Couple of days back, T-Mobile officially launched its LTE network in seven cities, which includes Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer with an unlocked iPhone 5, then we’ve some good news.
Folks at Leimobile have figured out a way to enable LTE on the unlocked iPhone 5. The hack is quite easy, it involves installing a jailbreak tweak from that patches CommCenter, which is the service that handles network connectivity on the iPhone and loading a custom carrier file.
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to enable LTE on your jailbroken factory unlocked iPhone 5, courtesy Leimobile. Note: We haven’t been able to test it out so please proceed with caution.
1. Open Cydia
2. Tap “Manage” and then tap “Sources”
3. Tap “Edit” then tap “Add” and put the following URL into the text box: http://v.backspace.jp/repo
4. Once the URL is entered in tap “Add Source” and allow for it to download all of the repo’s info and packages.
5. After your iPhone has refreshed, tap the v.backspace.jp/repo field or go to the search bar and find the package CommCenter* patch…
6. Once you have found it, install it and then reboot your iPhone once completed.
7. After the iPhone has restarted, open Cydia once again.
8. Search for iFile. The free version includes basic features. You will want to purchase it to take advantage of all of the features.
9. Once you have found it, install it. No reboot is required, though you can do it just to be on the safe side.
10. Once iFile has been installed, close Cydia and click on this file from your iPhone and click “Open in iFile”
11. Once you’re in iFile tap “Unarchiver” and 3 files will show up above T-Mobile LTE.zip
12. At the top, tap “edit”and tap the dots with a check mark next to carrier.plist, carrier.pri, overrides_N41_N42.plist, and overrides_N41_N42.pri
13. Tap the clipboard icon at the bottom and tap “cut”
14. Now tap “done” at the top and tap the house icon at the bottom then tap Library, then tap Carrier Bundle.bundle (the one in blue), and then tap edit at the top again and tap the clipboard icon. Tap “paste” and it will auto inject the carrier files into the carrier folder overwriting the other files. (you may want to make a backup of these files in case anything goes wrong or we have a backup below.)
15. After the files have been placed, exit iFile and restart iPhone. After the iPhone restarts, allow it to acquire signal and display the T-Mobile logo then go to where you edit the APN settings (Settings –>General–>Cellular) click reset network settings. Once that is done, enable the LTE toggle and you’re good to go.
A number of users have commented on Leimobile’s post that they’re getting T-Mobile’s LTE signal on their iPhone 5 after following the instructions. As always, let us know how it goes in the comments if you give it as shot.
Since it is possible to enable LTE using this hack, we’re assuming that Apple will release a carrier bundle when T-Mobile officially starts offering the iPhone on April 12th.
A reader just tweeted this, so it works.
— J. Flores (@juanfl17) March 28, 2013