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Want a second carrier for your iPhone that won’t break the bank? Try Visible

It wasn’t long ago that I shared my personal experience with using the Google Fi cellular service as a secondary carrier on my iPhone. But my curiosity pertaining to a dual carrier setup on my iPhone led to me to research several other Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), and you can probably take a few accurate guesses as to where that rabbit hole took me. Upon being blown away by Google Fi’s cellular reception and data speeds, I decided to drop AT&T as my primary carrier and switch over to T-Mobile. To those asking why – the T-Mobile network powers Google Fi in my region, and the un-carrier provided an enticing offer after announcing its new truly unlimited Magenta MAX plan earlier this year for a fraction of what I was paying AT&T.

IPCarrier replaces the Status Bar’s carrier text with your IP Address

Intermediate and advanced jailbreakers often do more with their devices than merely download and install jailbreak tweaks — many will SSH into their devices to carry out deeper device customization in the file system itself. SSH connections require knowledge of the handset’s local IP address, which can be found in the Wi-Fi preference pane in the Settings app. But those who use SSH often, especially on networks besides their own, might be interested in a faster way to access their handset’s local IP address, and we have the solution.

3 ways to find your carrier on iPhone

Lock Screen on iPhone 12 on Table
With older iPhone models that had a Home button and no notch at the top, you could see your cell phone carrier in the status bar. But if you’ve recently upgraded to an iPhone X, iPhone 11, or iPhone 12 model, you can’t see the carrier like before. These phones have a notch at the top that limits the screen space for the status bar. You can still find out your iPhone carrier company quickly if necessary, with a couple of gestures or the Settings app, here’s how.

How to optimize 5G on your iPhone for speed or battery life

By default, your iPhone uses the Smart Data mode feature in iOS to ensure that 5G data (and voice) are used only when doing so provides a noticeably better experience. You can manage your 5G settings if you'd like to manually optimize 5G networking on the handset. In this post, you’ll learn how to optimize 5G on your iPhone for either speed or power consumption.

Here’s what all the different 5G icons in the status bar of your iPhone mean

With the arrival of the iPhone 12 came an alphabet soup of abbreviations and different 5G icons in the iOS status bar, ranging from 4G masquerading as 5G to 5G Ultra Wideband. Follow along with our tutorial to learn the meaning of all those iPhone 5G icons.

Fix cellular data errors after updating to iOS 14

Cellular update failed error message
After updating your iPhone, it is possible that the baseband firmware which controls your cell signal got corrupted. You may see an alert on your phone that says that the cellular update failed, or you may see a message in your cellular settings that says an update is required to use cellular data on your device. This can be frustrating to deal with, but this article will walk you through some basic troubleshooting and then an advanced solution if all else fails.

Carrierizer2 can replace your Status Bar’s carrier text with something better

Customizing the Status Bar’s carrier text is a modification that hasn’t lost even an ounce of its popularity since the dawn of iPhone jailbreaking more than decade ago. How you go about it, on the other hand, depends entirely on you. Carrierizer2 is a newly released and free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer CydiaGeek that lets pwned iPhone users customize their Status Bar’s carrier text in more ways than one. Whether you prefer keeping things simple by replacing the carrier text with a custom text string or something more advanced like your IP address or temperature, this tweak brings a lot to the table that might be worth checking out.

How to view carrier lock status to verify that an iPhone is unlocked

There are several ways you can prove to a potential buyer that your iPhone is unlocked, including crude methods such as pulling out your SIM card and putting one from a different carrier inside. With iOS and iPadOS 14, you can access carrier lock status information directly in order to quickly verify that an iPhone or iPad is unlocked, and we show you how.

Carriers fighting COVID-19 pandemic by pushing “Stay Home” messages when Wi-Fi is off

If you're seeing a "Stay Home" message in the iOS status bar where cellular network information is displayed as soon as you switch off Wi-Fi on your iPhone, you're not alone — that's one way carriers are reminding subscribers to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.