After releasing hacked carrier updates for AT&T and T-Mobile that enables Release 9 DC-HSPA+ on iPhone 5 for improved network performance, Joe of iTweakOS has now released a hacked carrier update for Verizon.
The hacked Verizon carrier update enables 1x Advanced and EVDO Rev. B on iPhone 5, iPad 3 and iPad 4, which the developer says should boost download speeds.
There were rumors earlier this month that said Verizon was going to start selling the iPhone 5 for $99, a full $100 cheaper than Apple’s suggested retail price. Technically, the rumor turns out to be true, but not really. According to Gotta Be Mobile, who spoke to Verizon, America’s largest wireless operator is currently targeting the $99 iPhone 5 at people who are currently on Verizon, but who don’t have a smartphone. In other words, if you already have the iPhone 4S, you’re probably not going to see this promotion.
Verizon Activates 4 million iPhones in Q1 2013, Accounts For More than Half of Smartphone Activations
Verizon has extended the upgrade eligibility to full two years. Until now, even though you committed to a 24 months contract when you bought an iPhone from Verizon, after 20 months you were eligible for an upgrade.
The folks at RootMetrics conductive extensive tests on LTE performance across major U.S. carriers, and came out with results that put AT&T at the top spot for pure speeds, while Verizon came out victorious when it came to LTE coverage.
We know that LTE and 4G are going to power the next phase of the mobile revolution. LTE can hit near wired network download speeds and with the newest and most popular smartphones all LTE capable, carriers want to meet our need for speed with the spectrum to cover it. AT&T might be great at selling iPhones, but being awesome at LTE isn’t their strong suit, however a nearly $2B spectrum purchase from Verizon might help fix that.
If your iPhone is carrier locked—and your carrier won’t unlock it for you—and you want to legally unlock it, time’s running out. Starting Saturday in the U.S. unlocking your cellphone will be a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and a no-no. At least if you do it yourself. As you’d expect, this will be challenged in court over whether DMCA applied like this is really following the intent of the law.