Ultrasn0w 0.9 iPhone 3G/3GS Unlock Released

Earlier this week, Ultrasn0w 0.9 was released by the iPhone Dev Team. Ultrasn0w is the Dev Team’s iPhone 3G/3GS unlock solution.

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The new update to 0.9 added a few enhancements to the Ultrasn0w package and fixed many problems that people may have experienced while using Ultrasn0w to unlock their iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS.

Below is a brief list of enhancements for Ultrasn0w 0.9:

  • Works with both iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS
  • Works with ‘hacktivated’ iPhones
  • Works regardless of how you jailbroke or hacked your iPhone
  • Does not require a separate patch as each new firmware is released
  • Does not install any additional daemon
  • No network issues, no pop-ups about “Missing SIM” and no race conditions
  • Almost 7000 times smaller than its nearest competition (Ultrasn0w wins again)

If you are still having some kind of issue with Ultrasn0w, below is a brief list of general tips for anyone that is still having problems:

Issue 1

Unusual battery depletion is usually caused by people choosing to “Restore from backup” instead of “Set up a new iPhone” in iTunes. This is not a cause of the Jailbreak or Unlock.

Fix 1

Redo the official 3.0 restore and choose “Set up a new iPhone” when iTunes prompts you. Your media will still be synced, but you will erase any conflicting Bluetooth, WiFi, or Carrier settings. Also, any SMS messages or photos on the camera roll that you wanted saved will be lost. Just remember, the “Set up a new iPhone” option will set up your iPhone as a factory fresh device.

Issue 2

Ultrasn0w works with ‘hacktivated’ iPhones as well, but do not outsmart redsn0w into thinking that you do not need ‘hacktivation’.

Fix 2

If you do not plan on using an official SIM card (Rogers, Fido) , do not activate your iPhone via iTunes with the official SIM. Instead, keep your unofficial SIM card at all times and let redsn0w and ultrasn0w handle ‘hacktivatation’.

Issue 3

T-Mobile in the USA does not use the 3G frequencies that iPhones support.

Fix 3

Turn off 3G on your iPhone 3G/3GS by navigating to Settings > General > Network.

Issue 4

Some unofficial plans have limitations on making calls and using data at the same time.

Fix 4

This is not unlock related.

Issue 5

Some users may have installed previous versions of ultrasn0w using non-standard techniques.

Fix 5

In most cases when installed, the updated ultrasn0w 0.9 removes all previous versions of ultrasn0w. If not, you can be sure by checking if /usr/bin/ultrasn0w is present. If the path is not there, then ultrasn0w 0.9 removed it successfully.

Issue 6

You do not want/need to update to ultrasn0w 0.9 from the previous version and you want to get rid of the red update badge that is on the Cydia icon.

Fix 6

You can remove the red badge over the Cydia icon by removing the repo666 as a Cydia source. If you remove it, you can always put it back and removing it does not uninstall your version of ultrasn0w.

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  • Gotta love it when the dev team releases
    an update with suggestions on how to troubleshoot common issues.

  • Dusty

    Good job Dev Team!

  • The update blog post a few days just pwns Geohot. I love it.

  • JMCD23

    I've had the problem with getting another SIM working (non official). So do I do a full restore and then not activate my phone and proceed to install redsn0w and ultra snow? I'm unsure about how I will hacktivate my phone, is that something on cydia?

  • Yes, just bypass iTunes all together and go right into redsn0w

  • JMCD23

    Ok sweet. Is there anyways to save my contacts as this is a full restore? Or will I have to put everything back on manually.

  • Thats the unfortunate part. Unless you have your contacts saved with iCal, or Outlook or Windows Address Book, you will have to re-add them.

  • Dusty

    Like X1Zero said or if u are able to JB ur iPhone, SSH and copy the .deb files like SMS, Contacts, CallHistory, etc. and then just restore. Then SSH into iPhone and replace the original files with the backup files u just did and u have all ur contacts and info back to they way u had it. This is the best way to backup after a restore, I never sync with iTunes as iTunes is not my favorite buddy lol

  • JMCD23

    Alright cool, I don't mind putting the contacts back in, everything else on the phone has no importance to me yet. Thanks guys!

  • JMCD23

    Ok so I've restored, I have both Sim cards working now, and all my contacts back on. The problem is, now I'd like to add all my music back via iTunes. iTunes tells me that my phone is not yet activated or would I like to restore from a previous back up. Question – Can I activate this way, or is there something in Cydia that can get past this?

  • Did you run redsn0w yet?

  • JMCD23

    Yeah I've run redsn0w and ultrasn0w now. I can use the phone and everything is good with both SIMs.

  • I believe you can just set up a new iPhone now and sync your media

  • JMCD23

    Seems to be working, thanks!

  • Dusty

    Ok cool. Enjoy!

  • Anonymous
  • chadwick91

    I have an iPhone 3g unlocked with ultrasn0w and it worked, it accepted my SIM and I have full service. Only problem is I have issues with recieving texts/calls. It acts like I don't have service, I have to send myself a message to receive backed up texts and calls. I have rejailbroke and reinstalled ultrasn0w. I toggle airplane mode and reset my network settings. nothing works, can you give me any advice?

  • chadwick91

    I have an iPhone 3g unlocked with ultrasn0w and it worked, it accepted my SIM and I have full service. Only problem is I have issues with recieving texts/calls. It acts like I don't have service, I have to send myself a message to receive backed up texts and calls. I have rejailbroke and reinstalled ultrasn0w. I toggle airplane mode and reset my network settings. nothing works, can you give me any advice?