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    Updated Contents:

    NB Important current information!

    Jailbreaking the iPhone:

    • How to jailbreak your iPhone:

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man

    Greenpois0n has been updated to support the iOS 4.1 and iOS 4.2.1 firmware. Use Limera1n if you want to jailbreak iOS 4.0, iOS 4.0.1, iOS 4.0.2.

    For other jailbreaks, see - Jailbreak Wizard - http://www.iclarified.com/jailbreak/
    • How to UNLOCK your iPhone:

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man
    • Why jailbreak?

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man

    Check this out
    Tutorials:

    • How to create a US iTunes account

    • How to: Enable SSH (wirelessly log into the phone and view hard drive contents)

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man

    First, you need to install "OpenSSH" from Cydia and reboot the phone.

    Secondly, you need to grab WinSCP and install it..

    Once you have done that, go to Wi-Fi settings on your iPhone and click the blue > arrow next to the Wi-Fi AP you are connected to. Take note of the "IP Address".

    e.g. 10.0.0.2

    Fire up WinSCP and you will be presented with a screen like this

    Under "Host Name:" enter the IP Address (10.0.0.2 in my case)
    Under "User name" enter "root"
    Under "Password" enter "alpine"

    Click Save if you wish to save the information.

    Then click "Login". This usually takes a few minutes the first time to generate keys.. It will seem as if nothing at all is happening, but it is Just wait till you are presented with a dialog as such:

    Be sure to click "Yes"

    Now you should see the iPhone file system on the right of the screen, and your PC file system on the left of the screen

    It should look something like this

    NOTE: If your iPhone locks, all data transfers are put on hold.. I suggest setting Auto-lock to never when you are using SSH
    NOTE2: Your iPhone IP address usually changes, so if you are having problems logging in, check to see if the IP address hasn't changed in Wi-Fi settings
    (NEW!)
    • How to: SSH over USB


    Download i-Funbox: http://www.i-funbox.com/

    If you jailbroke with blackra1n and can still not access the root partition, then download something called "afc2add" from Cydia which fixes this and allows root access again.
    (NEW!)
    • Replace Vodacom Carrier logo with Fxit_Man's cool logos (pack of 4)

    iPhone 4 for now [haven't tested on 3GS yet]

    Screenies: http://mybroadband.co.za/photos/show...y.php/cat/1017

    Instructions in zip file:

    Download 4-Pack: http://www.quickshare.co.za/files/ue...itMan.zip.html
    • Old Vodacom Carrier logo (Fxit_Man) (old firmware)

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man
    (NEW!)
    • Custom MTN Carrier Logo

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man
    1. Download the MTN Bundle from here - (quickshare was down at time of posting)
    http://www.quickshare.co.za/files/he...dle_1.zip.html

    The rest is quoted from Gothan in his email to me:

    Quote Originally Posted by Gothan
    People can just copy this to their carrier bundles folder, and then just create the symbolic link:

    ln -s MTN_za.bundle 65510

    65510 is MTN's MNC/MMC code

    I tried it on my OS3 iphone and its working like a charm
    (NEW!)
    Other Custom Carrier Logo

    Follow the same process as the MTN logo above, however the MMC codes are different:

    Cell C:
    MNC= 65507
    Logo - http://www.quickshare.co.za/files/rh...undle.zip.html

    Virgin:
    MNC= ??
    Logo - http://www.quickshare.co.za/files/9n...undle.zip.html
    (NEW!)
    • How to add custom ringtones (after jailbreak)

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man
    You must jailbreak your device before using this method:

    1. Right click the song you want in iTunes, convert to AAC

    2. Right click the newly converted song and click "show in windows explorer"

    3. Rename the song from ".m4a" to ".m4r" extension

    4. Transfer to /Library/Ringtones folder via Diskaid (instructions for Diskaid on front page)

    To trim the song, I use something like Audacity for Windows (free app) before importing into iTunes


    You can use something a bit more "noob-proof" such as iRinger if you wish. This is just what I use (prefer it much more) and thought i'd share
    • How to: Restore your iPhone if it does not boot and iTunes does not pick it up


    This could be caused by dud software downloaded from Cydia, failed upgrade processes etc. Not to panic:

    First try put the phone in recovery mode, if that does not work, then try put the phone into DFU mode.
    Recovery Mode
    [list]

    Other tips:
    • Internet NOT working?? (as at Oct 2008)

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man
    Try changing the APN for "Cellular Data" found @ "Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network" to one of the following:

    - "internet"
    - "iphone.vodacom.za"

    excluding quotation marks

    • MMS Settings By Request (as at Oct 2008)

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man

    Vodacom
    MMSC: mmsc.vodacom4me.co.za
    Proxy: 196.006.128.013:8080
    APN: mms.vodacom.net

    Virgin
    MMSC: mms.virginmobile.co.za
    Proxy: 196.31.116.242:8080
    APN: vmms

    Cell C
    MMSC: mms.cmobile.co.za/
    Proxy: 196.031.116.250:8080 (or 9201)
    APN: mms

    MTN
    MMSC: http://mms.mtn.co.za/mms/wapenc
    Proxy: 196.11.240.241:8080
    APN: myMTN
    Username: mtnmms
    Password: mtnmms (not required apparently)
    • DELIVERY REPORTS (FINALLY!!!)

    Quote Originally Posted by rsi boy View Post
    For those of you wanting delivery reports on VC...

    Add this repo to cydia

    http://iphonedelivery.advinux.fr/cydia

    App is called: iPhoneDelivery in Cydia

    Its a free app and it works. You can either get a sms back or a flash message.
    • How to install .deb files:

    Quote Originally Posted by fxit_man

    • Where do the firmware files get saved on my PC when I hit the "Update" button in iTunes?

    XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\*USERNAME*\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

    Vista:
    C:\Users\**USERNAME**\AppData\Local\Apple\Apple Software Update

    Please note the AppData and Application Data folders are hidden folders. You must enable the viewing of hidden folders in folder options to be able to see them.
    • Good iPhone Sites to check out

    Last edited by fxit_man; 23-04-2011 at 02:13 PM.

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    Its a great device - mine arrived last week.

    "The iPhone doesn’t register most key presses until you *release* your finger. But Andrew discovered that the Shift and Punctuation keys register their taps on the *press-down* instead.

    So here’s what you can do, all in one motion:

    1. Touch the “.?123” key, but don’t lift your finger as the punctuation layout appears.

    2. Slide your finger a half inch onto the period or comma key, and release.

    Incredibly, the ABC layout returns automatically. You’ve typed a period or a comma with one finger touch instead of three. In fact, you can type ANY of the punctuation symbols the same way.

    This makes a HUGE difference in the usability of the keyboard."

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    thanks for that! didnt know that one

    *me goes to try it out*

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    i just remembered this handy Safari tip:

    When you are browsing, to quickly return to the top of the page where the address bad is located, tap the thin gray bar located at the top of the screen once (the one with the network, wifi, battery icons on it)

    Conserve Battery life:

    If you have enabled SSH on your iPhone, be sure to download iToggle in order to switch SSH OFF when you are not using this as it drains battery hecticly
    Last edited by fxit_man; 14-01-2008 at 09:30 PM.
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    What I want is bluetooth to work! use my iPhone as a modem

    we need an app to enable this

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    yeah i was suprised wen i saw there was no bluetooth file transfer for the iPhone...
    but im sure an app will be developed sooner or later to allow this

    and another downside, no Mxit...

    but i use my PC and other phone for that
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    THeres no bluetooth profile.
    Download Photoboard. One of the best apps I've come accross.
    And add more sources on the isntaller.
    Also get iPhysics and more levels for it

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    iPhysics is prety cool..

    any levels you recommend?
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    Possibly a little off topic but instead of starting another thread may I ask how you chaps have gone about importing?
    If not, could th OP just say no underneath this posting and I will delete it, dont want to be derailing your thread like a thread derailing deraileur
    I reckon in the South African context importing and cracking falls under the greater heading of tips and tricks ...so share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlinkyMike View Post
    Possibly a little off topic but instead of starting another thread may I ask how you chaps have gone about importing?
    If not, could th OP just say no underneath this posting and I will delete it, dont want to be derailing your thread like a thread derailing deraileur
    I reckon in the South African context importing and cracking falls under the greater heading of tips and tricks ...so share?
    I searched for an iPhone using google product search paid with google checkout, it shipped to my US mailing address I bought, they shipped it to my house...easy

    Some sites also offer global shipping

    Back to topic/
    Which is the best way to import contacts from a sim? the iPhone doesn't allow this.

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    Just make sure that the iPhone is not 1.1.2 because AFAIK there is no way to unlock iPhones that came with that firmware..

    If it came with 1.1.1 or older, it is posible to unlock and even upgrade to 1.1.2 and unlock but not if the iPhone originally came with 1.1.2

    You will be able to tell by looking at the serial number - if the 4th to 5th numbers are 46 or above

    @sufferwell: Have you tried iSim?
    http://www.iphoneskinning.com/2008/0...t-manager.html

    Looks like you can view SIM contacts and move contacts to SIM.

    I saw it available on Installer.

    Edit: I see the feature you are looking for is only available with the Premium version...i'll keep my eyes open
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    Quote Originally Posted by mxit_fan View Post
    @sufferwell: Have you tried iSim?
    http://www.iphoneskinning.com/2008/0...t-manager.html

    Looks like you can view SIM contacts and move contacts to SIM.

    I saw it available on Installer.

    Edit: I see the feature you are looking for is only available with the Premium version...i'll keep my eyes open
    I found this which only works on OSX though...
    I set up a new group in my address book, then synced my old phone to that group using iSync. Then later synced that group to the iPhone. Easy as pie, took about 10 minutes for a little over 300 contacts.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=354599

    If your old mobile with all the contacts supports iSync it should work.
    Last edited by Aqua_lung; 15-01-2008 at 11:44 AM. Reason: update

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxit_fan View Post
    Just make sure that the iPhone is not 1.1.2 because AFAIK there is no way to unlock iPhones that came with that firmware..

    If it came with 1.1.1 or older, it is posible to unlock and even upgrade to 1.1.2 and unlock but not if the iPhone originally came with 1.1.2

    You will be able to tell by looking at the serial number - if the 4th to 5th numbers are 46 or above
    Yep, I got myself the 1.1.2 OTB iPhone(there was no 1.1.1 stock at the time)

    It's not possible yet to unlock it via software methods like anysim, but it is possible with a hardware sim solution, I bought myself a stealth sim which will arrive later this month, by that time there could be a software unlock too.

    I'm using my phone as an iPod Touch for now.

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    Just to note:

    The method i saw them doing it in Dubai was to use a TurboSIM.

    Its not as convinient as software unlock but i guess it beats not being able to use the phone part of the iPhone

    Im sure you can order one from overseas..shouldnt be too expensive but then again i have no idea
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    How to get the voicemail button to call voice mail ...


    Step 1: Find your carrier’s voicemail number is (for example, vodacom voicemail number is 121)

    Step 2: Click the phone button in your iPhone. (Green one, bottom left)

    Step 3: Click the keypad tab.

    Step 4: Type the following: *5005*86*yourvoicemailphonenumber#

    Step 5: Hit the call button and wait a few seconds.

    Step 6: Hit the voicemail button, and it will now call your voicemail.

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