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setup iPhone 5 for att mvno: h2o, t-mobile, straight talk, gsm – no jailbreaking required

no jailbreak required🙂 – thank verizon (& fcc) for shipping factory unlocked iPhone 5! yes it works on h20, straight talk, etc
[ if you found this info helpful, please consider buying me a beer >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ]

you just need to cut the current gsm sim card, put it in and vu a la – it will work! (i’ve got it working with h2o and t-mobile) – no jailbreaking / gevey required.

here are the instructions:

1) cut the sim card to nano size.

basically take the current nano-sim out, put it next to your current sim card and use a big knife🙂
here’s a very helpful printout

tip: use an old, non wokring sim-card to practice

2) in order to change your apn settings so Internet works, you’ll need to enable “cellular network data” option under settings > general > cellular.
t-mobile sim card ($20 at any t-mobile store) is your ticket
then, use this sim swipe trick:

then change your APN settings (e.g. h2o, here are others)

(when using gsm, 5 supports up to 6gb down speeds – “4g”)
ps: good luck and check the news before you upgrade iOS 6 (when update comes out)

iPhone 4S vs iPhone 5 tech specs graphic

here are the crucial and (some) omitted differences between new iPhone 5 and “old” iPhone 4S. graphic from the website

3 things that weren’t mentioned during latest apple keynote:

– 3 different models of the iPhone 5 vs 2 models of 4S (CDMA / world phone)
– no more support for 2G on iPhone 5? (not confirmed yet)
– nano-sim

– battery life only 10% better then 4S
more iPhone technical specifications:

iPhone 5 iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S what's changed iPhone 4S
Price (on contract) $199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB $199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB
Processor Apple A6 Dual-core Apple A5
Memory 1GB (tbc) 512MB
Display 4-inch IPS 1,136 x 640 3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640
Pixel Density 326 ppi 326 ppi
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Primary camera 8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture 8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture
Secondary camera “FaceTime HD” at 720p VGA at 30fps
Video recording 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps
Cellular GSM / CDMA / LTE Hybrid GSM / CDMA “World Phone”
WiFi Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 (tbc) Bluetooth 4.0
Orientation sensing Accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope Accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope
FaceTime WiFi and Cellular WiFi-only (iOS 5)
SIM standard nano-sim microSIM
Battery life Up to 8 hours talk time on 3G
Up to 8 hours data on 3G
Up to 8 hours data on LTE
Up to 10 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
Up to 225 hours on standby
Up to 8 hours talk time on
Up to 14 hours talk time on 2G
Up to 6 hours data on 3G
Up to 9 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
Up to 200 hours on standby
Weight 112 grams / 3.9 oz 140 grams / 4.9 oz
Dimensions 123.8 x 7.6mm 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm
Colors Black / White Black / White

ps: here are all of the screenshots from apple’s website of 4S tech specs:

the real skinniest / thinnest iPhone 4S / 4 bumper

damn google. i just spent 2 hours, trying to find the thinnest iphone bumper case available. the problem is – misleading links! they say it’s a bumper, but it’s a case, as in it has a back
call me crazy, but iphone 4 is gorgeous and i don’t want to cover the back of it …

so here are my findings – the really thinnest iPhone 4 bumpers:

1) 0.9 mm – Sinjimoru InLite Ultra Thin – $15

exactly what i’ve been looking for, but: no protection, cheesy square dongle  & questionable quality

2) 1.5 mm – ultraSlim bumper – $13

unfortunately, the buttons are hard to press on this one

3) 2.5 mm – UCO skinny – $24

the irony? the thickest, seems best made (but still thinner, then the original apple iphone bumper)

others: nude, reveal & sgp (~2 mm)

run up, thinner contenders – but NOT bumpers:

zero 5 – 0.5 mm – – $19

and the thinnest of them all? (makes you wonder, what’s the point):
pinio slice 3 – 3.5 mm – $35 … however if you google “thinnest iphone +bumper mm“,
you’ll see $5 0.3 mm knock offs

real world iPhone 4S review / sprint / iOS 5

so, i’ve had “the best iPhone ever made” over the weekend and here are my, real world thoughts:

1) SIRI – yes, pretty amazing … IF it works.

between sprint and/or apple servers issues in the first 2 days. it’s been a very frustrated experience (“i’m sorry, i’m having problems reaching the network”)
but … when it does work. wow
my eastern european accent usually trips any voice recognition app (dragon go has been my favorite so far, but it too has it’s misses)

back to SIRI.
best experience – dictating 1 sentence txt message, in a crowded restaurant. got it 90% right … impressive
worst? trying to dial my friend “ehab” …. i gave up, after the 5th try

“set an alarm in 1/2 hour” doesn’t seem to work for me. “reminders” do, but they are so quiet … i’ve missed one or two already

after using it for 4 days …. although it is not 100% accurate, 85% is impressive

biggest peeve? siri has to reach out to the internet for everything!? seems like a oversight to have to do that for local info, such as your contacts, playlists, etc

2) camera

yeah it’s nice, faster, 8 mb … (can’t really confirm the dimmer environment). but … the reality is that in the end, you’ll take the 8mb picture & upload it to facebook (send it to friends, etc) at … 1mb (if). so in the real world, more doesn’t really mean much … right?

but … take a look at the 2 photos above and you will be able to pick the better one … yes 4S is better, more vibrant, more alive

3) “faster”, “better” battery life

real life improvement? maybe 5%-10% faster overall, but barely noticeable if you don’t play games.

i do have to say, download speeds are twice faster on att – 4gb vs 2gb (even using 1 year old sim card). in real life, maybe 20%+ improvement. when using newer 4G sim, you can get up to 6gb speeds … 3x faster. but that’s only certain cities

battery … i’d say about the same, but … that’s comparing to jailbroken iPhone 4 (so about 5-10% worse … ?)
[update] although i have not experienced any battery problems on the 4S. i’m having a horrible experience with my 4, after upgrading to iOS 5. after extensive testing i found that jailbreak / intelliScreenX & especially stocks ticker are to blame. now, it’s about 80-90% what i used to get on iOS 4.3.3

but … then i played music to apple TV & it drained the remaining 30% in 3 hours

4) iOS 5 – 200 “features”?

if you’ve had your phone jailbroken … you’ll actually miss it (lock screen notification on jailbreak … are better🙂
configuring notification _per_ application is … mentally challenging (there’s a better word for it – sarah p especially likes🙂 )
photo stream is nice, but no option not to post certain pix … & no way to see them on older iOS (eg iPad)

all the other 200 features? (honestly, i had to go to to remind me, what those “features” are …🙂
wireless sync … nice, but iPhoto doesn’t work wirelessly (maybe i do need to update though)
playlist folders sorting is f ed again (if you put “.” in front of your playlists, you can relate)
mail still can’t search old messages via exchange sync from gmail (google might actually be at fault here though)
iMessage … non of my friends have iOS 5 yet, so no use.
[basically, it’s a feature you’ll never “free” enjoy, since att charges you $20 (!) for lowest txt’ing plan, sprint “includes” it & verizon … as well? (so you basically will pay for texting regardless if you use it or not).]
interestingly, tried to send an iMessage from a deactivated Verizon iPhone via wifi … can’t do. [update, you have to turn iMessage ON, it’s not by default (?!). you also need to have contact’s email address that matches apple ID … i have 4 different email addresses on a good day = a mess. TIP: update your QR business card with the proper email address]
twitter integration – eeeh, as one of my friends recently commented to a photo posted (via twitter) to facebook: “i refuse to sign up, yet to another social service, to see your photos”🙂

5) jailbreaks i miss:

free tethering
lock screen notifications that stay (calendar, 5 day weather, etc)
sbsetting on lock screen
activator gestures
would (if not for sprint integration) – g voice txt
free apps? … not so much, surprisingly

6) disappointed with sprint

i have been complaining about not able to make or maintain phone calls with att for 3 years now …
but when i was not able to check my email, downtown chicago via sprint’s service. i’ve realized …. making that phone call is no longer as crucial as being able to check your email

another annoyance, is the data OR call … will again, make you miss att

yet, another – visual voicemail doesn’t work for me … i could probably call sprint, etc, but why ??? $850 phone should work perfectly, out of box (you’ll pay that other $450 one way or another …)

i do have to say that built-in integration with google voice is amazing: type in the number … that’s it! all your calls & texts to that phone come to your sprint phone now & when you txt/dial from your phone, google voice number comes up. brilliant (att, take notice)

ps: let’s talk about iOS 5 bugs some more (my list) – apple, please take note:

– having to set notification settings, one by one. i have 20 apps on a good day, pleeeeease let me set it once for all
– camera button on the lock screen (even when the phone is not locked) – have you tried to press home button, once you’re there? can’t get out! (can’t see other photos, again even when phone is unlocked)
– battery life – ok, in all fairness, i’ve used 2 diff 4S (att & sprint) & did NOT experience any battery problems, BUT my 4 att … seems to have 1/2 of battery life what it had under 4.3.3. upon detailed testings i finally managed to get a day out of it by: turning off intelliScreenX (stock ticker might be the real culprit here), but then i played music to apple TV & it drained the remaining 30% in 3 hours.
– mail search – still doesn’t work, when it comes to older “on server” messages. first: the default search should be “all”. then i’m not sure if it’s apple or google, but my gmail search via exchange client on iOS hasn’t worked for 2 years now.

fix for iBooks on 4.3.5 / ios 5.0.1 jailbroken iPhone / iPad crashing

so you made a mistake of upgrading your iPad / iPhone to iOS 4.3.5 / 5.0.1 – You applied jailbreak via Cydia and now iBooks crash (& you didn’t backup your SHSH).

[update 12/29] how to fix iBooks 1.5 on untethered iOS 5.01 :
– redsn0w 9b10+ (if not latest patch with corona 1.3)
– install fresh iBooks 1.5 (i’ve updated on device)
– install iBooksFix2 from

[update 11/1] how to fix iBooks on jailbroken iOS 5 (need to be jb literate)


you’re not alone, this is a well known issue. unfortunately because it affects iOS 5 beta as well. i have a feeling, our heros: comex & ih8sn0w – will wait until the final iOS5 to fix this issue (cat & mouse game jb community & apple play every year …). there isn’t seem to be a solution, i’ve tried to downgrade to earlier version of iBooks – they all crash (1.2 1.3) & 1.1 opens, but no books show & you can’t even complete a sample download.

well, thx to @raktim_rakzzz i have a solution for ya:

– use pwnage tool to cook up a custom ipsw firmware & jailbreak your iPhone / iPad
instructions here (mac)
– instead of 4.3.4 (mentioned in the instructions above) use 4.3.5 bundle – get at

ps: if you have iPad 3g … like me, you’re out of luck😦 – 4.3.5 upgrades to firmware 07.11.01 which doesn’t support this fix


last resort is to downgrade to 4.3.3 via iFaith (win only)

ps: or … use this free epub reader app – Bluefire … until final iOS 5 fix comes out (thx to sinful)

keep movies on iPad, but delete from comptuer

little hard drive space saving tip. say you have a movie / book / long song you want on your iPad / iPhone, but don’t want to keep it on your computer / mac

  1. sync the movie with your iPad (have it in iTunes, etc) – confirm that it’s on your ipad … by playing it
  2. go to iTunes / right click on the movie / song / book you want to remove
  3. choose “show in finder” (it should say “show in explorer” on a pc)
  4. delete it in finder (not iTunes)

that’s it! next time you sync with your iPad the movie will remain on the iPad but no longer exists on your compter

jailbreak 101: must have cydia apps after you jailbreak your iPhone / iPad

so you’ve done it … seeing cydia app on your iPad / iPhone makes you feel like a rebel. but … now what?

here’s what i found to be – top 5 jailbreak apps :

  • BEFORE you do ANYTHING – change your default password – only virus / intrusion exploited, so far is  a simple fact that all of our iPhone / iPad OSes has the same, default password. so once you change your OS’ password, you’ll be safe from hackers trying to jack your phone …
    [update: mobile terminal on Cydia on iPad doesn’t work.
    here’s how to change your default password on your iPad]

Fire up Mobile Terminal and type the following without the brackets 😉

1. [login root]
2. [alpine] this will log you in as root.
3 [passwd] requests password change
4 Type your new password
5 Retype your password

cydia apps to install … aren’t free:

here’s an ironic thing about jailbroken apps – most are free to try, but then they want you to pay them – $10 in most cases. but still … so, if you don’t mind stealing those apps, from those developers:
Goto: Cydia > Manage > Sources > Edit > Add >
It will add a sinful repository – so in the search result on cydia – you will now see apps  with sinful logo listed as well – their versions of apps are cracked & free🙂

OK, OK, now the actual – top 5 / must have cydia apps

  • SBsettings – instant preference panel – after install swipe top of the screen for instant on / off swithes (wifi, 3g, etc)
  1. backgrounder – allows multitasking – to be honest this is the only reason to jailbreak your iPad: listen to pandora, while browsing /  run skype in the background at all times (i found this to be buggy, so get in a habit of checking if skype is on in the background … twice a day)
  2. 3g unrestrictor – fulls apps into believing they are on a wifi and removes restrictions. e.g. allows skype to makes calls via 3g, download podcasts that are larger then 10gb, etc – also great on iPad, to get better quality video … if you get a decent connection on at&t …
  3. lockinfo – allows for weather, cal, etc to be displayed at lock screen, without having to go to the app – i find this great for quick weather & calendar check, without having to unlock the phone [buggy on iPad at this point]
  4. myWi / PDA net – you don’t really need to jailbreak to enable tethering on your iPhone. but … if you would like to browse your wifi iPad … of your iPhone while out & about … those 2 apps will turn your iPhone into a mobile wifi spot🙂 – (this will eat your battery crazy, make sure to turn off after you’re done)
  5. gv mobile – “unofficial” google voice app – if you have an account – will only work on iPhone. will display your GV number as your caller ID

other jailbroken apps:

  • Rotation Inhibitor – lock your screen orientation on an iPhone as you can on your iPad w/ the “mute” button (after install -> SBSettings and touch More -> Set Toggles. Turn on the Rotation toggle)
  • Recent/CallLog Delete Recent/CallLog Delete is a mod that allows you to delete individual calls from your call history. Once installed, it adds a Edit button to the top left of your Recent Calls page in your stock Phone application … something that should come with iPhone (it’s there under text messages …), but Steve doesn’t want his wife to be able to erase her calling history.
  • watch flash on your iPad / iPhone – click on how to to install iMobileCinema – unfortunately this only works on about 30% of flash videos on the web
  • xyflash – avi, flv player – great app if you watch movies on iPhone, without converting them. but if you’re home, i found Air Video for iPad to be much easier
  • caller ID faker – spoof your number

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