T-Mobile iPhone 5

Folks with an iPhone on T-Mobile might be interested to hear that there’s a new hacked carrier update available that promises a number of enhancements. It was created by the same folks who brought us that slew of carrier update hacks for Sprint, Verizon and AT&T iPhone models last summer.

This time around, the developers say that the modded update includes a variety of things like boosted data speeds and signal reception (depending on your location). It also adds several native T-Mobile features to your iPhone like the ability to view account balance, texts sent and other usage info…

Here’s the list of the update’s features and improvements:

  • Ability to check account balance, minutes used, texts sent, and data usage from your iPhone
  • Ability to track shipments from T-Mobile from your iPhone
  • Ability to refill your prepaid account quickly and easily from your iPhone
  • Free/Unlimited HotSpot and Tethering
  • Boosted signal reception (greatly depends on area, coverage, and land features)
  • Boosted Data Speeds
  • Optimized QoS for overall data usage
  • Quicker LTE connection/reconnection time upon bootup or ending a call
  • Prioritization of LTE and DC-HSPA+/HSPA+ for weaker coverage areas
  • Ability to Edit more APN settings
  • LTE+ data indicator to represent T-Mobile’s new Wideband LTE network
  • IMS and VoLTE Capabilities enabled
  • Quicker message send time (instant on LTE)
  • Fixed bugs and enhanced HSPA+ network QoS
  • Fix to any text and picture messaging issues
  • Fix to any iMessaging issues

Before you get too excited, note that your iPhone must be jailbroken and support for the features listed above will obviously vary depending on your model. Additionally, there’s no guarantees you’ll see significant improvement in your device’s performance—your success will depend on various factors.

It’s also worth mentioning that the process for installing this new hacked carrier update seems far more complex than previous versions, so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. But if you’re feeling froggy, go ahead and leap. Joe has a full step-by-step tutorial and video walkthrough over at iTweakiOS.

Admittedly, we haven’t tried the new hack out for ourselves yet, but readers have reported success with similar hacks in the past.

  • Soleros

    Something for italian carrier?

  • SteveWalker

    I just did it Everything WORKS great

    • Tobias9413

      How did you get it to work? Are you on carrier 16.4? I’m stuck at the part where it says to download file from Dropbox and extract the files unsafe and paste to the bundles folder. The file is an ipcc and I can’t extract anything.

      • Nate Smith

        Change the ipcc extension to zip

      • SteveWalker

        My carrier is way faster now amd everything is working good its not draining my battery everything is good

  • Jerry

    I’m going to wait it out. Last time I did a hack carrier update my service got worse and I couldn’t revert to my original one which forced me to restore 🙁 and I’m not going to 7.1!

  • Windy S.

    Will it drain more battery?

    • Qasim

      Probably

  • Wish I could get one of the hacks for my freed iPhone 4S on Fido. Right now, any boost in speed would be icing on this cake. After a bit of fight with my carrier (using T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan as a threat

  • Eddie Hines

    works!

  • albend355

    does this work for iPhones that were originally ATT and now are unlocked and being used in T-mobile?

    • Jerry

      Most likely not

    • Snailpo

      Ya it will because it automatically updates your phone with the T mobile software

    • Jose Gonzalez

      I just did this procedure with my iPhone 4S that was originally AT&T and unlocked it using it on T-Mobile. Everything works.

  • mikehuntertz

    File will not unzip in ifile or computer. In fact, there is no option to do either. When using iFunbox, it says the file is corrupt. Following directions to the T (barring being able to extract) iTunes does nothing & carrier version remains exactly the same. HUGE FAIL on directions to install this carrier bundle. Hugely disappointed in lack of clarification. HUGE FAIL!!!

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      Try using alternative browser like firefox for mac, I know you might be using a mac because any zip packages will be incompletely downloaded as corrupt through safari.

  • Kyle

    i am happy to report i did this following the manual install instructions which allow you to do everything straight from the phone on a iphone 5 running 7.0.6 which was originally on the AT&T network and got factory unlocked. I am happy to report everything seems to be running smoothly, although i will admit after multiple ookla speedtest both before and after ive only noticed a negligible difference.

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      If you can compare to those who have an iPhone version for tmo it’d be nice

  • Matthew Cleveland

    The iTweakiOS website doesn’t say anything about a Verizon hack for 5s, just 5. Anyone know if they’re working on one for 5s?

    • The hacks for all carriers are there. Just scroll through the news feed a bit.

      • Matthew Cleveland

        Thank you! When I searched the website for Verizon that post didn’t show.

  • David J Delgado

    Read this whole article and got major blue balls when I got to the end and it said it was for jailbreak users only. Boooo!

  • Ryan B

    Everything working great 🙂

  • Steve Brea

    Works!

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Just performed this procedure on my iPhone 4S 7.0.6, originally AT&T Unlocked with T-Mobile, and it worked.

  • Nate Smith

    I have a 5s and I’d like to try it out, but if something went wrong I don’t want to update to 7.1. Could going back to the previous settings be possible? My LTE over SoCal is pretty strong, I don’t think I even need it

  • Michael Santoro

    Is there another hack for Verizon on cydia?

  • Donovan

    Does this work for T-Mobile NL? (dutch)
    I guess it doesn’t but you never know.

  • Matthew Cleveland

    I just did this on my Verizon iPhone 5s 7.0.6. Before installing I had 65.73Mbps download and 16.53Mbps upload speeds. After installing the hack I had 53.25Mbps download and 11.58Mbps upload speeds. I went back to stock and now I’m stuck at the lower speeds. I wouldn’t recommend using this.

  • Alex

    I installed the hack on my iPhone5S (7.0.4) and I have no issues. My question is, can I uninstall commcenter patch after I installed the hack or do I need it for the hack to function?

  • Jason Dennery

    Also just installed. Works great. Didn’t notice as much speed gains as I did signal strength and consistency, which is still a huge win in my book. (Along with the unlimited tethering!)

  • Christian

    Does this work on a Verizon iPhone 5? I’m using iOS 7.0.4 and jailbroken

  • Jonathan Cervantes

    Can anybody confirm the “Free/Unlimited Hotspot and Tethering” feature works? This would be very useful to me but I don’t want to be fined or anything.

  • j qwest

    I am having issues with the fabled red exclamation point when trying to send mms messages now over tmobile with my 5s, I am on 16.4 update from above but mms is going haywire, it works over imessage only, All my apn settings are correct and I reset them / reset network settings also, still issues with mms.

  • Josh

    does this work on an iphone 6 running iOS 8.1.0?????