How to Remove the Contract or Unpaid Bills Status of AT&T iPhone?

If you bought a used AT&T iPhone with unpaid bills, can you change the status from unpaid bills (financed) to clean? What if it’s under contract?


Most of us would try to get the best deals online especially when buying a used iPhone.

However, it has some drawbacks because potentially the device may be blocked by its network or blacklisted on all network.

Here are some of the reasons why they get blocked:

  • Unpaid bills
  • Under Contract
  • Lost
  • Stolen
  • Reported missing
  • Insurance claims

Many people buy used AT&T iPhones with the hoping to get it unlocked.

It’s really that straightforward because AT&T iPhone with unpaid bills or under contract needs additional cost to unlock it.

Some people don’t really want to get it unlocked; instead they wish the unpaid bills or the in-contract status can be removed.

What else can you do with a device that’s blocked on the network? Well, here are some possible options:

  • Unlock the device
  • Sell the device
If you choose to unlock the device, as long as it’s not blocked on other network, you can use it on Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile (USA network).

However, if it’s blocked on all network, you can still unlock it but you may not be able to use it in USA.That’s still not the end though, because there are options for you to remove the unpaid bills status and in-contract status remotely.

Fixing the ESN/IMEI remotely would mean “cleaning” it on the network.

Once it has been cleaned, other carriers will update their databases as well which makes it possible for you to use on all network for as long as the device is unlocked as mentioned earlier.

If you wish to consider removing the unpaid bills or in-contract status of your AT&T iPhone, please refer to the service here.

10 Common Issues Faced by iPhone X Users Right Now

Are you planning to get the iPhone X soon? Find out what are the common issues faced by the first batch of users now.


The new iPhone X is beautiful and many people have gotten this latest iPhone by Apple.

However, just like any first batch of new models, there are several issues faced by the users.

The issue related may be related to hardware or software which have been raised on Apple’s community support page.

Here are the 10 most common issues faced by iPhone X users:

1. Yellow Screen on iPhone X

The user mentioned:

Your iPhone screen is Yellow (Without True Tone, nightshift is off, no low power power , no color accafomation is on) my question is simple , Why we got a defect device? Because if re-calibrate that in the Display acadomantion it looks fine but still please check if there is a bug and recalibrate all the devices next software update at the picture two devices(left one is defect). Please let us know if it’s software issue.

2. iPhone X Ringer Problem

The user stated:

I recently bought a new iPhone X and has been great until this ringer problem. Every now and then the ringer will turn on and off repeatedly and on its own. And sometimes the ringer will stay on and won’t switch back off. The switch will be on silent and it will repeatedly go on and off on its own without the switch moving. Does anybody else have this issue or know of a fix?

3. iPhone X Green Line on Screen

The user complained:

Day one and a bright green line has appeared down the right side of the iPhone X.


Anyone else having this issue?

4. iPhone X Low Light Photos Blurry

This user stated:

Trying to determine if my iPhone X has a bug or hardware issue.

Issue is that most of my indoor/low light photos are blurry due to the iPhone rarely firing the flash and choosing very slow (long) shutter speeds, typically 1/4, 1/7, and 1/8th second, which are typically too slow for handheld photography, even with image stabilization.

Is anyone else experiencing this?

Took lots of pics at a party the other night and over 80% were blurry. Not cool.

5. iPhone X WiFi will Not Enable

The user described:

I had Wi-Fi enabled and then about an hour later I noticed that the Wi-Fi is off.  I go into setting/wifi and wifi is disabled.  It will not re-enable unless I restart iPhone and then the same thing happens again after about an hour.

6. iPhone X Blurry Photos

The issue was mentioned by the user:

I recently bought the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2.

When I take images, they’re always blurry on the iPhone X.

I’ve attached two examples, notice the clarity in the images (iPhone X on left, Pixel 2 on right).

Mickey- notice the clarity in he dots on mickey’s uniform? Iphone they’re blurry..

On the person image, notice how the clarity again is much less on iPhone.

Do I have a defective unit?  I’m really unhappy with the clarity.

7. iPhone X Touchscreen Issue

The user described in detail:

My new 256GB T-Mobile Spay Gray iPhone X has a non responsive touch screen. After initial boot up, I could not swipe up to begin setup.  After numerous resets using volume up, volume down and then holding side button, I was able to use touch screen and start setup process. I then had numerous issues during setup (slowness, iCloud backup restore failure, freezing).  Did an erase and reset up via Reset in Preferences > General and everything  seemed to start working normally.  After about 6 hours, the touch screen stopped working again.  Have not been able to use phone again even after a erase and restore in iTunes.

Anyone else having touch screen issues or is mine a one off lemon?

8. iPhone X Top Speaker Distortion

The user explained:

Hi, my iPhone X is a few days old. The sound from the top earpiece speaker has a crackle. Happens on all music, apps, or videos.   Problem seems to go away when I plug headphones into it or use Bluetooth speakers. Any advice? Anyone else got the same issue?

9. iPhone X with Different Hue / True Tone

The issue described by the user:

I have been struggling hard to keep the best iPhone X and so far two iPhone Xs I got have different hue or you can call it different True Tone when turned on. So I will need help in deciding which one is more accurate, correct or closer to intended tone? Any ideas, information or insights will be highly appreciated. I was in fact thinking to buy another one to further inspect. I also compared with the ones at the Apple store and they all have different variations.

Please note that both phones have identical setting and nothing is turned on in Accessibility settings.

10. iPhone X Screen Render Issue

The user highlighted the issue with video shot:

Did anyone encounter this display technical render issue? iPhone X display Issue – YouTube

These were the 10 issues recently highlighted on the Apple website.

No one knows for sure yet whether they are isolated issues or some batches are affected.

Which issue do you have and did you manage to get it fixed?

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How to Fix iPhone 7 Not Charging After Updating to iOS 11.0.1

Just updated to iOS 11.0.1 and discovered that your device is saying that “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone”? Try this fix.

This problem is caused by iOS 11.0.1 trying to prevent people from using non-certified or fake lightning cable which has a cracked authenticator chip.

Apple updated the codes in iOS 11.0.1 and will prevent “fake” lightning cable from charging your iPhone.

It was also reported by many users that iOS 11.0.1 is causing slow charging on their iPhones.

Although this seems to work in earlier versions of iOS, Apple, as usual would do anything they can do block any non-approved third party devices.

While this irritates many people, Apple is actually doing them a big favor by providing a guarantee of their safety.

There have been many cases of iPhone 7’s which blew up due to the use of fake lightning cables.

Thankfully, there’s a temporary fix for “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone” error while you find the time and money to get a genuine or approved ligthning cable from Apple.

These simple 8-steps process may help:

1. Turn on USB power

2. Plug in lightning cable to iPhone

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7. Dismiss warning again

8. It should now charge

It’s a bit of hassle doing the steps above all the time, so I would suggest that you get yourself a genuine lightning cable from your nearest Apple store.

Other possible workarounds are:

  • Check the cable that it’s not broken or defective
  • Use an Apple-certified charger
  • Check and/or clean the charging port of your iPhone
  • Do a reset of your iPhone

For issues related to show charging, you can try the following:

1. Remove the dirt or debris from charging port on your iPhone. A toothpick may do the trick.

2. Turn off your iPhone or iPad while charging.

3. Switch on Airplane mode when charging your iPhone.

Frozen iPhone 8? Not Responding? Here’s an Easy Way to Hard Reset It

Did your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus suddenly freeze and not responding. Don’t worry, here’s an easy way to reset or reboot it without using your computer.


People from around the world have started to own the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

While the new iOS 11 is a well-built software, there may be instances of the new iPhone 8 may freeze or stop responding for whatever reasons.

If you’ve been using the older iPhones, to reset it is easy – simply by pressing the home and sleep/wake button simultaneously for 10-15 seconds.

However, the new iPhone 8 together with the new iOS 11 have a new way to reset it. This is due to the new SOS feature added to the device.

On an iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus, the way to reset it is by holding the volume down button and sleep/wake button together. Doing this on the latest iPhone will activate the SOS feature.

How to reset iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

1. Quick press and then let go of the Volume Up button.

2. Quick press and then let go of the Volume Down button.

3. Press and keep holding the sleep/wake button.

4. The Apple logo will appear. Resetting is in progress.

The sleep/wake button is now called as Side button by Apple for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X for your information.

The whole procedure is very easy. In any case your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is having any issue, simply repeat the steps above.

The new iPhone X should have the same procedure as well. We will know for sure when it’s officially available by November 3, 2017!

This EEPROM Chip Programmer Can Fix iTunes Error (-1), 3, 6, 16, 47, 48, 1669

When restoring your iPhone on iTunes and if you’re getting Error (-1), (3), (6), (16), (47), (48), (1669), this chip programmer is able to fix it.


I hate doing a full restore of any iDevice because it can be unpredictable and you may get one of the following errors which are usually related to hardware issues or specifically the chip(s) on the mainboard (logic board) of the iPhone or iPad:

  • iTunes Error (-1)
  • iTunes Error 3
  • iTunes Error 6
  • iTunes Error 16i
  • iTunes Error 47
  • iTunes Error 48
  • iTunes Error 1669

What Do These iTunes Errors Mean?

All of these errors are related to the the EEPROM chip. EEPROM is short for for electrically erasable programmable read-only memory.


The contents of the chip are made up of data whereby  they can be erased and reprogrammed using a pulsed voltage.

If for any reason the data is not stored or written properly, it will cause error especially during the process of restore on iTunes.

Another possible reason if the device was accidentally immersed in liquid or water which causes short circuit thus may cause similar errors.

Some people reported that other hardware issue like broken antenna will also contribute to these errors.

How to Fix these iTunes Errors?

As a general rule, some of these errors can be fixed simply by doing a series of steps on your iPhone (or iPad) and iTunes.

Before you begin, do make sure your data has been backed-up and you have a spare phone to use just in case.

  1. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone
  2. Put your iPhone into DFU mode – press Power and Home Button for 10 seconds, and then release Power Button but keep holding the Home button for 5 seconds.
  3. The screen will stay dark but you will see a message on iTunes that your device is in recovery mode.
  4. Click Restore.
  5. The process to restore will take a while so wait until it completes.

If the restore goes smoothly as planned, that means your device doesn’t have any hardware issue.

How to Fix these iTunes Errors by using a Chip Programmer?

A company in China developed a device that allows qualified technicians to fix these iTunes errors.

They claimed that it will support all models of iPhones from iPhone 4S up until iPhone 6S Plus.

As the logic board of an iPhone is highly delicate and sensitive, removing any chip will cause permanent and irreversible damage.

Therefore this device allows you to fix iTunes error without having to remove any single chip from the logic board.

Technicians only need to connect the logic board to the device, but we didn’t get to see in details on how it’s done.

The chip programmer is also able to erase, read, re-write, check and diagnose EEPROM chips and of course to fix iTunes Error (-1), 3, 6, 16, 47, 48, 1669.

For an advanced repair centre, this is probably a tool technicians need as there are not many repair centres which are specialised in fixing errors like these.

Normally the logic board is replaced right away.

This device sounds very promising and will definitely save a lot of broken iPhones out there.

We hope we can get to try this soon and post the results here.