Hacked Sprint carrier update could improve your device’s network performance

By , Jun 4, 2013

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Over the past month or so, we’ve seen hacked carrier updates released for iOS devices on T-MobileAT&T and Verizon. The modded files were posted with the promise of improving data speeds in iPhones, and iPads with built-in cellular capabilities.

Sprint fans will be happy to hear that the developer of the hacks, Joseph Brown, has delivered on his promise of releasing a hacked update for the fourth largest US carrier. Like the others, it has the potential to improve your device’s network performance…

Per usual, Brown offers up a technical explanation of what the hack actually does:

“This hack enables 1x Advanced and EVDO Rev. B on the iPhone 5 enhancing EVDO 3G data speeds. Though Sprint is limited to EVDO Rev. A, the device itself becomes more open to an increased amount of bandwidth thus allowing for better throughput of data and data connection. Already intact coding within the carrier files also showed signs that Sprint has 1x Advanced support on their network. So, who knows? This may actually enable something new. Throttling code was put in place to limit users to a certain amount of bandwidth on 3G only as well and has now been removed. As for LTE, no throttling codes were put in place to limit users’ bandwidth nor was any band preference coding put into place to limit users on coverage. This won’t increase signal so don’t expect it to like the AT&T version of this hack nor does it increase LTE as it was not limited in the first place.”

Also per usual, the modded update comes with a huge asterisk. There’s no guarantees that it will work for everyone. Your success with it will depend on a number of factors, including your location, population density, and the state of nearby cell towers.

Those wanting to try out the hack can find step-by-step directions by clicking here. The current tutorial is for the iPhone 5 only, but Brown says that he’s working on one for iPad users. So those with Sprint-flavored tablets will have to standby for the moment.

We haven’t tried the hack out ourselves yet, but readers seem to be seeing a lot of success with the AT&T and Verizon versions. So if you have a late-model iPhone on Sprint, and you have a need for speed (which I’m sure many do), it may be worth checking out.

Have you tried it yet? Let us know how it goes in the comments below!

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  • Ian Jackson

    Now we just need it for the 4S. Sprint’s 3G data is a joke. It’s unlimited because it hardly works data wise. Cell phone and text wise it works fine.

    • mrmaineventer

      Couldn’t agree more! My co workers laugh at me with there Verizon 4G etc.ya mines unlimited 3G but it sucks if its a snail.

      • Timothy Bryant™

        You guys are just butthurt that you don’t have LTE yet. I on the other hand am enjoying pulling over 20 gigs a day on my super fast Sprint iPhone 5 and I will never get charged overage fees. Lol I really don’t know how you Verizon and AT&T users can stand to squeeze 2 gigs into a whole month! I get over 18 gigs download speed on average and sometimes a lot higher. I don’t even use wifi anymore for my computer I just tether my super fast LTE which is way faster anyway. Long live sprint!

      • jalen springfield

        Well said! Very well, indeed!

      • Ian Jackson

        This carrier update only helps with 3G data and your 4G mileage may vary based on how many towers and how many customers Sprint and its VNO’s have and bandwidth. And they have a lot in Houston, Texas (my area). I’ve heard their 4G data isn’t anything special compared the competitors for here. I may end up going to T-mobile or Verizon after I’m done with my contract. Yes, Sprint is cheaper, but it’s not worth it if it doesn’t work. So just because it works fine in your area doesn’t mean it works fine in mine. :P

  • Corey

    Didnt work for me, just killed my data. Phone says 3G but neither Twitter or Instagram will load.

    • chris

      same thing happen to me did you find a fix for this or did we do something wrong, JOE HALLLP LOL (im also jailbroken if that matters)

    • coLin

      try Facebook lol

  • burlow

    why won’t this work on a 4S?

    • Joe

      The iPhone 5 files were all I had. Sorry :/

      • mynamesuxlol

        If you could get 4S files from someone, would you be able to do this?

  • jalen springfield

    Awesomesauce!!! Got 0.5 Mb/s on 3G, now it’s 1.2 Mb/s!!! Thanks Joe!!!

    • Joe

      You are very welcome. :)

  • http://WorldstarHipHop.com/ Joshua Jones Makaveli

    LF G5

  •  David Carissimi 

    Funny how I start creating custom carrier bundles a year or 2 ago for iPhone 4/4s/ and 5 now this guy comes out of no where and says he “hacked” them for others to get better service. Nice take all the credit.

    • Joe

      I’m sorry, and who are you? I’m not making custom carrier bundles. CommCenter blocks that and has done so since ios 4. I’m working with the cellular parameters of the device. I’d love to see you do the same.

      •  David Carissimi 

        All you need to do is a commenter patch after the signing is broke once you edit your carrier bundle for an enchantment on your carrier(s) you can contact me at davidcarissimi@me.com for more information.

    • lompi129

      Really? First off, if you never released anything, nor gave it to him..why would he not take all the credit? How is he taking what you have done? He still did the whole process himself, and found everything to create this. It is not his fault that he was quicker and released his product.

      •  David Carissimi 

        I’m not bashing anything. I was helping the community also just coming out with a release that was stable and easy for other to apple the enhancement on their carrier(s) service to see better speeds and much more. And it’s not a big process it’s easy simple to enhance the bundle when you edit it nothing complicated.

      • lompi129

        So what are you you g to be releasing? Is it different then joes?

      •  David Carissimi 

        I will be releasing a tweak for jailbroken users and then a tweak for non jail broken users in the near future that will allow them to have an enhanced carrier bundle also this will work for all devices. Even iPad and iPhone 4 and 4s

      • lompi129

        What will be the difference between your tweak and what joe has realeased?

  • ProfessorX1®

    What about for Andriod users?

  • coLin

    I think Sprint is the third largest carrier in US

  • Nicholas Chase Oakes

    will this un-jailbreak my device since you have to hit update button in itunes?

    •  David Carissimi 

      No it won’t un jailbreak you. It’s only updating a carrier profile.

  • Garrett Alkofer

    Please do this sort of thing for the 4S, we don’t have the option of 4G or 3G, it’s only 3G evdo for us and it’s awful :(

  • Victor Sald

    Thank you soooo much, I was tired with this, every time I got 3G on my iphone5 I coulnt do anything done on the internet not even listen to music it was really frustraiting to a point of been in a bad mood, my 3G speed with the speed test app was 100-300kbps that is like a dial up speed connection, after I did this overide my 3G speed came back to 1.3 megs per sec that is 10 times the speed. Thank you!

  • Victor Sald

    You need to know what you doing, if you delete original bundle files and dont place the new ones your data connection may be completely lost, make a back up copy of the original bundle files… This works, just do it rihjt