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So I have an iPhone 3GS. I have been having the same battle with this phone for days now! It was inititally jailbroken, and was unlocked. It was old my phone, and I lent it to a friend who broke their phone and needed a replacement. Unfortunately they clicked update on the phone, and the phone was updated to IOS 6.1. He has a Rogers account, and the phone is Factory locked to FIDO in Canada. So, I figured I could simply jailbreak the phone again, then unlock it again. Not the case. I was told there is no unlock for IOS 6.1. So I then was going to try and downgrade the IOS from 6.1 to 5.1.1. That was a massive headache, as iTunes (which I despise using!!!) gave me error after error after error. First it was 1394. So I did the host change for that. Then it was 1601, 1602 and 1604. So I downloaded iREB and did a fix for that. Next came 3194. So then I was informed to go into TinyUmbrella and uncheck one of the settings to fix it.. well, that setting was greyed out! So.. after all that, I was going to jailbreak the phone again, using evasi0n. So I re-set the phone (as I have in the past to remove any jailbreaks) and BAM! The phone now will not activate. Not in iTunes and no over WiFi. Is there ANYTHING I can do to get it activated? I understand that it likely because it was re-set that it will not activate. Is there no way around this? My friend is still stuck using a blackberry that rarely works, and I would like to get this figured out so I can either A: jailbreak and unlock the thing or B: Tell him to find a new phone. Personally, I would much rather get this figured out.. as it is still a great phone, and would like to know I have it in case my new one ever needs repairs, or dies. Thanks in advance for any help!!

asked 05 Feb '13, 15:21

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updated the post with a bit more detail. :)

(05 Feb '13, 15:32) Mark Hack ♦ Mark%20Hack's gravatar image

  1. check this link and clean your host file if you see the cydia page.

read here to clean the host file -

  1. update to 6.1.x with iTunes
  2. check the SN and make sure you can flash the baseband

Open your settings and go to

( General > About > Serial Number )

3rd digit is the single digit year.

(9 is 2009, 0 is 2010, 1 is 2011)

4th and 5th is the 2 digit week number. A year has 52 weeks. (35 is week 35, 11 is week 11, etc)

Example: xx049xxxxxx

is a 2010 week 49 and is safe to flash.

Example: xx136xxxxxx

is a 2011 week 36 and should NOT be flashed.

Do NOT try to flash a phone over 2011 week 35 !!

  1. if you can flash it up/ downgrade the base band until you " 05.13 "

use redsn0w 0.9.15b3 if you have a " 3GS "

use redsn0w 0.9.14b2 if you have a " 3G "

1-enter DFU Mode.

2-load redsn0w " specify the 6.0 ipsw " if on 6.x.

3-hit jailbreak

" only " select " downgrade baseband " and DE-select " cydia "

4-hit next.

When doing the downgrade baseband you must have the phone booted until redsn0w says you need to " slide to power off " This must be done before you hit the next button to enter DFU or it will error..

Sometimes the downgrade can take two or three times to work. after you downgrade check the modem firmware. you should have 05.13.. if not try again.

if on 6.0-6.1.2 jailbreak with / install ultrasn0w 1.2.8 from cydia.

if on 6.1.3 tether jailbreak with redsn0w and boot tethered / install ultrasn0w 1.2.8 from cydia.

! reboot the device

This answer is marked "community wiki".

answered 05 Feb '13, 15:25

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Mark Hack ♦

wikified 23 Apr '13, 15:23

Thank you! I am at work right now, and will check as soon as I get home to let you know of it worked.

(05 Feb '13, 15:32) bam55 bam55's gravatar image

So I did not see the Cydia page. It still will not activate though. It just says "Activation cannot be completed at this time" in iTunes. So I cannot get on the phone to do anything with it.

(06 Feb '13, 12:40) bam55 bam55's gravatar image

Maybe you forget insert the right simcard?

(06 Feb '13, 14:13) MTT MTT's gravatar image

No, it still has the FIDO sim card inserted.

(06 Feb '13, 15:12) bam55 bam55's gravatar image

Thank you muchly! Downgraded the baseband which then allowed access into the phone. Jailbroke using evasion (which was easy and quick!) and installed ultrasn0w just fine and I works perfectly! I know lots of people have been having these issues... After I searched for answers for days! I hope this helps everyone!

(06 Feb '13, 20:14) bam55 bam55's gravatar image

me too :)

(08 Feb '13, 05:27) Mark Hack ♦ Mark%20Hack's gravatar image

The IPSW is not supported by this version of redsn0w, its new redsn0w message with 6.1 ios

(10 Feb '13, 09:38) vladonni vladonni's gravatar image

Please how do i flash the baseband, see i bought a jailbroken 3gs and didnt know an upgrade and restore through itunes would make my phone completely useless ??

(28 Mar '13, 16:05) chariot007 chariot007's gravatar image

the answer above by @markhack has your answer

(28 Mar '13, 16:29) theiphoneguy ♦ theiphoneguy's gravatar image

please help me to unlock my ihone 3gs due to updated my iphone 3gs to ios 6.1.3

(02 Apr '13, 09:46) may2chiru may2chiru's gravatar image

I have tried to downgrade the baseband numerous times , i get to a certain point "wait for reboot" and then it seems to freeze. Nothing is happening. Can someone please help?

(16 Apr '13, 14:14) marie marie's gravatar image

make sure you don't skip any steps in the guide.. and make sure you load redsn0w as ADMIN by right clicking the icon and select run as admin.

(16 Apr '13, 15:02) Mark Hack ♦ Mark%20Hack's gravatar image

Also uninstall or at least disable any antivirus other than MSE that you have on your computer.

(16 Apr '13, 15:10) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image

Wow five extra people commenting on this thread. I guess the 3GS isn't dead yet. :P

(16 Apr '13, 15:11) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image


(16 Apr '13, 15:12) Mark Hack ♦ Mark%20Hack's gravatar image

Thank you,,,,i finally got it working and i can now access the phone. Its telling me i have no service so im at the stage of unlocking it with evasi0n...BUT im getting "Sorry, the version of ios of the attached device is not supported". By going into settings it says i have version 6.1.3.

(16 Apr '13, 17:49) marie marie's gravatar image

you'll have to use redsn0w 0.9.15b3 to tether jailbreak. jailbreak with redsn0w and boot tethered.. then you can install " ultrasn0w " 1.2.8 from cydia. if you're on 6.1.3 you'll need to boot tethered every time you reboot your device.

(16 Apr '13, 19:16) Mark Hack ♦ Mark%20Hack's gravatar image

don't forget to point redsn0w to the 6.0 ipsw file every time you load it. " extras > specify ipsw > load 6.0 "

(16 Apr '13, 19:19) Mark Hack ♦ Mark%20Hack's gravatar image

do we have a delorian? a crystal ball? the ability to see into the future?

(23 Apr '13, 15:05) theiphoneguy ♦ theiphoneguy's gravatar image

@Jael, good work.. and, (please use the "add new comment" button unless you are actually answering the original question) :D

(23 Apr '13, 15:13) Mark Hack ♦ Mark%20Hack's gravatar image

I'm new to these jailbreak thing. Guess my question sounds dumb. Anyway, just want to thank @markhack. Thumbs up for your answer and hope it can help others too.

(24 Apr '13, 07:57) Jael Jael's gravatar image

thank you :)

(25 Apr '13, 02:12) Mark Hack ♦ Mark%20Hack's gravatar image
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