December 20th, 2011
iOS 5.0.1 Can Be Jailbroken Using iOS 5 Exploit
A few days back, Chronic Dev Team member an iOS hacker Pod2g revealed a new untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 5. He tested it on a third generation iPod Touch running the 5.0 iOS software, but was not sure if it would be able to jailbreak the latest iOS 5.0.1 as well.
But, as it turns out, the new exploit is effective for iOS 5.0.1. The hacker tested the exploit on his iPhone 4 with the final iOS version and posted a happy tweet to share the news with the world. This means that you can now feel free update your Apple devices supporting the A4 System-on-Chip design to the latest firmware.
This seems like good information for those who accidentally upgraded their iDevices to iOS 5.0.1 and lost their unlock, with no possibility to go back to iOS 5.0.
It is worth noting, however, that the solution that Pod2g developed confirmed to be effective only for iPhones, and iPads equipped with an A4 processor like the first-gen iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and Apple TV. iPhone owners who rely on the Ultrasn0w unlock still should be cautious with upgrading to retain the unlockable baseband.
It is unknown yet whether the exploit will work on Apple’s devices with a dual-core A5 chip like the iPad 2 or the latest iPhone 4S.
At the moment, iOS 5 can be tethered jailbroken using Redsn0w, Ac1dSn0w or Sn0wbreeze. If you want a semi-thered jailbreak on iOS 5, you should install the SemiTether patch from Cydia.
And those of you who are running iOS 5.0.1 can use Redsn0w or Ac1dSn0w to get a tethered jailbreak.
November 22th, 2011
Nifty Way of Unlocking iPhone 4S without Modifications in Software or Hardware
Unfortunately, as most of you have experienced firsthand, unlocking a brand new iPhone is not an easy task. A few years back, when the iPhone just came out, software unlocking was much simpler and there was no need to ask the carrier to unlock the iPhone or use the GEVEY card with the dubious legal status.
But it seems that the situation with the freshest Apple smartphone, the iPhone 4S, is different. An unknown hacker released a method that allegedly allows for unlocking Apple's latest device without any modifications in software or hardware. Unfortunately, this miraculous unlocking procedure is effective only for AT&T devices.
Now, you should beware that we haven't tested this method yet and you will be acting on your own responsibility. But if you are interested, you should keep reading.
Step 1: Place your AT&T SIM card into your iPhone 4S, it I's not there already.
Step 2: Dial 611 (AT&T Customer Service) and drop the call. After that, put your iPhone into Airplane Mode.
Step 3: Insert the T-Mobile SIM instead of the AT&T one.
Step 4: 'Forget' all wireless networks with automatic connection.
Step 5: Go out of Airplane mode.
Step 6: If everything has gone well and EDGE network has activated, as it should, you will see "E" at the top-left corner of your iPhone's touchscreen.
Step 7: Switch your iPhone 4S off after 20-30 seconds and then turn it back on.
Step 8: When you see a signal bar, press Use Cellular Connection.
Step 9: Take out your SIM and turn your iPhone on. You should see the "Activation Required" screen.
Step 10. Insert your T-Mobile SIM once again, and your iPhone 4S should be unlocked.
It is highly probable that At&T will close this loophole soon but until it does that, you could give this method a try.
November 8th, 2011
Jailbreak Solution for iOS 5.0.1 Already Released
As you probably know by now, iOS 5.0.1 was launched six days ago. The new beta version does not have any new features but fixes performance bugs and is available to developers so far. Supposedly, iOS 5.0.1 no longer has the battery drain problem, fixes the bug that caused the iPad 2 Smart Cover security flaw and features additional security enhancements.
So if you are a developer and would like to jailbreak your newly updated iPhone with iOS 5.0.1, you will probably be glad to know that a jailbreak solution was released a day after the iOS 5.0.1 launch. The iPhone Dev-Team was the first to present Redsn0w 0.9.9b8 that works its magic on the new firmware version and jailbreaks your iOS device.
Hacker iH8sn0w, the person behind the popular Sn0wbreeze jailbreak tool, followed with a jailbreak solution a day later. Besides jailbreaking the iPhone, Sn0wbreeze 2.8b9 also fixes the iBooks sandbox crashing problem allows for re-flashing the iPad baseband on the iPhone 3GS.
Unfortunately, both solutions are limited to a tethered jailbreak so you will have to plug you iDevice into a computer each time you power it off to be able to use it again.
Luckily, there a partial fix for this issue – a Cydia tweak called SemiTether which allows for rebooting your iOS 5.0.1 tethered iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device into a semi-usable state. And though you can get full usability only after connecting to a computer, it is still a nice feature.
October 25th, 2011
Redsn0w 0.9.9b6 Enables iOS 5 Jailbreak and Fixes Previous Issues
The relentless hard work of the iPhone Dev-Team has brought some pretty good results. The hackers have developed a new version of Redsn0w that not only allows for jailbreaking iOS 5 and fixes a Location Services issue for the iPhone 3GS with baseband 06.15.00 in the process.
The launch of Redsn0w 0.9.9 came a few days after the release of Redsn0w 0.9.9b5 for iPhone users with the Mac operating system and was the first solution for the new iOS.
You might wonder, why iPhone Dev-Team decided to launch a new version, given that a tethered jailbreak has already been covered. If you have already jailbroken your iPhone, you don't need to bother with re-jailbreaking your iPhone. But if you haven't yet, you might find Redsn0w 0.9.9 more useful than the previous version because it fixes the Location Services bug that might cause a network crash for the iPhone 3GS with baseband 06.15.00.
As sad as it is, a tethered solution only is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so far. It means that every time you reboot your device, you will have to connect it to your computer and re-jailbreak once again. What's even sadder, the program does not support the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2.
It remains unknown when an untethered jailbreak will be released but, according to the previous report based on i0n1c’ Twitter messages and Chronic Dev-Team's statements at the recent jailbreak convention, it will come pretty soon.
October 11th, 2011
Untethered Jailbreak Solution for iOS 5 Already in Progress
With the launch of iOS 5 scheduled for this week, what iPhone users all over the world are wondering whether an untethered jailbreak for iOS will appear and, if it does, when and how.
Sure, Redsn0w and Sn0wbreeze have already prepared a tethered jailbreak for the newest Apple iOS version, but it is not nearly as desirable as an untethered jailbreak which lets you reboot your iPhone without having to re-jailbreak it every time.
German security researcher Stefan Esser, better known as i0n1c, hinted at the near possibility of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 in a message on his Twitter account, saying that it has been already 'covered by other people'. And knowing about his close relationship with the Chronic Dev Team, one can almost surely say that, by 'other people', he means them.
It is easy to believe, given that Chronic Dev Team hacker Joshua Hill (or P0sixninja) claimed that his group had located five exploits in Apple's fresh iOS at last month's 'MyGreatFest', the largest jailbreak convention for hackers, developers and coders. Plus, this team already has a great achievement under its belt – it has been responsible for the only untethered jailbreak solution for iOS 4.2.1.
And though we know that exploits are not always accompanied by untethered jailbreak solutions, coming from the man who found the exploit for an untethered solution for iOS 4.3.1, this tweet is a very good sign. We will know whether Stefan’s words are true in a few weeks.
Sptember 27th, 2011
iPhone 5 to be Presented by Tim Cook on October 4
According to Apple, the next-gen iPhone will be unveiled by new Apple CEO Tim Cook on October 4. According to some rumors, the new iPhone will become available a few weeks after the launch
We will hardly know the details until the company presents its new device, but, so far, there are three versions of how the next-generation iPhone will look. Some say that Apple is going to release a low-cost version of the iPhone 4 for people who are not eager to shell out big bucks for a pricy smartphone while others believe that the company will launch the iPhone 4S, an improved version for the iPhone 4 that would supposedly have a dual-core A5 chip like the one used in iPad 2. There is also an opinion that Apple will release a top-notch device with a new design, more random access memory (RAM), the A5 chip, longer battery life and a camera with more megapixels.
The long-awaited event that will be held in eight days is especially important for Apple and the company’s new executive director, Tim Cook. The new CEO is expected to deliver a key note with Apple’s senior vice presidents Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller. It will probably be the first time since the launch of the iPhone when Steve Jobs will not be on the stage to present the new device.
iOS 5 is probably going to be released together with the new smartphone. It would be a nice if an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 would become available right after the release, but we will probably have to settle for a tethered iOS 5 jailbreak at the early stages.
Sptember 13th, 2011
Change Font Size up or Down on iPhone Using Jailbreak Tweak
For those of you who have problems with eyesight, the iPhone offers a way to zoom the text with a small font size. Sure, you can zoom in the text by performing the reverse pinch - spread your thumb and forefinger apart after placing them together, but doing it every time to read the text is not exactly convenient.
What if you were able to go one or a few sizes up without any fuss as you can do in text editing programs? And while Apple does not provide this feature yet, some smart developers have already thought of this and created a jailbreak tweak that allows for doing just that. After installing this application with the name 'Magnifier for Safari', just press 'Share' and then 'Adjust FontSize' in Safari to get access to a slider that will allow you to increase or decrease the font size.
This application will sure make your life easier, with no sliding and unpinching. Certainly, you will have to jailbreak your iPhone first to increase the text seize on Safari pages if you have not done it already.
We wonder how Safari will improve when new iOS 5 comes out. This web surfing client has been very reliable in the past but an improvement would not hurt as some features that other browsers have would definitely make it better. It does not seem likely that it would acquire a feature that does something like this application but we just have to see what the iPhone 5 with iOS 5 will bring.
For now, it is known that Safari will have a new feature, Safari Reader, that will be able to present just the text of a page without any featured images or other elements. The iOS 5 browser will also have a Reading List that will include webpages that you would like to read later. Safari will also acquire tabs in iOS 5, which will be quite a useful improvement.
August 30th, 2011
Teen Hacker Gets Job at Apple
19-year-old hacker Nicholas Allegra who is probably better known to the Internet world as Comex has landed an internship at Apple, according to his words. The youngster who was instrumental in developing a jailbreaking program for the iPhone announced that he will be working for the iPhone makers as an intern via Twitter.
Last year, Nicholas developed a program that allowed for downloading applications not authorized by the company that has employed him - Apple. But, apparently, after some time, the hacker got tired of his creation and decided to find something new – work for the company whose product he helped to hack.
However, the teenager still does not think that he did anything bad. According to him, a jailbreak simply allows to run applications and features that are not approved by Apple. It does not make the iPhone operate slower or make the battery discharge faster. Plus, a jailbreak can be undone if you restore your iPhone.
And the government seems to agree with Mr. Nicholas. Last year, jailbreaking was allowed by legislation, becoming the last in the string of exemptions from the 1998 U.S. law that bans bypassing technical limitations imposed by companies to prevent people from unauthorized use of their products.
Apple did not give any comment on whether Nicholas has been hired or not which proves that Allegra has indeed been employed by the company.
June 16th, 2011
Apple Fixes Security Vulnerability in iOS 4.3.5, But Jailbreak Still Possible
Ten days after releasing iOS 4.3.4., Apple launched iOS 4.3.5 to fix a security vulnerability related to certificate validation. The previous version was short of perfect – it allowed malicious hackers to use the security vulnerability to eavesdrop on secure communications. iPhone owners who used public WiFi were especially vulnerable.
The 4.3.4 version also had a security hole allowing hackers to corrupt the iPhone and control it remotely through malicious PDF files, though Apple developed a patch for this problem before releasing iOS 4.3.5.
So if you have the iPhone 3GS, GSM iPhone 4, iPad or 3rd or 4th gen iPod Touch, you can probably update your iOS version to tighten your security. Apple also released an enhanced mobile operating system for the CDMA iPhone, iOS 4.2.10. You can download the update via iTunes by clicking on Check for Update, as always.
Launching this new mobile operating system, Apple also hoped to fix the vulnerability in iOS that allows jailbreaking. However, the company’s hopes never materialized as there already is a jailbreaking solution for this version though it comes with a few strings attached.
Only a tethered jailbreak is possible, which means that you need to connect the device to a computer and jailbreak it each time you reboot it. There is no sense in developing an untethered jailbreak for firmware that will go out of date in a month or two. Developers are now investing all their mental resources in working on a jailbreaking solution for iOS 5 that will be launched this fall.
June 16th, 2011
Apple Selling Unlocked iPhone 4
Rumors about the unlocked iPhone 4 going on sale proved to be true. As reported, Apple GSM iPhone 4s became available in Apple stores and online. But you should think very hard before rushing to Apple stores to buy the brand-new phone.
The 16 GB model of the unlocked iPhone 4 is available for $649 while the 32 GB model is $100 more expensive. In the meantime, the same versions of the locked iPhone 4 are available for $199 and $299.
It is not the only downside of the new unlocked iPhone 4. If you plan on using T-Mobile's GSM and GPRS network, it will be impossible. This carrier uses a faster 3G network that is incompatible with the iPhone. This means that you will have to settle for the EDGE network that is much slower.
Apparently, Apple’s promises that the brand-new unlocked iPhone 4 will be compatible with GSM carriers are not entirely true. AT&T will remain the only option unless you use the phone abroad with international mobile network operators. Verizon is also out of picture since it supports only CDMA.
Another drawback is that the unlocked iPhone will be incompatible with iPad’s micro-SIM card. But what’s probably most confusing about the new Apple product is that the iPhone 5 will be reportedly launched in September. And shelling out at least $649 ten weeks before a new model is released does not seem very wise.
It turns out that the new unlocked iPhone 4 is a good choice only for those who often go abroad and want to use international carriers instead of paying exorbitant roaming fees.
June 1st, 2011
Apple Rumored to Release SIM-Less iPhone 4S in Late Summer and Totally Upgraded iPhone 5 in Spring 2012
A Japanese site reports that that Apple is going to release a new iPhone model, the iPhone 4S, sometime late summer (between July and August).
The new phone will supposedly not be very distinct from the current iPhone. According to these rumors, the new model will be compatible both with GSM and CDMA for AT&T and Verizon carriers. Right now, Apple is producing different models of the iPhone for GSM and CDMA.
The most shocking rumor about the upcoming model is that the Mac maker is considering the possibility of getting rid of the SIM card. Everybody knows that Apple is always looking for ways to revolutionize the world, combine as many components as possible into small devices and remove parts the company can manage without. Apparently, Apple has been considering the possibility of getting rid of the SIM card and replacing it with an e-SIM. However, according to the reports, the company abandoned this idea for now due to some security breaches that it might cause. But everything is possible with the company that was the first to drop the practice of including built-in floppy drives in its computers.
The number of rumors about the iPhone to come has significantly increased lately which might be a sign that it will be launched soon. A week ago, a picture of a supposed back plate of the upcoming iPhone was revealed. It looked exactly as the one on the current iPhone but its camera hole was in another place. One of the reasons for this change can be that Apple decided to opt for a camera with 8 megapixels instead of the current 5-megapixel camera.
The new model will also supposedly go through a hardware upgrade. It is unknown yet whether its chip will be single or dual core. But with the latest Android phones having a dual-core chip, Apple will have to keep up in order not to be left behind in the competition unless they want to push the price down.
Besides the iPhone 4S, Apple is rumored to release an iPhone 5 next spring which is quite an uncommon date for an iPhone launch. There have not been many reports about this model yet.
April 1st, 2011
Newest Release By Apple - iOS 4.3.1 For iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch
Newest firmware version - iOS 4.3.1 - has just been released by Apple for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch a few days after the already legendary iPad 2 hit the market.
As per the notes for this release, iOS 4.3.1 fixes several minor bugs and has some improvements for the pervious iOS versions. Here you can see the major improvements carried by iOS 4.3.1:
- Eliminates graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation)
- Removes image twinkle when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with certain TVs
- Fixes bugs at activating and connecting to some cellular networks
- Resolves authentication problems with some enterprise web services
This new iOS will work on GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPad and iPad 2. Sad news for Verizon iPhone users, iOS 4.3.1 is not compatible with this iPhone. Who knows however, maybe there's something coming soon for Verizon too?
Rumors say, that Apple released 4.3.1 firmware to exclude the iPad 2 jailbreak possibility and improve battery life. Some iPhone users have noticed considerable decrease in battery life after they upgraded to 4.3 firmware released in the beginning of March. Earlier this week, Apple released Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1 (iOS 4.3.1) for Apple TV 2G to remove screen flickering.
Beware, those who have jailbroken and unlocked their iPhone should NOT upgrade to iOS 4.3.1 until the updated jailbreaking and unlocking tools for iOS 4.3.1 are released.
If you don't need jailbreak or unlock for your iPhone, you may easily update your iPhone with iOS 4.3.1 via iTunes right away.
March 30th, 2011
Jailbreak iPhone Safe
It still sounds risky to many iPhone users, however there is a safe jailbreak solution for iphones on the market.
Why do this? First off, you do want those awesome features and an access to free software! Besides, after jailbreak your iPhone will become more valuable not only for you, but for anyone who will wish to buy it from you in future!
Why there's a need to jailbreak? - that's a question for Apple corporation. They have way too many strict rules and limitations! Lots of exciting applications are just not accessible in AppStore. Do you want Apple to decide what you should and should not do with the iPhone you paid for? No? Then go ahead and jailbreak!
Your iPhone can still use the AppStore and iTunes after a jailbreak and it will perform its normal functions, such as making telephone calls, messaging, etc. What's most important, you will gain access through installers such as Cydia to lots of various fascinating applications, useful extensions and beautiful, stylish themes - those you can't get in AppStore.
And what's more, a jailbroken iPhone can then be unlocked. Unlocking allows you to use any sim card based service provider you want.
How to jailbreak iPhone? Out of all the sources offering such service online you need to choose on that is safe, efficient and reasonably priced. While making a research for my own iPhone 4 I decided to give a try to a website called Az-Unlock.Com. After I placed my order, I was given an access to all their software, where I quickly found the one I needed. Need to say that they supply you with step-by-step instructions that are extremely easy to understand and to follow, which was a nice surprise. So, I proceeded, and... it worked! Easy and fast, as it had to be.
I'm sure there are many other good solutions on the web, but based on my personal experience I recommend the one that I used. Ladies and gentlemen, why limit yourselves to Appstore? Jailbreak your iPhone now and enjoy it with all its possible features and facilities!
October 11th, 2009
BlackRa1n is Now Available
Waiting time is over! The long-awaited BlackRa1n jailbreak by GeoHot is now available for download.
So, what is blackra1n? blackra1n is a 30 second ALL device 3.1.2 jailbreak. Even the ipt3, but the ipt3 is tethered. In order to boot it, just rerun blackra1n. As far as donations go, they are much appreciated, but not until after blackra1n works for you. I never ask for donations before the tool is released.
Warning 3g and 3gs unlockers, do not upgrade to 3.1.2 using iTunes if you want to keep your unlock. Baseband cannot be downgraded. Check out the dev team’s offerings. Also blackra1n doesn’t hacktivate.
There are a few important things to note about BlackRa1n:
- BlackRa1n can jailbreak OS 3.1 and 3.1.2
- BlackRa1n is for Windows only so far. If you’re using Windows 7 , run BlackRa1n as an admin with “Windows XP Compatibility” mode by enabling it from the “Properties” tab
- BlackRa1n does not hacktivate your iPhone, which means you must be using an official carrier
- BlackRa1n does not unlock the iPhone
- iPhone 3G and 3GS users should not upgrade to 3.1.2 if they want to keep their unlock. You will have to wait for an updated version of PwnageTool if you want to unlock the latest OS.
- the iPod Touch 3G is supported but it is a tethered jailbreak which means you’ll have to use BlackRa1n everytime you want to boot your iTouch
This is the RC1 of BlackRa1n and it is still a little buggy so be careful.
I think it’s worth highlighting again that if you want to keep your unlock, you should NOT update to 3.1.2. Simply wait for the Dev Team to update PwnageTool.
You can download BlackRa1n from the website or from our downloads section. I will be writing wrote a BlackRa1n tutorial. Check it out for more information on how to use BlackRa1n: BlackRa1n jailbreak guide & tutorial.
November 20th, 2007:
iPhone Update 1.1.2 and SimFree v1.8 news
We would like to let all our valued customers know that all testing for
update 1.1.2 version phones is now complete. Yet again, SimFree
remained completely unlocked and restore resistant for 1.1.2 version
phones but we wanted to check and verify new updates to the OS region
changes before recommending trouble free updates. As with all updates,
the phone needs to be jail-broken and activated again for it to
function. Thanks to the great work of the community, jail-breaking a
1.1.2 phone is now possible and works great.
October 29th, 2007:
We would like to also bring your attention to the recent events
surrounding the iPhone Scene around the world. The recent launch of the
European iPhone has introduced a new Bootloader which "currently" does
not allow any kind of unlocking. The same Bootloader is present on the
new iPhones that are purchased in the US with 1.1.2 pre-installed.
We are also ready to release SimFree v1.8 which is for people who got
their base-bands updated to 04.02.13_G before using SimFree. This
version must be used on a 1.1.1 Phone (with old bootloader) and then
you will be able to update to 1.1.2 and still remain unlocked.
As a reminder, customers who have used any version of SimFree
in the past are NOT required to re-unlock their phone for this update!
Procedure to update to 1.1.2 from older versions:
1. In Installer go to Tweaks 1.1.1 and install Oktoprep.
2. Open iTunes and hit Update in order to install 1.1.2 (note that if you press Restore it wont work)
3. After that is done, download Jailbreak-1.1.2 and proceed with the Jailbreak procedure. (for Windows & Mac)
You will want to install iWorld from Installer after you update (found
in Tweaks 1.1.2) in order to fix a known 1.1.2 crash caused with
The procedure to Install SimFree v1.8 on your Phone remains the same as
before. Just add http://tinyurl.com/2qxpe6 in the Installer Sources and
you will have the option to install SimFree v1.8 on your phone.
Keep your eyes pealed for more news soon to come.
SimFree v1.7 now Native for v1.1.1 iPhones
With the release of the new jailbreak/activation by the community
development teams there is no longer a need to downgrade to 1.0.2.
SimFree 1.7 is specifically tailored to be run on 1.1.1 phones with no
need to downgrade. The brilliant work by the teams combined with
SimFree 1.7 means that it is now possible to get a brand new 1.1.1
phone and have it fully up and running in under 10 minutes. We strongly
recommend that all our resellers switch to this new method of
jailbreak. We can now also recommend that all our previously unlocked
users upgrade to 1.1.1 . Please note that if you have already unlocked
your phone once using any previous version of SimFree there is no need
to unlock it again.
October 10th, 2007:
Please follow the simple step by step instructions outlined below to get Simfee 1.7 onto a freshly jailbroken phone.
1. On the Activation Screen, slide ro the Emergency Screen.
2. Type *#307# and hit Call, the phone will start ringing and diplay 1 Calling.
3. Delete all the numbers from the top right of the screen and Call the number 0.
4. Press Answer, Hold and then Decline.
5. Go to Contacts and create a contact. In the Url field type
prefs://1f and save it. Then add another URL and type jailbreakme.com
and save it.
6. Click on the prefs://1f and you can select your WiFi network.
Exit by pressing home and then Dial and Call the number 0 from the
7. Select the second URL called jailbreakme.com of the contact you
created and and follow the Install AppSnapp. Wait for it to finish and
reboot the phone when its done.
8. Now AppTapp is on your Home Screen so you can install SimFree v1.7 directly on the phone.
9. In Sources press Edit, Add, and type in
http://tinyurl.com/2qxpe6 . Accept the AppTapp installer message and it
will show iPhoneSimFree on your Install list.
10. After that you must install from the System tab the BSD Subsystem and then SimFree v1.7 from the iPhoneSimFree tab.
11. You should now Go to the phone Settings application and in
General - AutoLock, select Never you can now run SimFree v1.7. Its that
Worlds First Unlock for iPhone 1.1.1 / 04.01.13_G Firmware
Our sincere congratulations, to the iPhone/ iTouch Dev Team for
their brilliant work in finding an ingenious way to jailbreak the 1.1.1
system. This exciting news means we are now able to gladly welcome all
SIMFREE unlocked phone owners to UPGRADE to 1.1.1 if they so wish
September 28th, 2007:
Further to this, we are very proud to announce, (after some very
difficult and lengthy hardware hackery), we were able to retrieve the
necessary info to create the world first 1.1.1 unlock solution. We have
now tested SimFree v1.6 with phones that have the new Baseband version
04.01.13_G with full success. This now means that SimFree v1.6 release,
is now capable of completely restoring/repairing software unlocked
"bricked" iPhone. Those of you wishing to repair your phone, please
read the following steps.
Steps for "un-bricking" your anySim or iUnock iPhones:
1. Follow the iPhone/iTouch dev team steps to bring your phone back to
1.0.2 system (your baseband firmware will still be the newer 04.01.13_G)
2. Register your true IMEI (found engraved on the back of your phone) with our servers through one of our trusted resellers.
3. Power down your phone and REMOVE your sim
4. Power up with the sim removed and Install SimFree.app 1.6 (simplest method is through apptapp installer, see post below)
5. Follow this tutorial to execute the Simfree. app.
Here is the direct link to SimFree v1.6: Download SimFree v1.6
Why use iPhoneSimFree, Facts about unlocking with SimFree
1. iPhoneSimFree was the first to release a Software Unlock for the iPhone.
2. iPhoneSimFree Unlock works on ALL versions of iPhone (1.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.2, 1.1.1)
3. iPhoneSimFree Unlock works on ALL versions of Modem Firmware ( even the latest 04.01.13_G )
4. iPhoneSimFree Unlocked phones can be updated from any version to
1.1.1 safely without bricking your radio and GSM functions (unlike
other unlock methods)
5. iPhoneSimFree does not patch your devices firmware ( unlike other unlocking methods )
6. iPhoneSimFree can FIX all phones that anySim and iUnlock bricked with the 1.1.1 update
7. iPhoneSimFree Unlock is restore and update resistant up to and including 1.1.1
Q & A For iPhoneSimFree Users and 1.1.1 iPhone Update
Seems there is a bit of confusion about our last post. Here are some
of the most common questions, with some corresponding answers.
September 27th, 2007:
Q. Why do you say it is unlocked if you can't activate a non AT&T sim?
A. There is a difference between unlocking and activation. Unlocking is
related to GSM standards and allowing a sim to be used on different
carriers, and activation is something made up by apple to further
restrict their users. After upgrading to 1.1.1 the radio of the phone
is still unlocked, meaning it can still connect to other carriers, but
apple requires the phone be activated to do so.
Q. How do you know it is unlocked if you can't activate?
A. There are several ways to know this. Firstly, the phone does not
report "Incorrect SIM". Secondly the IMEI is correct. Thirdly if you
bring up the field test, you can see the provider is not AT&T. And
finally (and coolest of all), there are ways to actually call out and
receive calls from the emergency call screen. If you can get the
baseband to crash (we do it by calling some emergency numbers with no
sim in place) and then insert the non AT&T sim, it can pick up a
signal and calls (non-emergency) can be placed and received from the
emergency call screen on the non AT&T carrier.
Q. Why does all this matter, if I can't yet use a non AT&T sim?
A. A few reasons. Firstly the phone can still be used by AT&T users
after upgrade. Secondly, if apple has patched the methods used to
perform the unlock, as long as an activation method is discovered, the
phone will work perfectly on other carriers. With other unlocking
solutions, if you were to upgrade the phone it would currently be a
brick, and if apple has patched the methods to perform the unlock, it
would also stay a brick forever..
News concerning iPhone 1.1.1 Update
We have successfully completed a test of the 1.1.1 firmware update on
IPSF unlocked phones. We are very pleased to report that the phones are
still fully unlocked, and if you are using an original activated
AT&T sim, you can activate and use the phone with no issues at all.
Unfortunately, currently there is no way to jailbreak/reactivate the
phone for use with a sim card other than the original AT&T card.
Therefore for our customers who have no immediate need to use alternate
providers and are still using their AT&T card, you are welcome to
update your phone. For the rest please be patient, as the jailbreak
issue is something that affects much more than just the unlocking. The
thousands of open source developers who have put a cumulative 10s of
thousands of man hours into various apps and tools now have no way to
get them onto the phone as well. We are all looking into the jailbreak
issue as it affects us all, and we will keep updating our site as well
as the open source community at large with any information we can about
We also tested an AnySim unlocked phone, and after the update it
appeared to be relocked. The IMEI was reported as 004999010640000 (see
below), and a T-Mobile sim was reported by the phone as an "Incorrect
SIM" rather than the new "Different SIM Detected" message.
The 004999010640000 issue (Resellers please take note):
004999010640000 is a special IMEI number reported back by a phone in "lockdown"
mode. We have seen this a few times mostly in relation to other
unlocking methods. We are currently updating our servers to accommodate
new customers wishing to recover their phones from lockdown mode, but
it is essential that the REAL IMEI of the phone is passed on to our
servers, or else the server will not issue the unlock. The real IMEI
can be found engraved on the back of the phone or on the back of its
retail box. We will update our site when the Servers have been updated
to fix lockdown phones.
September 25th, 2007:
News concerning Future iPhone Update
We have been receiving many enquiries from press and customers, regarding the soon to be released update for the iPhone.
September 23rd, 2007:
Our official stance to all our customers is please wait until we have
had a chance to verify the update before going ahead with updating your
SimFree unlocked phones.
It must be made clear at this juncture, that there is a very DISTINCT difference between the method used by iPhoneSimFree and any other product currently available for unlocking your phone.
SimFree.app Available via AppTapp Installer!
As part of our promise to continually develop and improve our
service to our customers, we are proud to announce that SimFree.app is
now easier and faster to install. We would like to thank the makers of
App Tapp for their outstanding application.
September 10th, 2007:
Here is how to get SimFree.app on to your iPhone by using AppTapp Installer.
1) Download and run AppTapp from http://iphone.nullriver.com/ (both Windows and Mac versions available)
2) Run Installer.app from your iPhone and select to install "Community Sources" from the list
3) Open Mobile Safari from your iPhone and go to http://tinyurl.com/2uj9mc
4) You will get a notice asking you to add the iPhoneSimFree repository
to your Installer. Just accept and Installer will open. Click "refresh"
and you will now have SimFree.app in the * iPhoneSimFree * on the top
Installer has a lot of other interesting and productive software available for you to install on your iPhone.
SimFree.app release v1.5
To our valued customers and end users thereof.
It has been brought to our attention mainly through this
article that there was a small bug in our code. This bug has now been
resolved we will be forwarding the new simfree.app to all our currently
registered resellers. All new resellers will automatically receive the
updated version. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr.
Jesus Diaz for discovering this bug and reporting it through his site.
As well as apologize to the select few who encountered this problem.
The bug has been confirmed to be related to whether or not the SIM card is pin locked or not, it has now been resolved. OUR SOLUTION IS UNIVERSAL AND PROBLEM FREE
Further to this, we will be updating our simple tutorial, to include the following:
PLEASE ENSURE YOUR PHONE IS FULLY CHARGED AND YOUR "Auto-Lock" SETTING (in Settings/General) is set to NEVER for the duration of the unlock process. You may change it back once the application is finished.
September 10th, 2007:
HD Video of iPhonesimfree retail version in action from start to finish
You?ve read the FAQ; you ?ve read the PDF but now comes the moment
to watch in HD glory exactly how our software will unlock any iPhone
from start to finish. Sit back, relax and let Engadget?s
editor-in-chief Ryan Block guide you through the insanely easy process
involved in making your iPhone as free as a bird.
Click here to view the article
Click here to download the video in VGA Resolution
September 10th, 2007:
New style website launched
We just launched our new website, for more clarity, information and support.
September 9th, 2007:
Gizmodo Video Review
Popular independent tech website Gizmodo has made available a video review of an iPhone unlocking with iPhoneSimFree.com:
Click here to view the video from Gizmodo