Folks @ iPhoneSIMFree have announced the availability of the world’s first iPhone firmware 1.1.1 unlock which like the previous versions will be available through their usual resellers.
Also if you were one of those unlucky folks who had updated to firmware 1.1.1 after unlocking your iPhone which resulted in bricking your iPhone then there is some great news for you as folks at iPhoneSIMFree have just announced a solution for you to unbrick your iPhone irrespective of the unlock method you had used but at a cost (in case you are not an iPhoneSIMFree customer).
Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo has tested it and has confirmed that iPhoneSIMFree’s solution works, more details available as an update after the jump
iPhoneSIMFree is the company which was the first to release a GUI based iPhone SIM unlock which had resulted in bricking the iPhone if you had updated to firmware 1.1.1 like other unlocking mechanisms; they have just released an updated version of their unlocking application for iPhone 1.1.1.
They have been able to achieve the unlock on firmware 1.1.1 thanks to jailbreaking effort of the iPhone hacking geniuses over at iPhone Dev Team.
Their latest unlocking process works with never-unlocked iPhones with firmware 1.1.1 as well as with bricked iPhones too. In fact, their new application even restores the baseband of the iPhone if you had used any of the free unlocking methods such as anySIM or iUnlock from the iPhone Dev Team.
As expected the new version of the application is free for existing customers of iPhoneSIMFree, however for those who used the free unlocking methods and want to unbrick their iPhone will need to pay iPhoneSIMFree $100 as it requires registering your IMEI with iPhoneSIMFree resellers.
Apparently existing iPhoneSIMFree customers just need to jailbreak their iPhones as according to them:
"there’s no need to re-apply the unlock because the unlock survives the firmware upgrade. It’s permanent."
Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo has just tested iPhoneSIMFree’s solution and confirms that it works fine.
He carried out the following steps:
- He got an iPhone with firmware 1.0.2 that was unlocked with anySim.
- He then updated to firmware 1.1.1 using iTunes and, as expected, the iPhone was bricked.
- Then he downgraded the iPhone firmware to 1.0.2.
- Then installed iPhoneSIMFree’s solution using AppTap and ran iPhoneSIMFree’s application successfully to fix the baseband firmware.
He then activated the iPhone and it worked fine.
However, the other important that he tested was to confirm iPhoneSIMFree’s claim that their unlock is "permanent". So to test this he carried out the following steps:
- He updated the firmware back to 1.1.1 using iTunes which caused the iPhone to be deactivated.
- He then used the iPhone Dev Team’s 1.1.1 jailbreak and activation method to activate the iPhone.
He was able to activate the iPhone again and use the iPhone on Vodafone Spanish network.
The process is currently only for the technically inclined as it needs you to use command line utility. You can check the video of unbricking and unlocking the iPhone over at Gizmodo at this link.
So if you are up to the task, check out the step-by-step tutorial over at iPhoneSIMFree’s website by following this link and don’t forget to let us know how it worked for you.
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Previously, iPhoneSIMFree’s software-only unlocking hack was available through four online retailers around the globe; they were Wireless Imports in the US, iPhone Worldwide Unlock in Australia, 1 digital phone in Germany and iPhone 4 arab in Saudi Arabia but now they seem to have a long list which you can check this link if you are looking for a reseller in your country.
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