How to Install iPhone 2.2.1 Firmware on Jailbroken and Unlocked T-Mobile iPhone


Update #1: There is now a guide for installing, jailbreak and unlocking the iPhone 3.0 Firmware.

NOTE: This is an update to our Firmware 2.1 Guide, which was an update to our Firmware 2.0 Guide.


  1. Introduction
  2. Who is this Guide For
  3. Details You Should Know
  4. Getting Started
  5. Applying the Firmware Update
  6. Unlocking the iPhone w/ the 2.2.1 Firmware


This document looks long and scary — but it’s not… I just tended towards too much information when writing it so no one went into this process missing the information they needed.

A lot of folks that have Jailbroken iPhones running on unsupported networks (like T-Mobile in the U.S.) usually get fearful of trying to upgrade the firmware of the phone — usually for fear of locking themselves out of the use of the phone or bricking it. Fortunately there are so many people with Jailbroken iPhones now, and the process (thanks to projects like QuickPWN) has gotten so easy, it’s a fairly safe bet now adays.

One of the biggest motivators for applying firmware updates to the iPhone have been new features that have slowly trickled out. Us Jailbroken folks don’t want to get left in the dust.

WARNING: That being said, it is always possible to have a firmware upgrade go bad. While I’ve not seen reports of people bricking their phones into an unrecoverable state, I’m sure it’s possible if you goof the process hard enough. Please backup all data before starting, and if you need your phone for your lively-hood, I’d suggest not messing with the update process unless you need the update.

Who is this Guide For

This guide is written for people using the iPhone on unsupported networks. That includes both Jailbreaking the phone as well as hacking the Baseband so it will connect to a non-supported network. If you have your iPhone on a supported network, but just want it Jailbroken so you can play with it more — I believe all you have to do is run the QuickPWN step and that’s it after upgrading the firmware through iTunes like a normal person.

This guide is also written for Windows users.

Details You Should Know

  1. In order to use your iPhone on a non-official network (e.g. T-Mobile in the U.S.) you have to hack the baseband on the iPhone. This is now done easily using the yellowsn0w application installed via Cydia using the Repository once your iPhone has been Jailbroken.
  2. While yellowsn0w makes hacking the baseband easy, it does not support the latest baseband, 02.30.03, that is forcibly installed when installing Firmware 2.2.1 from iTunes — that means if you are on an unofficial network with your iPhone, you don’t ever want to install Firmware 2.2.1 directly from iTunes — it will upgrade your baseband to an uncrackable version (atleast not hacked yet) and you won’t be able to connect back to that network.
  3. What you need to do, is use PwnageTool to create a custom 2.2.1 firmware (*.ipsw file) that uses the 02.28.0 baseband (the crackable one) and then flash that custom firmware to your phone.
  4. UPDATE: Updating the Firmware on your iPhone will remove all apps installed via Cydia and Installer — these are unofficial apps and not backed up during the iTunes backup/sync process, so when the device is wiped and new OS installed, those apps will be erased.


A Summary of the information above is as follows:

  • If you have a 3G iPhone (2nd Generation), installing the 2.2.1 Firmware updates your baseband to 02.30.03, and blocks your ability to unlock the phone — allowing it to work on unsupported networks (like T-Mobile). You can still Jailbreak the phone however. So until unlocking this phone is supported, hold off on updating it using the normal Apple firmware — if you must update it, you can build your own custom firmware by using PwnageTool (Mac Only).
  • If you have a 2G iPhone (1st Generation) or a iPod Touch (1st Generation), installing 2.2.1 Firmware is fine — even though it updates your baseband, the way QuickPwn unlocks the phone still continues to work fine. So you are OK here in all cases.
  • If you have a iPod Touch (1st Generation), you can still apply this upgrade but you can only Jailbreak it while teathered to your computer. So you are still OK here.

I wanted to make sure to cover all that in detail to make sure no one got caught with their pants down (and locked out of their phones).

Getting Started

I am writing this guide using a 1st Generation iPhone (non-3G), on the T-Mobile network with the BlackBerry data plan and all the following software listed. If your setup is similar, you can probably follow this guide to a T. If you have a slightly different network setup, the steps should still work fine, but if you are have a different device, like the 3G iPhone or 2nd Gen iPod Touch, please read the red “Summary” above at the end of the previous section — it seems you might have to hold off on doing this update just yet.

What you will need before we get started:

NOTE: Here are download links for other firmware images that you might want. Keep in mind that if you are on the 3G iPhone there doesn’t seem to be support for unlocking that upgraded firmware to work on other networks right now (read the red “Summary” above).

Apply the Firmware Update

Now that you have the two files downloaded that you need (QuickPwn and the 2.2.1 Firmware) our first step is to apply the firmware update.

Doc your iPhone, let iTunes sync everything up for you (or sync it manually if you don’t have it setup to sync manually) and then go to the Device node for your iPhone, hold down the Shift key and click the Update button to bring up the file-selection dialog:


Now select the iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw file that we downloaded earlier:


and click Open. iTunes will begin a series of 7 or so stages of applying the update to your phone. This includes uncompressing the IPSW file, installing the software, verifying it and so on. The exact series of little dialog status windows you will see look like the following (in-order):







And after the firmware update is installed and applied, you will see a 10-second notice from iTunes that the phone is restarting:


After your phone has finished restarting, it will re-connect to your computer and iTunes will come up with a scary looking message about an unsupported SIM card that looks like this:


Don’t worry about it though, we haven’t QuickPwn’ed the phone yet, so technically it is locked. So let’s go fix that!

Unlocking the iPhone w/ the 2.2.1 Firmware

UPDATE: If this step doesn’t work for you, we’ve had a few users tell us re-running this portion of the guide with the SIM card pulled out of the phone helped — but many have success just leaving the card in, so if you run into trouble, try both.

Now that we have our iPhone fully upgraded with the 2.2.1 Firmware, we need to fire up QuickPwn to do the dirty work of both Jailbreaking it and unlocking it (cracking the baseband so we can get this thing on the T-Mobile network).

Go find where you downloaded to and unzip it into a new folder (or in-place if you want, it won’t create it’s own folder), resulting in the following contents:


Then drag and drop the two .bin files (for Bootloader 3.9 and 4.6) into the same dir just so they are easy to find, like this:


Then fire up QuickPwn.

The first screen you will see is the QuickPwn warning (not for commercial use):


Click OK. Now you are instructed to make sure your iPhone is attached to your computer so QuickPwn can find it:


After making sure that step is done, QuickPwn will verify that it can see your iPhone connected to your computer, then ask you to select the iPhone firmware (IPSW file) that we used before in iTunes. In this case it is our iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw file.

Click Browse…, go find it, select it and QuickPwn will do some verification on the file to make sure you selected the right onw:


Once QuickPwn has verified the image you selected was correct, it will let you know and enable the blue “Next” arrow for you, so click it:


Now QuickPwn will ask you what you want it to do for you. In this case we recommend:

  • Add Cydia
  • Add Installer
  • OPTIONAL: Unlock phone (if you are on an unofficial network, like T-Mobile in the U.S.)


Click next when done and QuickPwn will ask you for the Bootloader v3.9 and Bootloader v4.6 files that we downloaded from earlier. Select them:


and after you are done QuickPwn will verify the Bootloaders for you, allowing you to continue:


Now click the blue “next” button and QuickPwn will ask you to make sure your iPhone is still connected to your computer:


After confirming this, click the blue “next” button.

GET READY: The next part of QuickPwn will look like a list of things it’s doing, but it’s actually prompting you to do these items — and they won’t wait for you to read the prompts. So get ready for the next screen to appear:


NOTE: As your phone moves from state-to-state, QuickPwn may move to the next item in the list before the time counts down — that’s OK, go ahead and change what buttons you are holding to correspond with the prompts when that happens — don’t worry about the timer.

You will have about 5-8secs for the first prompt to finish — this is done automatically by QuickPwn for you (putting your phone into Recovery Mode), but then after the highlighted prompt changes to the 2nd item you have to get ready to:

  • Hold Home for 10 seconds (The round face-button at the bottom center of the phone)
  • Keep Holding Home, and now start holding the Power button for 10 or 15 seconds (Power button is on the top right corner of the phone)
  • Release the Power button, but keep holding the Home button for 30 seconds (In reality, the phone moves to the next prompt usually within 15 secs, and you can let go… but just incase wait until the prompt moves before releasing the Home button)

After you are done, your phone is in DFU mode and QuickPwn will take over, installing modified bootloaders, ramdisks and utilities to crack it:


You can now sit back and watch. After QuickPwn is done sending files to your phone, your iPhone will begin displaying status bars processing the new files, the QuickPwn logo screen (with a pineapple on it) and then some baseband cracking UIs that automatically fill out and complete as you watch.

This whole time QuickPwn will be showing you this screen:


And you will just want to wait until your phone is done installing software and rebooting itself. After either 1 or 2 reboots it will eventually stop and just go to the standard charging/locked screen. Give it about 20 secs to make sure it’s done, then swipe your finger across the screen to unlock and viola! You are upgraded to the iPhone 2.2.1 firmware!


Congratulations, you are all done now and your phone is upgraded. In this guide (as opposed to our Firmware 2.1.0 guide) we did not try and do a new fresh install of the operating system, so there is no need to try and restore the phone’s data — we just upgraded the firmware, and the phone is ready to go with all our old data on it.

In fact I would encourage you to re-sync with iTunes after this process is done just to make sure it worked. I was able to sync the phone and make some phone calls right after this guide was written without a problem.

If you did run into any problems, please post below and we’ll try and help out. Be as specific as possible!


When we did our Firmware 2.1.0 Guide, a handful of people couldn’t get iTunes or their iPhone to recognize their SIM card after flashing the phone and a few other hickups. Most all those problems were discussed/covered in the Comments section of that guide if you want to review that first before posting here.

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314 Responses to How to Install iPhone 2.2.1 Firmware on Jailbroken and Unlocked T-Mobile iPhone

  1. nandy February 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    thanks alooooooot! works great!!!!!!

  2. Riyad Kalla February 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Good deal, glad to hear it!

  3. n00b February 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    The guide works flawlessly :)

  4. Riyad Kalla February 15, 2009 at 2:47 pm #


    Good deal, happy iPhone-ing!

  5. christine February 15, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    excellent post again, updated with ease! thanks again!

  6. Riyad Kalla February 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Thank you for the kind words Christine.

  7. will February 18, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    I did everything just like above, i got my phone unlocked, but it keep saying wrong sim card, it reads t-mobile on top, but i can only make emergency calls only, what can i do to change this and use the phone to dial out and use the features?

    Thank you for everything, this has helped me alot.

  8. Riyad Kalla February 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm #


    I know in the 2.1 guide some folks actually removed the SIM card, and then went through the entire Firmware upgrade process and then running QuickPwn and then after it was all done, putting the SIM card back in and it worked.

    BEFORE you do all that though, hold down the power button and do a full power off… wait for a few mins, then power it back on and see if that clears it’s state.

  9. jamunyea February 18, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Hi Riyad:
    I use a 2G iPhone. My phone is unlocked, but I am stuck in the emergency screen as Will mentioned above. I checked my version on the iPhone and it says 2.2.1 (5H11). I have a couple of questions 1) Did you apply the firmware update using the old SIM? There is no way I can go to the iPHone summary page on itunes using my T-Mobile SIM. The moment I have my T-Mobile SIM, I see the scary looking page (Unsupported SIM Card). Also does it make a difference if the OS is updated using iTunes or do I run the downloaded version that you have above.
    I am stuck in the emergency screen since yesterday and have tried doing this at least 5 times.
    Thanks in advance for your help

  10. Riyad Kalla February 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm #


    I have the 2G iPhone as well (1st gen) and did this whole guide with the T-Mobile SIM in, never removed it and all was right with the world.

    That being said, are you sure during the QuickPwn stage you selected the “Unlock” checkbox?

    Also have you tried doing a hard-power down as I mentioned to Will, waiting and then powering back on? I saw some people online say that worked for them… you could also try the whole procedure of installing the firmware then quickpwn’ing it with the SIM out.

    Also, I *believe* you can use the normal “Restore” button in iTunes to install the firmware, but to be on the safe side I’d suggest using the link in this post to grab it locally first, then use Shift-Click to select it.

  11. jamunyea February 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi Riyad:
    Thanks for the note. Well, I got it to work now. I think a lot of us who are stuck in the emergency screen are there because we do not seem to be updating the Firmware from this blog. Unless the phone is restored to factory settings, I think the rest of the process is not going to work completely. So the most important first step is to update the Firmware using the download link mentioned above.
    Regards Jamunyea

  12. will February 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    I have try every possibly scenerio, i have follow every step, i have restore numerous times, in the end is the same thing, i cannot possibly get this iphone unlock, i keep getting the same problem, what else can i do, i have been goin on this for 2 days over 10 each day, with every single one giving me the same result, i had this phone unlocked before, now that i updated the thing, it wont let me unlocked it again, help please.

  13. rubeN February 18, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    I’ve just got done doing this and it works good. I have a prepaid Tmobile SIM card and my carrier message icon says “no service” I’m thinking maybe the card is not working or expired.

    I don’t get the nagging wrong SIM message though when that SIM is inserted.

  14. Riyad Kalla February 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    Will, you don’t have a 3G iPhone by chance do you?

    rubeN, keep us posted if a new SIM gets you service again, want to make sure you’re up and running.

  15. rubeN February 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    Nah, its a regular 1G 8GB phone. I had tmobile pre-paid running before when I was at 1.1.4. I then have ATT but I will probably have to go back to Tmobile.

  16. will February 19, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Riyad Kalla, thank you for your reply, but still stock with no luck, I have a first generation iphone 4gb, I had it unlocked before, I have follow everything by the T, the last attempt, i turn off the phone, then when i restarted all the programs were gone, so i restore it again, I do everything with the t-mobile sim card in, but still does not read the sim card, I downloaded all the programs from here, i try different computers, what do you think is the problem.

  17. Riyad Kalla February 19, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    Will my only suggestion at this point would be to try the process with the sim card out and also make sure you are using the firmware linked in this article and not just clicking the “restore” button from inside iTunes.

    All the rest of it should work :(

  18. jamunyea February 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi Riyad:
    Did you manage to access internet using Edge on your iphone with T-Mobile. I did not realize until I stepped out that edge was not working, at home it picks my wireless so did not notice the difference.


  19. Riyad Kalla February 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm #


    Yes it’s been working fine, are you sure the APN is still set and you have the BlackBerry data plan?

    If you used to use the T-Zone hack, you might need to pull that hack app back down again — I don’t have experience with that.

  20. jamunyea February 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    HI Riyad:
    I do have the blackberry plan, but I am not familiar with APN, what is it?


  21. jamunyea February 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    Hi Riyad,I also forgot to ask you above visual voice mail. Is it something we have to give up, even this does not seem to be working.


  22. Riyad Kalla February 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm #


    Unfortunately, yes you have to give up visual voice mail.

    As far as APN, go to Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network, and under “APN” use “” for T-Mobile’s BB Data plan, then you should get edge.

    If it doesn’t work right away, try restarting the phone. Look for the “E” up in the header bar.

  23. Lucky February 20, 2009 at 12:37 am #

    Worked like a charm, now I can use that snow and ski report I downloaded. Thanks!!!

  24. jose February 20, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    ok so i had to downgrade my iphone to a crappy phone but i want to still use my iphone i jailbroke my phone and also tried unlocking it with quickpwn i have 1g iphone with 2.2.1 firmware i did everything with quickpwn used the bootloaders and all and even though i clicked on the unlock box whenever i try switching sims i get the wrong sim message can i actually use another at&t sim or not? maybe thats the problem..? someone help

  25. Riyad Kalla February 20, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    @Lucky, sweetness. Glad it worked!

    @Jose, if you are on AT&T, you actually don’t want to “Unlock” the phone, that cracks the baseband to remove the binding to the AT&T network — in your case, if you are on AT&T, you want to leave that intact.

    Go back through the firmware install and the QuickPwn process again, but don’t check off “Unlock”. Then you should be all set.

  26. will February 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    I have tried with the sim card out, i used everything from this website, i have done everything right, I am really good at this things, but for some reason it just not doing it for me, even if i do it with the sim card out, as soon as i put the T-mobile one in does not work, I don’t know if i should give up, but i been at this for 3 days now, i keep getting the same results no matter how i try it, i have put over ten hours each day, good think im unemployed during the day or else when would i have the time.

  27. Riyad Kalla February 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm #


    That really sucks man, I thought we would have gotten it figured out by now… you don’t have any other friends with SIM cards do you on T-Mobile *just* to pop in temporarily and check to see if it registered theirs?

    You are also making sure to try hard power-downs and power-ups when putting in the SIM card to make sure the phone reboots right?

  28. michael February 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    upgraded to 2.2.1 with no flaws so far… problem i am having now is itunes wont let me add or delete or drag songs or anything to the ipod. any ideas?



  29. michael February 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    nevermind. i got it. i had the ipod synched to anotther computer all i had to do was delete and sync with this computer. Thanks for everything :)

  30. christine February 22, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    Hey quick question for you,

    Ever since updating my phone I havn’t used Cydia or Installer to get any applications or anything, but I was curious as to waht was available and checked it out, and all of these updates came up. Is it safe to update Cydia and Installer?

  31. Riyad Kalla February 22, 2009 at 8:37 am #


    Yes it’s fine. Both Installer and Cydia do a bunch of self-updated — either catalogs or minor software updates. You can go ahead and let them do their thing.

  32. Kai February 23, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    i got to the part where itunes says it is setting up my phone for update and then it just gives me a message saying this iphone could not be updated. an unknown error occured. (1602)

  33. Kai February 23, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    would be grateful for help,
    phone is jailbroken, sitting on ver. 1.1.4,
    i personally dont care if its j/b or not,
    juss would rather have it on ver. 2.2.1
    someone PLEASE help me.

  34. jose February 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    hey Riyad i did what you told me to i didnt check the unlock box did everything with quickpwn but still every time i switch at&t sims i still get the whole wrong sim message or whatever… is there anything i can do about that?

  35. Riyad Kalla February 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm #


    Jose there is 1 other thing you could try… you can try normal left-click “Restore” from inside iTunes, this will install the AT&T/Apple standard firmware.

    After that is installed, put in your SIM — if it doesn’t even work then (AT&T phone, with AT&T firmware, with AT&T Sim) then there is something wrong with your SIM.

    If it *does* work, you could try QuickPwning that firmware to jailbreak it, but not Unlock and that might do the trick.

  36. jose February 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    actually riyad i tried it the same day i downgraded my iphone to my other phone before jailbreaking and unlocking it and it didnt work =/ thats why i decided after to jailbreak and unlock my phone because maybe that would be the only way i could have it back but it never worked so im pretty much stuck till i can upgrade it back or i find a way to pass that “incorrect sim connect to itunes” screen/message

  37. elizabeth February 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    How many times does the phone reboot itself after the final step? Mine has rebooted several times now, certainly more than twice, and continues to do so– and it doesn’t go past the white apple loader. I don’t want to interrupt the process if this is normal but I don’t want to keep waiting around if there is a problem.

    ( I have a first gen iphone with tmobile)

  38. Riyad Kalla February 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm #


    I think I saw mine reboot twice during the whole process, but I never saw it reboot at the white Apple… each time it rebooted it had just finished up some custom QuickPwn GUI, like unlocking the baseband or jailbreaking the phone — there was already some custom UI that it would show or run through and then reboot.

    I never saw it get to the normal iPhone desktop and then reboot from there.

  39. elizabeth February 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    apparently this has happened to other people ie. endless rebooting after process appears to have worked properly–they said you have to do a restore to factory settings from recovery mode, then restore to last good back-up, then do quickpwn…but isn’t this missing a step? wouldn’t you have to either update or restore to the new firmware and then run quickpwn? I’m freaking out.

  40. Riyad Kalla February 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm #


    I can’t really say — I am not familiar with the process of getting a phone out of endless rebooting cycles.

    But yes, I agree, it does sound like it’s missing a step.

  41. Harris February 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Hi Riyad,

    I have an iphone 3g 2.2 already unlocked/jailbroken and I’m on AT&T. Is there a way for me to update to 2.2.1 without losing the unlock or screwing up the phone permanently. I also have Cydia and “installer” installed.

    Let me know at



  42. Riyad Kalla February 24, 2009 at 9:47 pm #


    Are you sure about the unlock on the existing phone? The reason I ask is, if you are already on AT&T, why do you need the unlock? The baseband unlock is only necessary when needing to run the phone on unauthorized networks.

    So incase you *don’t* have the unlock, and it’s just Jailbroken on AT&T so you can install custom software and the like, using the steps above and QuickPwn *will* still allow you to Jailbreak the phone for 2.2.1 on the 3G iPhone — what it won’t do though is be able to re-unlock the phone if it is infact unlocked.

    So if the phone is unlocked and you need it that way — don’t follow this guide — QuickPwn cannot unlock the 3G iPhone yet. But if you don’t need the unlock and just need the JailBreak, you can follow this guide and JailBreak it — putting Installer and Cydia back on it.

    NOTE: I would throw out a disclaimer again though — that’s not to say you can’t still bork your phone in the process. I’m not a firmware expert and would hate to have you come back after trying this with news like “turns out I need unlocked baseband, how do I do it?!” and me not really have any help to offer.

    If you were on a much-older firmware I’d say it’s worth it, but if you are already on 2.2.0, 2.2.1 won’t help much but it will give you the Exchange sync support that Google is using to provide GCal and Contacts synchronization — so if you don’t need that, no need to upgrade to 2.2.1 right now.

    — Out of curiosity, how have you done the firmware upgrades in the past? You said you are on AT&T — did you buy the phone and have just been doing normal upgrades via iTunes? If so, your phone isn’t unlocked and you should be fine with just the JailBreak after the upgrade (which QuickPwn will do for you).

    Hope that helps.

  43. Harris February 24, 2009 at 10:02 pm #

    Riyad, thank you very much for the prompt reply. I just got the phone today on Ebay. I am on AT&T, and I travel quiet often. Therefore, I needed a phone that would work on networks outside the US.

    The phone came with 2.2 version of the software, and I was prompted to update to the newer version. I actually wanted to update and clicked the “update” button. LUCKILY my internet connection was disrupted and the update was unsuccessful. After reading all these articles about unlocked iphones going useless after the update, I was terrified (imagine my iphone going flat on the very first day)

    On the other hand, I do want to keep up with software updates and want to use the phone outside the US. Do you think that any solution is coming up quickly?

    Thanks again and good job in addressing so many questions/problems.


  44. Riyad Kalla February 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm #


    Thanks for the clarification. Definitely don’t upgrade it yet — and yes I imagine a resolution to the problem is around the corner. Those iPhone hackers function at an incredible rate. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t already cracked now (I haven’t gone digging) but if not now, then in a week or so.

    Either way you aren’t going to be stuck on 2.2 forever.

  45. JOse February 26, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    well i did the update on the firmware and everything i dont know how to upload the firmware from i tunes do i use the old sim card first or what am i suppose to do to get it to do the firmware threw itunes.?

  46. Lucky!13 February 26, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    Dude im only 15, and i did this as easily as pie…. Awesome thanx alot!!!!

  47. Julian February 28, 2009 at 9:34 am #

    I already updated to 2.2.1 on the itunes update, but is there anyway that i use the custom restore that it will work and unlock?

  48. Bryan February 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    You know…….an odd thing happened…..i followed your directions exactly. I downloaded the firmware through your link…..but after shift-clicking update i selected the firmware…..and after updating i didn’t get the scary message! It was still unlocked without even using quickpwn…..and i don’t think that mine is factory unlocked because when i ulocked it on 2.0 it wouldn’t work before i unlocked……i just thought i would share that…..anyone else have the same thing happen?

  49. Bekir February 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    I have installed jailbroke 2.2.1. and before I have upgrade my phone with itune. My network is not working. How can I fix it?

  50. Riyad Kalla March 1, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    @Bryan that’s pretty sweet… no idea why that happened. I’ve seen it *once* when I originally upgraded from 1.1.4 to 2.0, didn’t need to do the unlock, had no idea why, figured it was some firmware magic.

    @Bekir, do you mean WiFi or EDGE? If it’s EDGE, make sure you go back to your APN settings and setup the right APN. Instructions here.

  51. Kesha March 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    I just wanted to say thanx for everything. I followed the step by step instruction and it worked flawlessly. I have the 2G Iphone and I paid somebody to unlock it for me at first. I’ve paid $45 and the idiot downgraded my phone to a 2.0 firmware and he told me that to have it upgraded, I will have to pay another $45 because it will lock the phone again and he will have to unlock and jailbreak it again. And he said that even if he was to upgrade it, my phone will not work n e more. So, I took it upon myself to upgrade it since I was missing the Cellular Data Network setting for my T-mobile data plan. N E way. Everything worked and I still have all of my old information. Thanx again guys for everything. I’ve also learned how to put ringtones on the iphone using itunes for FREE!!!! N E way, thanx again guys….you are a life saver………..bye

  52. Adel Hallak March 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    You are a freakin GENUIS Riyado!!

    Ana Bahobak Ya Wahesh!! :)

    Thanks pal!

  53. incognito March 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    thxxxxxxx a lot. i had some troubles with my iPhone that wasnt booting but it fixed it. many thx man. very clear

  54. Fuzz March 1, 2009 at 8:20 pm #


    Fist off thanks for creating such an easy guide to follow; I was trying to upgrade from 1.1.1 on my 1G and during the process of installing the firmware version from the link I got an error message and my phone just displayed the iTunes symbol (not even emergency call). I restored it and it downloaded the newest firm ware from apple and I get the “SIM card is not supported” window because I have my SIM card in from a carrier that doesn’t have iPhones in Canada. How do I install the firmware from the link from this window?

    Thank you very much,

  55. Adel Hallak March 2, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    I hate it when people ask stupi’ questions. Your answer is up there in this article man, just read it and re-read it carefully. Gosh!

    You are a freakin GENUIS Riyado!!

    Ana Bahobak Ya Wahesh!! :)

    Thanks pal!

  56. Fuzz March 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    Weird, I looked through the article again and I still didn’t see that I needed to enter DFU mode by holding home and power for 10 seconds and then releasing the power button but continuing to hold home for another 10 seconds. Then hold shift and hit restore in iTunes and follow the rest of the instructions. I must be retarded cause I still don’t see that in this thread, but thanks Adel for wasting everyones time with your useless post.

  57. Riyad Kalla March 2, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Guys I’m really glad it helped, and Kesha I’m *really* glad you didn’t have to cough up another $45 for that guy to upgrade your phone for you.

    Fuzz, did you get things sorted out by chance? It sounded like you did but I wanted to make sure.

  58. Devak March 3, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    hey i have a question- ok i have heard that if you have att and you unlock it, the att sim wont work but other sims will, well i unlocked/jailbroke my iphone but when i put my att sim in the phone its stuck at the connect to itunes/slide for emergency but when i slide the bar and type a number in it calls, i also recive txr messages and i recive calls, will left-clicking the restore button on itunes restore my iphone so that i can use my att sim?

    ps i have gone through itunes to activate my phone after unlocking but it doesnt load after the verifing your number page) thanks for your help

  59. hani March 3, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    when i downloaded the bl-39.bin and the bl-49.bin they dont have that orange icon in my download window like yours did. mine only shows a blank page icon. Why are the icons different?

  60. hani March 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    also when i downloaded the two bin files they are labeled as BIN Files under type and under yours I see it is labeled VLC Media File. Did i download them wrong?

  61. Ramsey March 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Ok, I have the 1st generation iPhone (2G) and I have AT&T contract. I jailbroke my iphone first with the 2.2.0 firmware and also unlocked it. Now I wanted to upgrade the firmware to 2.2.1 and followed the steps. The step where it was supposed to tell me that the sim is unrecognized… I didn’t get that screen. It totally recognized my phone in iTunes. But it did tell me this: “An update to the carrier settings for your iPhone is available. Would you like to install it now?” I pressed cancel and continued the whole instalation with quickPwn and everything worked fine. However my phone was restored to the original way of looking, it doésn’t have all my themes and everything I had before. The only thing that is saved is all the recent calls, texts and that kind of stuff. It does tell me that the phone is now updated to the 2.2.1 firmware. But if I press the button “Check for updates” it keeps telling me that previous message about the update of the carrier settings…. What is that message? If I press update, then it gives me this error and it doesn’t work…..What’s that message? and shold my phone look like the original look after this whole process or not?

  62. Riyad Kalla March 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    Hani, you’re fine, I just have VLC (it’s a movie player) installed and it *thinks* those BIN files are movies, they aren’t obviously.

    On a clean Windows install I’m sure it would just show the blank-page icon.

  63. Riyad Kalla March 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    Any customizations that aren’t supported by iTunes (like customizations done through Jailbroken software) will be reverted to the defaults. Also, as far as the carrier updates… not sure what that is — but the phone works fine right?

  64. Ramsey March 5, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Thanks for your reply. The phone works fine, with no problems. I hope it is unlocked… I will only be able to check when I get out of the country with a new sim. I reinstalled all my themes and features I had before no problem. However, I still get that message about carrier settings update every time I hook the iPhone to the iTunes. If I accept to download, it just gives me an error saying it couldn’t do it… that’s all. I guess I shouldn’t worry too much.

  65. Liam Duffy March 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi Riyad, one quick question….
    I currently hav an unlocked and jailbroken first gen iphone running on firmware 1.1.4. I am wondering, because my phone has already been unlocked, if I follow your steps, will I be able to reunlock my phone????

  66. hani March 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    Thanks Riyad. I did it and it worked flawlessly. Everything is perfect. Lovin my iphone once again.

  67. Frank March 7, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Great tutorial, upgraded in 20 minutes, piece of cake!
    thanks guys.


  68. pilotsethnorris March 7, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    I’m just gonna say this, you are the man!! Thanks for this awesome tutorial! Works perfectly!!!

  69. Adel March 7, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    I Love You Riyad.

  70. ria March 8, 2009 at 9:34 am #


  71. esra March 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    Perfect! Also works for Turkcell in Turkey. Thank you very much!

  72. andy March 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    The Title of this blog, “How to Install iPhone 2.2.1 Firmware on Jailbroken and Unlocked T-Mobile iPhone” is very misleading. The instructions are for UNLOCKING an iPhone.

    Don’t you just use PwnageTool 2.2.5 to install the 2.2.1 firmware and restore the baseband. Why do you still have to go to the unlocking process if it is already unlocked?

    Please clarify. Thanks.

  73. Riyad Kalla March 9, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    @Liam, yes if it’s a 1-st gen iPhone (which mine was and yours sounds like it is too) you can re-unlock it using the steps above. So you should be all set.

    @Hani, pilotsethnorris, Adel, thanks for the kind words guys!

    @esra, excellent news, I’m glad it helped!

    @andy, that’s true we do cover a bit more information here in the blog — I just didn’t want to leave anyone hanging incase they were in my situation as well and needed more information. As far as PwnageTool, if you are on a Mac yes you can use it and do different Steps IIRC, I’m not sure, I don’t have a mac and haven’t run through that flow — so I just documented everything I could to avoid anyone getting stuck.

  74. Fuzz March 9, 2009 at 10:56 am #


    I had a similiar problem, what you want to do is:

    put the phone in DFU mode by holding home AND power for 10 seconds and then releasing the power button but continuing to hold home for another 10 seconds.

    You should then be able to plug your phone into iTunes and it won’t recongize it ie. Name: iPhone

    Then hold shift and hit restore in iTunes (if your using Vista; no idea with Macs) and it will ask you what file you want to use to update with. Choose the ipsw file that you downloaded above and click open. Then follow the rest of the steps outlined above. Hopefully you had all your contacts backed up or else they will be gone.


  75. Valerie March 10, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    I updated my phone and it worked, kind of.
    I had to restored my contacts and texts, but my phone wont read my t-Mobile SIM card anymore. Any suggestions?

  76. haris March 11, 2009 at 5:59 am #

    Dear Riyad,,,thank a lot for being such a great teacher and guide…helps clear out the jitters for us non-technology types….one quick question…my iphone on being connected to itunes shows that itunes doesnt recognize it and that I should restore it through itunes…can i unlock it through this step too??i mean by pressing SHIFT key and following it from there as in ur guide….
    I have a 2G , ver 1.1.4 unlocked iphone ,

  77. Matt March 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm #


    Has anyone tried this using a Mac? I have a 2G iphone that is already unlocked and jailbroken, however, it is running the 1.1.4 Firmware and I’m thinking of taking the plunge and upgrading to 2.2.1. If anyone has used this guide to upgrade firmware using a Mac…I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you may have.



  78. Anthony March 12, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    ok i unlocked my phone but i cannot get onto any network i install the apn settings to my phone from cydia but when i look to find it Settings>General>Network there is nothing there what should i do? plese help

  79. Riyad Kalla March 12, 2009 at 8:48 am #

    Haris, thank you for the kind words. I’m not sure why iTunes doesn’t recognize your iPhone. A few things to clarify first… does the phone work properly? You can make calls, check contacts, etc? If so, that’s good. Also, does iTunes not recognize your phone as a valid device, or does it not recognize that it’s been synced to that PC before, sort of like “This iPhone has not bee synchronized with this iTunes library” sort of thing? If it doesn’t recognize it as a valid device — you can try to do the upgrade and continue from the Shift-CLICK portion just like you said, but I would stay vigilant, making sure each step works correctly since I’m not sure why it wouldn’t recognize the phone unless something was wrong. I’m basically worried that you could get to the firmware portion and it could barf half way through then you’d be phoneless.

    Also, when you said 2G, you meant “EDGE” and not “2nd generation” as in the 3G iPhone right? I get so confused — so I just wanted to make sure. If it’s the 1st gen iPhone, even if you do the upgrade and need to re-unlock it, you can. It’s just if it’s a 3G (2nd generation) iPhone, you’ll be stuck.

    NOTE: Given that you are still on 1.1.4 — I’m pretty sure it’s a 1st gen iPhone and you are OK, I just didn’t want to leave that to chance.

  80. Riyad Kalla March 12, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    @Matt, if you have a Mac look at using PwnageTool — it’s an even easier process from what I understand.

    @Anthony, no need to do anything fancy from Cydia to get your APN settings installed, just drill down to Setting > Network > Cellular Network settings and manually set the APN using the normal iPhone user interface. I posted instructions here as well.

  81. onestici March 14, 2009 at 5:25 am #

    hi, i have unlocked my iphone, and it works perfectly but from time to time it shows an error message saying: Your Cellular network is lost, please go to settings and select a different network”… and i have no service…. can you help me on this?

  82. haris March 14, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    thanks a ton Riyad for the prompt reply…turns out…with ur software links , i followed the instructions and got my phone updated and working a lot better and faster than before on the 2.2.1
    the problem initially was that my phone was working properly but on connecting it to itunes it was saying that itunes needs to restore this phone through the apple site…
    anywayz ,,i restored it and used the link that u gave us…worked like a charm…
    thanks again

  83. Riyad Kalla March 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Haris, glad to hear it man, happy iPhone-ing!

  84. haider March 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    hey mate can you help me am a fresher and i simply upgraded the iphone 3g from 2.2. to 2.2.1 and now its showing me that invalid sim enter sim which with no sim lock to unlock you iphone plz help me with this am stuck badly ..

  85. Riyad Kalla March 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm #


    Unfortunately I don’t have details or instructions on how to re-unlock a 3G iPhone — I mentioned it a few times in the guide. Sorry :(

  86. haider March 16, 2009 at 1:36 am #

    so is there no way to unlock my iphone, and i can only see it from now on …

  87. Riyad Kalla March 16, 2009 at 7:10 am #


    Not a way that I know of, but if there is anyone that knows how to do it, it’s the iPhone hackers. I’d suggest starting here and just reading around the web to see if it’s been cracked yet.

  88. Matt March 16, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Thanks Riyad…you’re right, the Pwnage Tool is the way to go for Mac users. I successfully upgraded my 1st Gen iPhone to the 2.2.1 firmware using the Pwnage Tool today. If any other Mac users stumble onto this page and are looking for a guide to using Pwnage Tool on a Mac, this is a good one:

    I used this guide and had my 1st gen iPhone upgraded to the 2.2.1 firmware…and running with a t-mobile sim card in about 15 minutes.



  89. Haider March 16, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    thnks for the help … but tell me that i have to unlock it at mac or windows … and i have downloaded quick pwn from diff site but its not working at my computer what is the problm guys …

  90. khan March 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    i have done all the step as you said i update to 2.2.1 by firmware but its not showing unlocking option.
    what should i do now

  91. jojo March 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    good day.i got i lil problem.i folowed the steps above.everything went great.but went i went the iphone rebooted after finishing the progres,the phone says:”different sim detected please connect to itunes”.itunes says sim card not supported.what to do i can’t even go in menu only emergency calls,the phone isn’t a brokn 1.please help

  92. jojo March 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    oh yes yes yes.sorry guys i found it out.i restored the firmware i removed the sim then quickpwn it again,after finished put sim back and voila.everything works like it should.thanx guys

  93. Ken Ken March 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    hi all, 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.

  94. rpg40 March 18, 2009 at 6:27 am #

    Awesome guide… upgrade my iphone 2.2.0 to 2.2.1 without a problem…
    thanks… after you done this guide go to this site for all who have
    a problem on “unable to verify unable to install” on itunes you need
    mobile installation for iphone firmware 2.2.1

  95. haider March 18, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    hey guys i have jail break my iphone 3g 2.2.1 with modem 2.3 but i cannt unlock it help me with this issue now 😛 😀

  96. DK March 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    Just want to thank you for this helpful guide…
    I was really worried, after I read that many people had problem and ended up with a brick in their hand… but now I am all but relieved. From 1.1.4 I (with this guide only!) made a 2.2.1, working perfectly and … I am in love again with my phone!
    A Hungarian guy with a Hungarian T-Mobile SIM.

  97. Julian March 19, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    i bought a rebel sim card on ebay yesterday, that shit better work!!!!!

  98. Riyad Kalla March 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm #


    Really glad to hear it helped!

  99. Hani Yousri March 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    It’s Working Greatly thanks guys,

    I did it two times, in the first time i’ve skiped the first restore step, but it didn’t work, second time i did every step and it worked 😀
    read carfully,

  100. Sana March 22, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi I am trying to unlock, jailbreak my iphone 3G on windows vista. I downloaded everything but BL-39 and 46 are blank icons on my computer and it does not look like the cone icon that is shown on your pix. Because I cannot open the two files, when I am using QuickPwn I don’t have the “unlock” option. How can I open these files and I am doing something wrong?

  101. Farhan March 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Worked like a charm. Excellent set of instruction very well explained.

    Two additional information which might be useful for people.

    1. Works fine with any other carrier.
    2. Make sure you follow the instructions with newer version of iTunes I did it on 8.1

  102. dinoix March 23, 2009 at 2:50 am #

    sorry when you unlock the iphone you can use any network ? or only t-m >???

  103. lina March 23, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    thanx 4 guid us but ido what u say its work good but the QuickPwn didnt ask me for the Bootloader v3.9 and Bootloader v4.6 files that we downloaded from earlier and the sim dont work now what can i do help me plz iam from ksa :(

  104. Scargo March 26, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    When I upgraded my T-Mobile iphone the other day to 2.2.1 it got stuck on that white apple. When i would hook up to itunes it would say it couldn’t do anything until I put the pass code in I couldn’t put the pass code in because it never got to that screen. I took the sim out had it hooked up to computer and itunes on put it in DFU mode then it wanted to do restore mode (on a unidentified iphone) so I hit shift and restore and pointed it to my downloaded upgrade 2.2.1 and it ran it again. After the upgrade it asked for my sim card and then I ran Quick Pawn. I think i had screwed up on first try with Quick Pawn on holding down power button and home button. Anyway it worked the second try but had erased my contact list and all personal stuff. It reinstalled all my applications even the ones I tried to get but had to have the upgrade to get. I have a 1st gen 8 gig IPHONE. It works great Now, but I was freaking out when that happened. Now Itunes say I have the latest upgrade. Also if you haven’t upgraded itunes you probably need to the latest version. I did that first before I tried to restore phone. I meant to take the pass code out before upgrade but for got to and by taking out sim card it thought it was a new Iphone.

  105. Scargo March 26, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Also when I was running Quick pawn i don’t know what happened when i was suppose to hold home and power button(which i did ) it threw up a box saying quick pawn has experienced an error and needs to close. But I saw it continuing in the back ground and i let off the buttons as directed and ignored the error( didn’t close it or say ok)it finished and rebooted the phone and went to home page all is well. I didn’t close anything
    ( like error message) until it finished.

  106. Ashish March 26, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    very very useful method to unlock iphone and upgrade the firmware within an hour which i had wasted time experimenting methods and downloading diffrent softwares from other sites for past 1 week… i had upgraded to firmware 2.0.1 ……thanks…..

  107. TR March 27, 2009 at 6:56 am #

    I read your blog. I have an Iphone w/ At&t that is 1.1.3 will this process help me upgrade to 2.2.1 I want to know this before I start upgrading. Thanks.

  108. Riyad Kalla March 27, 2009 at 7:26 am #


    If you have an iPhone on AT&T already (the official US network) why not just use iTunes to upgrade the firmware? Or is the phone JailBroken?

    If the phone is JailBroken, then yes you can use this guide. If it’s baseband is unlocked AND it’s a 1st gen iPhone, then yes you can use this guide.

    If you have an official contract with AT&T and are already a customer, no need to do any of this stuff, just update it through iTunes.

    (NOTE: This is all outlined in detailed in the first few paragraphs of the guide)

  109. TR March 27, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    Yes the phone is “JailBroken”. I didn’t want to pay for the data plan, or the 2 yr contact. My phone is “1st gen iPhone”. When I do the upgrading would I have to unlock again? This phone has been unlocked w/ 1.1.3.
    Thank you very much.

  110. Riyad Kalla March 27, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    TR, ahh then you are all set. You can follow this guide just fine and fully upgrade, JailBreak and Unlock the phone.

    About half way through the guide I have a screenshot that shows the different checkboxes you select in QuickPwn, that is where you can choose to Unlock the phone (and install “Installer” and “Cydia” which will jailbreak the phone).

  111. Linda March 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm #


    My iphone is exactly like yours – I think. Iphone first gen., already jailbroken and unlocked using T-Mobile, currently on V. 1.1.3. I decided to finally take the plunge again for the apps. However, I noticed your guide has one extra step that another guide does not: the bootloaders – the other guide I saw on the internet somewhere has the exact same files and steps EXCEPT it doesn’t say to load any bootloader files. Therefore, the steps concerning that aren’t listed. Any info as to why this is needed here would be appreciated (mostly for my own info). Your guide looks easy enuf and I can’t wait to try it.


  112. Linda March 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    Please use this email address to respond to above comment – sorry for my error.

    Thank you

  113. Scargo March 29, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    Hi Linda, I upgraded my iphone to the 2.0.1 version months ago and recently I decided to upgrade to the current version because new app’s available require it.I have 1st gen 8gig with T-Mobile. Back then I think I had to do it 3 times before I got it right (the Quick Pawn tool pressing home and power part)and doing recent upgrade to 2.2.1 had to do that twice.(print out the directions)The Quick pawn tool will ask you for the 3.9v bootloader and 4.6v exactly like the screen shots in this guide.I think this step by step guide is the best one and it works!!Just don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first time because you may have skipped a step or didn’t do it right, just try again. Make sure you know where your downloaded files are and that Quick Pawn is unpacked and looks like a pineapple.

  114. haider March 29, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    hey there all …

    am still stuck at the point of upgrading the iphone from the itunes and it is jail broke but my sim card is not working in it … help

  115. ann March 29, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    my phone is currently unlocked and jailbreaked. if i want to unjailbreak but make sure it’s unlocked, can i just upgrade to 2.2.1 through itunes? i have the iphone 2g and i don’t really use the jailbroken features.

    thanks !

  116. Linda March 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    First of all, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, TY, TY, TY – can’t say it enuf. I’ve researched the internet and different guides and youtube, etc., etc. for literally about 20 hours trying to make up my mind whether I wanted to go through this again (it’s already jailbroken, unlocked on T-mobile). Well your guide looked like the easiest and I just did it and I have to say it is absolutely the best guide out there – very baby steps – great for someone like me!!!

    I only have two questions:

    1) T-Mobile goes in and out sporadially and doesn’t seem quite as stable as before although it is working now. Could this just coincidentally be that I’m having bad service at this time? I can make and receive calls – just data/internet is either non-existent or real slow and at one point it was “searching” in network settings and never could come up with anything. (I have my APN as

    Secondly, I note that my Navizon is gone. Is there an alternative that is just as good or better for me to download? I’m assuming it’s missing because it was an app installed from the first jailbreak???

    Scargo, thanks for your post – it was really the post that pushed me over the edge to get up the nerve and go ahead and just do it.


  117. Scargo March 31, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    Your Welcome Linda, I like this one cuz it looks easy enuf and if you make a mistake you get do overs, which I needed and really appreciated. My T-Mobile signal fades in and out but it always has because I have lots of tree’s around me.I use wifi mostly for internet access.
    I looked up Navizon it sounded like maybe that is why you were getting a better signal before.
    Apparently the 3G’s have the GPS chip and older Iphones don’t but Navizon sounds like a great app maybe we can find it through Cydia.( I’d like to get it too) Don’t forget to get all updates thru Cydia too.

  118. Riyad Kalla March 31, 2009 at 7:55 am #


    I’m glad we I could help. To address your questions:

    1. I have another friend complaining about this as well up in Phoenix but I don’t experience it at all down here… INSTEAD I get dropped-calls constantly when I’m in a moving vehicle… but he doesn’t. I think there are small nuances with the different phones depending on the internal revision they are. I don’t think it’s related to the firmware as we both experienced these crappy behaviors back on the 1.x firmware before upgrading them. So I think you are OK, just having some crappy iPhone service like we have from time to time.

    2. Not sure, never used it. If you put Installer and Cydia back on the phone I’m sure you can just go grab it again or whatever the official replacement for the Firmware 2.x series is for it.

  119. Scargo March 31, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    Hi Linda, I checked Cydia and Navizon (jailbroke version) is there under sections, all packages,click n,( or you could scroll thru every screen, but finger and eyes would get tired) and scroll to it,install and confirm. Easy to get.Also you could download it from, navizon lite is free but navizon premium cost $10.

  120. Scargo March 31, 2009 at 8:33 am #

    Gee I wanted to THANK YOU Riyad Kalia!!! for this EXCELLENT guide AND SCREEN SHOTS you simplified it so much probably a monkey could do it successfully.
    Anyway THANK YOU SO MUCH and I am so happy I came across this site first before the others and chose it to follow. It’s just EXCELLENT!!!and THANK YOU AGAIN and AGAIN!!!

  121. Linda March 31, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    Thanks for your response above – I agree that it’s probably the service. I’ve been playing with it for the last few hours and have downloaded a few apps over wi-fi and LOVE it!!! Thanks for the Cydia-Navizon tip.

    Thank you for your response also and for the exact directions to get Navizon. Got it and it’s back on my phone.


  122. Paul April 1, 2009 at 8:33 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 8Gb 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..

    PS: I’m using a totally different sim from what you’re use to…. see I’m in Angola-Africa, don´t know if that helps.

  123. Paul April 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Riyad (I’ve tried to reply..didn´t work)

    Thank you for the prompt response…. and..yes it does.. but right next = to the “iPhone” screen, another one pups up and says :It appears the = you’re using a Sim that is not …bla..bla..bla…! or something like = that…
    I really want to do this upgrade, but have no way around this…

    Thanks again



  124. Hawaii808 April 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Hey all,

    It states that this is written for Windows users. Are these the same steps for Mac users? Just wanted to make sure before I started.

    I’m on 1.1.3 still. It’s been working fine, but it has been really laggy.

    Will I notice a big difference? Thanks.

  125. Riyad Kalla April 1, 2009 at 5:39 pm #


    Odd… what happens if you pull the SIM? Can you see that screen OK then?


    You’ll want to grab PwnageTool, that’s the Mac-centric tool and I think the process is even easier… just hookup and run from what I’ve heard.

  126. tsalmon April 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    I got a question. I just got a iphone yesterday and i just got it unlocked. I am using t-mobile and everything is working great other then the internet. I have the data package that i used on my blackberry before but it dosent work with the iphone. Before i knew that you were able to use t-zones for $5.99 but now t-mobile dosen’t offer t-zones anymore. I want to know if there is anyway to get internet for my iphone and how do i do it? Please help!

  127. Riyad Kalla April 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm #


    You can use that BlackBerry data plan on the iPhone, I posted instructions on how to set that up in this comment.

  128. tsalmon April 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    The E shows up in the top left but i still cant get on the internet. When i go through the steps that you told me i don’t have APN in the cellular data network. so i don’t know what to do.

  129. Paul April 2, 2009 at 10:58 am #


    Negative…. it says the same thing…. and I can’t think o anything = else to do…..

    Need help with this one….



  130. Paul April 3, 2009 at 4:20 am #


    ..Finally got it…. took the Sim out and it started the upgrade. Just letting you know that it work as you said it would, except for one thing…. it cleaned the iPhone apps, music, photos, contacts….all!!!!! Eveything is gone…..I´ll have to re-install all of them..but that’s Ok…


  131. Noelm April 3, 2009 at 6:33 am #

    Thanks a million man!!! it worked smothly and wow, you have outlined the steps clearly. Thanks again

  132. Riyad Kalla April 3, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    Paul, glad to hear you got things working, sorry to hear it required a bit extra elbow grease.

    Either way, welcome to 2.2! 😉

  133. TR April 6, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    I did the firmware 2.2.1 the phone worked fine for about 9 days. Now when I start the phone after 3 seconds it will restart by it self. Could there be something that I downloaded from Cydia. Before everything went down I was trying to send an video record from I-phone to e-mail then everything went down…Can I redo everything I did to upgrade to 2.2.1 would that do anything?


  134. BBasmedi April 7, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    “I have tried with the sim card out, i used everything from this website, i have done everything right, I am really good at this things, but for some reason it just not doing it for me, even if i do it with the sim card out, as soon as i put the T-mobile one in does not work, I don’t know if i should give up, but i been at this for 3 days now, i keep getting the same results no matter how i try it, i have put over ten hours each day, good think im unemployed during the day or else when would i have the time.”

    i had the same problem n i took a few hrs but i have been able to solve it.
    start the whole process again this time on the summary page of your iphone in itunes choose shift and restore at the same time it will give you the option to browse n choose where to restore from. choose the ipsw you downloaded from this website n then follow up with the rest as directed. wish you all the best. worked fine for me.

  135. Hitesh April 8, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    Hi Riyaad,

    i am from india and i have a 8 GB (Non -3G) unlocked i phone.

    i dontknow that which software was used to unlock the phone. have a Vodafone prepaid connection which works fine at this moment.

    Presently on version 1.1.3 – want to upgrade on 2.2.1….

    what i wanted to check before i go through the entire process is that “Will my i phone be updated to the latest version and work fine ????”

    please advice.


  136. TR April 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    I did the restore and I got the phone to work again.

  137. Samuel April 9, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    I unlocked and jailbreak my 1st gen iphone and it reads my sim card and everything but none of my numbers saved to my card are showing up. When I put the card in another phone they show up. Why is this?

  138. Stephen Arnolds April 11, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    I crashed my iphone 16gb using the initial firmware 1.1.14 and i upgraded it to the 2.2.21v
    I followed the instructions and my phone came alive
    I lost all my contacts which is all good whoever wants to reach me will just have to call first
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  139. haider April 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    hey Stephen Arnolds

    please give me your contact number i have upgraded my iphone 3g 16gb from 2.2 to 2.2.1 and now its locked please tell me the way to unlock it … please
    waiting man … please


  140. chew April 12, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    help!! followed instructions to the tee and managed to updated my 1g 1.1.4 jailbroken to 2.2.1 BUT now the bloody phone wont recognize the sim. urgently need help please……………….

  141. Scargo April 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Hey Everyone, I would just like to say that YOU NEED TO READ THIS BLOG FIRST!!! before asking questions. SECONDLY READ EVERY POST by the users because chances are your question has already been answered. I DIDN’T WRITE THIS BLOG!!! EVERYONE with a 3G Iphone YOU are taking a chance of LOCKING your Iphone to the AT&T network. REread the beginning of this blog again about the baseband.

    The BEST thing to do is PRINT THE DIRECTIONS OUT FIRST read and reread them until you understand them.
    Make sure ITUNES is updated to the latest version and your iphone is recognized
    Make sure quick Pawn is unpacked and looks like a pineapple in the downloaded files you will use and you know where they are
    Make sure your sim card is not locked with a pin # in Settings
    Make sure to turn passcode required off in Settings

    Lastly the guy who can’t see his contacts from his sim card go to settings-Mail,contacts,calenders click on import sim contacts.

  142. Reve April 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Very detailed and helpful tutorial you have here Riyad, thanks a lot.
    I just want to confirm whether all the basics apps icon will appears because in my iphone 2G the apps store icon doesn’t show up(or deleted ?). Just fyi, I got my iphone from 2nd market.
    Secondly, whether it is still compatibile with all the apps downloaded from itunes store?

    Thanks in advance

  143. Riyad Kalla April 14, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    Reve, thanks for the kind words. I have a 1st-generation (non-3G) iPhone and the App Store icon is there — also all the apps I’ve downloaded (free) have worked fine… Facebook, Pandora, Google Earth, etc.

    So I’m not sure why you are seeing a difference on your 3G iPhone (2nd generation).

  144. adamar April 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    i was really looking for a guide like this. i was planning to get an iphone 2g for my birthday but was worried that i would have a hard time unlocking and putting jailbreak on it. since i found your guide, it actually made me excited to get my iphone now. thanks a lot for this awesome guide.

  145. Raghav April 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    HI Riyad,

    First of all, Thank you so much for the unlock/jailbreak guide
    it worked fine to get on my 1st gen iphone to 2.2.1. The problem is wifi is not detecting any hot spots
    this was a problem while i was on 2.0.1 as well.That’s the reason i decided to upgrade to 2.2.1 but unfortunately he same here. Any suggestions are truly appreciated. Thanks a million for ur wonderful guide again

  146. Riyad Kalla April 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm #


    That’s a tricky one… turning WiFi on is pretty straightforward… the Wireless-B/G antenna kicks on, detects a connection and lists them.

    Is it possible you are in an area with Wireless-A or N signals and that might be why you aren’t seeing a signal?

  147. Sylvia April 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    I upgraded my 2G iphone to 2.2.1 from version 1.1.4. I tried to unlock my iphone using quickpwn but when i give the path of the firmware bundle that i have downloaded from this site. Surprisingly, it couldn’t verify the file. it said firmware string error. I double checked the firmware file, it is same, iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw file for first generation iphone. I am using Vista. So can anyone help me to fix this issue??????

  148. Riyad Kalla April 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm #


    Very strange… you’ll notice that the IPSW (iPhone firmware) download links are directly from — if you ended up with a corrupted firmware, try and download it again.

    Also try upgrading to iTunes 8 incase there might be an issue there with an older iTunes.

  149. Raghav April 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    Hi Riyad,

    here’s the thing …i used 7.7.1 to upgrade to 2.2.1
    May be that’s the problem
    while i was on 1.1.4, iphone was in perfect condition
    after upgrading to 2.0.1, it stopped working and my phone becomes so heat and the charge drains quickly. Then i upgraded to 2.2.1
    I am on vodafone (earlier i unlocked and jailbroke iphone from 1.1.4 to 2.0.1
    Now when i upgraded to 2.2.1, i wonder why it worked without unlock
    My service is available, right after the upgrade. here’s what i did
    1.updated ( shift+Restore) in iTunes 7.7.1
    2. after the upgrade, my carrier still remains( apple and vodafone are now friends ;))
    3. i launched winpwn and just jailbroken as it’s working fine
    4.Just to clarify, i tried anoher sim and it’s detecting
    Problems: it won’t detect any Wifi hotspots and the charge drains right after 5 hours
    It’s not grayed out…jus the search wheel keeps searching searching and searching
    I am quite sure that there are atleast 4 hotspos in my location
    Laptop connects to the hotspot but not the iphone
    i Wonder why?
    Please help………….

  150. Riyad Kalla April 17, 2009 at 7:05 am #

    Sorry Raghav, I have no idea why it cannot find hotspots… as far as the battery draining, that’s because you have WiFi on in endless “detection” mode — it will drain the battery like crazy.

    The only thing I could think of is to try and reflash the firmware again and see if that does the trick.

    As a side note of “weirdness”, I dropped my iPhone the other day on a sidewalk… and now when I sync it it creates *duplicate* playlists (Gym, Gym, Fun, Fun, etc.) — if I remove the duplicates, synchronization corrupts my library and erases all the content on the phone…

    So you not being able to find hotspots isn’t the *weirdest* thing I’ve seen, I’ve seen weirder 😉


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