For iPhone users with update-itchy fingers, a comprehensive FAQ is now available outlining the particularities of iPhone OS 3.0 Beta
, getting the Beta and a dev
spot, what is a UDID, unlock support, downgrading the baseband (not possible), downgrading back to 2.2.1 (possible) and more.
over at Modmyi forums titled “iPhone Beta 3.0 FAQ” begins with a warm welcome to the iPhone OS 3.0 Beta, thanking Apple for the release. “So there are thousands of people out there with tons of questions and problems so I thought i [sic] would try to make a thread to clear up some questions. I will update to the best of my ability”, forum user varsityanchor writes. The poster goes to answer some popular questions, some of which we took the liberty of posting here ourselves.How do I get Beta 3.0!? How much should I PAY for a Dev spot?
You must first download 3.0 Beta via a torrent file. (Search on google)
You must have access to a dev account. (This forum has Users selling Dev spots. Also see Ebay)
Anyone can buy a Dev account for $99.00 and they can then add 100 devices
You should not pay more than $1.00 to be added to an account!
What is a UDID and How do I find it?
A UDID is each iPhone's Unique Device ID (40 hex characters)
To find it:
You connect your iPhone to itunes [sic] 8.1
Click on the actual serial numbers for your iPhone in iTunes summary page:
Serial Number:*9xxxxxxxxxx (11 digits)
When you click the serial numbers it will change to identifier:
Identifier (UDID):*xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.... (40 digits)
If you upgraded and can't get to the summary screen because of an iTunes message try this:
On XP or Vista Go to:
1. My Computer
2. Control Panel
3. Administrative Tools
4. Computer Management click on "Device Manager" on left
5. Scroll list down [to] find "Universal Serial Bus controllers"
6. Find "Apple Mobile Device USB Driver", right click for properties
7. Click "Details"
8. Copy whole "Device Instance ID" ("Device Instance Path" – Vista)
How do I downgrade from Beta 3.0 to 2.2.1?
On a Windows Computer
1) open itunes [sic]
2) get iphone [sic] in DFU mode
3) select restore iphone [sic] (using the original 2.2.1 firmware, not the custom one)
4) let iphone [sic] do the restart process until you get ERROR 1013
5) close itunes [sic]
6) open quickpwn. you [sic] will get a message saying to hold power and home for 15 seconds. do [sic] it exactly like that hold the power and home for 15 secs.
7) turn on iphone [sic] by holding power button for 2 secs
8) open itunes [sic] and BINGO iphone [sic] is recognize [sic] and activated.
According to the FAQ, if you upgrade your 2G/3G phone to 3.0, it will not remain unlocked. “There will not be support for 3.0 jailbreak/unlock until the official 3.0 release,” the post reads. If you have upgraded your phone to 3.0 and can't make calls, you cannot install yellowsn0w because there is no support for jailbreaking / unlocking using yellowsn0w on OS 3.0 just yet. Downgrading the Baseband is also not possible. To be perfectly clear, unlocking / jailbreaking iPhone OS 3.0 Beta is not possible yet.
If you have installed iPhone OS 3.0 Beta on your iPhone and iTunes won't activate the device, you will need access to a dev account. Users selling Dev spots can be found on the forum in question, as well as on eBay. “Anyone can buy a Dev account for $99.00 and they can then add 100 devices,” the FAQ reads. “You should not pay more than $1.00 to be added to an account,” according to varsityanchor.
If MMS doesn't work, don't freak out. Although Apple said it would, the 3.0 Beta release was only intended for developers, thus Apple and AT&T are leaving this setting off until the official release. “There are rumors of fixing this with an update, but it seems AT&T is deactivating it on phones enabling it,” the post reveals.