iPhone in India – Breaking, Activating and Unlocking

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A 16 GB iPhone just made its way to my home today all the way from an US store. Even though I had “experienced” iPhone by reading about it and by seeing tons of videos on YouTube, using it live was a totally different experience.

iPhone is an amazing, astounding, remarkable, wonderful, incredible, marvelous product from Apple!

The sad fact is that I can use this phone only for the next 20 days after which my brother would take ownership! (He is the actual owner of this phone)

iPhone (2)

Sadder is the fact that I have to return using my HTC Touch. Believe me, HTC Touch UI is nothing compared to iPhone; same goes for the user experience.

Using iPhone in India

We all know that iPhone is available only in a few select countries and its also bound/locked to a particular carrier in that country. And if you are not lucky to be in that country, the only way to use an iPhone is by “hacking” it.

I spent almost 3-4 hours by going through the various forums to find the safest way of hacking the iPhone.

As you read more and more into these forums, rather than being informed, you end up in a confused state. You really can’t decide as to what method to use to hack your 500$ iPhone.

I am in no way an iPhone hacking expert but this is what I understood by going through tons of articles and forum posts. (Disclaimer: The information might not be 100% accurate)

First thing is to understand some of the terminologies associated with hacking the iPhone.

Jailbreak It is the method used to set the iPhone OS file system in read/write mode. You can install third party applications only on a “jailbroken” iPhone.

Activate – Before you can use any of iPhone features, you must activate iPhone by signing up for a service plan with the iPhone service carrier in your area and registering iPhone with the network.

Unlock – A procedure used to make the iPhone work with any GSM Carrier and involves hacking the baseband on iPhone.

If you are planning to use iPhone in India you need to do all of the above. For some legal users of iPhone hacking might only involve “Jailbreak” which allows them to install third party applications.

Tools to hack iPhone

After going through the various forums, I narrowed down onto two tools to hack the iPhone (on Windows)

  1. ZiPhone 2.6b
  2. iPlus 2.0b

There is one set of users who have had success with ZiPhone and there is one set which believes that iPlus is the safest way of hacking iPhone.

The way ZiPhone breaks iPhone is different from the way iPlus does; ZiPhone permanently downgrades the bootloader from version 4.6 to 3.9 whereas iPlus downgrades it to a fake blank 3.9 bootloader. With iPlus you have an option to go back to 4.6 bootloader which is probably required to shield against future firmware updates from Apple.

Many believe that iPlus2.0b is the safest way to hack iPhone; however note that there is one issue found with using Fake Blank Bootloader. More details on this post. The issue is more of a warning and might occur only if you try to downgrade to 1.0.0 or 1.1.1 firmware.

ZiPhone has a very nice user interface and it almost tempted me to use it rather than iPlus. (Note: ZiPhone is probably an ideal tool to break iPod Touch)

ziphone

However the inability to restore back 4.6 bootloader prompted me to use iPlus2.0b with the international payload. Though iPlus2.0b is command line driven, it did its work of breaking, activating and unlocking the iPhone with zero trouble.

The iPhone is currently activated on Airtel network and it should also work with the following service providers:

  • Spice
  • Vodafone
  • CellOne

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For using iPlus2.0, I followed the instructions given on this post:

Also note that I skipped the loading of 1.1.4 firmware; You can skip this after confirming that you have 1.1.4 version of the firmware on your iPhone. To confirm the firmware version, you need to type in this code: *3001#12345#*

Also if you are not comfortable with this command line interface, the same developers of iPlus have come up with iLiberty+.

iliberty

This UI wrapper for iPlus was released a week back and I thought it might be risky to try out a new untested tool. However I do like the concept of iLiberty+ where they have tried to design it as an extensible tool; users can download and place the payloads of their choice and select the same from the “Advanced” tab.

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Disclaimer: This post is just my experience of breaking iPhone using iPlus2.0, if you bricked your iPhone using iPlus2.0 or ZiPhone I am not liable 🙂

83 comments… add one

  • Rishil Apr 5, 2008

    wow, you did quite a research. I am sure this would have come handy to many ppl. have added to my fav. will refer this to my friends who intend to get an iphone. Thanks.

  • venukb Apr 6, 2008

    Glad that you liked the post Rishil 🙂

  • Pavan Apr 9, 2008

    Venu,
    I heard unlocked iPhones are sold in National Market for around 25K, also there are shops in brigade road who will get your phone unlocked for just Rs.100-200 !

  • venukb Apr 9, 2008

    Pavan, are you sure 25k is for the 16GB iPhone ! I have seen many people selling the 8GB ones for around 22K

    Anyway getting it from an apple store in US is the most safest and cheapest also i believe (costs you around 500USD==20K INR)
    (Its possible that the ones sold in Bangalore are got directly from the factory in Shenzhen)

    And regarding unlocking, you don’t even need to go all the way to Brigade, use iPlus its safe and pretty easy 🙂

  • Pavan Apr 9, 2008

    Yes, It should be 8GB ones. Humm iPlus is safe…now you owe me $500 if my iPhone goes for a toss when I try……haha..;-)

  • venukb Apr 9, 2008

    Pavan, you dont need to worry about bricking your iPhone, you always have a recovery mode available and you can always download the 1.1.4 firmware and load it back via iTunes.

    All you need to take care is not to change the baseband (the gsm modem related part)

    ZiPhone for one downgrades the baseband (if you don’t downgrade the baseloader) while breaking iPhone 1.1.4

    iPlus installs a fake 3.9 bootloader and keeps the baseband intact and when a new firmware update comes from Apple you can even go back to 4.6 bootloader.

    Let me know about your “iPhone bricking” experience..

  • rajat Apr 10, 2008

    Hi Venu,

    I am using a 1.1.2 iphone for about a month. I am interested in upgrading it to 1.1.4
    However, I have done some reading on it and realised that the programs available are causing more issues than relief. Some issues like no signal, SMS not working, google maps not giving the loaction etc are very common on forums.

    Just wanted to know if you have tried anything? Recently pwnage has come up and sounds promising.

    Any ideas?

    Regards,
    Rajat

  • venukb Apr 10, 2008

    Rajat, the boxed device itself was on 1.1.4 which was broken using iPlus

    No Signal Issues
    SMS is working fine (Though I find the “chat” kind of feature annoying)
    Google Maps also has no trouble in “pinning” the search locations..

    By the way firmware upgrade on a jailbroken phone is something that I have not researched and if you are doing the upgrade, please do write a short summary on how you did it.

  • venukb Apr 10, 2008

    Oh ! Just read a little bit on the above.. I guess all you need to do for a firmware upgrade is to restore to 1.1.4 before using iPlus or Ziphone !

  • ar Apr 12, 2008

    if u use iplus without international payload, will iphone still work in India?

  • nikman Apr 12, 2008

    Hi, if I get an UNLOCKED iphone ver 1.1.4 from the US, do I still have to go through the Jailbreak/activate process? Or do I just pop in a GSM Sim and get going?

    • Akil Nov 12, 2009

      Hi Nikam,

      I just want to confirm.

      Did you bought an unlocked iPhone 3gs from US and simply by using the airtel SIM it is working in India?

      Please confirm?

      Thanks

  • luz Apr 13, 2008

    I just have doubts on hacking iphones. I think there is a law prohibiting the said action.

  • venukb Apr 13, 2008

    @ar,
    I tried to check on the forums but couldn’t get anything substantial. Try out the phone in India, if it doesnt work, all you need to do is to put the phone in recover mode, load up the 1.1.4 firmware and run iPlus with international payload !

    @nikman,
    what did you use to unlock the phone in US ? iPlus ? ZiPhone ?

    @luz,
    I was also checking on the laws and all I read is that its definitely not illegal to hack the iPhone; After you have paid for the phone, you own it and you can do whatever you want and I don’t think the manufacturer will care;

    However the device will no longer be covered under the warranty terms and conditions.

  • nikman Apr 15, 2008

    @venukb,
    not sure, but it was ordered UNLOCKED from a website. So once it lands in India, what are the things that I have to take care of?

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

  • venukb Apr 15, 2008

    Nikman,
    Put in the SIM and see if it latches onto the network in India. If it does, well and good.
    You might also want to check on the working of WiFi and YouTube. Thes are the other 2 apps which generally are broken in a UNLOCKED phone.

    If you are not able to latch on to the GSM network in India, check on what firmware version on the phone.

    You can put the device in recover mode and restore the 1.1.4 Firmware (pwsi file) and then jailbreak/activate/unlock using iPlus2.0 or iLiberty

  • Apurv Apr 16, 2008

    Aha.. congratulations! Definitely an awesome buy..

  • haider Apr 26, 2008

    before unlocking an iphone do you need to activate it on AT&t network or the software will do everything

  • Venu Apr 28, 2008

    haider,
    The software does everything. You don’t need to activate on the AT&T network !

  • nikman May 1, 2008

    Hey Venu, got the unlocked phone last week and I had to just pop in an airtel sim to get it up and running.

    The firmware version is 04.04.05_G. How do I know whether the bootloader on this is permanently downgraded or not? And if it is, any words of advice as to how I can try upgrading it to 4.6?

    Youtube, Wifi are working just fine.

    • anant Feb 22, 2011

      Please let me know the procedure will that works fine in your case ?
      1) You bought a iphone from U.S in unlocked mode.
      2) shiiped to india.
      3) you just inserted the airtel sim, and done may be restart,

      All this worked fine , you were in airtel network yu can use applications like youtube etc ?

  • Venu May 1, 2008

    Congrats Nikman !

    The baseband version seems, regarding the Bootloader, you can install an app called BBInfo.

    You should probably be on 3.9Fake Boot loader (if iPlus was used) and you don’t need 4.6 till iPhone comes with the next firmware upgrade.

    Also do remember to install Services app or BigbossPref app to turn off the SSH; its one big battery sucker 🙂

  • nikman May 1, 2008

    Awesome! Thanks Venu for the help!

  • Prakash May 8, 2008

    hey venu,

    fantastic article man.. really helpful
    i’m right now goin to unlock the iphone i bought from US.
    Just a question though, I wanted to know after u unlocked it were u able to use all features such as caller ID etc
    Also u said in yr last comment about installing services app to turn of bigboss…can u tell me how to do it..
    btw thanx again for such a simple post…this should certainly come out as the first result in google for iphoners in india

  • venukb May 10, 2008

    Prakash,
    Very glad that you found the article useful.
    Yes after unlocking everything is working fine, no complaint on ANY feature.

    One you startup your unlocked iphone, you should see on installer app. Use this to install the Bigboss preferences application, using which you can turn off the SSH service and save battery.

    Do share your unlock experience once its done..

  • vaibhav garg May 13, 2008

    hi
    I need help. I am a bit confused. I have read all the posts and i am bit confused. What should be used ( i plus or zip phone). My phone will be here within 2 weeks and will ahve latest firmware ( i think 1.4). So pls guide me

  • Venu May 13, 2008

    Vaibhav,
    Use iPlus, its worked for me with no trouble and since its loads a fake bootloader it is easily upgradable to the actual version

    You can even use Ziphone and stay on the same bootoloader version, however you need to downgrade the baseband 🙂

    If you are not comfortable using the command line interface of iPlus, try iLiberty+

  • vaibhav garg May 15, 2008

    Hi venukb
    D0 I need to flow what is given in ” How to activate, jailbreak and unlock 1.1.4 firmware with iPlus (3.9 / 4.6 bootloader)” word by word.
    After we downgrade the bootloader to 3.9 then is there any need to upgrade it.
    Also what is the firmware version in new phones.

  • Venu May 15, 2008

    Vaibhav,
    Yes follow all the steps as in that article. Note that as mentioned in step 1, I did not restore to 1.1.4 (Since my phone firmware was already 1.1.4, I skipped that step)

    Also before running iplus -u, ensure that you copy/use the international payload

  • vaibhav garg May 16, 2008

    hi venukb
    is there any need to restore the bootloader to 4.6 from 3.9 after unlocking the i phone.
    What is the firmware version of latest i phones

  • Venu May 16, 2008

    Sorry forgot to mention about that in the earlier reply.
    you should leave it at 3.9Fake Boot loader and in case new firmware updates come from apple, you might have to upgrade to 4.6.

    Until then you don’t need to do anything.

  • vinod Jun 1, 2008

    i was a bit late to c this forum but hey the ziphone did the trick for me it was fast n simple u hve video demonstrations of hw simple it is in youtube jst type in ziphone…n yaa use ziphone3.0 versioin
    it was a walk in a park
    well i still hvnt used mine in india but using it in uk in t-mobile no prbs
    itz perfect i dnt regret getting mine

  • vinod Jun 1, 2008

    n yaa u can download the awsum prgram frm http://www.ziphone.org/
    njoy life

  • Rishi Jun 3, 2008

    Hi Venu,
    Thanks for such a nice review. I have MTNL network with me. An US brought Iphone unlocked in india will work with MTNL network. i heard that there is some network problem in US brought iphone??
    is it so
    pl help
    rishi

  • venukb Jun 3, 2008

    Vinod,
    Glad to know that ZiPhone worked for you. Ziphone didn’t believe in installing the Fakeblank bootloader and you have to compromise on baseband version if you use ZiPhone !

    Rishi,
    I unlocked a phone bought in US itself, and it should work with any GSM network in India.

    • Arpit Sep 22, 2010

      Hey venu..wat do u hv to say abt iphone 4.. Man m plannin to buy iphone frm last yr….m afraid yr..actually i thot dat i’ll buy on my trip to us..wich is priced at $199 u tell after unlocking will it work here……????

  • vaibhav Jun 4, 2008

    Hi
    I have heard that during unlocking if something goes wrong then the i phone becomes locked and is rendered unusable.

    Also if we download something mistakably from apple/itunes then i phone gets locked

    Is it true??

  • Venu Jun 4, 2008

    No vaibhav, the unlocking is pretty safe. If something does go wrong, you can always put the phone in restore mode and put in the actual firmware to get it back to normal.

    The phone becomes unusable if the baseband gets corrupted and with iPlus, they don’t touch the baseband and hence is safer.

  • vaibhav Jun 4, 2008

    @venukb
    Is it true if i download something from itunes/apple then it wud lock th phone

  • Tarun Jun 20, 2008

    Hi,
    Currenly i am in US and planning to return in another 2 weeks. I am planning to buy one for myself after reading your article (Thanks ;-)). But i read a blog saying the upgrade in 1.1.4 (i mean apatch added by apple) has made it un-hackble. Any ideas on that ?

    Also tell me if i need to activate the At&T sim before leaving. Or i can frame it in this way – Will it make a difference if the iphone is activated or not while hacking it ?

    Thnaks in advance 🙂

  • venukb Jun 23, 2008

    Tarun – I read that that old versions of iPhone are not available and the new iPhone is coming in on July 11th. The new one has 3G and many other goodies. The new one also has 2.0 version of the firmware which is supposedly already broken by iPhone Dev team. If you buy this, the instructions on my post might not be applicable. I will keep you posted on the 2.0 unlock procedure.

  • kushal Jun 24, 2008

    Hey venu…!
    I am using my 1.1.1 iphone for the last 4 and a half month. Now I am looking to upgrade it to 1.1.4. As iphone 3g in arriving shortly into the market, it will having an advantage of graded with2.0. Pkease tell me, whether 2.0 is compatible with my phone or it is all 1.1.4 which i can upgrade. I have no basic idea of breaking, activating etc procedures. Tell me whether iplus or iliberty or Ziphone is suitable for me. Give me the details of the procedure to follow….!!!
    Kushal

  • venukb Jun 26, 2008

    Kushal – I am sure you can upgrade to 1.1.4. You need to put the phone on restore mode and upgrade the firmware.

    Check iLiberty, the interface is pretty straight forward and should help you to easily upgrade to 1.1.4

    2.0 upgrade should also be possible once its available and once the iPhone Dev team comes with a tool for the same.

    WinPwn is a new tool which is supposedly better than ZiPhone or iPlus/iLiberty (I haven’t had the opportunity to use it)

    iClairified has a very good post on using WinPwn here:

    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=957
  • Sumit Jun 29, 2008

    Hi
    I am getting Apple new 3G iphone from US…
    Just wanted to ask that what i need to to do in order get it work in india….
    I have heard that we need to unlock the phone …One is through service pr0vider & one in through software…..
    Please let me know is that right or what should i do????
    .

  • sam Aug 22, 2008

    hey the vinu..wud u plzz help me…i wish 2 buy the latest iphone launched on 22nd aug..in india..from US..wil it easily work in india…wt wud i need 2 do to make it work in India..in Bombay..and suburbs..?

  • sand Dec 11, 2008

    hey venu,
    i am totally new to all this so need your help.i want to purchase a new iphone from australia and then use it in delhi.please tell me what do i have to do?will the phone get unlocked and work in india?what is this service provider thing?what is the price if i buy it from australia?

  • eshan Jan 16, 2009

    hi..
    i was wondering that it is all fine with the unlocking part..but when we buy an iphone in the US then we have to sign the at&t contract…so when the phone is shipped to india..what happens to the cntract..
    and also since the contract requires a social security number of the person buying the phone…then will any extra payment is required to be paid..etc..
    plz help.

  • venukb Jan 28, 2009

    Sand,
    Sorry for the late reply. Missed your comment. Are you using a iPhone now?

    Eshan,
    Yeah I don’t know how you can get a iPhone from US now. I have heard that you need to activate at the store. Not sure what charges you need to pay if you cancel the contract. If you can cancel the contract and still own the phone, then you can definitely break it and use anywhere.

    • Manju Jul 1, 2011

      Dear sir,
      My uncle have gifted me iphone 4 of 32 gb which he bought from US. I am from India from bangalore. i dont have any idea of using it.but he had asked me to breakup the software and use it. Is it that be needful. breaking up software will not cause any damage or guarantee . what is that software jail braek who will do it. will it be safe after doing it.i dont know whether phone is unloked or locked how to get all the deatils
      please help me what to do so that it will be useful

  • ravi Apr 20, 2009

    My friend is getting an iphone from US, can you let me know where i can unlock my iphone in Bangalore…..

  • madappa May 10, 2009

    hi!! i’m planin to get an iphone frm U.S. and as u know dere it is only supposed to b used wid AT&T network….i wanna know if after gettin it here if i’ll b able to get it hacked and use wid other network providers..also cud u suggest me places in b’lore where it is safely hacked??

  • bharath Jun 17, 2009

    Hi
    Just recently I have bought an unlocked iphone in Canada. It has been unlocked by jailbreaking first with quickpwn and installing yellowsn0w. But I am reading articles which say that EDGE does not work in India (Airtel). Also there is no option at all in iphone 3G to configure EDGE. I guess 3G is the higher version of EDGE. How do I make EDGE work with airtel in India

  • Bala Aug 12, 2009

    Eshan and others who need to know about iPhone 3GS contract plan:
    AT and T would initially charge you $208.95 for the phone – I got my iPhone activated on 9 June
    For 9th June to 12 July I got a bill for 178.13 dated for a two month period (They take 1 month advance billing during this first month bill)
    Before 12 July – if I cancel iPhone, I would not be charged cancellation fee, but I would also have to return the iPhone
    So I waited till it was beyond 1 month and cancelled my service
    The cancellation of service is effective only at next billing cycle – I would receive a bill only on 12 August (probably 0(zero) USD since I have already paid in first month for the second month and if I dont use more than alloted minutes and didnt do sms and international calls)
    Though my service will get cancelled on 12 August, Not until September end will I get the contract cancellation notice and I would be asked to pay up 175 USD + taxes
    I am sure they have deliberately complicated the situation becoz of people cancelling in-between.

    If you count the amount it will reach 600 USD, which is as good as the price 650 you can pay and buy (not unlocked) iPHONE 3gs from best-buy.
    Also you need credit history and billing address for buying from ATnT with 2 year contract but no such hassles from Best buy.

  • Tashi Aug 31, 2009

    Hi!
    I got an iphone 3Gs from the U.S. recently. I want to get it unlocked and use it with Airtel. I read ur piece above but I am not sure if I should do it myself for I am not really good at electronics. what to do?

  • Dr. Vikram Jan 5, 2010

    Dear Venu your post is an excellent piece of research. I intend to buy an unlocked Iphone 3G-S from US costing $390. My query is:
    1. Can I use this unlocked phone with Cellone-(in Himachal Pradesh)?
    2. What other procedures I have to follow with this device?
    Please guide.

  • sandhya Jan 15, 2010

    hi venu,
    i am new to this iphone stuff. i just bought a iphone for my dad through ebay website in USA. It is an unlocked 3g version. i downloaded itunes. When i read the manual it says that we have to register iphone by downloading itunes and then follow the onscreen instructions to register. Though i downloaded itunes i am not getting any onscreen msgs. i also connected my iphone to the computer and cliked on “itunes” option but it says “itunes store is not supported in this country” (india).
    What do i do now? (i am not able to interact with this iphone like for eg transfer photos from comp to iphone etc)
    Plzzz help…

  • mithun Jan 16, 2010

    hi
    i have been using i phone 32gb 3gs for more than a month. i bought that in australia and i had no trouble usinng wi-fi or my providers interenet services. i came down to india nd recently recharged with vodafone internet package 123rs. But am not sure of my settings and my place doent have a vodafone shope
    to enquire can some 1 help me with the settings for gprs in vodafone prepaid…

    cheers

  • ram Jan 27, 2010

    hi ,
    i want to unlock apple iphone ,please can u guide

  • MBL Apr 4, 2010

    my iphone 3G is not starting. It only shows apple logo for few seconds & then goes off again. Please Help (it happens after i was sync with itunes)

  • MJ Apr 9, 2010

    Hi,

    I am planning to buy an iphone 3gs from the US (apple store, without any AT&T contract) and use it in India. Can someone guide me through the process of getting it unlocked? Will also be eager to hear from someone who has gone through this process and what the post unlocking experience has been.

    Thanks!
    MJ

  • ayush May 25, 2010

    Hey…. Listen .. I am in India.. I really am thinking of buying a Iphone from U.S ……. n try to work wid it here…
    Can I have some ideas.. on how can i unlock my Iphone ( Brought from U.S) Ideas should be safe but workable!
    Suggestions Please.

  • shreya Oct 6, 2010

    hey..
    m planning to get a 8gb iphone 3g from US… can i unlock it in india and use it without any prob???

  • SavIt MAHAJAN Oct 15, 2010

    hey iM lUkN 4rWd 2 ask My uNCLE 2 briNG AN appLE i pHoNE VicH COstS aroUnd $99 VId AT & T coNtRACt…AS at & t is NoT AN OffIcIAL seRvICE pROvIder CAN I MAKE dis I pHoNE work In iNDIA usInG a VOdaFOne prepaId SIm…???

  • veer Nov 29, 2010

    can this be done at home n is it safe to jailbreak the iphone

  • Elango Dec 2, 2010

    I don’t think these will work with any firmware versions higher than 4.0. If your iPhone OS is 4.1 or 4.2, you are out of luck. Nothing works.

  • vivek Feb 1, 2011

    can i unlock iphone bought in USA for 200 USD locked with AT

    • nitin Apr 13, 2011

      anybody in need for GEVE TURBO SIM for unlocking IPHONE 4G(Versions 4.1 / 4.2.1 / 4.3 / 4.3.1 & Modem Firmware 01.59.00 / 02.10.04 / 03.10.01 / 04.10.01)…. can contact me…. it works i am using it too…. just for rs.1900 nitinsachdeva092@yahoo.com…,

    • Angad Dec 14, 2012

      yes Vivek…
      at jus for Rs : 699.
      At n T…contact if interested .
      9700447440

  • Kiran Kumar Mar 11, 2011

    Please call me i need to ask you one doubt 09535069421 or give me your contact details.

    I have an iphone brought it from US with software version 1.1.4 and it was working properly but i actually updated it to 3.3.1 and now its not working and asking me to insert valid SIM and verify it from AT &T network. Please suggest what i should do. Can i Unlock with above mentioned tools.
    Ziphonewin-3.0 or iplus

  • RAVI MISHRA Apr 16, 2011

    Dear sir,
    I have visited i phones website and the cost of i phone 4 is 199 $ from AT & T
    is it true ?
    if yes,then can that i phone be used in india by unlocking it.

  • rohit Apr 24, 2011

    Hi ;

    I have 2 basic questions. I am getting iphone from US through a friend.

    1) Which is the best place to buyit. Is it apple store. It being advertised by at&t for 449 USD or apple store 99 for 8gb iphone 3gs
    2) I assume the phone would work for vodafone since it is a quad band.

    Thanks
    Rohit

  • sammy May 3, 2011

    hey venu,
    I bought iphone 4.2.1 from US and I have jailbroken it. Now I want to unlock it… but sadly I have no information about baseband and all. I just want to know that if I unlock it using iplus, will it work with vodafone in new delhi? by the way, it is 03.10.01 firmware modem if this detail helps in anyway.
    please reply ASAP
    thank you 🙂

  • adi Sep 19, 2011

    Hi sir,
    I am planning to get a box pack absolutely untouched iPhone 4 from the U.S. for $199. Can you please give me a brief description of the steps involved to unlock the phone or atleast direct me to someone who will? Really in need of help
    Thanks

  • Sudhir Sharma Jul 2, 2012

    Hi Venu,

    I just got a used 3G 16gb iPhone from US. And now I want to use it in India. You article looks very impressive.
    Did you get any feedback from any user in this post who followed your suggested instructions to successfully unlock the phone?
    And what is the preferred and safer method to unlock?
    How about approaching local mobile repair shops for getting it unlocked?

    Regards,
    Sudhir

  • Aaryan Aug 14, 2012

    Heya Venu,
    its me aaryan this side. i badly need your help..the situation is like i have my iPhone4 which i purchased it from hong kong. The day i received it it was already jailbroken and was accompanied with the other stuff. But after a few days i just by mistake deleted a few of cydia resources which led to all disaster. i saw my cydia application was no more available and the network bar with “NO SERVICE”.
    i tried a lot of things to recover so finally did upgraded my iOS to 5.1.1 i.e. (latest software available ) with baseband 04.12.01.
    i’m all stuck with the startup page on my iPhone to activate it and the use the features.. i have no idea what to do shoot forward..
    asap really need your help..reply me as soon as possible 🙁

    regards,
    Aaryan

    • Angad Dec 14, 2012

      contact me asap.
      i’ll give you the solution to this problem . DON’T WORRY !
      9700447440

  • Dwaipayan Sep 3, 2012

    Hi Venu !!!
    Myself Dwaipayan here went through your posts and found it useful. Great job bro. Im planning to buy an Iphone 3G 8Gb in West Bengal India. Can you/anyone help me with where can I get the new one at lowest possible price. Im looking for AT&T or Verizon Version within 100$. Can you pls tell whats the difference in the AT&T/Verizon Versions compared to the Original version bought from an apple store??
    Awaiting your kind help.
    Thank you in advance bro.

  • Kshitij Gupta Sep 21, 2012

    hello,
    i want to buy an iphone 5 from the U.S and use it here in india……………will all its features and applications function work properly here or not??? plz help me with it

    • Angad Dec 14, 2012

      buy AT n T and then contact me. 9700447440

  • Vishal Singh Sep 21, 2012

    hey ,
    i want to buy an iphone5 from u.s and use it here in india….if i follow ur post(which is given above)which includes activating,jailbreaking and unlocking it will it work and are there any transport problem importing an iphone from u.s to india?????plzz i need ur advice
    hope u reply soon………..
    thnk u:)

    • Angad Dec 14, 2012

      BUY AT n T ,,,,angd then contact me,

  • Angad Dec 14, 2012

    Guys If you are buying iphones ,,
    Buy the ones with the following carrier.
    At n T USA.
    and almost all from Australia
    Vodafone UK
    O2 UK
    Orange UK.
    contanct me for any kinda unlock solutions .
    email : angadsup@gmail.com
    ph : +919700447440

  • Praveen May 21, 2014

    Hi venu,

    I have ordered an iPhone 5 64gb from USA. The seller has mentioned that the Applie iPhone 5 works world wide. May I know what should be the next step I need to perform. Its mentioned that the phone is unlocked.

    Just wanted to know the furthur steps for a clean activation of my iphone 5.

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