China Mobile isn’t an iPhone partner, but it still has 15 million iPhone users

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2012

China Mobile is the world’s largest wireless carrier, by almost any measurement, with over 650 million mobile subscribers. Its sheer size has made the operator a prime target for Apple partnership rumors, but the two companies have yet to ink out a deal.

But that hasn’t stopped folks from using the iPhone on China Mobile’s gigantic network. Last fall the carrier announced that it was tracking more than 10 million unlocked iPhone users. And today, just 6 months later, it says that number has gone up 50%… Read More


Unofficial factory unlock service for iPhone CutYourSim is back

By Sébastien Page on Feb 29, 2012

CutYourSim, the unofficial official service that offers permanent factory unlocks for a variety of devices, has started proposing factory unlocks for the iPhone 4S and other models.

The company gained in popularity last year when it was one of the first to offer that type of service, until Apple cracked down on them and similar services that had been flourishing all over the net, forcing them to stop their activity.

But it looks like CutYourSim figured out how to get around those restrictions, as the company announced this morning that it is now taking orders for official and permanent unlock solutions for iPhones… Read More


Gevey releases SIM unlock for iPhone 4S

By Sébastien Page on Feb 22, 2012

Back in November, the Dev Team announced they had found a very promising iPhone 4S unlock, but there hasn’t been any news on that front ever since. We’ve had an untethered jailbreak for A5 devices for a while, but the cherry on top would be to get a software unlock via UltraSn0w for the iPhone 4S.

While we’re waiting for a software unlock, a few Chinese companies are working on a hardware unlock. We’ve recently heard about new comers who claimed having a SIM interposer unlock for the iPhone 4S – TPSIM and R-SIM – but we can’t recommend those yet as we haven’t been able to give them a try.

Today, Gevey, a familiar name to us, is releasing the Gevey Ultra S unlock for iPhone 4S… Read More


R-SIM SIM interposer unlocks your iPhone 4S on iOS 5 and 5.0.1

By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2012

Even though we are still waiting on an iPhone 4S software unlock from the Dev Team, there are a couple of hardware unlock solutions available. Just last week we told you about the TPSIM SIM interposer, and now another one has surfaced.

The R-SIM is a turbo SIM card for your iPhone 4S that will unlock your handset, allowing you to use it on any compatible GSM network in the world… Read More


New SIM interposer promises to unlock iPhone 4/4S on a number of basebands

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2012

Unlocking is not nearly as important to iPhone users as it once was. Over the last couple of years, Apple has opened up its popular handset to hundreds of new carriers, and has even started selling its own factory unlocked models.

But if you don’t want to spend $650 buying the unlocked version of Apple’s new iPhone 4S, you have a few other options. One, you could wait for the iPhone Dev team to release its unlock for the new handset. Or you can pre-order one of these… Read More


T-Mobile Working on Improving Support for Unlocked iPhones

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2012

You gotta feel for T-Mobile — it’s had a rough couple of months. Not only has the company’s AT&T merger deal fallen through the cracks, but it continues to be excluded from iPhone partnership.

When Sprint picked up the iPhone last October, T-Mobile became the only major carrier in the US to not officially offer Apple’s popular handset. But that hasn’t stopped it from supporting the device… Read More


iPhone 4S Users Planning on Unlocking Should Remain on iOS 5.0

By Guest Author on Jan 18, 2012

Although multiple warnings have suggested that iPhone 4S users update to iOS 5.0.1 before it’s too late, a new report from iClarified claims that these users should actually remain on iOS 5.0 to ensure the greatest possibility of unlocking their device in the future, should they ever need to unlock.

The news came from MuscleNerd who confirmed that an untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S running iOS 5 will be released soon after the iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak… Read More


Potential Jailbreakers Should Update to iOS 5.0.1 Before It’s Too Late!

By Alex Heath on Jan 3, 2012

It’s a busy and exciting time for the jailbreak community. In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen the iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak for A4-based devices go live in the form of RedSn0w, PwnageTool, and The Chronic Dev Team’s Corona tool. Moments ago we announced that the security expert known as pod2g expects to drop the untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users next week.

Now is the time to update to Apple’s latest firmware, iOS 5.0.1. Even if you rely on an UltraSn0w unlock, you should update as soon as possible before it’s too late to get the untethered jailbreak on 5.0.1. Read More


Top Jailbreak Videos of the Week

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2012

This past week was the biggest week for the jailbreak community in quite some time. The iOS 5 untethered jailbreak was released, along with a legal Siri Port entitled Spire. Not only that, but we also saw multitasking gestures make their way to the iPhone by means of Zephyr.

Like always, please be sure to spread our iPhone, iPad, and iOS video tutorials by sharing our posts on Twitter and Facebook. Read More


How to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Untethered And Preserve Your Unlockable Baseband

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 27, 2011

Today, as we’re sure you’re aware of, the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 was released. Tools like RedSn0w and packages like Corona were released to take advantage of pod2g’s untethered exploit.

If you’ve had an iPhone 4 since launch, then it’s entirely possible that you’ve preserved your baseband up until now for unlocking and resale value.

If your primary concern is preserving your baseband for an UltraSn0w unlock, then you’ll be happy to hear that PwnageTool is back, and it packs full iOS 5.0.1 compatibility in tow… Read More


Top Jailbreak Tweaks of the Week

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 26, 2011

Welcome to our tweaks of the week. Last week you probably saw that the iPhone Dev Team released an unlock for iOS 5.0.1. That was perhaps the biggest news warranting a video, along with the Home button recalibration trick that seemed to be massively popular amongst viewers and readers.

As usual, please make sure to spread our iPhone, iPad, and iOS video instruction by sharing our posts on Twitter and Facebook. Read More


How to Unlock iOS 5.0.1 With UltraSn0w

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 21, 2011

UltraSn0w 1.2.5 was just released with iOS 5.0.1 support in tow for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. So, how do you make it work?

Inside, you’ll find a brief tutorial that shows you how to verify if you qualify for an unlock, and how to go about unlocking your iPhone with UltraSn0w 1.2.5… Read More


UltraSn0w 1.2.5 Unlock Released For iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 Running iOS 5.0.1

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 21, 2011

The latest version of UltraSn0w has made its way to Cydia, and it supports the latest publicly available iPhone firmware, iOS 5.0.1.

You will still need an unlockable baseband to utilize ultrasn0w, but if you meet the requirements, it is now possible to unlock your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS running iOS 5.0.1… Read More


Some Users Able to Get 3G Data on T-Mobile Using an Unlocked iPhone

By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2011

T-Mobile customers hoping for a chance to carry the iPhone have had a rough last couple of months. First of all, rumors that the carrier would be offering Apple’s handset this year have been effectively debunked. And then there was that whole AT&T takeover debacle.

So it looks like T-Mobile subscribers will have to stick to carrying unlocked iPhones. This has been possible for years, but due to the lack of 3G data, it’s kind of unpopular. However, a recent report says that 3G data is actually possible on an unlocked T-Mobile iPhone… Read More


Dev Team Working on “Very Promising” iPhone 4S Unlock

By Alex Heath on Nov 27, 2011

Dev Team frontman and unlock guru MuscleNerd has given an update on a new unlock for the newly-released iPhone 4S. According to MuscleNerd, a “very promising” unlock for the new handset is “in the works.”

While iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners with older basebands have been able to unlock after jailbreaking for awhile now, there’s a whole set of newer basebands waiting for an UltraSn0w update. Read More


How to Unlock Your GSM iPhone 4S, No Jailbreak Required [Updated]

By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2011

Early GSM iPhone 4S adopters may be happy to hear that Twitter user xoicos has found a way to unlock the new handset using a bug in iOS 5. Of course, we know that Apple sells unlocked phones outright, but they are considerably more expensive.

Unlocking a device means that you are be able to activate it on other wireless carriers outside of the one you purchased the phone on. Initially, unlocking the iPhone required complexed baseband tweaking, but now it could be as easy as following these steps… Read More


Apple Begins Offering Unlocked iPhone 4S in US Store

By Oliver Haslam on Nov 11, 2011

We knew it was going to come at some point during the month of November, but we didn’t know when Apple was going to officially start selling the unlocked iPhone 4S in the United States. Turns out, it was today.

With Apple already selling unlocked handsets on other countries, this is bringing the United States into line with everyone else. But if you’ve been waiting for the chance to buy an iPhone 4S without a 2-year contract, well, now you can!

All three capacities are available, along with both white and black models… Read More


Reminder: Jailbreakers Should Stay Away from iOS 5.0.1

By Sébastien Page on Nov 10, 2011

We’ve told you before, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again. As MuscleNerd just confirmed on Twitter moments ago, and as we told you yesterday, you should stay away from the iOS 5.0.1 update if you are a jailbreaker/unlocker.

Not only does iOS 5.0.1 patch exploits that could potentially allow for an untethered jailbreak, but there is also currently no way to downgrade from iOS 5.0.1 should you need to restore from a jailbreak… Read More


China Mobile Has 10 Million Unofficial iPhone Users

By Sébastien Page on Oct 24, 2011

Despite the fact that China Mobile doesn’t have an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone, its network counts 10 million iPhones users, as the company reported this morning via Reuters.

With 630 million customers, those 10 million iPhone users are just a drop in the bucket. But they do tell a lot about how much China wants the iPhone… Read More


What it Means to Have an Unlocked iPhone 4S on Sprint and Verizon

By Oliver Haslam on Oct 14, 2011

There has been some confusion as of late over just how both Sprint and Verizon are handling the unlocking of the SIM card slots inside their iPhone 4S handsets. Initial reports, beginning with Macworld, stated that Sprint’s hardware would come pre-unlocked, and Verizon’s could be unlocked by the carrier assuming the customer’s account is in good standing, and at least 60 days old.

From there, things all got a bit murky, at least on the Sprint front. While Macworld apparently had it spot on with regards to Verizon, it seems their guy at Sprint wasn’t telling the full story. Yes, the SIM slot on the iPhone 4S can be unlocked, but it wouldn’t actually be unlocked from minute one. Or, rather, it would, but then won’t.

Yep, it makes perfect sense… Read More

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