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iPhone Error 9 Cannot Restore

Broken iPhone
Broken iPhone

Apparent there is either a sensitive aspect to iPhone software, or an integrated kill mechanism. I have a friends iPhone that simply cannot be restored. There is an error 9 that cannot be avoided. I have placed the phone in DFU mode, which is apparently the ultimate restore mode, from which even the most damaged iPhone should be able to restore; but not in this case. I have tried restoring the phone from three different computer including a MAC. The error 9 is on all 3 computers. There are no other options, no other ways of doing a restore. I think a recurring error 9 means the phone is done for; dead, not recoverable. Maybe someone has an idea?

$50 iPhone for the Holidays

Chances are good that someone on your shopping list is pining for an iPhone for the holiday season. If you know of such person, then we’ve got a surprise Black Friday deal for you. AT&T is offering refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs for $49 for new customers. That’s the shipped price, and they’re even waiving the activation fee, normally $35.[Source]

Holy moly that a nice number. I’m discontent with a current situation. My friend gave me an iPhone to fix, and I cannot fix it. I have put the phone in DFU restore mode, and done the restore procedure in regular mode. Still no go. The iPhone is having connectivity issues that appear to be unresolvable. I keep getting error 9. There are only so many buttons on the phone 🙂 There are only so many way to do the restore procedure, 2. In regular boot mode or DFU mode. Both modes produce the same result.

This is an old post, but it gives hope that I can help my friend:

I will try other USB ports, and a different computer. I think error 9 is a generic communications problems, but the thing that disconcerts me is that he was receiving the same issue on his computers. Maybe I will have better luck.

At&t versus Verizon – To Coverage or not to Coverage

I had an iPhone. I had at&t. I no longer have an iPhone. I no longer have at&t. I posted a while ago an at&t coverage map of my neighborhood. At&t says there is coverage. There is not coverage; at least not what is claimed. The map is not correct. The map says there is full coverage. There is not full coverage. I menition in my previous post that is may be that the iPhone requires a much stronger cell phone signal to function properly. This may be the case, but there are also complete dead spots. The dead spots are not on the map. How did they make the map? Im my house at&t service is at 1-3 bars, and would cause the phone to drop calls. I could not drive through town without getting a dropped call. Yet at&t still has the same coverage map on their website.

I actually called customer service so the call would drop with them on the phone. I called soooo many times, and the call dropped sooooo many times, that they actually game be a $200 credit that I used to cancel my account. I am now with Verizon, have a Blackberry Storm, and am very happy. I miss the iPhone, I like the Blackberry, and in the end you can never have the best of both worlds.

XBox360 – Unlock that Bad Boy like an iPhone

A hacker eager to reconnect modded Xbox 360s banned by Microsoft in recent days may be on the verge of releasing a workaround. According to 360Mods (by way of DailyTech), user ‘c4eva’ has shifted gears from developing Lite-on and Hitachi optical drive mods to creating a firmware rev that would allow modded Xbox 360s to bypass Microsoft’s online security tests.

Microsoft is closed like Apple. They lock download their technology as best as they can. To some degree this protects the functional integrity of the machine; if someone cannot modify it, it is less likely to malfunction or break. But, on the other hand not being able to modify your technology is extremely limiting and make you feel babied, especially for the technically incline. iPhones, especially the old ones can be completely unlocked; you can do anything on them. You can write any program you’d like, and you can modify the system in a variety of ways. You can also install other operating systems.

With the XBox being connected to your television, unlocking the device can significantly effect your home entertainment system. Using the XBox in ways above and beyond what Microsoft wants has potential. Why not install another operating system in the machine? What if you install a low memory virtualization software, and have Linux running in the background? What Linux apps can come in handy for home entertainment purposes? What if you sneek MythTV functionality deeper into your XBox? The XBox has a nice interface, its already a computer, why have a separate computer to run your MythTV frontend, when you can just fireup your XBox, play games, and doo all else related to entertainment.

I like the idea of unlocking things. There is no reason to totally lock down a product. Look how Blackberry handles the situation. You can basically do the things that iPhones won’t do out of the box. One of the big things is theming.

Droid – iPhone – Storm – They all Rock

Hey, don’t get me wrong the new Droid sounds pretty cool. It has the new Android 2.0 software, which is an improvement, or next generation of the original Android software introduced by Google a while back on T Mobile’s network. I like Google products. I like Verizon products. Mixing the two together makes a product I like even more. I played with the original Android software several months ago, and I though it was smooth and functional. I like the notion of an app store, but then comes the competition. Blackberry is keeping up with the herd, and even other manufacturers like Samsung are doing a good job.

Clearly the iPhone was the original app store. It was the first relatively powerful touchscreen/smart-phone/pda/everything unit. Then came, I think, the original Android phones, then came the Blackberry storm. Blackberry just came out with its own update, 5.0. Let me tell you that the new software for the Storm is a tremendous improvement. I had lag issues with the original software, and the new update completely eliminates all memory problems. Clearly Blackberry updates memory management. RIM also has the Blackberry app world, which is comparable in all accounts to iPhone’s app store, and the Android apps. The only difference is the size of the software repository, being that iPhone has hundreds of thousands of apps. Blackberry Appworld has some nice apps, and I haven’t really checked out Android apps, but I would imagine they are comparable in many aspects.

I can speak from experience on the iPhone, and the Blackberry Storm. They both have features that anyone would want in their phone. The iPhone is a mobile applications device, it does everything and everything. It plays games, and has all kinds of apps to enhance business and productivity. The Blackberry does as well. Albeit the games are not as advanced, but the key business applications are all there. The thing about the Blackberry, that blows the iPhone out of the water, is its connectivity. It is simply a mobile communications powerhouse. With your Blackberry you are connected, period. You have email, sms, mms, and instant messaging all rolled into a single ‘message’ folder. Throw in Facebook comments, twitter updates, and probably everything else under the sun. All these messages can be directed to your messages folder, literally consolidating your communications universe into a single button on a mobile device. Right now there is nothing that compares to the connectivity provided by the Blackberry. And the Storm is a touchscreen.

I like the Storm because I came from the iPhone. I was never a querty keyboard kinda guy. I like touchscreen keyboards, and the Blackberry does it right with the surepress technology. It’s smart. Two letters one button; you don’t miss the keys and the software gets it right most of the time. It even starts to pick up your slang after a while.

In the end each manufacturer will have their niche. One one will have something you wish to be a feature in another phone, and visa versa. We will never have the best of both worlds.

Wait, I said the iPhone was awesome, the worst thing about the iPhone is the networtk. I didn’t mention why I left the iPhone. I left because I was geting over 10 dropped calls per day, and no signal in my house. At&t has a horrible network compared to Verizon. The at&t map for my neighborhood says full coverage. Then why would I drive through town getting dropped calls in at least three locations I can think of off the top of my head. At one point I was calling at&t so I would be on the phone with support just to get a dropped call with them on the line. In the end I called at&t sooooo much, that they gave me a $200 credit because they saw how many dropped calls I was getting, especially the fact that I was calling tech support for the dropped calls themselves. I used the $200 credit to resolve the cancellation fee for my phone. At&t should update their converage maps to be correct! They are not correct! It may be the case that the iPhone needs a stronger than average signal to have uninterrupted communications, and there it stands apart from other “regular” phones. Therefore, because the iPhone is at&t’s flagship product, at&t should have a coverage map specific to the iPhone.

At&t Coverage Map

This coverage map is not correct for the iPhone. It simply does not get full coverage. It gets 1-3 bars, and it will quickly jump from 3 bars to 1 bar. And in 3 spots the signal drops entirely.

iPhone 3.1.2 Jailbroken to use any Carrier – Does it Matter?

iphone OS 3.1.2 has been jailbroken again, allowing users to do whatever they like with the gadgets they’ve bought.[Source]

The iPhone can use any carrier particularly TMobile instead of at&t. I had an iPhone for a long time, but ultimately the GSM bottleneck of the device is a tremendous downfall. On at&t MMS took unnecessarily too long, and I cant tell you how many times my calls were dropped. At one point I was calling tech support just so the call would drop with them on the phone. I called for a month traight, toward the end of my at&t experience, resulting in over 10 dropped called per day. Ultimately I got a rep that credited me $200 because of the amount of dropped calls. I was doing pizza delivery at the time, and literally could not drive through town without getting a dropped call. I used the $200 credit to cancel my acount without having to pay the early contract termination fees. Worked like a charm!

The worst thing is the at&t map says there is full coverage in my neighborhood. That was relative bullshit. I say relative because I also used another at&t phone, that was operating at 1 bar, but the calls did not drop. Apparently the iPhone requires a stronger signal strength as compared to other more simple phones.

I eventually jailbroke my phone, but did not have good experience with TMobile either. I ended up ditching the iPhone, even though I loved and still love it, for Verizon. I went with the Blackberry storm.

I still have my iPhone with a TMobile prepaid sim card. Its a $10 prepaid sim card, and the iPhone has full edge internet access for three months at a time, resulting in a net cost of $3 per month.

I rarely use the iPhone, but I still love it. I also love my Blackberry. There is no winning and you can never have the best of both worlds.

In this post I show an at&t coverage map of my neighborhood that is completely incorrect.