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'Bricked' iPhones partly or fully revived

updated 11:10 am EDT, Mon October 1, 2007

'Bricked' iPhones revived

Following days after the crippling v1.1.1 update, a number of iPhone owners may at last be able to return hacked units to partial or full functionality, according to reports. Full use of an iPhone is currently limited to people using the paid unlock by iPhoneSIMFree; while the company had only managed to help customers with AT&T SIM cards as of Friday, the company can now purportedly get phones functioning with any carrier, a given example being Vodafone.

If a phone unlocked via this process warns that a different SIM card must be inserted, users must re-activate non-AT&T cards using a program such as iBrickr or iNdependence.

The new iPhoneSIMFree method requires downgrading to the v1.0.2 firmware, a move which eliminates enhancements such as the improved interface. Posters from the Hackint0sh messageboard have meanwhile devised a means of indepedently downgrading an iPhone, one involving a series of hardware and software restarts. This only works for users of Macs and iNdependence, however, and does not allow cellular functions, only Wi-Fi.

Users are also said to be restoring their phones via the TurboSIM method, which is a hardware hack that involves (among other steps) joining a TurboSIM card with one from the desired carrier. If executed properly, the hack should work without any outside help.

Members of the iPhone Dev Team collective are said to be working on a second baseband unlock for downgraded units, fixing calling, as well as a fully-functional 1.1.1 unlock, which is already in testing.

by MacNN Staff




  1. howiethemacguy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    s**** 'em

    These people deserve what they got if they hacked their iPhones. I used to be a Mac Genius and it really annoyed me when someone would b**** about their iPhone, iPod or their Mac not working because they screwed with it.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Customers' always wrong?

    ...I look forward to the day when trickle down & market saturation entice Apple & carriers to unlock this device to expand market share further... Demand is obviously there...

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4 howie

    When it comes to warrantied fixes, I understand where that attitude comes from. Apple seems to be much more stringent about people not messing with stuff than other companies, and when people come in not understanding what was clearly spelled out in black and white, they can be a real pain. However, in my experience, when you pay for the Apple care warranty and the representative at the store starts spouting doom and gloom about what appears to be damage of my doing and how because of that they can't fix an unrelated issue with ADDITIONAL payment, then its the apple care coverage that seems to be extra lacking.

    As it was I had to tell a few white lies at a certified repair shop to get my issue fixed under the warranty. However, people who knowingly mod past the warranty should know better. I recently pulled out the optical drive on my PowerBook to replace it with a second hard drive and yep, right there on the drive it said warranty was void if the drive was gone. People have to learn to accept the consequences without being whiny, or at least take a little more care when reading your device manual. Sheesh.

  1. howiethemacguy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: 4 howie

    Very often, the Mac Genius can make exceptions to the rules. If a customer is truthfull and doesn't come in blaming Apple for their misfortune, the Mac Genius just might surprise the customer by going outside of policy. I speak from experience. Customers who were nice to me always got better service. Customers who were mean to me got exactly what they deserved... nothing more.

  1. mike3k

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't see any reason to unlock my iPhone (although I did have third party applications installed). I was using Cingular before I got my iPhone, so I kept them, and I now have a 2 year contract and it would cost me to switch. AT&T may suck, but so do all of the other cell phone companies. None of the others really suck less.

  1. Riot Nrrrd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: why?

    mike3k, you must not travel much.

    I've been on AT&T Wireless since the beginning, and one time I made the mistake of taking my then-early SonyEricsson T68i overseas to Spain with me and using my AT&T Blue SIM card to roam Internationally. Not only did I get reamed with charges, but I got woken up in the middle of the night from telemarketers and other annoyance calls that I get here at home (which I can easily ignore in the daytime). Never again.

    Now, when I travel, the first thing I do when I get to my destination (if it's for more than a day or two) is to go out and buy a pre-paid SIM card (like on Virgin Mobile in England or Vodafone in Spain) for 20-odd bucks and use that to make my local calls with while overseas. This is infinitely superior to using International Reami... erm, Roaming on AT&T.

    But you have to have an unlocked cell phone to do this, and I refuse to buy one that isn't unlocked - and I won't buy an iPhone until/unless Apple comes to their senses and allows them to be unlocked.

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: 4howie

    "Very often, the Mac Genius can make exceptions to the rules. If a customer is truthfull and doesn't come in blaming Apple for their misfortune, the Mac Genius just might surprise the customer by going outside of policy."

    I can personally vouch for this. I once brought in a monitor that was giving me trouble to the NY SoHo store, & the Mac Genius I spoke to really needed the serial # of the Mac it was purchased with, which I didn't have with me. (It was part of a large company order of several Macs and monitors) This guy tried everything he could think of for a while to see if I could get the replacement part I needed under warranty, even though he didn't have the serial # he needed.

    He told me he looked through a database or something where he could possible grab an unused serial or something like that. He finally gave up when it became apparent that he wasn't going to be able to do it. But boy did he try for me. So yes, the Mac Geniuses try their best to help out customers who they believe to be honest, even if they don't have all the"paperwork" in order. Not saying this will be everyone's experience, but I think if you're nice about the issue you really do get further. No-one likes a complainer.

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