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How to upgrade, jailbreak and unlock Apple iPhone 4 to iOS 6.1 while preserving the baseband for ultrasn0w

UPDATE : There seems to be a bug in ultrasn0w 1.2.8 when used with iPhone 4 having modem 01.59.00 on iOS 6.1. So Pls. do not proceed with following steps until this gets fixed.

Users relying on Ultrasn0w software carrier unlock can now upgrade to Apple iOS 6.1 as it can now be jailbroken using evasi0n and is now supported by ultrasn0w 1.2.8 update, do keep in mind that you must have the baseband (modem) preserved to one supported by ultrasn0w. Follow the guide posted next to upgrade, jailbreak and unlock iOS 6.1 while preserving the baseband.

iOS 6.1 with baseband 1.59

Step-by-step tutorial to upgrade Apple iPhone 4 on iOS 6.1 while preserving the baseband and unlocking using ultrasn0w :

  1. Download and save Apple iOS 6.1 firmware for your device from - or
  2. Download latest version of Sn0wbreeze.
  3. Make sure to backup your device using Apple iTunes.
  4. Save your SHSH hashes using TinyUmbrella.
  5. Launch SnowBreeze and follow on-screen instructions to proceed for selection of Apple iOS firmware file.
  6. snowbreeze
  7. Click "Browse for an IPSW" and point it to the file downloaded in Step 1 above.
  8. snowbreeze
  9. Select iFaith mode.
  10. iFaith mode
  11. Now, browse for SHSH blobs saved using TinyUmbrella in Step 4 above.
  12. SHSH
  13. Click "General" and proceed.
  14. iFaith mode
  15. Make sure "Hactivate" and and "Install SSH" options are selected.
  16. iFaith mode
  17. Click "Build IPSW" and proceed.
  18. build ipsw
  19. Let Sn0wbreeze complete the SHSH stitching to create a signed custom IPSW with preserved baseband.
  20. stich SHSH
    stich SHSH
  21. Once this process completes, there will be an IPSW file on your desktop with it's name starting with numbers - this is your CUSTOM IPSW RESTORE FILE WITH BASEBAND PRESERVED.
  22. It's now time to restore this custom IPSW file on our device, to do that make sure the iPhone is in Pwned DFU stage by using iREB built into Sn0wbreeze. Click iREB->Run iREB from Sn0wbreeze and follow onscreen instructions CAREFULLY to enter the pwned DFU mode.
  23. pwned DFU
    pwned DFU
    pwned DFU
  24. If done successfully Sn0wBreeze/iREB will confirm this, proceed only if you get this.
  25. confirm DFU mode
  26. If in pwnd DFU mode, launch iTunes and it should detect the iPhone in recovery mode.
  27. confirm DFU mode
  28. Now, Shift+Click the Restore button in iTunes and browse for CUSTOM IPSW file saved in Step 13 above. Selecting the stock/original Apple iOS 6.1 will result in baseband upgrade and a phone which can not be unlocked, so proceed with care.
  29. Let iTunes finish the restore process.
  30. itunes restore
    itunes restore
    itunes restore
    itunes restore
  31. Your phone will now reboot and evasi0n jailbreak code will automatically execute to install Cydia.
  32. evasi0n
  33. Once completed your Phone will bootup and the new phone screen will be shown, proceed with iPhone backup restore process using iTunes.
  34. Finally, it's time to install ultrasn0w and make our phone carrier unlocked.
  35. Launch Cydia, search for ultrasn0w and install it to complete the process.
  36. ultrasn0w 1.2.8 for iOS 6.1

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