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AT&T iPhone 5 Hacked Carrier Update

Posted by joe012594 on May 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

 

Just like with the T-Mobile hack, this hack does the same. Band preferences were set to limit you to a certain band rather than the band giving off the strongest signal, when available, both with LTE and HSPA+. Advanced tech talk is provided below the guide. Enjoy!

 

Here is a video demonstration if you're having touble understanding the written guide.

 

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Please note that these updates are no longer available. For the latest release, please click the link below.

http://www.itweakios.com/apps/blog/show/32900878-public-testing-ios-7-carrier-update-hacks-beta-ios-6-1-x-users-only-

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iPhone 5 Users:

1. Plug your iPhone 5 into iTunes and backup the device so you won’t lose anything, just in case. ;)

2. Download the hacked carrier update here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hovki1nbesfpjnu/ATT_US_iPhone_14.1.ipcc

3. Once downloaded, you'll to go ahead and enable iTunes to accept custom carrier bundles, if it’s not already.

4. Windows users, you will need to open command prompt and type the following and enter it in:

 

      64 bit: cd C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes then type: iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

      32 bit: cd C:\Program Files\iTunes then type: iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

 

     Mac users you will need to open terminal and type the following and enter it in:

 

       Mac: defaults write com.apple.iTunes carrier-testing -bool true

 

5. After this has successfully been entered in, click on the tab for your iPhone 5 and click “Update” or “Check For Update” while holding down the Alt/Option key for Mac users and the Shift key for Windows users. Navigate to where you downloaded the hacked carrier update file, which will be named “ATT_US_iPhone_14.1.ipcc” then select it and click Open. Now restart your device and enjoy faster speeds.

6. If you encounter any problems or wish to revert back just follow the "Revert" guide below.

 

iPad Users:

 

1. Plug your iPad into iTunes and backup the device so you won’t lose anything, just in case. ;)

2. Download the hacked carrier update here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qgrrdgcycl7tluz/ATT_US_iPad_14.1.ipcc

3. Once downloaded, you'll to go ahead and enable iTunes to accept custom carrier bundles, if it’s not already.

4. Windows users, you will need to open command prompt and type the following and enter it in:

 

        64 bit: cd C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes then type: iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

 

        32 bit: cd C:\Program Files\iTunes then type: iTunes.exe/setPrefInt carrier-testing 1

 

     Mac users you will need to open terminal and type the following and enter it in:

 

         Mac: defaults write com.apple.iTunes carrier-testing -bool true

 

5. After this has successfully been entered in, click on the tab for your iPad and click “Update” or “Check For Update” while holding down the Alt/Option key for Mac users and the Shift key for Windows users. Navigate to where you downloaded the hacked carrier update file, which will be named “ATT_US_iPad_14.1.ipcc” then select it and click Open. Now restart your device and enjoy faster speeds.

6. If you encounter any problems or wish to revert back just follow the "Revert" guide below.

 

 

Revert Guide:

1. Non-jailbroken users will need to navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings and allow the device to reboot into iTunes then choose the Restore From Backup option in iTunes. That's all.

2. Jailbroken users will need to download the zip files below, unarchive it in iFile, and navigate to var/mobile/Library/Carrier bundles/iPhone or iPad and paste the original ATT_US.bundle folder in place of the hacked one. Once done, restart your device and you should be back to normal.

iPhone 5: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mf1g2z4bymrpx5m/ATT_US_iPhone.zip

iPad 3, 4, and mini: https://www.dropbox.com/s/teaevx9cvovmdku/ATT_US_iPad.zip

 

 

Tech talk:

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.

 

Disclaimer:

This hack does NOT guarantee that you will see any dramatic changes or any change at all as certain areas are simply limited because of population density, natural features that degrade signal, the traffic on a specific tower, and even the amount of spectrum the tower is limited to as not all LTE towers have been upgraded to 10MHz on the downlink for higher bandwidth support. If you feel this hack has not helped you, we have provided a way back to defaults, if you choose to do so.

 

 

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114 Comments

Reply nick
9:04 AM on December 8, 2013 
the file that is required no longer exists in dropbox. what happened? where can i get it please?
Reply rell
11:03 PM on December 3, 2013 
Is there any way to do this for the iphone 4s as well?
Reply Andrew
8:57 AM on July 15, 2013 
Thx for helping
Reply Rich
12:56 PM on July 12, 2013 
Is there a way to restore my non jailbroken iphone 5 to the original ATT carrier settings without restoring? I keep my backup in the iCloud so if I restore wont it put it back to the 4.6 carrier settings and not the 4.1 etc?

I am finding the 4.6 settings work fine but occasionally when I have full bars of LTE or 4G nothing works. Cannot send or receive data or make calls until I shut the wireless off and back on.
Reply Tom
1:49 PM on July 9, 2013 
I seem to have fibered my phone. I installed and saw a DECREASE in agregate performance as measured by several speed tests immediately before and after installing the patched carrier file, so like any good Engineer tried regressing to see if performance returned to per-patched level. Unfortunately after following the jailbreak instructions on phone rebel?s site (delete ATT_US.bundle folder in /var/mobile/Library/Carrier bundles/iPhone entirely as well any files located in /var/mobile/Library/Carrier Bundles/overlay), and replace with the stock (posted) file. This just lead to the constantly searching for network. Finally in desperation I restored from back and was finally able to get the phone to finally be visible on ATT network. Unfortunately now ever time I connect my phone it wants to update the carrier settings but always fails even though I am only running version 14. For grins I even tried reinstalling the hacked version but it to will not install. I already tried restoring from backup and DO NOT want to lose my jailbreak by doing firmware restore. Any suggestions on what file(s) are a miss? I do have a number of files (310170, 310380, 310410, 310980, 311180) in /var/mobile/Library/Carrier bundles/iPhone that are symbolic links and APPEAR to point to a version of the ATT bundle file from 6 pm (when I did the restore).

Thanks for any help.
Tom
Reply kayman
11:35 PM on June 28, 2013 
i have a problem opening the file after downloading it , is it a special zip file ? what is command prompt how do i do it im using windown
Reply Aaron
5:31 PM on June 28, 2013 
works with iphone 4s?
Reply Kane
1:00 PM on June 28, 2013 
Thank you for sharing this info. After upgrading this hacked carrier update my phone cannot connect to my ATT Micro Cell anymore. Is there a way to correct this?
Reply Corey
8:08 PM on June 27, 2013 
anyone know if this is available for iphone 4 users?
Reply Beezure
8:37 AM on June 26, 2013 
Sent message

Joe says...
Reply joe012594
8:31 AM on June 26, 2013 
Brian says...
That"s not right, this was released on May 18th, AT&T did not update the carrier to include alerts till June 15th. I do not have them, nor did my phone update though. Can you re-do it to include this update?

Absolutely. I'd just need a proper download link to the current version with government alerts.
Reply Brian
8:25 AM on June 26, 2013 
That"s not right, this was released on May 18th, AT&T did not update the carrier to include alerts till June 15th. I do not have them, nor did my phone update though. Can you re-do it to include this update?

Bob says...
Reply to Brian:
It did not effect the amber/emergency alert (they are still there). [I did this after AT&T pushed theirs]
Reply Bob
1:24 PM on June 20, 2013 
Brian says...
I see today AT& T is pushing a carrier update to include amber alerts ect.., will this overwrite this carrier file?, can i just do it again after the AT&T update and still get the emergency push notifications?


Reply to Brian:
It did not effect the amber/emergency alert (they are still there). [I did this after AT&T pushed theirs]
Reply Bob
1:22 PM on June 20, 2013 
Jose says...
I used to have this days ago while I was on 6.1.2 and the Top Speeds got to 53 Mbps Down 14 Up on ATT in Miami FL
But now I have iOS 7 Beta 1.
Will this also work on iOS 7?


Reply to Jose: Yes you can use it if you have put iOS 7. I do not know how to test if it has made it faster but it uploads.
Reply THe V Man
2:41 AM on June 20, 2013 
The V Man says...
This hack has done wonders for my iPhone 5. My download speeds on LTE used to be 5 - 8 Mbps. With this hack, my download speeds have increased dramatically. I routinely get 10 - 14 Mbps, and have even seen 16 - 18 Mbps on a couple of occasions.


My iPhone 5 hit download speeds of 24 - 25 Mbps on AT&T LTE today. That's 3-5 times my old speeds! It's now official - this hack is Awesome!!!

With AT&T enabling Facetime over cellular, this speed will be very useful. Thanks Joe - Great job!
Reply Jose
11:14 AM on June 17, 2013 
I used to have this days ago while I was on 6.1.2 and the Top Speeds got to 53 Mbps Down 14 Up on ATT in Miami FL
But now I have iOS 7 Beta 1.
Will this also work on iOS 7?
Reply Brian
7:33 AM on June 17, 2013 
I see today AT& T is pushing a carrier update to include amber alerts ect.., will this overwrite this carrier file?, can i just do it again after the AT&T update and still get the emergency push notifications?
Reply joe012594
10:59 PM on June 16, 2013 
Josh says...
Can someone post the updated 14.1 carrier file?? Since installing the hacked carrier file, I cannot update the normal way.. and even reverting to the original carrier file it still fails trying to install the new carrier file OTA..


You have to backup your iPhone, erase all content and settings, restore the backup, then update through OTA. If you're jailbroken, you're ganna have to remove it manually.
Reply Josh
10:55 PM on June 16, 2013 
Can someone post the updated 14.1 carrier file?? Since installing the hacked carrier file, I cannot update the normal way.. and even reverting to the original carrier file it still fails trying to install the new carrier file OTA..
Reply Albert
7:39 PM on June 14, 2013 
hey Joe, If i hit Reset network settings on a jailbroken iPhone, would it reset the carrier hack? Do i need to apply it again? should i apply it again just to be safe?