Do not install iPhone 2.1 update on old iPhone!!
So I got my wife the new iPhone 3G for her birthday. She’s on it all the time and she is always wanting more storage space, so I thought it’d be a great idea.
But what do I do with her “old” iPhone? We passed it down to my daughter to use as an iPod Touch. The first gen iPhone could still be used without a sim card, as long as you had the 2.02 version of software. It is a great gadget, and the wi-fi internet connection works great.
Today I was prompted to install the 2.1 update on Bekah’s iPod Touch (the 1st gen iPhone). I updated like a good boy and BAM! her iPod no worky! Said I had to install a valid sim card and activate the phone via iTunes! Boo!
I did a quick Google search on how to downgrade the phone back to the 2.02 software found promptly found out that Apple made sure you couldn’t downgrade. Thanks a bunch Steve!
Fortunately for me, I found this website on how to “jailbreak” the 2.1 software. Turns out us Mac users are a lucky bunch! This program does everything in one step, whereas windoze users have to jump through some major hoops to jailbreak their phones. I ran the software and POOF! the iPhone-turned-iPod Touch was working great! Yay for me!