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How-To legally unlock the iPhone 4 permanently

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
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I recently found a company called FoneFunShop that unlock many models of mobile phones and 3G dongles. Among these it also unlocks iPhone 4 from all the countries for £50.00 and iPhone4S for £130.00.

This is the link to their unlock page: www.fonefunshop.co.uk/unlock/

My iPhone 4 was operator locked with Vodafone UK, and that was representing a problem as I am planning to go for a month travel to Australia this coming winter and I want to travel minimal without taking with me many stuff and I want to enjoy the use of a smartphone during the travel without the need to buy a new one or without having to pay Vodafone’s  excessive roaming costs.

I started looking for a way to unlock my iPhone 4 that would not be software related because the modem baseband of my iPhone 4 is 02.10.04 and the iPhone Dev-Team (or any other iPhone hacker) has not yet released an unlock for such version.

I searched for chips to pose behind the SIM card to trick the phone’s firmware but I already had experience with some of them and they are not very reliable.

I had a look at a couple of websites claiming to be able to permanently unlock any iPhone including the iPhone 4 (for a quite high amount of money).
I was  worried about those sites being scam or not.
At the end I took my chances with FoneFunShop.com and I paid £50.00.

For 7 days I’ve been worrying that money were gone ‘trash’; finally today I received the notification of the successful unlock: I can confirm that the instruction they give for the unlock are simple and accurate and that in exactly 7 days they are able to add the IMEI of your phone and the ‘white list’ of unlocked phones so that Apple will recognize it via iTunes.

They actually talk about an unlock code, but for the iPhone there will not be a code, it simply will be recognized by iTunes as unlocked just after you receive the unlock confirmation message from the sales department of FonFunShop.

Here is the message that I received, I followed the few instruction and the trick was done. I’ve been immediately able use my O2 micro-Sim  on my Vodafone’s iPhone 4.

Hi Marco ,

Your unlocking request has now been completed and the unlocking code(s) can be found below:
Make:
Apple
Model:
IPhone 4 16gb
Country:
United Kingdom
Network:
Vodafone
IMEI:
012419*********
Code(s):
Unlocked
IMPORTANT:
Please read ALL of the instructions below as there maybe some important information relating to your phone or scenario. 

PLEASE NOTE:
When entering a code, please take your time.
If you enter a code and you receive an error message, DO NOT try again, please contact us via the links below?
But please check first to make sure the phone isn't actually unlocked.
Some models of phone will have a limit on the number of times you can enter a code. After this we may not be able to help you.

Instructions:

How to Complete the unlocking process for Apple iPhone Models
Generic Apple iPhone Method
When ready, you will be notified by email that the process has completed. When you receive this email, to complete the unlock please do the following: 

1. Install the latest version of iTunes
2. Make sure iPhone is using the latest version, updated by the official itunes software
3. Insert a non accepted SIM card and Connect the iPhone to iTunes (IE not from the original network provider)
4. Wait until itunes detects the phone
5. After about 10-20 seconds, disconnect phone and reconnect.
6. Finally itunes will show the message 'Congratulations Your iPhone is Unlocked'

PLEASE NOTE: This is the only permanent unlocking solution for Apple iPhone. Your iPhone will always be unlocked even after updating your iPhone firmware.

This doesn’t want to be an advertisement but a sincere advice to everybody that is desperate to have an iPhone 4 unlocked and cannot obtain it from their operator because the terms of their contract are not yet expired.

If I had found this information months ago I would have saved same money with a cheaper operator than Vodafone (but this is another story…).

By The Way, please mind that I will not be responsible of any incident that those guy may cause to your phone or to your money if you try to unlock your phone with them.

I can just say that for me it worked like a charm, exactly as described on the their website.

Any feedback will be appreciated! Happy Unlock!

 

 

 

 

How-To Install or Update Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7 on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Few days ago Apple released the latest update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7 .
Here is the tutorial on how to install or update Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7 on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook.

Prerequisites

Yes, you have no alluciantions: the legacy kernel we gonna use is the same prepared for Mac OS X 10.6.6, I tried and it works fine with 10.6.7 on the Asus EeePC 1005HA. I don’t know if it works on other hackintosh systems and netbooks. Please comment about your experience.

Step 1

Follow the instruction of my previous post:

How-To install Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook

following that how-to you can skip the part that let you update from Mac OS X 10.6.0 to Mac OS X 10.6.6 an substituite it with the following content of Step 2.

Step 2 (Upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7)

  1. Copy MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.7.dmg in the USB stick.
  2. Uncompress legacy_kernel-Mac_OS_X_10.6.6.tgz and to legacy_kernel-Mac_OS_X_10.6.6.pkg and copy it on the USB stick.
  3. Insert the USB Stick on the Netbook then mount and run the MacOSXUpdCombo10.6.6.dmg.
  4. When the installation is finished it will ask to restart:
    DO NOT RESTART THE SYSTEM YET!!
  5. Install ‘legacy_kernel-Mac_OS_X_10.6.6.pkg’.
    This install an older version of the kernel that is still compatible with the unficcial extensions we previously installed before the upgrade.
  6. Again, substitute the Extensions for the misbehaving devices:
    1. Copy ‘SleepEnabler.kext’ to ‘/Extra/Extensions/’.
      This fix the hibernation/sleep feature.
    2. Copy again ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Extra/IO80211Family.kext’ to ‘/Extra/Extensions/’ folder.
      This makes the system to recognize and install the Wi-Fi card.
    3. Copy again ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Kext/AppleIntelGMA950.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
    1. Copy again ‘~/Desktop/SnowLeopardAsus/Kext/AppleIntelIntegratedFramebuffer.kext’ to ‘/System/Library/Extensions/’.
      This fixes the video card and add the option to choose 1024×600 resolution.
  7. Now, most important, fire the command ‘fixkext’ with root privileges or using sudo:
    $ sudo fixkext
  8. VERY IMPORTANT: Run Disk Utility and Repair Disk Permisions
    Without this operation your system will reveal really unstable!!!
  9. Now you can reboot the system

Now go back to:

How-To install Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 on the Asus Eee PC 1005HA Netbook

and read the last two sections: What still doesn’t work and Last Adjustments

Mac OS X Lion 10.7 Compatibility List of Applications

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I just discovered that RoaringApps  has started a collaborative wiki community to track, discuss and dissect application compatibility for Mac OS X Lion 10.7.

If you’re lucky enough to have access to the developer pre-realease of Mac OS X Lion 10.7 (build 11A390) you may want to consult this compatibility list to know if you can safely install the brand new system without losing access to any of your applications:

http://roaringapps.com/apps:table

Serial Number and Product Key Finder for Mac

Friday, January 21st, 2011

How many times have you installed a software at your office and then after many years you find out thatthe installation disc or (worst!) the serial number (or product key) shipped with the disc are lost?

When changing your old Mac to a new Mac you may had prefered to start from a brand new installation instead of restoring from a Time Machine backup, especially if you come from a PowerPC environment and you want to migrate to an Intell processor machine.
If this is the case you want to know what are the serial numbers of all yuor purchased software.

Product Key Finder for Mac is the small and free utility that you really need, and if you like it there’s a Windows version as well.

You can download the Product Key Finder from the official home page of the project:
http://mac-product-key-finder.com/

Enjoy!

How-To find the List of my Apple Registered Products

Monday, January 10th, 2011
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If you, like me, are an Apple fan since a long time, you may have owned many i-Products. Some of them may have been lost, stolen, gifted or still in use. Do you remember about all of them? Do you have a list of your Apple devices?

If you have been diligent you may have registered these products, Mac Books, iPod, iPhones, iMacs or iPads in the Apple webpage to check they guarantee status or to submit a request for support.

Did you ever wanted to have a full list of your Apple Registered Products? Did you ever noticed that logging into the Apple Support there is no way to obtain such list?

Now our wish has been fulfilled! Apple has just inaugurated a new support page called My Support Profile that among the usual support services we have been used to see is listing as well the brand new ‘Product Pane’ where it’s possible to register, list, delete and give nicknames to all of your Apple product!

When I’ll be 90 years old who knows how many devices I’ll have listed?
Maybe this is a new advertising strategy that will lead contests between people to demonstrate their fidelity to Apple!

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