Hacked AT&T carrier update for iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad mini may improve network performance

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Few days back, a hacked carrier update enabled Release 9 DC-HSPA+ on the T-Mobile iPhone 5, which improved download speeds for some users.

Now Joe of iTweakiOS, the guy behind that hack, has released a hacked carrier update that enables Release 9 DC-HSPA+ on iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad mini for AT&T users.

He explains how it works:

This hack enables Release 9 DC-HSPA+ on the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, 4, and mini as well as enhancing LTE data and signal. Though AT&T is limited to HSPA+ 21, the device itself becomes more open to an increased amount of bandwidth thus allowing for better throughput of data and data connection. This is very convinient for users in areas that don’t yet have LTE coverage. This hack also includes a fix to any and all iPhone 5 users who have experienced degraded/weakened signal over the past couple to few months on the PCS 1900MHz and/or CLR 850MHz bands for HSPA+ as well as the APT 700MHz and/or AWS 1700MHz band for LTE. The issue was due in part to the newer revised iPhone 5’s that came with the AWS band enabled for HSPA+, if you were to ever choose to leave AT&T for T-Mobile. It set the band preference for HSPA+ to CLR and LTE to APT which can cause conflictions and problems when you’re in an area with towers on different bands with stronger signal. The setting has been set back to the default “auto” setting and should help the 4G HSPA+/LTE signal perform a bit better, whether your iPhone 5 is the older edition or the revised edition. This hack will also help you connect to the strongest tower rather than the preferred type of tower, whether on HSPA+ or LTE.

The hacked carrier update is available for iPhone 5, iPad 3, iPad 4 and the iPad mini. You can head over to iTweasiOS for the download links and how-to install the hacked carrier update. Please note that while you can install the hacked carrier update even on a non-jailbroken iOS device, the downside is that you will have to restore your device to revert back the changes. We’ve not been able to test it, so please proceed with caution.

And if you successfully install the hacked carrier update, then let us know how it goes in the comments.

Thanks Alan for the tip!