How to Fix Could Not Activate iPhone iTunes Error caused by Apple Database Blacklist

Due to Apple’s tight control on its systems, you may encounter this issue when activating your iPhone. Here’s what you can try.

Apple is probably the only smartphone producer that does phone unlocking remotely. As you probably already know, iPhone unlocking is done via iTunes. When you connect your iPhone to the computer, iTunes will read the IMEI and send it to Apple’s activation server. The server then checks their database that stores information on every iPhone that was ever produced to determine if your iPhone is eligible for unlocking. If your iPhone has been “flagged” as “unlocked”, iTunes will receive the status and unlocks your iPhone automatically.

There are a few ways how you can get your iPhone unlocked:

Many companies which are providing iPhone unlocking service sometimes mess up with people’s iPhone’s and its information on Apple database which causes activation problems after doing a full restore on iTunes. This can also happen if your iPhone that you unlocked was never activated first or it has been marked “blacklisted” (bad IMEI). If you’re not familiar with blacklisted iPhone, this post on What Ever Happens to IMEI Blacklisted iPhones or Other Popular Smartphones? will help you understand more.

iPhone activation problems error message which you may encounter on iTunes would be:

“Your request couldn’t be processed. We’re sorry, but there was an error processing your request. Please try again later”

While on your iPhone you will see the error as shown on top of this post:

“Your iPhone can not be activated at this time because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your iPhone to iTunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of minutes.

If this problem persists contact Apple Support at apple.com/support”

Clearly, the first thing you should try is to contacting Apple support directly. You can check their support information on Apple’s website.

If for any reason that’s not possible for you to do, using a different and newer SIM card might also fix this activation problem. Apple seemed to have changed something on iOS 6 that doesn’t allow old SIM cards to activate iOS 6.

Next, also try to activate it at another location such as your home, friend’s house or Starbucks. Sometimes, your iTunes is not able to connect to Apple’s activation server especially if you’re trying to activate your iPhone in your office. Corporate offices usually have firewalls or antivirus which may potentially block your computer’s data ports (virtual) and prevents iTunes from communicating properly with Apple’s activation server.

If you’ve tried all the above then there’s a high chance that your iPhone is blacklisted by Apple or there is an issue with your iPhone’s activation certificate. This requires manual fix on their database. Thankfully, there’s still hope on fixing activation issue with your iPhone by using our service here.

This has been done many times, once you have purchased this service we will take care of everything and let you know as soon as you can proceed with next steps.

How to Record Video on iPhone 5 without Audio or Sound using Camera Plus Pro

Did Apple forget to add this function or is it by design? Well, it doesn’t really matter because you can disable sound while recording video with your iPhone.

There are tons of things we can do with our iPhones but sometimes there’s one or two important function that seems to be missing from the iOS. Whether it’s intentional or not, we don’t know for sure. That’s one of the reasons why jailbreaking your iPhone can bring added benefits if you wish to add additional tweaks or features which are “not available” by default in iOS.

Jailbreaking is not always the only solution to enable certain features on your iPhone. For instance, there may be times when you need to shoot a video with your iPhone without actually recording the sound, probably for an artwork or just to save you some additional work (and hard disk space) when doing post-production of a video.

Camera Plus Pro is an app that can disable sound recording when shooting your video. When I last checked on the App Store it costs $1.99 to purchase this app. It’s really a small price to pay if you need to enable this function on your iPhone 5.

To disable sound during video recording is a straight forward process. Once you have downloaded and installed the App on your iPhone, simply do the following:

1. Launch Camera Plus Pro app. The Main camera preview will come up.

2. Tap on Settings button from Options panel as shown below.

3. Next, go to Videos section and set Audio Capture to off.

4. Once that’s set, press on Done button and you may begin recording your video without audio being recorded.

All subsequent videos will not have audio recorded and you may notice the file size has been reduced since there’s no longer data available for audio.

Do take note that if you want sound to be recorded or captures in future videos, you will have to manually switch the Audio Capture to ON. You don’t wanna miss out especially if you are recording some important events.

Any other app or jailbreak tweak that does this?

How to Hack AT&T iPhone 5 or iPad mini Carrier Update File to Speed Up LTE

Do you think you’re not getting enough speed from your LTE? This hack might double or triple your LTE performance.

It is mankind’s instincts to go for speed. Internet speed has significantly increased for the past few years but it’s still not fast enough for many of us. If you’re one those folks who always strive to find something faster, then this hack is really for you.

If you’re interested with the technical aspects of this hack, read on. Otherwise, just head on straight to the tutorials below. In the carrier update file which you occasionally get from iTunes, band preferences were intentionally set by AT&T to limit you to a certain band rather than the band giving off the strongest signal, when available, both with LTE and HSPA+, according to the founder of this hack.

The same hack from T-Mobile LTE was released last week, which essentially modified the carrier file and ultimately improves your iPhone or iPad network performance with enhanced band management. In order to be able to hack something like this, one must have deep understanding of latest mobile network systems and how cell towers around you operate.

Before you begin, please proceed only at your own risks. Remember to backup your iPhone or iPad in case something goes wrong.

Steps:

1. Download the hacked carrier update in the link below (in order to protect the download link from leechers, please support by Liking, +1 or Tweet below)

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2. Once downloaded, allow iTunes to accept carrier bundle updates by doing on these:

A. If you are using either a 32-bit or 64-bitWindows, you will need to open command prompt (Start > type CMD) and then type the following followed by enter:

  • 64-bit: cd C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes then type: iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1
  • 32-bit: cd C:\Program Files\iTunes then type: iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

B. If you own a Mac, open terminal and type the following and hit enter:

  • defaults write com.apple.iTunes carrier-testing -bool true

3. Once that’s done, click on the tab for your iPhone 5 and click “Update” or “Check For Update” while holding down the Alt/Option key for Mac or the Shift key for Windows.

4. Point it to the file you just downloaded in step 2, select the file and click Open. iTunes will now update your carrier settings.

5. Reboot your iPhone to experience a faster connection on your iPhone.

In any case if you encounter a problem while doing the steps above, you can always roll back by doing the following:

  • Non Jailbroken iPhone/iPad: Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings and Restore From Backup.
  • Jailbroken iPhone/iPad: Using iFile or similar, Go to var/mobile/Library/Carrier bundles/iPhone and delete the ATT_US.bundle folder and another folder called “Overlay” located in var/mobile/Library/Carrier Bundles. Reboot your iPhone. In some cases, a second reboot may be required if the data indicator is only showing “3G”. This behavior is completely normal.

While some people may notice some speed increment, the hacker also put up a disclaimer saying:

This hack does NOT guarantee that you will see any dramatic changes or any change at all as certain areas are simply limited because of population density, natural features that degrade signal, the traffic on a specific tower, and even the amount of spectrum the tower is limited to as not all LTE towers have been upgraded to 10MHz on the downlink for higher bandwidth support. If you feel this hack has not helped you, we have provided a way back to defaults, if you choose to do so.

Well, we do hope that it’s going to be beneficial for you and all did go smoothly. If you think your network speed is faster, do share your experience below.

Supercapacitor Could Fully Charge Future iPhones and Smartphones in 20-30 Seconds

How long do you have to wait before your iPhone gets fully charged? Quite long. But a teenager’s new invention could charge future devices in a blink of an eye.

The battery is probably one of mankind’s biggest challenges to improve. It was in 1749 when Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. polymath and founding father, first used the term “battery” to describe a set of linked capacitors he used for his experiments with electricity according to Wikipedia. Fast forward to 264 years later, the battery on our smartphones rarely last us more than a few days.

While scientists and engineers are working on to increase battery life, a young scientist named Eesha Khare, of Saratoga, California has invented a tiny device that allows fast and rapid charging of batteries. It fits nicely inside cell phone batteries, allowing them to fully charge within 20-30 seconds.

She calls the fast-charging device as supercapacitor, that can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly and holds its charge for a long time. It definitely sounds promising. Aside from that, this device also supports up to 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared with 1,000 cycles for conventional rechargeable batteries.

According to Khare, it was because her “cell phone battery always dies” that inspired her to work on energy-storage technology.

Khare participated the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week and the judges were impressed. She received USD 50,000 in scholarship funds for her ground-breaking projects, along with another student who also won the award for his research on the mysteries of astrophysics.

It will probably take a few more years before her invention can be applied on consumer products. In the meantime, we’ll just have to stick to our power hungry devices and to always bring a battery pack if you’re going to be away from the wall outlet for an extended period of time.

Image and news via NBC

It’s Possible to Track Your Stolen or Missing iPhone with its ICCID and CTN

Did you lose your iPhone recently? There’s still hope of finding it, or at least get a step closer to finding who has it.

Despite how advance technology has developed, it’s still a challenge to locate stolen electronic devices. Apple’s Find My iPhone app may helped some people, but it gets pretty useless once the device is turned off and everything on it is wiped out.

Also Read5 Things You Should Do When Your iPhone is Stolen or Lost

If you think you’ve tried everything to get your iPhone back, you’re probably wrong. Let me tell you why.

Each iPhone is unique because it has its own IMEI number, serial number and more recently it can also be tied to an ICCID number (you can find all these under Settings, General, About). ICCID is the short form for Integrated Circuit Card ID.

The Police have two methods for tracking your iPhone when it’s stolen, they can use your phone number or your IMEI number. The problem with your phone number is that thieves can easily just discard your SIM card and replace it another.

Now, this is how it gets interesting. If someone uses a different SIM card with your missing iPhone, the SIM’s card ICCID number is registered onto Apple’s database after the iPhone is restored and activated via iTunes.

It’s more difficult for the police to find your iPhone based on the IMEI, however, using the ICCID, they can query this number from carriers such as AT&T or T-Mobile and find the mobile number tied to it. Take a look at this thread on Apple’s support forum.

On some cases, we can also find the CTN associated to your iPhone. CTN stands for Cellular Telephone Number, and ultimately the number that you’re looking for. Please take note that ICCID or CTN will not be updated on Apple’s database if the iPhone hasn’t been restored or activated on iTunes. In the example above, I was able to get the CTN after querying the Apple database. The CTN is also the same as FaceTime number.

I know that it’s going to be a long shot to locate your stolen iPhone. However, with this piece of information that we can help you get, you will be a step closer to find who has your iPhone, who can either be a thief or a second hand buyer of your iPhone.

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