How to Factory Unlock or Downgrade iPhone 4 iOS 7 Baseband 4.12.09

You’ve just updated to iOS 7 and spent countless hours online to find a solution to unlock your iPhone 4 baseband 4.12.09 but to no avail. Here are some solutions.

If your iPhone 4 was unlocked either via jailbreak using ultrasn0w or Gevey SIM, updating to iOS 7 without preserving the baseband is a grave mistake. Don’t blame yourself because if you bought this used, the seller probably didn’t tell you not to update the iOS.

Apple’s engineers designed the iPhone so that you can never downgrade the software (iOS) or baseband after you updated it.  This is to make sure that hackers cannot use the exploits they found for something else that may be damaging to your device and even to yourself.

When iPhone 4 was first released, hackers were able to find a way to unlock the iPhone 4 on baseband 1.59.00. The unlock was done via ultrasn0w, which you have to install once you’ve jailbroken your device. However, Apple was quick to patch the exploit and there’s never been a software unlock available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 to date.

Unlocking via jailbreak is becoming a thing of the past because it seems hackers are no longer motivated or interested to find exploits with iPhone’s hardware or it’s probably because the hardware used in iPhones is so secure that exploits can never be found.

The only possible and most viable way to unlock your iPhone is to get your iPhone factory unlocked. This means you’re officially unlocking your iPhone which makes your iPhone marked as ‘unlocked’ in Apple database.

What are the steps to factory unlock your iPhone?

1. Please be sure that your iPhone is operating normally and has been activated.

2. Check which network it is locked to. This is important to make your unlock successful.

3. If you’re not the first owner of the iPhone:

  • Check that it’s not blacklisted. A blacklisted device can usually be unlocked, but if it’s blacklisted by your carriers in your country, you won’t be able to use it.
  • Make sure that Find My iPhone has been turned off by the previous owner, this is a new feature in iOS 7. Read more here.

4. Purchase a factory unlocked service for your iPhone.

Once your iPhone is factory unlocked, you can use it on any worldwide network. The next time there’s a software update from Apple, you won’t even have to worry about it getting locked ever again.

Please take a look at what our online Store has to offer for your locked iPhone. We also offer chips replacement for those who can’t unlocked their device using factory unlocking service as some network don’t allow factory unlocking at all.

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How to Bypass or Hack iPhone 5s Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor

These hackers showed how “easy” it is for them to access the iPhone 5s using some tools you can find at your home or local hardware store.

It was just about a week since the iPhone 5s was launched and hackers have been trying to proof that the iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint scanner is not as secure as what Apple claims. This group of hackers from Germany is called Chaos Computer Club.

To summarize the method they used, basically they took a high resolution photo of the original user’s fingerprint, printing it on a transparent sheet with a thick toner setting, and then filling it in with pink latex milk. You can watch how it’s done below:

Details of the process above is explained on ZDnet’s website:

“The method follows the steps outlined in this how-to with materials that can be found in almost every household: First, the fingerprint of the enroled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone. This process has been used with minor refinements and variations against the vast majority of fingerprint sensors on the market.”

Well, the reality is that no security system is 100% fool proof. Sooner or later there will always be someone out there that will spend time to bypass any security system implemented by Apple or any smartphone vendors because that’s what hackers do.

For the average users, this shouldn’t be a cause for concern because it does take some time and effort to do this, and may not be as easy as it looks.

Does this worry you?

How to Unlock AT&T iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c Baseband 1.00.06 on iOS 7

Just got yourself an iPhone 5s or 5c from AT&T? Don’t like the carrier? You can unlock it here so that you can switch network.

photo credit Tony Ker

After months of speculations and rumors, it looks like that you managed to get yourself the new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5s! This may or may not be your first time getting such device from AT&T, and since most people don’t like the services provide by AT&T, you may want to switch carrier. In order for you to switch carrier you must get it unlocked.

Unfortunately there’s no hacking or jailbreaking method available to unlock your new iPhone 5s or 5c. There’s no hack available since the iPhone 4, so most people would resort to getting it officially unlocked or buy a factory unlocked iPhone. In the past, the baseband or modem firmware version is used to determine whether an iPhone can be unlocked or not. In iPhone 5s and 5c, both use the same modem firmware version which is 1.00.06 on iOS 7.

It was about a year and a half ago when AT&T officially announced that they can officially unlock AT&T iPhone for eligible customers. This was good news to many, as AT&T had never officially unlocked AT&T iPhone prior to that.

The following was the official statement from AT&T:

“Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.”

If you have an AT&T iPhone that you wish to unlock, you can contact AT&T support to check if you are eligible to get a free unlock. I was able to unlock my AT&T iPhone 4 in about 48 hours after contacting AT&T. The whole process was easy and painless.

If you have no other alternatives then get your AT&T iPhone unlocked with us – and it can be done really fast and more than 5,500+ AT&T iPhones have been unlocked since we started offering this service.

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How to Fix iMessage or FaceTime After iOS 7 Update

iMessage and FaceTime are probably every iOS users’ favorite tools, and it sucks if they don’t work properly after updating to iOS 7. Here are some fixes you can try.

Technically, updating your device to the latest iOS 7 should be trouble-free. Even after extensive testing by beta users over the past months, Apple’s latest iOS 7 is still a bit buggy. Since it was made available worldwide two days ago, many have been complaining that they are having trouble to make iMessage and/or FaceTime to work properly on their iPhone.

If you’re struggling to make it work, here are some possible solutions that may help you.

Solution 1: Toggle FaceTime or iMessage in Settings (turn off and then back on)

  1. Go to Settings on the Home Screen
  2. Go to Messages or FaceTime
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  3. Wait for it to re-activate.

Solution 2: Reset your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

  1. Make sure that your WiFi is turned on.
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  2. Check if iMessage or FaceTime is working for you now.
Solution 3: Reset Network Settings
  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings.

If solution 2 and solution 3 don’t work, try solution 1 one more time.

I know it’s a pain to do these but this is the temporary workaround until Apple releases iOS 7.1 that should iron out all the major issues with iOS 7 and iOS 7.0.1.

Does this work for you?