Users who unlocked their iPhones under software/firmware revision 1.0.2 with AnySIM or iUnlock, then lost functionality (bricked) their iPhones by updating to software/firmware 1.1.1 now have an option for restoring their devices to an ostensibly factory-fresh state under software/firmware 1.0.2, then upgrading to software/firmware 1.1.1 again and performing a successful unlock using the new version of AnySIM. This is made possible through the release of a "re-virginize" tool that is loaded directly on the iPhone.
In other words, users like this iPhone Atlas reader:
"I have recently bought an Apple iPhone from Ebay. I have done a stupid thing and I dont expect I am the first but when I read the description on Ebay it said "to not upgrade to 1.1.1.' When I received my phone, straight away I charged it up connected to the computer and iTunes asked if I wanted to upgrade, without thinking I did. I expect you will know the rest. The phone was working and was unblocked when I received it. It didn't have a SIM in it so when the phone had charged I put my O2 SIM in. I also tried a TMobile one. Nothing will work because I upgraded from 1.0.2. I now have a lovely new phone that I cannot use."
can now recover full phone functionality, update their iPhones to software/firmware version 1.1.1, and again unlock the phones for use on carriers other than AT&T.
The process is still extremely unrefined, requiring dexterity and patience, but has already been successful for a number of users. The basic procedure is as follows:
- Downgrade your iPhone to firmware/software 1.0.2 if you are currently using a "bricked" 1.1.1 iPhone.
- Jailbreak your iPhone. The simplest method for this is to use AppTapp.
- Once Installer.app is on your phone, use it to install the BSD Subsysem and OpenSSH (both under "Subsystem.")
- Download the re-virgizining tool,
- Follow this guide to use the re-virginizing tool to restore your phone to a factory-fresh state.
- Using iTunes, update your iPhone to software/firmware 1.1.1 and make sure it works normally (it won't be unlocked at this point, but should work with AT&T SIM cards)
- Jailbreak your iPhone again using this guide for Mac OS X or this automated tool for Windows.
- Put AnySIM for iPhone software/firmware 1.1.1 on your iPhone using this guide for Mac OS X or this guide for Windows.