Sunday, April 6, 2014

iUnlock: Factory Unlock your iPhone

Carrier subsidized iPhones have always been very lucrative to the customers because of their price difference from Unlocked iPhones, but they have their restrictions. Here, at SmartHacks, we are dedicated towards finding solutions to problems and thus the chains are going to be free. Hence we introduce to you iUnlock - the iPhone unlocking solution.

I have been wanting to get it out for sometime and finally I have. As most of you might have already suspected and thought of, this is not a DIY guide, but is something where I have to do the dirty work.
Note: Although we are expanding, for now, this works only for AT&T USA iPhones.

Using this, you can get your dear iPhone factory unlocked. Mind you, this is not a normal hacktivate and unlock thing, which by the way you can do yourself, but this lifts off the restrictions of updating or messing with your iPhone. You can do anything you want with your software but it remains unlocked, whatsoever.

All you have to do is buy the service respective to your iPhone version, and when it asks in the message, give me your IMEI number along with your model number. We can process any AT&T USA (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone5) out there, any baseband/firmware and any iOS version.

Steps to get the unlock are like this.
Step 1: Click on the "Buy Now" button at the bottom, choose your iPhone and complete the order.
Step 2: Now, it will ask you for your IMEI number, which is a 15 digit number. Don't fill the one written on the phone box. Either go to Settings->General->About and copy down the IMEI number written there or dial *#6# on your iPhone's dialpad and write the number down. Then put a , (coma) sign and write your iPhone's exact model. Example: IMEI Number: 123456789456123, iPhone 4 CDMA.
Step 3: Give me 4-15 business days (It is generally done in 1 week) to process it and wait for my e-mail confirming the process.

What to do after you get the confirmation mail?
Step 1: Open iTunes in your computer and make sure you have internet connectivity.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer.
Step 3: Backup your iPhone and restore.
Step 4: When your iPhone restores you will see a message "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked." on your screen.

100% refund guaranteed if we can not unlock your iPhone(after verification).


  • iPhone 3GS users who are on baseband/firmware 06.15.00, please message this detail specifically.
  • Those who have non-AT&T iPhones, we can work out a deal for you as the prices below are ONLY for AT&T iPhone users. Please email us at
  • As PayPal doesn't support Indian transfers yet, Indian customers can directly Email us at for order. We can work something out.
  • We do not entertain refunds/order cancellations until we see fit.
  • For any queries, mail us at (with your order number, if applicable).
Update [03.10.2013] - Unlock Solutions for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are out. Order one for yourself today.

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iPhone Versions
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You can also buy from ebay directly using one of the following links.
iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S and 5
iPhone 5C and 5S
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BookMyShow giving away one iTunes song for free

Smartphones are one of those things that everyone carries now, whether they have a use for it or not and online shopping is one the greatest gifts of internet world and when you got something in return, it feels nice. is an online event and movie tickets shop which has started a campaign to promote the combination of the above two things.

You need to either sign in through BookMyShow's iOS app or purchase through it to qualify for the offer. When you qualify, you will get an e-mail from BookMyShow guys with the promo code which you be redeemed on iTunes for one free song. The offer is valid till 30 April, 2014, so hurry up. iOS Application
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sometimes a video requires some content that does not belong to the video-maker and if such a video is uploaded to YouTube, a Copyright notice may be received and acknowledging such notice, though securing the video from actions against it under Copyright law, allows the Copyright holder to impose unreasonable restrictions. This, in turn, enchains syndication and proper viewing of the video which can be a big problem for the video-maker. Lets have a look at how to resolve that.

Step 1: Go to Video Manager of the YouTube channel and click on "Matched third party content" besides the Edit button just below the video title. Then click on Acknowledge to accept the usage of Copyrighted content. After this step, the restrictions imposed by the Copyright holder are applied.

Step 2: Go to Video Manager of the YouTube channel and click on "Acknowledged third party content" besides the Edit button just below the video title and choose "My use of the content meets the legal requirements for fair use or fair dealing under applicable copyright laws." as the dispute reason.

Step 3: Now, click "I am sure that my video meets the legal requirements for fair use and I want to dispute this claim".

Step 4: Now, in the "reason for dispute" box, type in your reason as "This video uses copyrighted material in a manner that does not require approval of the copyright holder. It is fair use under copyright law" (without the quotes).

Note: Click on Edit, go to Advanced Settings and then to Syndication. If it is showing Everywhere, then you are good to go otherwise check Mobile Platform.

Et voilĂ , the restrictions (except that of monetization) imposed by the Copyright maker will now be relieved.

Here is a video of the method to help you with the process.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

iOS 7.1 comes out of Beta. Now available for public.

Apple's users update to the latest iOS quite soon after getting released which is all the more reason why a major update to iOS 7 is big news in the tech world (and, quite frankly, a relief). Apple's iOS 7 was plagued with quite a number of bugs but by the time they had released iOS 7.0.6, some of them were ironed out. But, still, some major bugs like random reboots were irksome at best. Apart from ironing them out, Apple has also introduced some UI changes.

Apple started seeding iOS 7.1 to the public today after a long wait since the betas started coming out. They have incorporated some new UI elements and changes into the update while curing some serious issues.

As it can be seen, in the change-log, Apple has written UI refinements. Lets have a look at what they mean by that.

Phone App

Apple has replaced the boxy rectangles with circles as buttons across the whole phone app.

Parallax Motion Feature of Wallpapers

iOS 7 has the feature of parallax motion in the wallpapers which gives a unique look but some people have a feeling of motion sickness due to this. For those people, Apple has given the option to turn off Motion Sickness.


Calender app has received the much obvious list feature in which you can toggle the list of appointments or reminders for a day or for the highlighted days (when in month view). Although not at par with the best calender apps available in the app store yet, but it surely is more useful now.

Among other UI changes, instead of a blank screen in notification center, when you don't have any notification, a "No New Notification" or "No New Notification" text is present depending whether you are on "All" or "Missed" menu.

Also, there are some new options in accessibility menu in Settings app of iOS 7.1. If you don't like a design change, chances are there is an option in the accessibility menu to help you out.

Apart from the UI refinements, performance has also got an apparent boost across all iOS 7 supporting devices specially iPhone 4. Apart from that, the evasi0n 7 Jailbreak tool is now ineffective leaving all the jail-breakers without any option if they want to or already have updated to iOS 7.1.

You can download the IPSW files for your respective devices from here.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

IPSW download links

We need IPSW files many times during different processes and for backup as well for when our iPhone decides to give up on us momentarily. So here is a post with all of the links in one place. This will be constantly updated as new iOS versions come out. So, here we go.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5: S4 in Beast Mode

Samsung is one of the world's largest manufacturer and wants to stay on the top. That is why, when the time came to update their last flagship, Samsung Galaxy S4, they took the evolutionary approach instead of the cautious one and worked on the formula that made Galaxy S4 a wild success.

Samsung Galaxy S5 has been updated from S4 in the chips department as well. It is now powered by a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core Processor, 2GB LPDDR3 1866 RAM and supports upto 150 MBPS LTE speed. The screen has been slightly upgraded to a 5.1" 1080p Super AMOLED screen from 5.0" 1080p Super AMOLED screen of S4.

The latest flagship of Samsung has a 16 MP camera which can record upto a whopping 3840 x 2160 resolution video which is UHD quality. In terms of design change, Samsung has used the glossy plastic again but with a dotted texture which gives kind of a leathery look to the device.

Apart from that, the latest addition to the long list of features that comes with Galaxy flagships is the replacement of home key with a menu key having embedded fingerprint scanning abilities (iPhone 5S reminiscent, anybody?).

Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with the latest TouchWiz UX based on Android 4.4.2 OS. The smartphone comes in 4 colors - black, white, blue and copper - but the buyers in US will only get black and white options.

Although Samsung isn't ready to talk prices as of now but atleast they have confirmed that April 11 is the day buyers across get to buy the smartphone. Its definitely going to be a game changer in the smartphone universe but whether the effects are going to be cataclysmic for other manufacturers or not is still a wait and watch game considering HTC is supposed to unveil its flagship in this quarter as well.
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Recently, iOS 6.x untethered jailbreak tool, evasi0n, was released for all iDevices. One of the main reasons why people jailbreak is to be able to download paid apps for free. And the name that used to chime with app piracy, Installous, was shut down a while back and a new winner, AppCake, rose from its ashes to save the interests of jailbreakers. But we can't always download application files(.ipa files) directly to our device and torrents and some good sites like do host cracked apps and make it quite easy to download one. The plight of users is that there is no direct or apparent which enables users to download .ipa files on PC and then transfer them to their iPhone to be able to install them. But as we know, for every problem, there always lies a solution.

Lets have a look at how to do the deed.

Step 1: As you may have guessed you require a jailbroken iDevice so that you can install AppCake on it. If you don't have one you can click here(for iOS 5.x and lower users), here(for iOS 6.x users) and here (for iOS 7 users) to know about the process.

Step 2: Now, you need AppCake in your iDevice. If you don't already have this amazing piece of software, then click here to know how to have it.

Note: iOS 7 users with jailbreak need to download an utility afc2add using Cydia from ModMyI repository to be able to move forward and access their device's root file system.

Step 3: To be able to transfer files easily, we need a PC based file manager for iDevices and Disk Aid is one of the best of the lot. To download it, open your internet broswer and go to

And now click on Download button for your appropriate Operating System and as  you click it, a new tab will open and the download will start.

Step 4: Now, click on the installation file and start the setup process for Disk Aid. Follow the on screen instructions to complete the setup.

Step 5: When the installation process finishes, start Disk Aid and plug in your iDevice.

Step 6: Now, when Disk Aid opens click on Root and then go to var directory(don't get it confused because of the shortcut icon) in it.

Step 7: Now, when the var directory opens, click on mobile folder.

Step 8: Now, in the mobile directory, you will see a folder named Documents.

Step 9: In the Documents folder, there will be a folder named Downloads.

This is the folder where all ipa(iPhone Application) files are stored for AppCake and thus if you ever want to install an application through its cracked ipa file which is stored on your PC, all you need to get that application installed is copy the file to this directory.

And when you complete the copying procedure, AppCake on your iDevice will show the .ipa file in its Downloaded section and now all you got to do to install the application on your iDevice is click Install.

Now, as many of you might have been a user of Installous, when it was present, and you may even have some .ipa files stored through Installous which you think now have gone to waste. Well, you can have these .ipa files too. Although, you may have removed Installous from your iDevice, but the folder it uses to store the files doesn't get deleted and you can always extract cracked .ipa files from the folder. The path of the folder is /File System/Root/var/mobile/Documents/Installous/Downloads .

So, now you know from where to extract all your previous cracked .ipa files, before Installous went under, so that they can be used through AppCake, erasing the need to download them again. Also, now you are not tied to the need of downloading an installation file for an application on the iDevice itself and instead you can download the files from the convenience of your PC and then use them for installation on iPhone.
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Unknown 5.5 inch Samsung device surfaces

Samsung is one of the biggest manufactures of SmartPhones and is thus bound to be testing new products every now and then but there is always a chance of leak which is hitting gold in tech world. A similar thing just happened surfacing an yet unknown Samsung device through the Indian importing and exporting website Zauba.

The device in discussion is a Samsung 5.5 inch smartphone with code name GT-I9405 which suggests that this is going to sit somewhere in between Samsung Galaxy SIII and S4 but the 5.5 inch screen complicates the deduction's closeness to reality. Also, since the specifications and timing matches with that of already leaked Samsung Galaxy Note Neo there is a good chance that Samsung has sent this device to the subcontinent for further testing under a different alias.

Details about this device are expected to show up in near future but as always we can only wait and speculate until Samsung unveils the device.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 gets the KitKat treatment

Every OEM in the smartphone world is notoriously infamous for delaying the latest and greatest in terms of Android OS but the time lag is getting shorter by each version. The KitKat updating season in the world of Android Super Phones is already here and the next in line is the big guy from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 GT-N9005.

The update is for the Qualcomm 800 SoC sporting Note 3 version (GT-N9005) with support for LTE but this means other devices are going to get Android 4.4.2 KitKat update pretty soon as well. The changes are on the lines of the leaked Samsung Galaxy S4 update - a few minor UI changes, a few bug fixes, a little bump in the benchmark scores. There is one thing Samsung has done with this update, i.e. implemented a new camera shortcut on the lockscreen (a concept already seen in Apple's iOS 7).

The rollout is happening a region at a time but if you are getting restless, you can get update using this build and the following steps.

Step 1: Download the 1.5 GB firmware file from here and extract(unzip) it.
Step 2: Download V 3.09 of Odin from either here or here and extract it.
Step 3: Open Odin V3.09 from the folder you created in Step 2.
Step 4: Restart your phone in download mode by pressing and holding Power Button + Home Button +  Volume Button (all together) until "Warning!!" message appears on the screen. Then select that you wish to start in Download Mode by pressing Volume Down button.
Step 5: Connect your phone to your computer and wait till you get a blue sign on Odin.
Step 6: Add BL_N9005XXUENA6_340325_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to BL, AP_N9005XXUENA6_340325_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to AP, CP_N9005XXUENA2_REV03_CL1277177.tar.md5 to CP and CSC_OXX_N9005OXXENA5_327209_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CSC.
             Note: Make sure re-partition is Not ticked.
Step 7: Click Start button and wait for a few minutes for it to complete. If you encounter any issues like Bootloop, FC etc then boot into recovery mode by pressing and holding Power Button, Home Button and Volume Up Button all at the same time. Choose to wipe your storage / SD card to factory settings and you are good to go. But take care that it will remove all the data on both your internal storage as well as external.

The information of this build are as follows.
Model: SM-N9005
Country: Open Europe
Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 340325
Build date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:09:09 +0000
Product Code: OXX

If you have got the update, do share with us your region and experience in the comment section below.
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WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8 gets fixed

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging application in the world and when it suffers a flaw, everyone notices. Its Windows Phone 8 version suffered from a broadcast message reception and a security flaw due to which it was also briefly removed from the Windows Phone app store. But now it is back, with a fix.

The version for the messaging client has been bumped to 2.11.356.0 for Windows Phone 8 and it doesn't come up with any additional features apart from the two fixes. Many believe that the next version is going to come with the ability to share music but only time will tell what WhatsApp Inc. has in store for its Windows Phone based users.

WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8
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