situations. If the soft unlock doesn’t work for you on day 1 (literally day 1, of 2009!) then please don’t panic or be impatient. This is new territory for everyone, so enjoy the ride as much as you can :)”

  118. NOEL January 19, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Hi guys, I need help with my iPhone 3G, which I got from an uncle who bought it online from China. I put an ATT sim from my regular phone into the iphone and it makes and receive call fine, but it will not connect with itune. My computer recognized it only as a removable drive, also there is no WiFi connection, when I checked network there is no option for WiFi. Another thing there are no itune or Safari icon on the phone screen. What should I do.

  119. JP January 19, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    lol are you SURE it’s a legit iPhone? send links to some pics of your iphone. if it doesnt have the safari browser, either it’s fake, or its already hacked, but the people deleted the app.

  120. Christine January 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    Fantastic post. I tried almost every other site and method coming up with numerous errors, until I tried yours. This was amazing, clear and simple, followed post exactly and came up with a great 2.1 iPhone upgrading from 1.4. Thanks soooo much!

  121. Riyad Kalla January 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    Christine, that’s great news, glad we could help!

  122. nach January 27, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    Hi all
    Does this tutorial work with an AT&T hacked iphone? i am using an eplus sim card in Germany

  123. Mark T February 11, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    Could you please tell me whether this would work on an original hacked 2G iPhone, that is running on a network in Australia (Optus). The phone was originally bought in Hong Kong but has been working on an Aussie network for over a year now.
    i really want the new version as I’m sick of it freezing up and the call drop outs.

  124. Riyad Kalla February 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Update: We just completed an updated Guide on how to install the iPhone 2.2.1 firmware on a Jailbroken/Unlocked iPhone.

  125. Maria February 25, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    I think i screwed up the jail break process of the my iphone to upgrade the firmware. I updated the firmware with itunes, now with the file that was given here. what do i need to do to fix this? is there a way? please help me. email me at

  126. Hameed March 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    Very well explained i installed it like a expert without any problem
    thanks once again for your super tutorial and the time you have taken
    god bless you

  127. Valerie March 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    The updates worked.
    But I had to restore all my contacts/texts from iTunes
    Now, i can’t get service. Its no longer reading my T-mobile SIM card
    Help Please

  128. Riyad Kalla March 12, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Valerie, what kind of iPhone do you have?

  129. KenKen March 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Hi , I REALLY NEED HEKP FRO YOUR GUYS.., i am using 2.2.1 & 2.30.3 as well.Are u guy saying that i had to use QuickPWN 2.2.5-2 for Windows to unlock my iphone with a simcard NOT insert in the phone, i try to do that With a simcard inserted, but funny that the unlock icon did not show up in the QuickPWN manual, does anyone which step i miss, and is my 3Gphone with (2.2.1 & 2.30.3) can be UNLOCK with sofeware NOW, is that possible, a million thx.

  130. Paul April 1, 2009 at 8:07 am #


    I’ve got my fingers crossed and hopping for the best, but I do have one question before I click abyware…. I do have iTunes 8 and a 1st gen 4Gb iPhone 1.1.4 that as been jailbronken and unlocked.. therefore I do not see the “Restore” buttom cause the phone/sim is not recognised by iTunes. Any help would be appretiated. Keep up the good work..

  131. Paul April 1, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    …sorry.. it should show 8Gb.iPhone

  132. Riyad Kalla April 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Paul, when you doc the phone to your computer iTunes doesn’t popup, display a new “iPhone” node with the information about your phone?

    You definitely need iTunes able to see your phone for this to work.

  133. Brad April 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    hi im having a problem with the quickpwn. im using a mac and when i download quick pwn it doesnt save as a zip file but if i open the folder quickpwn.exe opens up as a text file saying that this program cannot run in a DOS mode. i restored my phone and stuck on that right now. could you please help me? thanks.

  134. Riyad Kalla April 9, 2009 at 7:07 am #


    You can’t run QuickPwn on a Mac, it’s a Windows application. You’ll want to use PwnageTool — the good news is that it’s really easy to use.

  135. Brad April 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    ive connected the iphone to the computer and it even says on itunes that its connected, but when i use pwntool it says the phone is not connected… what should i do?

  136. rezwan April 19, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    i dont see the “unlock” option when i tried to load quickpwn to my phone…any idea?..thanks everyone

  137. Scott April 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    How long does it take for the booloader take to load? It has been on this step for 25 min.
    Thank You

  138. Riyad Kalla April 28, 2009 at 8:36 am #


    I think it was about 10mins for me each time I’ve done it — loading the new firmware shouldn’t take 25 mins, because it’s basically a fresh OS install — but restoring the phone via iTunes can possibly take that long depending on how much legacy data you are restoring for that profile.

  139. David May 1, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    I have used the process to ugrade my 2g Iphone form 2.0 to 2.2, but in any case can’t get the WiFi to work. The iphone is keep searching for networks even though I’m putting it on my WiFi router. I have reset the network connections, turned off and on the WiFi, reset the device, re-install – but nothing.
    Is there a possibility that Installer and Cydia installed together may cause a problem ?
    Thanks in advance for any help.

  140. msoccer May 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    I have just one question! I followed the Unlocked & Jailbreaking Process to the tee. After which everything is fine, but I cannot connect to the internet. I have T-Mobile service and everything else is working texting, downloading apps., itunes, and etc. So is there a solution to this problem or am I stuck with out surfing the web?
    Thank you kindly!

  141. JP May 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Please note that 2.1 is faulty and will result in that at times as well as other problems that have been resolved in version 2.2.1. Please refer to the new 2.2.1 jailbreaking method that is most likely on this site by using the search feature in this site, or use the clichéd Google. The jailbreaking process is usually the same, followed by a newer version of QuickPwn and the newer version of firmware.

  142. Riyad Kalla May 14, 2009 at 6:49 am #


    Here is a link to the 2.2.1 guide on the site, also when you go through the 2.2.1 guide, make sure you set the APN correctly so you can get EDGE data over T-Mo with your iPhone.

  143. irvin g May 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    how can i get the quick pwn with the “unlock phone” because the one i got doesnt haveit

  144. Tim June 23, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    I have a 2g 8gb iPhone that I purchased from a guy that had 1.1.3 on it with t-mobile. I upgraded it it to 2.1 using Pwnagetool or whatever but I didn’t have a simcard in it when I did it. I didn’t really use it as a phone, so it was months until I tried a sim card and found out it didn’t work. I figured I just needed to run Pwnagetool again with it while having a sim card in it, but I recently upgraded to version 3.0 while using both Pwnagetool and Redsnow, and when I put the sim card in, it doesn’t even recognize that there IS one inside. I’m not sure anymore if it just used to ever say there was a sim card when I tried earlier, or if it used to just say it was an invalid sim… but anyways, I’m really stuck.

    Either I have bent pins inside my phone or there’s some really weird software issue going on? Any suggestions?

  145. Riyad Kalla July 9, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    UPDATE: Thank you to everyone for being patient, the new iPhone 3.0 Firmware jailbreaking/unlocking guide is now up!


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