If you updated your iPhone 3GS to iOS 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.1, etc; and you noticed that you lost service and could no longer connect to a cellular network, you’re in luck.  You probably remember being unlocked and the problem is you updated your baseband to the iPad baseband (06.15.00) and iTunes corrupted it so that your phone can no longer pick up signal.  It is very easy to fix, just follow the step by step guide below to get your iphone up and running in no time.

Download links:
Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 – Windows 

Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 – Mac

iPhone 3GS 5.0 ipsw


67 Responses to “How to: Fix iPhone 3GS “Searching…” or “No Service” Error after Update to 5.X.X”

  1. John Bauer says:

    Hi, Thanks for your Help Video. I am having trouble locating the .ipsw file from your download. It comes as a zipped file called iPhone2,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.zip and when I extract the files there is no sign of an ipsw file.



    • Admin says:

      Change the ending for .ipsw or download it with mozilla Firefox. Thanks

    • sk8erdad says:

      yeah if your having problems getting it that way go to felix burns on the Google search engine and you can find all the Ipsw’s for all the Iphone, Ipod, and Ipad products

  2. Mohammed Maqsood says:

    its good ur video but problem is we r in dubai so hear is it showing sim not valid and only compatible sim cards from a supporter may be used to activate i phone …help me

  3. Liz says:

    I followed the steps but it still says no sim card. What should i do?

  4. wil says:

    happy new year! i’m a newbie here…does this method also works for iphone 2g? my iphone has the same problem and i can’t figure out how to fix it…appreciate all the help you can give…tnx so much!

  5. Matt says:


    i have jailbroken my phone on iso 5.0.1 firmware
    i am willing to downgrade to just the 5.0
    i am only jailbreaking my phone to unlock it
    When i jailbroke it i relaised that to use Ultrasn0w i need 6.15.00 baseband this base band
    when i downloaded youriPhone2,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.zip and extracted it using winrar it dident have an ISPW file in it :/ PLEASE HELP

  6. Tas3awY says:

    Hi ,, Thanks For The Video .. But When i Was following your steps .. when i released the power button a message appeared ” iPad baseband failed ” then the iPhone is Shut Down and can’t be opened again .. Any Suggestions Please ???

  7. rodos says:

    is this work for 5.0.1 carrier ?

  8. shuvro says:

    pls help me to fix iphone 3Gs ios 5.0.1 on baseband (06.15.00).
    i tried as u say with redsn0w 0.9.9b4 but its not working.
    pls help me to fix it .

  9. James Anderson says:

    I am trying to set-up my 3Gs with an existing carrier (“Rogers” in Canada) and sim. The phone was apparently locked to this carrier. When I tried using my sim I get a do not recognize sim and no service errors. I watched and followed this video to a T. At the end it states to watch a new video to fix a no service error. Except the link starts this video (the same one) over again. What am I missing? Thanks.

  10. Russ V says:

    Ian – This fix worked! I was able to unbrick my daughters 3GS! I clicked on the link at the end to restore safari but it goes back to the same video. Can you please forward the location to fix Safari? A million thanks!

    • raxhid says:

      hello, i have the same problem, but mine have NO IMEI/ICCID/Modem
      and always searching…Is this work for me ?

  11. pls help me when i click the extras they say that is not the version of redsnow?

  12. Ben says:

    bro, i’m having the 6000ms error, your video has been removed, please help…..

  13. ameer says:

    in the last after i choose the wifi the iphone write ” only compatible sim cards from supported carrier…” whyy??? please help me

  14. harshal naik says:

    hi there,
    can this tutorial works on the i phone 4 ? mine also updated to ios 5 i don’t know what firm ware as i cant get through the sim fail screen but is this works on i phone 4?
    all u r help will be appreciated thanks buddy

  15. harshal naik says:

    i tried this i extract 5.0 firmware rename it with .ipsw, but on jail break redsnow while selecting this Ipsw it says that ipsw is not supported by this redsnow? now what to do?

  16. Harry Fear says:

    This just saved me! After 5 hours problem-solving, this solved in one hour’s execution!

  17. iphonehackerist says:

    When i do this it says “IPAD BASEBAND FAILED” …. im on ios 5.0.1 iphone 3gs

  18. mike says:

    does this work for the 3g? Im having the “no service” problem.

  19. Dylan says:

    hi your video fixed my problem, but now i cant use my sim cause its not compatible with the supported carrier, but it was unlocked before i updated and all that can you help me solve this problem please?

  20. anoop says:

    can i do this with my mac laptop ?

  21. coolkumpel says:

    Hallo Admin,

    I think you forgot to tell them the other dark side of the story. Their GPS signal will be DEAD 4ever after updating to iPad BB…this should be the last option.

    The Error 60000ms results from wrong DFU mode. The phone should really be put OFF(using slide) when starting DFU in Redsn0w.

    Thanks for this tut though.

  22. anoop says:

    awesome dude, you’r the cooolest dude thanks a lot man :)))))))))))))))

  23. do a good job with this blog. and I currently manage a blog but a gaming website

  24. Good article and straight to the point. I am not sure if this is actually the best place to ask but do you people have any thoughts on where to hire some professional writers? Thx

  25. I own a problem in this specific matter. If someone will help us and then please e mail us with the deal with zajesuka@harvard.edu. Thank you and greatest respect

  26. abad says:

    good instructions! thank you by far the best!!

  27. sanam says:

    pleaseee help me email me at dpo.zenobia@gmail.com
    im getting the 60000 error and it STILL says no service 🙁

  28. Enrique says:

    Thanks a lot, great instructions!

  29. Sandeep says:

    Hi, Thanks a lot. I am able to unlock my phone. How eversafari, cydia and youtube is not working. Can you please share the link for the same

  30. G2Mod says:

    if cydia is not working you would need to do a just boot from redsn0w to fix cydia, email, and any other issues. This ifx cydia, email, youtube, and other issues. To unlock you phone Once cydia is installed install ultrasn0w, then restart your iphone in airplane mode. once back up put your sim card in then turn off airplane mode.

  31. Vik says:

    Very well done demonstration. I was able to fix my phone. It really worked very well. I have been told by lots of technicians that its not gone be fixed up but after following the step-by-step instructions in video I was amazed with the result. Big recommendation from me. Keep on doing the good job guys.

  32. Keira says:

    I get to the part where I need to activate my iPhone but it keeps saying that my iPhone could not be activated. Is there anything I can do?

  33. Vitxo says:

    Thanks Dude! It worked for me at the second time!

  34. Daniel says:

    Thank you soo much! guys i did exactly what he did today february 7th and it works perfectly!!!

  35. valyzada says:

    hi i tried all of you steps and at the finaly says:only compatible sim cards from a suported carrier may be used to activate iphone. what should i do?

  36. Jiffy Wiffer says:

    My ass hole stinks can someone lick it clean please it’s starting to itch.
    Thank you in advance The Jif

  37. Pat says:

    Im trying to do this but once i open redsnow and try to open the IPSW file, it says that the file is not recognized by the redsnow version … what can i do ?

  38. For everything goes right from the beginning but when it is supposed to fetch ipad baseband, it says “ipad baseband failed”.
    Please what can I do???

  39. Skybvi says:

    After the end step iam getting ,SIM not valid
    Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier may be used to activate Iphone. I am from Caribbean. help me plz

    My email id skybvi@gmail.com

  40. santy says:

    hey ian.. its good ur video but problem is we r in indonesia so hear is it showing sim not valid and only compatible sim cards from a supporter may be used to activate i phone …help me

  41. santy says:

    hey ian.. the all step i was doing but finally i stuck on SIM not valid. only compatible may be used to active iphone….. please help me

  42. santy says:

    please reply to my email : santi_41808004@yahoo.com thx ian :’)

  43. Steve.O says:


    Does the same solution fix the 3g network searching problem. I’ve used ultrasn0w and other solutions but it still says network searching. It then hangs or drags and reboots after a while. What can I do to resolve the issue?

  44. Dody says:

    This is not working …I tried below and it worked like a charm ..


    thot wud be of help to other frends who are stuck ! 🙂

  45. hot nicole says:

    hi please help me..

  46. sw says:

    i’m still getting the no service indicator…I have rebooted a couple of times also tried to restore to a backup…Any ideas?


  47. znm says:

    Worked like a charm, until very end (when you put in your at&t sim – i I put in my ‘new’ sim). It was not detected. So, with phone still attached to usb, I powered off, now i’m back to black screen with apple logo. At this point, I am uncertain how to reboot, or reflash, or restart, and I don’t want to rebrick the phone. Can you please give instructions?

    Also, Itunes has not been open during this. Does this mean Itunes will not function with the phone in this state?

    Thanks so much.

  48. Berda says:

    I get through it saying that its not compatible for redsnow..now its saying Exploit failed. GAH!

  49. iPhone 5 says:

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  51. mayada says:

    please i well follow your steps but the download stopped and give me (download after 60000 ms giving up)
    I dont know what to do, please help me!!

  52. serena says:

    how do i download the basband

  53. Arkaan Reddy says:

    awesome blog! I’m happy I stumbled here through yahoo i’m gonna definitely
    need to add another one to the list 😀

  54. JOSEPH says:


  55. sam says:

    where r the steps i cant see any ??????? help plz

  56. nick says:

    hi i have iphone 3g and just dowload ios 5 but still showing searching. I could not find right redsnow file.
    please help me

  57. EBENEZER says:

    can i install ios 4.2.1 on my iphone 3G. IF YES HOW

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