I have an old iPhone 2G (first generation) that I plan on using basically as an iPod touch (not using the phone portion). I no longer have the AT&T service on that phone. I installed an update to the firmware (stupidly) this morning because iTunes prompted me too... and now the phone seems to basically be bricked. Upon completing the firmware update I was stuck at the "connect to iTunes/emergency" screen.

For the past 10 hours, I have tried to restore, I have booted into DFU mode. I have even resorted to attempted jailbreaks, all to no avail. No matter what I do, I still get that "connect to iTunes/emergency" screen, and while the "iPhone" displays under Devices in iTunes, the iTunes page simply says "iPhone". There is no Summary Page, no iPhone section, no version section, no backup section, etc.

I installed iTunes 10.5 and I am pretty sure the firmware for the 2G phone is 1.1.3 (although I had attempted to roll it back).

Does anyone have any ideas on why this is happening and what can be done to get this iPhone back up and running?


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Jailbreaking is the easiest way to kill the activation process, fortunately for you the 2G is cracked on such a low level is a one shot process there's a guide up on iClarified how to do it.

After that you should go have a look at which is a jailbroken firmware with a lot of the features that the iPhone 2G ended up missing out on.


Your phone is restored and updated to new firmware, to activate the phone you need to have AT&T service.

Plan B: Jailbreak it with Cydia. It will unlock your phone and you can use it with other service providers. There are many videos on youtube to guide you.

  • Unlocking your phone requires Utrasnow. Cydia is just an alternative installer and has nothing to do with it. Moreover unlocking a phone is a completely separate process to that of jail breaking.
    – user10355
    Commented Oct 27, 2011 at 22:08
  • Cydia doesn't work on iPhones below the 3GS.
    – daviesgeek
    Commented Oct 28, 2011 at 16:26
  • Is that a recent change? I used it with my iPhone 3G years ago. Commented Oct 29, 2011 at 1:20

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