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


If you haven’t unlocked your iPhone with the SAM unlock, you better act fast before it’s too late

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 26, 2012

iPhone Dev Team member, MuscleNerd, just tweeted that Apple is currently working on fixing their activation servers.

This means that sooner or later the SAM unlock will no longer work for your jailbroken iPhone.

The good news is that if you backed up your activation ticket like we instructed in our tutorial, your current unlock should be safe for good. Read More


How to reliably unlock your iPhone with the updated SAM tool

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 25, 2012

If you haven’t had much success unlocking your iPhone with the SAM tool, then perhaps this will be of interest to you.

The developer of the SAM tool has updated it to make unlocking much easier than before. In fact, it only takes a few steps in most cases.

You don’t need iTunes, you don’t need the original SIM that you device is locked to, SIM ID’s, or anything like that.

Check out our full how to inside… Read More


Gevey releases new Ultra 5.1 SIM interposer for the iPhone 4

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2012

We’ve recently seen some great options surface for unlocking our iPhones. For instance, AT&T recently started unlocking off-contract handsets. And then of course there is the new SAM method that popped up over the weekend.

But the competition hasn’t stopped GEVEY from releasing a new SIM interposer. In fact, it’s stepping up its game. The new Ultra 5.1 for the GSM iPhone 4 supports more basebands and has more features than ever before… Read More


How to backup your iPhone’s unlock activation ticket with RedSn0w

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2012

Backing up your iPhone’s activation ticket was a step suggested by iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd. Fortunately for us, his team has made it even easier to perform such a backup using the latest version of RedSn0w.

This step is suggested for those who take part in the recently uncovered SAM iPhone unlock method. If you followed our tutorial to unlock your phone, we suggest you follow through on preserving your activation ticket as well.

Check inside for a full video tutorial that shows how easy it is to successfully backup your iPhone’s unlock activation ticket, and any other file that you want to save locally from your iPhone… Read More


RedSn0w 0.9.10b8 released to add unlock activation ticket backup support

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2012

It didn’t take long for the iPhone Dev Team to release an updated version of RedSn0w to support backing up the precious activation tickets resulting from the SAM unlock.

Instead of having to manually go in and backup your activation tickets, you can use a new option found in RedSn0w instead.

The full download for RedSn0w 0.9.10b8 can be found inside, along with the tool’s release notes… Read More


My iPhone 4 was finally unlocked by AT&T

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2012

So it took a while, but I can confirm that my iPhone 4 has been officially unlocked by the fine folks at AT&T. It looks like my online chat with the AT&T representative paid off after all.

All I had to do was pop in my T-Mobile SIM and load up iTunes. I was then presented with a beautiful message that stated: Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked.

Oddly enough, this unlock has nothing to do with the SAM unlock method that was revealed earlier this morning. This is a follow up to AT&T’s promise to unlock out of contract iPhones… Read More


How to backup your unlocked iPhone’s activation ticket

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2012

Earlier this morning iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd recommended that all who unlock their iPhone using the SAM method backup their activation ticket for future use.

To do so, he suggested that we backup everything contained in this folder: /var/root/Library/Lockdown/ for each SIM card that we use. If you have iFile installed on your jailbroken iPhone, then you can securely backup your activation ticket in less than 5 minutes.

Check out our video how to inside… Read More


How to unlock your jailbroken iPhone right now using SAM – confirmed working

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2012

Chinese iPhone hacker Loktar_Sun has released a method for unlocking a jailbroken iPhone by yourself using Sam Bingner’s SAM (Subscriber Artificial Module) package.

The unlock technique has been verified by iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd. He was able to unlock his iPhone 4S and get it running on T-Mobile’s network.

This is very big news for iPhone owners everywhere, and means we don’t have to wait for AT&T to unlock our phones if we want to use it on another GSM network.

Check inside for more details… Read More


How to officially unlock your AT&T iPhone without losing your untethered jailbreak

By Sébastien Page on Apr 16, 2012

The good news came out a week ago that AT&T would finally allow its customers with an off contract iPhone to officially unlock their device for free. In essence, the steps required to get the ball rolling are pretty simple. You just need to place a call to AT&T or hop on a chat with them online.

After collecting some basic information from you, AT&T will take its sweet time (72 hours to 2 weeks) to verify you are indeed illegible for unlocking your iPhone. Upon approval, you will then receive an email with instructions to complete the unlock.

But the caveat is that, if like many people out there you care about your jailbreak, you might not be able to update without losing your untethered jailbreak. This was one of my main concerns at first. I requested the unlock authorization from AT&T for my iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0.1, and even though it is not my primary device, I didn’t want to lose my untether jailbreak.

But unlike the email AT&T sends you upon approval of your iPhone unlock suggests, you do not have to completely restore your iPhone to complete the unlockRead More


AT&T reportedly unlocking iPhones for deployed servicemen as well

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2012

The nation’s second-largest carrier, AT&T, is beginning to unlock in-contract iPhones for the United States military personnel deployed abroad, a new report claimed Monday. As you know, AT&T is now unlocking out-of-contract iPhones for its regular subscribers.

The unexpected policy change has been instituted following unconfirmed reports last week that some disgruntled customers who had complained about the situation to Apple CEO Tim Cook via email saw their handsets unlocked.

As a result, AT&T subscribers can now slip in a SIM card from another wireless operator and use their 3G GSM iPhones with compatible cellular networks overseas and in the United States, such as T-Mobile USA (which welcomed the change)… Read More


T-Mobile says it welcomes unlocked AT&T iPhone users with open arms

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2012

Last week we heard a rumor that AT&T was going to start unlocking out-of-contract iPhones over the weekend. And sure enough, on Sunday we were able to confirm that this was indeed the carrier’s new policy. We even showed you how to do it.

So now that you’ve unlocked your handset, you’re probably wondering what the benefits are. Well aside from the improved resale value and the ability to use your iPhone abroad, you can take the device with you to another, less expensive, carrier.

In fact, it sounds like T-Mobile would welcome you with open arms… Read More


Here’s how to use AT&T’s online chat to unlock your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 8, 2012

So yeah, I was lazy. Unlike Cody, I don’t have the patience to wait on hold, or be placed in a revolving door of automated prompts. It was either head directly to the store, or give AT&T’s technical support chat a try.

Thankfully, AT&T’s technical support chat has a pretty good track record with me; I figured I’d give that a try before deciding to burn a gallon of gas to head to the closest AT&T store. Would they even be open on a holiday anyway?

At the end of the day, I’m glad I decided on this method. In less than 10 minutes the unlocking process for my iPhone was initiated, saving me time, gas money, and a potential headache.

Whereas it took Cody about 20 minutes to initiate his iPhone 4 unlock, it took me less than 10 minutes. Folks, it really doesn’t get any simpler than this… Read More


Confirmed: AT&T now unlocking out of contract iPhones

By Cody Lee on Apr 8, 2012

On Friday, a rumor surfaced that AT&T was going to start unlocking out of contract iPhones for its subscribers. This is a big departure from the typical trials and tribulations you have to go through to unlock the handset, so we had to test it out.

I’m an AT&T customer, with an iPhone 4 that’s been out of contract for quite some time, so I decided to give the carrier a call. And sure enough — at least judging from my experience — the company appears to be unlocking old iPhones… Read More


AT&T to start unlocking off-contract iPhones this Sunday

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2012

Unlocking your iPhone can be a fairly tricky task. Unless you pay in upwards of $600 for a factory-unlocked handset, you could be required to jailbreak or even purchase a third-party SIM mod to use your iPhone on multiple carriers.

But according to Engadget, that could change this Sunday for AT&T customers. The site is reporting that it has received an anonymous tip that the US carrier will start unlocking off-contract iPhones starting April 8th… Read More


Unlock your CDMA iPhone 4S with Gevey Ultra S Interposer SIM

By Cody Lee on Mar 19, 2012

The folks over at HowToarena are reporting that a new SIM interposer for the iPhone 4S is about to hit the market. The GEVEY Ultra S promises to unlock both GSM and CDMA handsets, which is a fairly big deal.

We’ve already seen a couple of SIM interposers launch for Apple’s latest handset this year. Last month alone we told you about two new products, the R-SIM and TP-SIM. But neither worked with Sprint handsets… Read More

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