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So I have an unlocked Iphone 2G with 1.1.4 firmware. What will happen if I upgrade the firmware to 3.1.3 ? Will I still be able to use my Iphone normally ?What will I not be able to do if I upgrade the firmware ?
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If you phone is software unlocked, when you update the iOS it will revert to be locked again, so you'll have to go through the unlocking portion again.

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How about the signal ? Will I be locked to AT&T or will I still be able to use SIM card from other carriers ?

This might sound like a stupid question but what does it mean by the software will be locked again ? Does it I mean that I will have to pay for softwares, which I don't mind doing ? Or does it mean that I won't be able to use any software again ?
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There are two things you need to know about unlocking iphones, number 1 is jailbreaking, this is the process of being able to unlock the OS on the phone without having to register the phone on a network, it also gives you access to free software/ apps etc. 2 is unlocking which enables you to use the phone on the network of your choice. It takes a bit of research to understand it all, I suggest Googleing "Jailbreaking and unlocking iphone 2G 1.1.4"

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You have an unlocked phone you say. THat means that you are not linked to AT&T and can use any SIM card. Well there are ways to get it unlocked in a manner in which it always stays that way. But more commonly that unlocking is done through a software and when you update the firmware that unlock goes away and you'll be locked to AT&T again but you can just re-run the unlocking for the new firmware and you should be able to use it on any carrier once again..

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So it will not matter much if I am currently using AT&T ? My phone will just be locked to AT&T till I unlock it again right ? Other than that, I can still use it normally ?
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If it was originally from AT&T then it shouldn't matter a jot no

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what if my phone was not originally from AT&T ?
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I have an unlocked 2G iPhone running 3.1.3, which proves it is doable. I personally didn't want to jailbreak/unlock my iPhone, but had little choice -- 2G iPhones are not supported in Canada, since they were never sold here.

I never tried any US sim card other than AT&T, but because the iPhone is unlocked it should in theory work with ANY standard sim-card-using GSM carrier, like T-Mobile or Verizon in the US. Up here of course we have many compatible carriers. I have a "Canadian" sim and my AT&T sim (I still use their service when I'm in the states, no complaints).

So it's doable. I used to consider it quite the PITA but now that I've gone as far as a 2G can go (3.1.3), I'm glad I did it. As for the "free" unofficial apps, largely that's very overrated -- there are a handful of nifty ones, but that's it -- a handful. Maybe a dozen. Tops. And the REALLY good ones are paid apps, just not available via iTunes. For me, it's pretty "meh." YMMV.
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