Monthly Archive for July, 2008

Jailbreak iPhone 2.0/3G With Updated Pwnage 2.0

The awesome iPhone dev team has done it again.  They’ve released an updated version of Pwnage that “Jailbreaks” iPhones running the iPhone 2.0 software. Jailbreaking allows you to install unofficial 3rd party apps.  It works with both the original iPhone running the 2.0 OS, and the 3G iPhones.

Apps from the official iPhone Application Store on iTunes can’t have certain functions.  They can’t run in the background, they can’t do VoIP over the cellular network and they certainly can’t unlock the phone for use on other carriers.

Unless you have a good reason too, I’d hold off jailbreaking your iPhone We’re still waiting for an updated version of Install.app to make it easy to install unofficial apps again. An unlock is still in the future too.

iPhone Activation Error = Temporary Brick

It looks like Apple didn’t plan the rollout of the iPhone 2.0 software quite as well as they could.  People are getting errors from iTunes part way through the upgrade, leaving them with an un-activated iPhone that can only make emergency calls.

The error reads:

We could not complete your iTunes Store Request. An unknown error occurred (-9838).  There was an error in the iTunes store, please try again later.
Oy! I used to have a phone. Now I have a brick.

If it were my phone (and I’m so glad it is not), I would disconnect the phone, wait a bit, and then reconnect and see what happens when it tries to activate again.  I’d keep doing that every 5-15 minutes until it succeeds.