6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2012 1:55 PM by Mihai.Cosmin
Mihai.Cosmin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Dear folks.

 

      A couple of days ago I bought an unlocked, apparently little used iPhone 3GS 32GB. To my surprise, the phone was still running iOS 3.1.3 (quite unusual to find this old iOS on a 3GS in December 2012). I checked out for typical jailbreak-apps and I didn`t find any. It looks pretty "innocent" in that respect, and it works like a dream. The battery seems to last boringly long. The only things that I would like to have on it are few but important (to me): I want to be able to turn off/on cellular data myself(always on on 3.1.3) and I need two apps that are no longer available for iOS 3.1.3 : Shazam and Maps With Me. NOTHING ELSE

      I know that iOS 6 is available for the 3GS, but I`ve heard stories of 3GSes running into trouble after having been installed iOS 6 on. Like not reckognizing the SIM card, randomly rebooting, and having their batteries rapidly draining.

      What should I do? Shall I upgrade and get the stuff I miss, but risk ending up with a troublesome phone? Or shall I stick with what I have but enjoy a good working phone?

      I would be grateful for any suggestion.


iPhone 3GS, iOS 3.1.3, 32GB
  • 1. Re: Should i upgrade my iPhone 3GS to iOS 6.0.1 ?
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    First off, are you sure it is really (offically) unlocked, by the carrier?  Unlocking involves restoring the device in iTunes, which would also inherently update the iOS to the most recent at the time of unlocking.

     

    As far as 6.0.1 goes, it seems to run fine on my old 3Gs (used as an iPod these days).

  • 2. Re: Should i upgrade my iPhone 3GS to iOS 6.0.1 ?
    Mihai.Cosmin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

         Hi Michael! Thanks for the reply

         I live in Norway, and the phone has been either provided by a Norwegian carrier, or bought unlocked from the Norwegian Apple Store. You can check yourself by going to Settings-General-About-Model and type the model number (MC133KN in my case) here: http://iphonefrom.com/en/MC133KN  But it`s unlocked, I placed a Lebara SIM in it and it works perfectly.

         If it has been carrier-locked then most(if not all) Norwegian carriers are selling the phones on a 12 months subscription contract. When the 12 months are up, the phone is being unlocked by the carrier either automatically, or upon customer`s request(depends which carrier you use).

         It`s good to hear that your 3GS works well with the iOS 6, still after having read about issues after upgrade I have a feel that the upgrade to iOS 6 may be a hit or miss.

         I read on a forum that early iPhones can only support 3 major upgrades. Can that be true?

  • 3. Re: Should i upgrade my iPhone 3GS to iOS 6.0.1 ?
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    Never heard of a limit to the number of iOS updates you can apply.  Since iOS is entirely free software, it would make no sense to impose such limits.

     

    However, now that the 3Gs is out of production, it may well become imcompatible with iOS updates in the not too distant future (as the 3G did before iOS 5 came out).

     

    Oh, and I wasn't saying it was not officially unlocked, just pretty odd that it was never updated in over 2 years (3.1.3 must have been what it shipped with in that case).  Either the previous owner was paranoid about updating, or just happy with what they had in hand.

  • 4. Re: Should i upgrade my iPhone 3GS to iOS 6.0.1 ?
    Mihai.Cosmin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well , then I think I will try and upgrade to iOS 6.0.1. I was aware of the hardware limitations of the 3GS which will eventually make it impossible to update to future iOS releases. However for a year or so I think I will keep the 3GS, until I`ll buy something newer, It`s still a capable phone.

  • 5. Re: Should i upgrade my iPhone 3GS to iOS 6.0.1 ?
    Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,850 points)

    Good luck.  It is still a perfectly good phone, and it still does everything it ever did, so you should be good.  And I have to admit, the 3Gs is still more comfortable to hold than the 4, 4s or 5 (although LTE speeds on my iPhone 5 are unbelievable - leave 3G utterly in the far, far distant dust).

  • 6. Re: Should i upgrade my iPhone 3GS to iOS 6.0.1 ?
    Mihai.Cosmin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Michael!

     

    I`ve done the upgrade and the phone works very well. I didn`t notice any lag compared to the previous iOS. I think I did the right thing by doing the upgrade.

     

    Thank you for your advice.