How To Unlock Your Apple iPhone 1.1.2

How to Unlock Your Apple iPhone 1.1.2

Did you happen to buy a NEW Apple iPhone from the USA within the past month or so? Have you been bugging that friend or relative down in the States to pick you up a precious iPhone lately? Well, if that has been the case, you need to be aware that the new Apple iPhones with firmware version 1.1.2 cannot be unlocked at the moment! They can be “jailbreaked” and activated (with some complex tutorials; more on that in a later post), but currently the new out of the box (OTB is an acronym you’ll see lots for this) iPhones come with the 4.6 version bootloader (modem firmware) which has yet to be “free as a bird” shall we say by the iPhone community.

Some people have been salivating about the thought of unlocking their 1.1.2 iPhone but that will have to wait. I know of a few friends who have 1.1.2 iPhones…and it is just painful to see your beautiful device sitting there doing nothing! It’s like owning an expensive paperweight! Why can’t the 1.1.2 iPhone unlock solution be released already? I hear this all the time. Sorry, it’s just not possible. Here, play with my unlocked and fully functional iPhone in the meantime (hehe)!

“Nooooooooo!! You’re lying!” Actually, I’m not. It’s not a matter of “if”, but a matter of “when” this new bootloader will be cracked and ready to roll. In the meantime, how does one unlock an iPhone OTB (remember what this means again? re-read the first paragraph if you forgot) 1.1.2? Well, the solution is a simple one, but it will cost you. It’s called using a chip called the TurboSIM.

With the TurboSIM, you modify the SIM card from your cellphone to fit into TurboSIM tray. This tray than goes into your iPhone like any regular SIM. What it does is it tricks the iPhone into thinking your SIM card is a legitimate carrier, therefore freeing up your iPhone! You won’t have to do any software hacking and this solution does seem as the easiest way to unlock your 1.1.2 iPhone! You can also update your firmware and you iPhone will stay unlocked with the TurboSIM. Pretty cool.

Calm down, calm down! Since new OTB (there it is AGAIN!) 1.1.2 iPhones cannot be unlocked yet, sales of TurboSIM solutions have exploded and now they are very low in supply. This has in turn created a massive demand for the remaining stock, so you’re looking at paying anywhere from $105-175US on eBay for one of these things.

Pictures of the TurboSIM:

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There are some things to consider if you decide to go with your TurboSIM.

  • It’s expensive: paying $150US for the TurboSIM solution is a HUGE cost! That’s more than 30% of the iPhone’s retail value.
  • Cutting up your SIM: what happens when you get another phone (and it’s not an iPhone!) and your precious SIM card has been cut up to fit the TurboSIM?
  • Hardware issues: the TurboSIM could damage your SIM card if you install it incorrectly, as it requires some modification. Try getting some warranty support with that. The conversation might go as follows: “Hi…err…someone cut up my SIM card…umm…can I get a new one?”
  • Although expensive, it’s one of the easiest solutions to unlock your iPhone. This will result in less stress, worries, and headaches. No more searching on Google and experimenting with software unlock solutions.

So there you have it…the only solution out right now that will unlock your iPhone 1.1.2 OTB (again!). 🙂

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  • Kim

    any idea how long the wait will be for the unlock for the 1.1.2?

  • Kim

    any idea how long the wait will be for the unlock for the 1.1.2?

  • David Nathan

    Another option is the “Stealth Sim”
    I have a 1.1.2 OTB with a Stealth Sim and its working perfectly!
    I did have to modify my SIM, but it still works in my Blackberry Pearl without any flaws.
    The Stealth SIM will run you $120

  • David Nathan

    Another option is the “Stealth Sim”
    I have a 1.1.2 OTB with a Stealth Sim and its working perfectly!
    I did have to modify my SIM, but it still works in my Blackberry Pearl without any flaws.
    The Stealth SIM will run you $120

  • shirley

    my live chat with them was ridiculous.

    Tina: Welcome to our live chat service.

    Tina: Hello. How may I assist you?

    shirley: i was wondering how these phone are able to work in canada?

    shirley: using something like turbosim or stealthsim?

    Tina: yes they are for sure

    shirley: if/when they finally release the iphone to canada, will those using unlocked/jailbreak phones or turbosim card phones be able to just get the upgrades normally if we are customers of which ever company released the iphone? or once we do this whole unlock/jailbreak/turbosim process, we are forever stuck with waiting for ways to unlock the latest upgrades?

    Tina: they won’t be releasing it in Canada

    shirley: so how can i get updates for the phone if i’m with fido?

    shirley: and do i have to cut the turbosim to make it fit with my fido sim?

    Tina: I will be right with you.

    Tina: yes you can

    Tina: no we send you a pre-configured card

    shirley: so there is no chance that the phone will ever brick?

    Tina: I’m sorry for the delay. I’ll be right with you.

    Tina: no it won’t

    shirley: what exactly does the turbosim do?

    Tina: we don’t use turbosim actually

    Tina: we have a custom solution

    shirley: so do you take the phone apart to unlock/jailbreak it? or do you sent a new unopened phone?

    Tina: no

    Tina: you just insert your sim into our replacement tray

    Tina: and insert that into the phone

    shirley: and all apple updates will be good to install as soon as they are released?

    Tina: Thank you for waiting. I’ll be with you in just a moment.

    Tina: yes they are

    shirley: what happens if the phone does brick? do u offer a warranty?

    Tina: Thank you for waiting. I’ll be with you in just a moment.

    Tina: I’m sorry for the delay. I’ll be right with you.

    Tina: I will be right with you.

    Tina: I will be right with you.

    Tina: we do have a warranty

    Tina: that you can buy on our website

    Tina: the phone won’t brick

    Tina: there is no way for that to happen

    Tina: unless you jailbreak it

    shirley: so other than this replacement tray thing… do u do any unlocking/jailbreaking to the phone?

    Tina: there is no software modification to the phone

  • shirley

    my live chat with them was ridiculous.

    Tina: Welcome to our live chat service.

    Tina: Hello. How may I assist you?

    shirley: i was wondering how these phone are able to work in canada?

    shirley: using something like turbosim or stealthsim?

    Tina: yes they are for sure

    shirley: if/when they finally release the iphone to canada, will those using unlocked/jailbreak phones or turbosim card phones be able to just get the upgrades normally if we are customers of which ever company released the iphone? or once we do this whole unlock/jailbreak/turbosim process, we are forever stuck with waiting for ways to unlock the latest upgrades?

    Tina: they won’t be releasing it in Canada

    shirley: so how can i get updates for the phone if i’m with fido?

    shirley: and do i have to cut the turbosim to make it fit with my fido sim?

    Tina: I will be right with you.

    Tina: yes you can

    Tina: no we send you a pre-configured card

    shirley: so there is no chance that the phone will ever brick?

    Tina: I’m sorry for the delay. I’ll be right with you.

    Tina: no it won’t

    shirley: what exactly does the turbosim do?

    Tina: we don’t use turbosim actually

    Tina: we have a custom solution

    shirley: so do you take the phone apart to unlock/jailbreak it? or do you sent a new unopened phone?

    Tina: no

    Tina: you just insert your sim into our replacement tray

    Tina: and insert that into the phone

    shirley: and all apple updates will be good to install as soon as they are released?

    Tina: Thank you for waiting. I’ll be with you in just a moment.

    Tina: yes they are

    shirley: what happens if the phone does brick? do u offer a warranty?

    Tina: Thank you for waiting. I’ll be with you in just a moment.

    Tina: I’m sorry for the delay. I’ll be right with you.

    Tina: I will be right with you.

    Tina: I will be right with you.

    Tina: we do have a warranty

    Tina: that you can buy on our website

    Tina: the phone won’t brick

    Tina: there is no way for that to happen

    Tina: unless you jailbreak it

    shirley: so other than this replacement tray thing… do u do any unlocking/jailbreaking to the phone?

    Tina: there is no software modification to the phone