Free iPhone IMEI Blacklist Checker for Australia Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, Three and Virgin

Use this free tool to check if your iPhone’s blacklist status if it is on Australia’s Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, Three, Virgin or Hutchison.

Before purchasing any used iPhone, it’s extremely important that you check whether it’s blacklisted or not. A blacklisted iPhone will make it as good as a glorified iPod as you will have no way of using it because all mobile service providers in your country will block your iPhone’s IMEI from using their network.

If you’re in Australia, make it a habit to check before buying any smartphone.

Simply enter your 15-digit IMEI number and click query. Here are what the results mean:

  • Your IMEI Number is currently unblocked. -> your iPhone is not blocked by any network
  • Your IMEI Number is currently blocked by xxxxx (network name) on Dec 1, 2012 -> your iPhone is blocked by the stated carrier on that particular date. Note that it is also blocked by other carriers in Australia.
Please do note that this checker doesn’t work for non-Australian registered iPhones or smartphones. For example, if you have an AT&T iPhone from USA, entering your 15-digit IMEI will show that your iPhone is unblocked. Technically this is correct and how it should be. In some ways this tool is useful if you’re moving to Australia and need to make sure that your unlocked iPhone can be used there.

Most Australian iPhones can be factory unlocked even if blacklisted, however, once unlocked it cannot be used in Australia because the IMEI is barred on all network. The iPhone can still be used overseas because usually there’s no record of being blacklisted in other countries.

This checker should work for other smartphone makers too. Do tell your friends about this free checker courtesy of AMTA Australia.

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ih8sn0w Released iOS 6.1.3/6.1.5 p0sixspwn for 3GS, iPhone 4 Untethered Jailbreak

From the developer of sn0wbreeze, ih8sn0w has released a Cydia package to make iOS 6.1.3 and 6.1.5 jailbreak untethered for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

With the dramatic launch of evasi0n7 yesterday, all hackers have been busy for the past 48 hours. The developer of sn0wbreeze which is one of my favorite jailbreaking tools, has just made a Cydia package available to allow iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 to have an untethered jailbreak. This package is called  p0sixspwn.

This has been a long delay but nonetheless you can now have an untethered jailbreak on iOS 6.1.x if you don’t wish to update to iOS 7 just yet. Of course those who have iPhone 3GS won’t be able to update to iOS 7 but this package will take all your pain away.

Head on to ih8sn0w’s website for details of this package and installation steps (I would not install just yet, unless if you’re willing to take the risks):

Hello everyone,

With the unexpected release of the evasi0n7 jailbreak, we are finally able to release the 3GS/A4 6.1.3 + 6.1.5 untether Cydia package.

To grab it…

1) Have a tethered jailbreak (either via redsn0w [Point to 6.0 IPSW] or sn0wbreeze).
2) Open Cydia.
3) Click the “Changes” tab in the footer.
4) Press the “Refresh” button in the top left corner.
5) After “Reloading Data”, perform a search for “p0sixspwn” (the O is a zero).
6) Tap Install.

That’s it! You’re untethered.

I’ll be updating sn0wbreeze to incorporate the untether directly later (No eta :P).

Our next priority is getting an A5+ jailbreak for 6.1.3/6.1.4 out. As I stated on Twitter, we expect it should be out by Christmas day. So if you don’t feel like upgrading to iOS 7 and prefer 6.1.3/6.1.4, sit tight for a bit. :)

A guaranteed drama-free untether (hopefully :]).

In short, older device such as iPod touch 4 and iPhone 3GS are forever hacked or “pawned.”

I would recommend that you wait for sn0wbreeze, because that’s going to help preserve your baseband when installing iOS 6.1.3. Once that’s available, I’ll blog on that and provide free tutorials.

Taiji Zhushou is the New “Cydia” for Evasi0n7 Jailbreakers on Chinese Language iOS 7

Did you just jailbreak your device and saw something called Taiji on your home screen? Well, the Evad3rs jailbreak team is probably doing this for the Chinese speaking market e.g. China.

We were all surprised with the release of this jailbreak tool. We have never seen anything so abrupt like this. Normally we would get some rumors flying around before the release of any jailbreaking tool. This time is different and could be controversial, too.

Saurik, the founder of Cydia who has been to our website a couple of times, mentioned in his Twitter that no one contacted him prior to release of this tool for any testing etc. It is totally a non-standard practice.

Taiji Zhushou or Taiji Assistance is mainly targeted for Chinese speaking users which may run into millions worldwide, particularly from China. iOS devices are popular in China and often seen as a status symbol for many.

Taiji comes with a pirated App store which was once can be made available through Cydia. It will only be installed if the iOS 7 is default to Chinese language or the region setting is China or any Chinese speaking country.

According to some sources, the latest iOS 7 untethered jailbreak is reportedly sponsored by a Chinese company. In business perspective, potentially developers can make their apps more reachable to Chinese consumers. Even Apple has high hopes for the Chinese market.

A lot of people may get paranoid when they see this unknown app on their device. However, given that the evad3rs team is a reputable iOS 7 hackers, you should put your mind at ease. Of course, we do expect some clear communications or heads up from them.

In the meantime, if you’re not comfortable with this, you may want to avoid this jailbreak. If you love pirated apps, I guess it may be worth jailbreaking your device.

Download evasi0n7: iOS 7 Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

This is probably the best Christmas gift from iOS hackers to the world! Download evasi0n7 now to jailbreak your iPhone 5s, 5s, 5 and all supported devices running on iOS 7 to 7.0.4.

Out of the blue, these folks have made it again. It was a long silence from the hackers but we knew that the day would come eventually!

The iOS 7 untethered jailbreak for all supported devices including the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 is here. The free tool is called evasi0n7 and now available for download at evasi0n.com.

This news has been confirmed on their Twitter page.

Their twitter page also mentioned briefly on the installation procedure:

If you OTA updated your device, back it up in iTunes and make a FULL restore before applying evasi0n

I’m going to try it on my device shortly but I thought of getting this news out so that you can work on yours too!

Brief release notes:

DESCRIPTION:

– evasi0n7 1.0 is an untethered jailbreak for all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

– MacOSX 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8
– Windows (XP minimum)

SUPPORTED FIRMWARES:

– iOS 7.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.1beta1, 7.1beta2

Please let me know how it goes. Do be warned that it’s not being thoroughly tested so be sure to backup your device before attempting to jailbreak it!

For newbies – jailbreaking is not unlocking! Do take note.

Kudos to the evad3rs folks again!

Here’s the Latest News on AT&T iPhone Unlock Service Worldwide (It’s Not as Hard Anymore)

When AT&T started blocking their servers in late September, it created havoc worldwide for iPhone unlocking vendors. We didn’t give up and we still continue unlocking AT&T iPhones.

Without a doubt, AT&T has the largest number of iPhones locked under its network. AT&T was the first carrier in the world that sold the first generation iPhone. In the beginning unlocking AT&T iPhone was only possible by jailbreaking, but eventually it got easier

At one point in time we were offering AT&T iPhone unlock for under $10 with a 24 hours turnaround time. Instant service was also made available and it was extremely popular. Unfortunately, all good things would come to an end. AT&T blocked many suppliers’ access to their servers back in September which caused severe delays to deliveries of AT&T unlocks. It also created a worldwide “panic” for vendors. Some companies went out of business as they can no longer unlock AT&T iPhones.

After setting up multiple systems and working with various vendors and suppliers, it was still possible for us to continue providing our AT&T iPhone unlocking services despite these challenges.

There are currently three types of AT&T iPhone unlock services we are offering:

Service A: AT&T iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5 Unlock Service for non-blacklisted AND out-of-contract device only

(click here to order service A)

Most iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S should be out of contract by now. However, it is possible that some iPhone 4 8GB models and iPhone 4S are still under contract. This is the cheapest service you can find anywhere.

You can use this free checker to check the contract status (note: iPhone 5/5s/5c will not show any result) and this checker to verify if it’s blacklisted or not. Alternatively, if you are based in the USA, you can always contact AT&T to check the status of your iPhone.

AT&T iPhone 5s and 5c are not supported with this service. See Service C below.

Service B: AT&T iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5 Unlock Service for non-blacklisted AND in-contract device

(click here to order service B)

Using this service it is possible to unlock your AT&T iPhone even if it’s under contract. However, if it is blacklisted by AT&T this service will not work for you.

AT&T iPhone 5s and 5c are also not supported using this service. See Service C below.

Service C: AT&T iPhone All Models including iPhone 5s and 5c (Premium Service)

(click here to order Service C)

This premium service is by far the best AT&T service we can provide at this stage. It supports all iPhone models including the latest AT&T iPhone 5s and 5c. It is also fast as the last batch we did took less than 2 business days to be completed; but may take up to 7 business days. Instant unlock service is still not possible for now.

iPhones that are still under contract, blacklisted, has outstanding bills and reported missing can be unlocked without any issue using this service.

Here’s one example of an iPhone 5s which belongs to a customer from Colorado (USA) that we unlocked:

Ultimately, we do hope that prices will come down and the speed of unlock will improve but that may not happen anytime soon. What’s important is that unlocking AT&T iPhone is still possible (for now), and it’s always possible with us. Stay tuned for updates on unlocking AT&T iPhones!