User says firmware upgrade DID INDEED brick his unlocked iPhone

User says firmware upgrade DID INDEED brick his unlocked iPhone

Summary: iPhone Central blogger Jonathan Seff writes a sad tale of what happened when he downloaded and attempted to install today's 1.11 iPhone firmware update on his "unlocked and hacked" iPhone.

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brickediphone.jpgiPhone Central blogger Jonathan Seff writes a sad tale of what happened when he downloaded and attempted to install today's 1.11 iPhone firmware update on his "unlocked and hacked" iPhone.

Long and short of it: firmware installation seemed to go OK- that is up until he restarted his iPhone.

Message on screen: incorrect SIM card.

So he takes the SIM card out of his iPhone and puts it in his Treo, and the SIM card comes to life.

But then he went to his local AT&T store and told them essentially what I just wrote.

Salesperson hands him a new SIM.

Popped the SIM back into his bricked iPhone.

Still bricked. Seeing same errors.

Just popping into my head: "Ow, it's a bricked.. iPhone." Reference: Brick House by the Commodores.

Not OK.

Hey, have any of you readers download the firmware upgrade on a hacked iPhone and got it to work?

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, iPhone, Software

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  • what a moron

    I am sorry, but what an absolute moron this person is.

    Everyone and there mom knows that this would happen when the update was released. If this person was really dumb enough to run the update then they get what they deserve.

    The iPhone unlock dev team has already stated they'd have a fix likely within a week. What a moron...I hope for his sake it is bricked. If he can't read then he deserves what he gets.
    shoktai
  • Any chance it's still jailbroken?

    I wonder if you can still SSH into it.
    lorint
  • Maybe ZDNet can start a fund to collect money to sue

    The suckers who break contracts.
    YinToYourYang-22527499
    • What contract?

      You don't have to sign an AT&T contract to get an iPhone. Since you don't activate it til you get home with it and sync it to iTunes, there is no guarantee upon sale of the item that it will be on AT&T's network at all.

      However, if you don't sign up, then who do you think you are taking the updates? Duh. Those are for subscribing customers. If you're not one, then you 'stole' the update, and I'm sorry, you knew this could happen - no complaints allowed. This is why you were warned in the first place.
      laura.b
  • RE: User says firmware upgrade DID INDEED brick his unlocked iPhone

    Apple is moving in on Microsofts turf, too bad really, and yet not surprising, it seems the counterculture always goes this way when it becomes mainstream.
    The very fact that Apple sold its self to AT&T (one of the big shadows looming over internet neutrality)was bad enough. iTunes and the iPod and DMCA issues were bad enough. Now actually actively destroying iPhones simply because their owners do not like to use AT&T, simply unacceptable. Won't be buying my mom that mac-mini for xmas this year, or ever, she gets an Ubuntu Linux laptop instead.
    My advice is steer clear of this company till it cleans its act up and remembers that we, that is You and I, not AT&T nor the RCIAA, are its real customers.
    starcannon1
  • That's why I'm going with the iphone clone from china

    I might miss a few features but it's better than having a bricked phone or being forced to use AT&T although I do. I just don't like being told who I can use, as a consumer I deserve to be able to choose who's service I use. I have no idea why apple partnered with AT&T they could have sold more units as an open platform
    cwking