On April 12, T-Mobile will begin selling their first iPhones configured specifically to match T-Mobile’s spectrum of operation in data. For those who can wait and grab an iPhone 5 from T-Mobile, this tutorial wouldn’t mean much but for those who are looking to tap into T-Mobile’s LTE network (Not HSDPA, mind you), you might just have to install one Cydia tweak and replace a couple of files to get things moving.
Here’s what you need:
- An iPhone 5 (jailbroken and carrier unlocked)
- iFile installed (look for it in Cydia and install it)
Here’s how to get T-Mobile’s LTE on Your AT&T iPhone 5:
#Step 1: Open Cydia and go to the point where you add a repo. (Manage -> Sources -> Edit -> Add)
#Step 2: Type this URL into it: http://v.backspace.jp/repo and then tap on “Add Source”
#Step 3: After the repo gets added, search for CommCenter* patch and install it
#Step 4: Once installed, your iPhone 5 would need to reboot.
#Step 5: After it reboots, if you haven’t installed iFile, go ahead and install iFile from Cydia.
#Step 6: After this, download this file from Mobile Safari / Chrome on your iPhone 5. (or any other browser of your choice. Just make sure you download it on your iPhone 5)
#Step 7: After it gets downloaded, tap on ‘Open in iFile’
#Step 8: Once you’re inside iFile, tap on ‘Unarchiver’ (make sure the file is chosen)
#Step 9: 3 Files should now appear. Tap on Edit on the top, select these files:
- carrier.plist, carrier.pri, overrides_N41_N42.plist, and overrides_N41_N42.pri
#Step 10: Tap on the clipboard icon on the bottom and tap Cut. Then tap on Done from the top.
#Step 11: You’ve not got four files in the clipboard. You’re going to paste it elsewhere.
#Step 12: In iFile, tap on the house icon at the bottom.
#Step 13: Then tap on Library -> Carrier Bundle.bundle
#Step 14: Again, tap on Edit and then on the clipboard icon and then on paste. All 4 files will be overwritten. Should you run into trouble, there’s this original files to re-copy and paste as backup so don’t worry.
#Step 15: Once done, restart iPhone.
#Step 16: Go to Settings -> General -> Cellular and reset the network settings. T-Mobile’s logo should show up on the carrier signal and you should be able to enable the LTE toggle.
Note that you can’t tap into T-Mobile’s 3G network via this method. You only get to switch to LTE and as of now, T-Mobile’s LTE coverage is pretty limited.