Have A Cracked iPhone in China And Want To Upgrade to 3G?

If you are one of the estimated 800,000+ iPhone users in China, then there is a more than 99% chance that your iPhone is cracked since Apple does not yet have a carrier partner in China.

For many of those users, there is the fear that once Apple ties up with a Chinese carrier and starts offering the iPhone3G in China, their first-generation iPhone will become an iBrick because it will not be recognized by the Chinese carrier and/or Apple, and there will be no upgrade path. (Apple and Steve Jobs are kind of famous for not particularly caring about background compatibility and upgrade paths. If you’re screwed, you’re screwed.)

Fortunately, Matt Cutts of Google has posted an article on his blog called “5 Steps to Upgrade From a Hacked iPhone To and iPhone3G”. The article is written for an American audience, but there is no reason why it could not apply to an iPhone user in China (or anywhere else).

The good news is that your first-generation iPhone will not become an iBrick, and you can likely sell it on Taobao. The bad news is in step two: there’s no way you can avoid spending money on another cool device from Apple.

UPDATE:One week after its release, the iPhone3G has been pwned (that’s geekspeak for cracked). So do you want to go legit or are you hardcore for open? It’s your call.

3 Responses to “Have A Cracked iPhone in China And Want To Upgrade to 3G?”

  1. alvin foo says:

    what’s the point of jailbreaking an iPhone 3G when there’s already a fully functional, Apple-approved App Store?

    One main reason could be that users would like to choose their choice of operator. But assuming if you can choose your choice of operator, would you still jailbreak the iphone?

    alvin foos last blog post..Old iPhone still fetch a good 2nd resale value

  2. Surely there should be some downloadable firmware that can be used, because carriers above all LOVE their tariffs so i dont see a carrier partnering with apple, deciding to ditch every one with an ibrick, above all money matters :)

  3. Jerald Darou says:

    The Zune concentrates on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it’ll do even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod’s strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.