62 Responses to How to Jailbreak/Unlock iPhone 2G OS 3.0 with PwnageTool 3.0 on Mac

  • axx says:

    This step by step have things wrong
    1. No 7 choices just 6
    2. Check Disable partition Wip-out, never can be checked.
    3. In the 15. step you can’t find that 3,9BL file.

    And then no further steps.

  • chris says:

    “Click Yes then select the file(BL-39.bin) from the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop and click the Open button. Do the same for Do the same for Boot Loader 4.6.”

    there is no BL-39.bin file in the folder, where is this found? if following these directions exactly, there is no such file.

  • Chris says:

    Hi, I unlocked my phone with pwnage to 3.0…all went well…it is unlocked but not accepting calls. It will make them ok. But goes straight to voicemail on Orange UK.

  • vsuta says:

    iPhone 2G firmware 3.0 is not accepting calls sometimes (getting message: service unavaliable or phone turned off but it has full signal and phone is turned on) I used redsn0w(win) first time to jailbreak and pwnage to 3.0 to make custom .ipsw second time.

  • Fahad says:

    TH most important steps are the DFU Mode and the In iTunes, 8.2 hold the Alt/Option key and click “restore” at the same time.If you get this right you good to go… Good Luck.. And thanks to the contributor of his Steps ….

  • --- says:

    Windows users use redsn0w, to use this program u hav to download bootloader 3.9 and bootloader 4.6.

  • Frustrated says:

    I’m having problems getting Pwnagetool finding or accepting my firmware download. I put pwnagetool and iPhone1,1_3 folder in the same folder (pwnagetool) on desktop. When I launch pwnagetool, it doesn’t find the .ipsw file needed. When I then browse within the folder, there is nothing there that pwnagetool will accept. In other words, I click the folder then open, then I keep opening files until there are no more files that will “open”. Exactly how do I browse for the correct file so pwnagetool recognizes it and considers it the proper file?

    Sorry, this may be a stupid question, but I’m stumped!

  • No Longer Frustrated says:

    Regarding the above post, I have found out the problem that hopefully help others.

    When downloading the 3.0 firmware bundle, DO NOT USE SAFARI! I downloaded it again using Firefox without any problems. It’s been a while since I unlocked and jailbroke and remembered the same problem last time. Hope this helps others!!

  • Ragnar says:

    I have not tried your guide yet, but I look forward to it.

    In step 19/20 you refer to iTunes 8.1 and later in iTunes 8.2.

    Does it make any difference, or is it just a typo?

    All the best

  • Ahmad says:

    do you download the firmware 3.0 file using safari…If you use safari it wont work
    Download the firmware file on windows using internet browser and transfer it to your mac using a usb then pwnage will find your firmware file…

  • got it says:

    thanks alot guys i couldnt open the firmware because i was downloading it through safari but after reading your comments i have oercome the problem…thanks again

  • Andrew says:

    Thanks, my iPhone’s successfully jailbroken now.

  • Rahaman says:

    How to Unlock the Iphone 3G for the Firmware 2.2.1 & the Baseband is 2.30.2

  • Gos says:

    I am using iPhone 2G with upgraded 3.0 OS. I am seeing the same problems as one user here too, the problem I have are:
    1. Step 8: No 7 choices just 6
    2. step 9: Check Disable partition Wip-out, never can be checked.
    3. Step 15: step you can’t find that 3,9BL file.

    And then no further steps.

  • Paul Heck says:

    After downloading the 2G iPhone IPSW I end up with a folder ‘iPhone1,1_3-1’.
    Trying to run Pwanage 3.0 does not recognise the folder or contents.
    Looking at the content shows .dmg files and .plist files, but no .ipsw
    What have I missed here?
    Pwangae 3.0 tells me I don’t have the IPSW file.
    Thanks in advance

  • Ahmad says:

    I have a question that to unlock and jailbreak iphone 2g on OS 3.0 is it necessary to upgrade to 3.0 before jailbreaking or unlocking it and if it is necessary then how to do it…..Can i upgrade my jailbroken unlocked iphone using itunes upgrade option….
    Any help will be appreciated….

  • Ahmad says:

    And Paul,, do you download the ipsw file using safari..If you download it using safari it wont be an ipsw file…It has been mentioned above in the comments…Download it using firefox or internet explorer

  • krip says:

    you can do it with iTunes 8.0, I did.

  • krip says:


    if the file comes down with the .zip file extension, change it to ipsw. I tried it out and found no issues

  • krip says:

    anyone know the visual voicemail settings for orange uk?

  • jimbo mcclure says:

    IPhone 4.0 coming after summer.

    1)Flash player support
    2)Quick back option without going to home screen while switching between apps.
    3)File browsing and storing
    4)Option to attach images, file etc from email app itself.
    5)Multiple signature options
    6)Manual rotate gesture option
    7)Notes app should be more powerful word process (fonts, text size etc)
    8)All Grouping of contacts for test message e.g. friend and family groups.
    9)App for grouping key social networking sites(for posting universal photos, text to all social networking sites together.
    10) Auto spell check in safari browser (like mozilla) when adding text in twitter, facebook leaving comments at blog etc.
    11)Build in Flash in camera for night photo shot
    12) Front facing camera for video Chat
    13) Use cover flow for using multitasking third party apps (limit to 5 apps, not to drain the battery life)
    14)Thin quick time player app to run video downloaded from web.
    15)Group notification alert or not attended tasks(missed MMS, SMS, PHONE, Chat message, meeting, event etc)on single screen.

  • MuscletTurd says:

    Can you unlock the iPhone 4g with rebel sim running symbian os?

  • MuscleTurd says:

    Could Ahmad or Paul tell me how to jailbreak my son’s piggy bank and unlock a ten pound note? many thanks, MuscleTurd.

  • Bruno Amorim says:

    I like to jailbreak my iphone. But i have one question. If i jailbreak, i lose my data? (sms, contacts, settings, etc…)

    Tahnk you very much.

  • paddy says:

    i just bough a jailbroken iphone 2g running on os 3.0. do i need to download anything before i sync my iphone with itunes 8.2 on my mac.

  • David in Dallas says:

    Help Please – After 3.0 update, data services not working on 2G iPhone

    Summary: original iPhone (2G) Upgraded to OS 3 last week. Voice and WiFi works but internet does not.

    Error message says ‘could not activate cellular data network, you are not subscribed to a cellular data service’. My provider is ATT and the cellular data network was working fine before the 3.0 upgrade. Had ATT reset data service, still not working on my phone.

    I used pwnagetool 3.0 and even tried Ultrasn0w but I still get the same results, ie no cellular data network.

    How should I proceed?

    Background: iphone was unlocked and jailbroken on a laptop that I don’t have anymore. It was initially running a T-Mobil sim. I then bought an ATT phone and with unlimited internet services, and placed the sim in my iPhone. It worked fine. I then updated my phone to firmware 2 and everything worked fine. But the upgrade to 3.0 killed the data services.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

  • joey Collins says:

    you saved my life!!!

  • Esther says:

    I have the same problem with the data. i get the same message. What to do??? My internet doesn’t work but i have unlimited data.

  • vik says:

    Mr PADY / MR jeoy
    I am facing the same problem , Earlier i had Firmware 2.0 where everything works but hang sometime , then i thought to upgrade it to Ver 3.0 using itunes 8.2+ using red snow .7.2 work well after 2 trials
    BUT Now my iphone is look like useless having no internet (detects WIFI) / nor youtube nor cydia working

  • David in Dallas says:

    Esther and Vik,

    I’ve tried many tests but still nothing is working.

    Please TELL ME who your sim card is from (att, t-mobile, other)

    I’m trying to see if there is pattern to those of us that are effected.

    Vik, Cydia works for me when on WiFi, but I have not found anything in Cydia to help resolve the problem.

  • vik says:

    Still i have problem in access Wifi at my home network
    but today i tried on anther wifi network ,, ITS WORKS !!!!
    I dont know how that happen .. ,Im still working on this .
    I will soon update if anything happen . If possibly u able to access wifi .. try to open this website in safari broswer
    unlockit.co.nz ,,, follow the direction .

  • Haider says:

    I have one a question… If i update and restore my iphone 2g to 3.0 and jailbreak it is there gonna be any problem with it?

  • Brent says:

    After a couple failed attempts, SUCCESS!! Using a prepaid SIM from Telestial, good for Europe and US. Don’t use Safari for the downloads. Thanks a bunch for this tutorial SANDIP.

  • rose says:

    David, Esther and Vik:

    I too, have the same problem after I unlocked/jailbroke my iphone.

    I use At&T

  • Rose says:

    David, Esther and Vik:

    I just found a solution! Use “APN Changer” found on unlockit.co.nz. It is a free download.

    Access the website on your iPhone, using Wifi, and start the program.

    Do a “custom APN”, select your carrier and then press download. APN Changer will then download the APN settings to your phone, enabling Edge to work! :)

    All the best!…

  • Laurent says:

    I seem to have the same problem as marked here:

    “Click Yes then select the file(BL-39.bin) from the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop and click the Open button. Do the same for Do the same for Boot Loader 4.6.”

    there is no BL-39.bin file in the folder, where is this found?

    And in my case I DID download the firmware with Firefox! So the browser you use doesn’t make the difference.

    When I drag the pwnagetool into the pwnagefolder, it tells me certain items have special permissions and therefore can’t be copied.

  • Angela says:

    Worked great after I figured out that I needed to do a restore FIRST with the original ipsw file. Then followed the rest of the steps and it worked perfectly. Use Firefox to download the ipsw file.

    Thanks for the instructions!

  • Ronak says:

    I followed all the instructions (unless I overlooked something) and the unlocking/updating process worked like a charm. However, I cannot connect to T-Mobile anymore. Initially I saw the T-Mobile in the top-right corner, but it switched to searching and now its on no signal. I’ve restarted my phone several times and to no avail. Did I miss a step? Was there something I have to additionally do? Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.


  • Adam says:


    Thank you. You have saved me much grief.

  • Steven says:

    If I restore the settings on my iPhone 2g (os 3.0) will I lose the
    cydia app.

  • Nicholas Caplin says:


    I have a problem with my iPhone 2g. I bought it used, with the first iPhone OS ever. It was working perfectly with my SIM card until I updated it with the newest iPhone OS. (3.0)
    After the upgrade, I haven’t been able to go anywhere on the phone. I can only type my SIM number, but it does nothing. I can also call for emergency.
    I need help ASAP!!!

  • vik says:

    Yes u will lose all your install app incl cydia , Itunes one.

  • vik says:

    Hey NC
    I think you didnt followed the above given step preciously .
    Try to restore your phone with Itunes 8.2 . then use REDSNOW or QUICKPWN jailbreak it to new OS 3.0 .
    Note Try to read all the above comments to familiarizes with the steps & various difficults faced by ppl.
    Peace V

  • samvara says:

    In step 19/20 you refer to iTunes 8.1 and later in iTunes 8.2.

    Can some one help me understand? which version of iTunes will work?

  • michael says:

    hi, just tried this and several other ways with my iphone 2g, but everything is working well except i cant make calls, but i can receive, can someone please help me

  • Dave says:

    Hi there,

    I have a 2G jailbroken iphone with an orange simcard. Everything works fine apart from I cannot get my email or internet to work. I get the following error message..”could not activate cellular data network: You are not subscribed to a cellular data service.

    Please can anyone out there help me?? Love the phone but without email and internet it’s a right pain. Phone and text work fine.

    Any help would be appriciated! Thanks.

  • Claire says:

    try going to settings>general>reset>reset network settings
    I did this myself moments ago and works wonders!!

  • Riff says:

    iPhone 2G firmware 3.0 is not accepting calls sometimes (getting message: service unavaliable or phone turned off but it has full signal and phone is turned on) I used redsn0w(win) first time to jailbreak and pwnage to 3.0 to make custom .ipsw second time.
    Written By vsuta
    on June 22nd, 2009

    Was anyone else having that problem, After using pwnagetool 3.0 on my mac I cant seems to receive calls from the phone but i am able to make calls or send or receive sms. Should I also use Redsn0w to unlock my phone?

  • allan says:

    reset my iphone 2g now i can make calls but will not ring in ,if i go on to itunes and re install in works again then stops working secounds after

  • david says:

    i have the same problem too…..can’t receive call and sms…but can make call…..anyone call assist?????please help!!!!

  • shoheb says:

    i have succesfully done jailbroke and i’m using os 3.0 for last 4 months……but now its giving network problem….incoming call r not working properly

  • Mike says:

    Greetings. Do I need an ATT SIM to upgrade from 2.2 to 3.0? Itunes yells at me. If so, can I borrow a buddy’s ATT SIM and upgrade, then jailbreak, then put my T-mobile SIM back in? Will it mess with any data on the borrowed ATT SIM?? TIA

  • kiky says:

    hi all i um updated my 3g from 3.0 to3.1
    and not work now im try many time to change any other version fianly now i put v 3.0 and im unlock but i have problem with service
    i don’t have service ?
    any help thank you

  • Siddharth says:

    it worked perfectly fine…everything works…its jail broken…but for some reason i am just not able to send texts but i can receive them and make and receive calls…can u please help me on this???

  • Gork3m says:

    Hi every1,
    Im havin a BIG receivin CALLS n SMS problem!!!if i cant use this IPHONE as a PHONE,whats the point of buyin it ey?
    I got an iphone 3g (3.0)which is jailbroken+unlocked!!im on orange network and i only receive calls or sms randomly unless i call ##002# from my phone(after that it works alright for limited time only)…..when people ring me it goes to answerphone straight away(even if it shows full signal on my phone)..if they ring me 3 or 4 times 1 after another,they can eventually get thru to me then..its a BiG pain for me so if any1 can help i ll be sooo appreciated!!!

  • Gork3m says:

    Ok every1,
    I SOLVED the random call and sms receiving problem.I like to help any1 who is still havin this issue.do as i say and it should work wit no problem.

    Go To
    Notifications : OFF

    Fetch New Data>
    Push : OFF
    Fetch : Manually
    Click on your email account : Manual (not fetch)

    after this power off your phone by pressin and holdin the power button(on the top).then when you see “slide to power off” do slide!then when your phone restarts give it a call from another phone…is it workin?……if not read on…..

    Go to
    -Reset Network Settings-

    Your Phone should restart itself after hittin the reset network button.if not do it yourself by “slide to power off” technique..After restart go on what you waitin for give it a call…..After these steps it should work in perfect sycronize with your calls and sms…


  • Dust says:

    Hello! can someone clarify things for me please. i have an iphone for 2 years already still running on a 2.1 OS- used to unlock it for my carrier with no problems using the old quickpwn tools. Glad i dont have any problems with it! But my girl^s phone(2G)is a complete disaster. Long story short: she had a problem with it on the 2.1 OS that i had installed for her and while trying to fix it, by accident, she upgraded to 3.0 (almost 5 months now) since then she couldnt use it at all with her sim cuz she needs to unlock it for her carrier. So i am stuck, tried hundreds of ways to make it work for any sim using all kind of programs i could find on the internet. Last time i used redsnow or what ever is the name and managed to “unlock” it :D but she could use it only as a toy because none of the cellular services worked!!! She couldnt get incoming calls and couldnt call by herself so it was just a i touch insted of an iphone. So there it stood on the bookshelf for a couple of months (i thought i can wait until something comes out to fix this) and now i am asking for help. PLEASE explain me if there is anything i can do now to make this F###ing phone work properly or i can just throw it into the trashcan?

  • TIM says:

    Thx Gork3m. Your instruction worked great.