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  • UnlockIt - The APN Changer for iPhone

    Since the iPhone was first released, there has been a constant struggle between Apple and its end users with regards to which carriers and tariffs are compatible with the iPhone. Software unlocks such as ultrasn0w have ensured that iPhone owners are free to choose which carrier they would like to use but once the phone accepts the sim card - that isn’t necessarily the end of the battle.

    Many carriers have data plans which differ from one another, and some are less compatible with the iPhone than others. Unless users are on an “iPhone Data Plan” it is generally hard to reason with their carrier. The settings which carriers send to iPhones are usually specific to the iPhone plans and as such are non-compatible with other plans.

    For example, I have a Blackberry and an iPhone - I don’t want to have to take out two different contracts for my two separate handsets, nor do I wish to call up my carrier and wait 24hrs whilst they change the data plan each time I want to change phones. So what can I do? This is where UnlockIt - APN Changer comes into play.

    UnlockIt is an online service which doesn't require the device to be jailbroken or unlocked. Simply navigate to the site and input the details you wish to use on your phone and APN Changer does the rest. What you are given is a signed profile which your phone automatically installs. It is the equivalent of sending yourself carrier settings which you have customised.

    When I was searching for ways to use my Blackberry sim in my iPhone I was told by countless people that it would either simply not work, or I would run ridiculously high charges for data because the iPhone wouldn’t be using the Blackberry/RIM APN to send/receive data packets.

    A quick check of my carriers smallprint informed me that they use three different APNs on their Blackberry data plan, two of which had unlimited usage included. One of these two was the Blackberry APN, the other was simply Mobile Web/Wap. It was then a case of simply using APN Changer to set the APN to the latter, and I haven’t been charged since.

    In theory, APN Changer can be used to grant much more freedom to iPhone users, particularly when combined with an unlock such as ultrasn0w. Some carriers for example are stopping Unlimited Data plans for the iPhone, however other plans still get the Unlimited Data. Using APN Changer users may switch between phones and data plans easily.

    So although the battle continues between Apple and their end users, APN Changer helps to make life easier for people being pinned down by their carriers and forced into an iPhone contract. APN Changer is currently compatible with all iPhones and has recently been updated to support iOS4.

    With built in settings for most carriers, a custom APN Changer and the ability to set a blank APN which effectively disables data use - UnlockIt APN Changer certainly helps to set free thousands of users who have issues with their carriers.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: UnlockIt - The APN Changer for iPhone started by Owen Priestley View original post
    Comments 71 Comments
    1. gtag's Avatar
      gtag -
      I have a 3GS on 3.1.3 with 05.12.01 locked on Fido. I moved to Israel but don't want to give up my iPhone, from what I understand if I wasn't jailbroken at 3.1.2 and saved my shsh hashes I can't jailbreak and unlock my iphone and use it here. With this service does it mean that I can use an orange card and use my phone here. How would that work? Or is there another suggestion you could give me?

    1. carlwithaK's Avatar
      carlwithaK -
      Why does it matter if AT&T knows your using an iPhone. If you show them that your not using data cause you disabled it what can they charge you? Your only using wifi and they can't do anything about that. They can charge you for data your not using.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Followed link today and it takes me to a website but no APN anything , this appears to be a scam to drive traffic to web site.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by LGgeek View Post
      ...this appears to be a scam to drive traffic to web site.
      Don't say stuff you don't know ..... that's just rude.

      This site has been around for 2+ years, I know because I used it.
    1. kmmxracer's Avatar
      kmmxracer -
      Quote Originally Posted by LGgeek View Post
      Followed link today and it takes me to a website but no APN anything , this appears to be a scam to drive traffic to web site.
      You must be doing something wrong because I have used this site a few time in the last couple of days.
    1. zombie king's Avatar
      zombie king -
      i dont get it what does it mean when it allows me to type in a new APN and username and password?? PLZ HELP!
    1. Remember God's Avatar
      Remember God -
      if you don't understand what an apn is after the details through these pages on this post then Google what an apn is, if you still then don't get it, don't bother you'll never get it
    1. gadget's Avatar
      gadget -
      I used this so I could use my 3g iPhone on a gophone account. There data is expensive,, but I wish to use for anything it works. The one thing I needed to do is refresh the network settings after creating the apn to get it working.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Be careful resetting the network setting. It has bricked many a phone.
    1. crashspeeder's Avatar
      crashspeeder -
      This seems to be like the benm APN changer. That one was primarily for tethering, though, and hasn't been updated since 3.1.3. Does anybody know if this one will allow you to tether or if it only changes the data settings? Hopefully this also doesn't kill visual voicemail like uploading custom IPCCs through iTunes did.
    1. rocksparow's Avatar
      rocksparow -
      That is the wonderful work you have done about the Unlockit the APN changer for iPhone. You can change your APN without breaking your iPhone. It would really help the people those who are about to chnage their APN in the iPhone by the setting. The APN changer is so useful for the peoples that makes life easier.