There’s always the fear of modding the iPhone and ending up with a useless phone and there’s always a time when that fear happens. Say for example you have lots of free WiFi available and you just can’t get a hold of the urge of downloading all the apps and then you end up with an iPhone that just won’t restart. Now what? Replace the phone? Go to the nearest mall and have a so called 'expert' do the job. Or be like Mac (read: McGyver) tatatatatan tanantan tanantan tanananan nan nan (repeat 3x)
Gone are the days when you need to download at least five files and follow a guide that is not guiding you in the right direction (read: lots of techy talk bull.) I know there's already a guide out there. But, indulge me, this is as simple as opening a bottle of SanMig Light and also a try to pay back what I learned. Open source rules! right? So here goes...
What you will need:1. Connect the iPhone to the PC using the cable.
2. Run iTunes.
3. If iPhone firmware is below 1.1.4 click update (for iPhones that are working fine) for iPhones that aren't restarting like the very first image in this post, click restore.
4. After the restore or update, the iPhone will restart restored to its original settings, meaning NOT activated. In the event that the iPhone has been unlocked previously, your phone will still be able to receive messages and calls but that is all it can do, for the time being, relax, light a smoke and read on.
NOTE: Update does not erase the phone book, photos, music, vids, etc. Restore however erases everything.
UPDATE: I am lighting my cigarette.
5. After the restore or update, eject the iPhone, close iTunes then reconnect the iPhone and restart iTunes. After iTunes detects the iPhone, run Ziphone.
NOTE: Make sure that both iTunes and Ziphone is running.
6. Click 'Do it all.' Don't panic if you see white text on your iPhone touchscreen, it's normal. The process takes less than 10 minutes and after your last puff on that Marlboro of yours, VOILA, you got yourself an activated, unlocked and jailbroken iPhone.