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I just bought an iPhone 3GS from a friend this morning and it was in perfect, pristine condition. It had iOS 5.1.1 on it, and today i upgraded to iOS 6. At first it was great, but now I am experiencing Wi-fi connection drops randomly (an issue that is common with ios6 on all devices as of now), but I now am experiencing random shut offs, and then this screen if I try to turn it on.
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Can anyone help me with this? Should I revert to 5.1.1 until ios6.0.1 comes out since I have to jailbreak to unlock it anyway, or just wait it out? Or is there a simpler solution? Thanks in advance!

PS I forgot to mention, after about 5 minutes I can turn the phone back on and it work normally for however long until it happens again. This also happens while I still have adequate charge left in the phone. None of this was happening before i upgraded to iOS6.

EDIT: After living a day with these problems, I have noticed the random shutoffs only happen when the battery gets to around 45%. After that, its fine. It has happened more than once around there, so I suspect its a software issue, not hardware. I can't downgrade to iOS 5.1.1 Like I want to because I never had any SHSH blobs. News is saying that iOS 6.0.1 is coming within the next month. It will indeed be a long, long month.

Also, I tried jailbreaking last night with redsn0w, but It would not recognize my device in DFU mode for some reason, even though it is.

asked Oct 26 '12 at 22:22

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closed Dec 29 '12 at 01:28

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The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, OP answered his own question." by DJ Scooby Doo Dec 29 '12 at 01:28

This was resolved by a battery replacement which I did myself for $5. Fixed all my issues.

answered Dec 29 '12 at 01:13

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Are you sure that you didn't jailbreak it with the tethered method? Doing that messes up your phone. If you did, I'd revert back to iOS 5 until there's a steady jailbreak for iOS 6.

answered Oct 26 '12 at 22:45

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DJ Scooby Doo

I havent jailbroken yet. I plan on it, because I have to unlock it to use my service provider, Tmobile.

(Oct 26 '12 at 22:46) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

So you updated, yet you couldn't unlock. Makes no sense bro, why'd you update then?

(Oct 26 '12 at 22:49) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

No, I updated, and I haven't done anything to it yet. Its still stock iOS6.0

(Oct 26 '12 at 22:52) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

No no, I'm asking why did you update?

(Oct 26 '12 at 22:56) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Because I was blissfully unaware of the issues that would arise. :) Generally its better and more secure to update but obviously not in this case.

(Oct 26 '12 at 23:29) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

Take it to the Apple Store and have them revert you back to iOS 5.1 is what I would do.

answered Oct 28 '12 at 05:53

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You acutally can no longer revert to any OSes because Apple is no longer signing the software.

(Oct 28 '12 at 19:17) swagmanT swagmanT's gravatar image

Well unless you can get the SHSH blobs in time!

(Oct 28 '12 at 19:56) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I'd restore it back to factory and take it to Apple.

In the meantime, EverythingApplePro shows you how to unlock that iPhone 3GS for $5, here's the video link. I'd do it if I were you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_905412&feature=iv&src_vid=goOAkQGKVII&v=uu2u6DTCfKU

answered Oct 30 '12 at 14:04

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Last updated: Dec 29 '12 at 01:28