T-Mobile to reportedly install unlocked iPhone displays in stores

By Cody Lee on Sep 4, 2012

By all accounts, T-Mobile isn’t getting the iPhone this year. The carrier will once again be put on the sidelines this month as the other three major US operators prepare for Apple’s massive handset launch.

But that hasn’t kept T-Mobile from trying to get in on the action. Yesterday, it started distributing iPhone-friendly nano SIM kits to retailers. And according to a new report, it’s also prepping in-store iPhone displays… Read More


T-Mobile preparing “Bring your iPhone to T-Mobile” campaign

By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2012

It’s starting to look more and more likely that T-Mobile will once again not be receiving an iPhone nod from Apple this year, making it the last major carrier in the US without the handset.

But it’s not going to take this lying down. Recently-leaked flyers show that the carrier is about to launch a “Bring Your iPhone to T-Mobile” campaign, with an emphasis on plan price.” Read More


How I factory unlocked my iPhone 4S in 10 minutes

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 28, 2012

Recently, I’ve been interested in factory unlocking my still on-contract iPhone 4S. I’d heard of various services over the past few months, but never really investigated them until recently.

After asking around on Twitter, I stumbled upon Cellular Medic — one of many services available online that claims to be able to factory unlock the iPhone for a fee.

I was pleasantly surprised that the entire unlock process took a mere 10 minutes. I went from an iPhone 4S locked to AT&T, to a permanently unlocked iPhone 4S that’s usable on virtually any GSM carrier. Take a look inside for a video walkthrough documenting the experience… Read More


T-Mobile to start offering 4G micro SIM kits for unlocked iPhones

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2012

Last week, T-Mobile announced that it was going to begin offering truly unlimited data plans on September 5th. It says the plans will work in conjunction with 4G data speeds, and promises that users will never be throttled.

Well, good news today for current or potential iPhone customers on the network. According to a new report, the carrier is about to start offering 4G micro SIM kits, compatible with its unlimited plans, for unlocked iPhone users… Read More


Parts vendor offering new permanent unlock service for AT&T iPhones

By Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2012

Apple N Berry is an online parts vendor that also deals in iPhone unlock solutions. We actually point to the store quite often when mentioning GEVEY Ultra products — they usually have them.

But now it’s offering something much different than interposers. The vendor has just launched a new IMEI unlock service that, it promises, will permanently unlock all AT&T iPhone models… Read More


T-Mobile confirms network upgrade won’t affect legacy data plans

By Cody Lee on Jun 28, 2012

Over the past few months, T-Mobile has been touting its plans to upgrade its wireless network to be more friendly with Apple’s smartphone. Despite not being an official partner, the carrier sees a lot of business from unlocked iPhone users.

The upgrade, which allows iPhone users to enjoy 3G data speeds, has already started rolling out to a handful of areas. So that has some T-Mobile subscribers wondering, will they get to keep their old data plans on the new, faster network? Read More


Watch MuscleNerd talk about the evolution of the iPhone baseband at HITB

By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2012

With the release of the highly-anticipated 06.15 baseband downgrade likely just around the corner, we figured this would be a great time to show off this video.

The clip is of Dev Team’s MuscleNerd explaining the evolution of the iPhone baseband, and corresponding unlocks, at this year’s Hack In The Box conference… Read More


T-Mobile continues iPhone push, offers free support to unlockers

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2012

T-Mobile may be the only major carrier in the U.S. that doesn’t officially offer the iPhone, but you wouldn’t know that by watching its PR departement. The company continues to find its way into Apple news.

Earlier this year, the operator announced that it was going to be launching an iPhone-friendly network by the end of 2012. Last week it confirmed it would be showing off that network at WWDC. And now… Read More


MuscleNerd says “all pieces are there” for 06.15 baseband downgrade

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2012

Last year, the Dev Team announced that iPhone 3G/3GS owners unlocked on baseband 06.15.00 would likely be stuck there forever, leaving them to deal with GPS bugs and other issues.

But that may not be the case, as it appears that hackers have been working on a fix. Unlocking expert MuscleNerd has just announced that a baseband downgrade is on the horizon… Read More


T-Mobile confirms it will be offering iPhone-friendly 4G service at WWDC

By Cody Lee on Jun 7, 2012

So this is pretty interesting: earlier today we passed along a report that [unlocked] iPhone users have recently started seeing 3G data on T-Mobile’s network around the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This is where Apple will host WWDC next week.

This isn’t typical for T-Mobile iPhone users, as technology conflicts between the carrier and the handest usually force them to 2G data (which is why T-Mobile still isn’t an official iPhone partner). So we figured something must be up… Read More


Unlocked iPhone users on T-Mobile again reporting 3G data speeds

By Cody Lee on Jun 7, 2012

T-Mobile and the iPhone have a love-hate relationship. While the carrier often bashes the handset in its print ads and TV commercials, it obviously benefits from the 1 million+ unlocked iPhones on its network, and would love an official partnership.

Why else do you think the carrier continues to speak publicly about its plans to launch a new 4G network — one that would finally allow iPhones to get 3G data speeds? Because it’s dying to show iPhone owners (and Apple) that it’s willing to play ball… Read More


How to restore SAM unlock activation tickets with RedSn0w

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 4, 2012

The latest version of RedSn0w now includes a new option nestled under the extras menu for restoring SAM unlock activation tickets. The iPhone Dev Team relates in the release notes that “you can now include your SAM tickets as part of your initial ramdisk jailbreak of iPhone 4 or earlier, or alternatively you can upload your SAM tickets to any device after its been jailbroken.”

Previously, we posted a manual method to go about restoring your activation tickets, but this newer method is preferable due to its simplicity.

Since the SAM ticket upload feature works universally with A5 and A4 devices, we suggest sticking with this method when it comes to restoring your unlock activation tickets. We’ve also posted a full video walkthrough; be sure to take a look inside… Read More


PwnageTool, RedSn0w, cinject, and UltraSn0w tools updated for 5.1.1 untether capability

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 4, 2012

The iPhone Dev Team has been mighty busy as of late, updating their popular jailbreak tools with 5.1.1 Untether compatibly using the Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 Untether. The updates include PwnageTool 5.1.1, Redsn0w 0.9.12b1, cinject 0.5.4, and UltraSn0w 1.2.7.

If you’ve already jailbroken your device, and everything is working fine, they suggest, as do we, that you stick with your current jailbreak. If, on the other hand, you’ve experienced problems with tools like Absinthe, then you may welcome the addition of these updated tools from the iPhone Dev Team. Keep in mind that the underlying jailbreak is the same across all tools; they all utilize the Rocky Racoon untether where appropriate; the only difference is the way the exploit is injected.

Take a look inside for notes from the iPhone Dev Team, as well as download locations for the new tools. Read More


Friday is Funday: the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak is coming tomorrow

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2012

As of this post, at about 4:45AM EST, it is 10:45AM in Amsterdam where the Hack In The Box conference is currently taking place. Just as pod2g alluded to in a previous post on his blog, it looks like the iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak will be demonstrated live at the conference, along with its highly awaited released before the conference concludes.

The official Twitter account for the Hack In The Box Security Conference just sent out a tweet confirming “Jailbreak Live” will take place tomorrow, and they are offering special 1-day passes if you happen to be in the area and wish to watch history take place.

What time can you expect to see the untethered jailbreak released in your neck of the woods? We analyze the likely time for the release inside… Read More


Gevey Ultra S unlock for GSM iPhone 4S works with iOS 5.1.1

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2012

Great news today for folks with a GSM iPhone 4S who are using, or planning to use, GEVEY’s Ultra S product to unlock their handset. It appears the popular SIM interposer is compatible with the new iOS 5.1.1 update.

Apple released the update yesterday, equipped with a handful of bug fixes and improvements. And although its future is still a bit murky for jailbreakers, it looks like it’s ok for unlockers to upgrade… Read More


T-Mobile: iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network coming later this year

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2012

Folks looking to move their iPhone service to the often-cheaper T-Mobile network will be happy to hear this. The nation’s fourth largest carrier has just announced that it plans to roll out an iPhone-ready network by the end of the year.

According to a recent press release, T-Mobile is modernizing its 4G network this year by launching HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band. This will improve data speeds, in-building service, and yes, compatibility with Apple’s smartphone…
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The New Yorker profiles infamous hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz

By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2012

George “GeoHot” Hotz has been described as one of the most famous hackers of our generation. Most of us know him for his work in the jailbreak community, and his original iPhone unlock that launched him into the public eye.

But Hotz is much more than that. He’s a a former Facebook and Google alum, and a two-time finalist at Intel’s International Science and Engineering fair. And more recently, he’s the subject of a lengthy article in The New YorkerRead More


Cookie: backup and restore your unlock activation ticket right from your iPhone

By Cody Lee on Apr 27, 2012

We’ve shown you how to manually backup your iPhone’s unlock activation ticket. And then a new version of Red Sn0w came out that made the process even easier. Well now, thanks to a new jailbreak utility, you can do it right from your iPhone.

Folks using the new SAM method to unlock their handsets have been directed to backup their activation tickets to make unlocking a possibility in the future. And now with Cookie, the task is as easy as opening an app and tapping a button… Read More


How to restore your SAM unlock activation ticket to unlock your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 27, 2012

Since it appears that Apple has fixed the issue with their activation servers, latecomers to the SAM iPhone unlock party are left in the lurch. Fortunately, not all users have lost the potential to unlock their iPhones.

Those who were proactive enough to unlock their iPhone using SAM, and backed up their activation tickets can still easily restore those tickets and unlock their iPhones if they have to restore their device for whatever reason.

If you’re currently unlocked on an unofficial SIM by means of the SAM unlock, backup your activation ticket now before you lose it. We can’t stress this enough.

Keep in mind that you will still need a jailbroken iPhone to accomplish this, and you will need your backed up Lockdown folder that you saved-off after successfully unlocking your device the first go-round…

If you meet the criteria, step right inside and take a look at our easy to follow guide for restoring your iPhone unlock… Read More


It looks like the SAM iPhone unlock no longer works

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 27, 2012

Many readers are reporting that — as suggested last night — Apple has fixed its issue with its activation server that the SAM unlock method relied on.

I’ve tested the tried and true unlock method that I posted yesterday, and indeed, it’s not working for me either.

For those that did successfully use the SAM tool to unlock your iPhone before today, congratulations. Now we just hope that you are proactive enough to backup your activation ticket either manually, or via RedSn0wRead More