How To Connect To T-Mobile’s LTE Network On Your Jailbroken iPhone 5

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.

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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.

Update:

A reader just tweeted this, so it works.

HT: 9to5Mac

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  • dark23

    i tried here in la zipcode 90043 and nothing guys all i fet is a 4g

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      4g?

      • dark23

        yes i got 4g instead of 3g now

        • Qman

          Same here but now when I turn toggle off LTE the G4 remains on and thats going to cause a big hit on battery life. BTW this is in the N Las Vegas area, is anybody else see this?

    • http://twitter.com/juanfl17 J. Flores

      Turn off and on the LTE toggle and that should do it

      • dominik

        If you guys want to unlock any phone with carrier ATT, go seach att iphone unlocking, I believe the first one was the one I used, took me about 2 hours to unlock my 4s

  • scotchua

    Why is this necessary? Didn’t Apple say that the phones would work on LTE?
    http://www.macworld.com/article/2032256/current-atandt-iphone-5-will-work-on-t-mobile-lte-hspa-21-networks.html

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Yes, but the hack lets you enable it now, rather than waiting for Apple/T-Mobile to push a carrier update.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cmwade77 Chris Wade

      Also, Apple said that it would require a tweaked iPhone 5, that existing phones wouldn’t work on LTE.

  • Kos

    Did you guys have trouble opening the link in Ifile, I assume you just press the screen over the link and the option to open in Ifile would come up. Is that incorrect? Its not coming up for me.

    • achex

      If you see ‘Zero KB’ on the new window, refresh the page and now you should see ’6KB’ if you don’t, close the window and do it all over again, then u guessed it tap on ‘open in iFile’ voila.

  • Eugene

    Will this work on the AT&T model? Or only the Verizon (a1429 model?)

    I have the Verizon one so I know it will work but for those AT&T people

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      It will only work on the AT&T iPhone 5 (model A1428). It won’t work on the Verizon model as hardware doesn’t support T-Mobile’s LTE bands.

  • Shrek

    Is there a hack the same for
    Uk EE network to get the 4g please

  • Leo Leong

    AT&T, chino, ca.

  • Sammy

    Anyone wanna make a youtube of how to get this working?

  • Sonny long time reader

    Does it Work for Verizon unlocked iPhone??

    • appletobanana

      yes, i got 4G coz i am in Alameda , CA

    • marco valdez

      yup i got 4G too in Atlanta GA…

  • Jay

    Work for me iPhone 5 verizon replacment model nd122ll/a

    • Jay

      7-11 Mbps says 4g not lte cause verizon version will not work with lte

  • D

    Where is “Unarchiver” located can’t find it

  • Nicofeine

    how do i transfer the file to my iphone? i got it on my desltop but i coudlnt open it on my fone

  • Pinkoo

    I tried this on my verizon iPhone 5 unlocked and it work with T-Mobile 4G because I am in New York and TMobile LTE is not in NYC I can talk and used Internet at same time to thanks guys I was wondering will this work on iPhone 4S thanks again

  • ichigeta

    it will work with an at&t i5 not unlocked???????????

    • Jack

      There are unlock service available on ebay for less than $5.

  • jaybeans821

    its gonna be offered on whatever phones have an account on t-mobile anyway, assuming you get LTE in your area, Wait till then,jeez how much faster can it possibly be, my 3G is instantaneous !! whats faster than instantaneous? what you can open the Facebook app even before you tap the icon..sheesh!!

  • appletobanana

    worked perfectly on my Verizon iphone 5 . i am in Alameda , CA

    I got 4G ..thanks

  • kar kar

    I need better instruction, I was good until point 10.

  • kar kar

    can’t find “unarchivier”

  • http://twitter.com/callmefil philip

    Does this work with straight talk combining t-mobiles? I have the at&t tower sim.

  • Marcus

    I have a tmobile 5s that’s on straight talk and is Jailbroken and would only get 3G, definitely worked but only get 4G. Thanks though!

  • Suelman

    Hello guys how to by pass sim activation ?
    I have jailbreak with Pangu it works but how to pass sim activation maybe I’m still missing some thing ?