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  • [How To] Get the 4G Indicator On Any Jailbroken iPhone 4/4S


    Not too long ago, Apple pushed the iOS 5.1 software update for iDevice users through both over the air (OTA) and iTunes. The update brought the 4G indicator to the AT&T iPhone 4S as it uses high-speed HSPA+, which technically is true 4G according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Other iPhone 4S owners on different cellular networks along with other iPhone model owners still get the 3G indicator as AT&T is the only company in the US licensed to advertise 4G with the iPhone at this point in time.

    If you’re one of the Verizon, Sprint, or unlocked iPhone 4S owners, or you own the iPhone 4, then you have the option to display the 4G indicator regardless of the fact that you don’t truly have 4G access. This is done with a free WinterBoard modification in Cydia dubbed 4G for iPhone 4 by theme creator lordjordysmith. You can find it in the ModMyi repository:



    We emphasize the fact that this modification is only cosmetic and to mess with your friends into thinking you have 4G access. This modification does not increase your data speeds to 4G speeds and it does not give you any kind of advantage over other 3G-using iPhones. The 4G indicator will show whenever you’re connected to a 3G network, but when you connect to a 2G (Edge) network, you will still see the E indicator as usual. If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, it will show the Wi-Fi icon as usual.

    To enable the modification after installing it, search your home screen for the WinterBoard application and tap on the 4G for iPhone 4 theme. Once you do, a Respring button will become visible in the top left-hand corner of the application – tap on it to save your changes and watch as your iPhone 4 starts displaying the 4G indicator.

    This modification does not work on the iPad or iPhone 3GS as it is optimized to work with the retina display of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S only. The iPod touch does not have cellular data, therefore it doesn't work with that device either.

    Article tipped by ModMyi reader 2k1!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [How To] Get the 4G Indicator On Any Jailbroken iPhone 4/4S started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. av911's Avatar
      av911 -
      Weak, my 4s says LTE.

    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Damn. Too minor of a tweak to have to install Winterboard for...
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      You won't see a tweak like this without Winterboard since MMI, BigBoss, etc. won't accept tweaks that alter the file system. Eg. K2 IntelliscreenX Toggles
      Hmm didnt know that. Thanks for the info
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Seriously.... I was exciting thinking maybe it would bring 4G indicator to AT&T users still on 5.0.1 when connected to HSPA+ but its just a phony icon.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      Hmm didnt know that. Thanks for the info
      Let me adjust my statement. They will not allow you to delete or move files in order for a theme to be substituted. If someone were able to do this with mobile substrate, then there shouldn't be a problem with making this work without winterboard. You'd, basically, be rerouting the information to point to your mobile substrate tweak
    1. Homerb's Avatar
      Homerb -
      One of the 4G theme packages actually has an option to show "5G". Haha

      But it is all purely cosmetic as mentioned earlier. Unlike running the 5.1 software on AT&T that shows 4G when you are on an HSPA+ network, this is a winter board theme and it will not differentiate between the 3G and (other 3G) network that AT&T is calling 4G. It'll just say 4G all the time you are on 3G.

      You can also get it in different colors too.

      But the 5G is the one that's the most hilarious.
    1. Toproaster's Avatar
      Toproaster -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cheesey123 View Post
      Yeah I have heard this before,might give it a try at some point cheers.
      Is this the case? I wasn't aware of any winterboard problems, or maybe I just haven't noticed. If so, how does installing Barrel overcome this?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      No clue. But its the only known fix
    1. Toproaster's Avatar
      Toproaster -
      Cool, thanks celeron. I'll give it a try.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Toproaster View Post
      Is this the case? I wasn't aware of any winterboard problems, or maybe I just haven't noticed. If so, how does installing Barrel overcome this?
      I've never heard that either! Luckily Barrel is one of my top tweaks so maybe that's why I didn't have problems...

      What a weird fix?!?!
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      No problem
    1. z28kid's Avatar
      z28kid -
      lame
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I am curious, though, if the 5.1 update brought the HSPA setting into the software so that the network sees 3G & 4G OR is HSPA already in the iPhones on iOS 5.0.1...

      If its already in the iPhone @ 5.0.1, then icons could be made to change according to the network available. Obviously, though, we'd need to know if HSPA is the new .png filename

      Currently-
      Edge is EDGE
      Eg. Black_DataTypeEDGE.png

      3G is UMTS
      Eg. Black_DataTypeUMTS.png

      So maybe 4G is HSPA
      Eg. Black_DataTypeHSPA.png
    1. flightsim's Avatar
      flightsim -
      Quote Originally Posted by av911 View Post
      Weak, my 4s says LTE.

      Boss. But we're on a 4S, who needs LTE

      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      Damn. Too minor of a tweak to have to install Winterboard for...
      Just edit the string file, no need for Winterboard!
    1. amanda87's Avatar
      amanda87 -
      I also experienced lag while having winterboard installed on my iPhone 4s.