Bricked iPhones Now Working (Calls With iPhoneSIMFree and TurboSIM)

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Last Saturday we reported on how to unbrick an unlocked iPhone. Today we have discovered that you can send and receive calls, SMS and mails too, as well as surf the web with it. However, to do it you must have used IPSF paid software to unlock your iPhone (like they claimed) or use a TurboSIM card, which just works straight away. [Original article: Sunday September 30 11:56 a.m. Updated Mon October 3:26 a.m: it calls with iPhone Sim Free unlock too. Check the details after the jump.]


[UPDATE Monday October 3:26AM: After talking with IPSF people, I ran iNdependence again to reactivate the iPhone with only the Vodafone card in and now it works perfectly. Now my iPhone is fully working without TurboSIM, just the software unlock.

If you have an iPhone unlocked with IPSF and the cell is reporting that a wrong SIM is inserted, you have to activate the iPhone again with your non-AT&T SIM inside using Independence or iBrickr.

I was too tired to think about trying this yesterday, but today [for Sunday] I put my TurboSIM card together with the Vodafone SIM together and, as you can see in the video, it works great. The iPhone is now exactly in the same state as it was for me before the software update: it can send and receive calls, SMS and mails, as well as surf the web.

The iPhone Sim Free people, who previously said their paid software unlock will work despite firmware updates, is claiming now that if you downgrade to firmware 1.0.2 your non-AT&T SIM will work just fine. I've tried this but couldn't get it to work. We are talking to them to see what may be happening. Tested now. It works, see above.

Meanwhile, iPhone Dev Team is working full speed ahead on two things:

• Downgrading the baseband so they can unlock again the iPhones restored to version 1.0.2 from 1.1.1.


• Creating another free unlock that will work for version 1.1.1 of the software. According to them, both may be very near—now testing—and they have put it forward to people with bricked phones to "be patient and hold on until we come with a full solution for 1.1.1 firmware."



Stupidity seems to run rampant these days. STILL, people are bitching about something they most likely caused, and then failed to heed Apple's extremely explicit warning. They whistled merrily passed the DO NOT ENTER sign and got their asses blown off by a firmware land mine.

It's come to the point where it doesn't even matter how sucky or not Apple's development method for the iPhone is.