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How to unlock iPhone 4S Softbank with KingMobile

After so many attempts to unlock my iPhone 4S, after being twice a victim of scam from sites offering fake unlocks and after so much hacking with all the unlocks and jailbreaks techniques I found online, I finally found a way to do it. Thanks to my friend Birkir to point me in the right direction.

Based on KingMobile’s site, they also support iPhone 5/5S/6/6+. My experience is based only with the iPhone 4S, iOS 7, Softbank. I would like to know if someone else did it with a different version. Unfortunately it seems that this card cannot be used with an iPhone 4.

The procedure is pretty simple. Inside the package there is a small micro SIM frame with a chip that is the one making the magic. If you don’t have a micro SIM, you can request one or cut one yourself. That’s what I did. Just be pretty sure that you get the dimensions right.

KingMobile

KingMobile

King Mobile

Cut SIM

Cut SIM

Once you get the SIM in the frame, you have to put the SIM coming inside the envelop first. You will be asked to select your carrier. This is the carrier you want to unlock from. In my case it was Softbank. So select the old carrier, the one that is blocking your SIM.
Then follow the instructions. Once it’s accepted, a message saying that you selected a new carrier appears. After that accept and turn off your iPhone. Once you turned off your iPhone and the screen is black, QUICKLY replace the reset-SIM from KingMobile with your previously cut SIM card. This must be the new card you want to use. This is my girlfriend’s iPhone 4S by the way.

Unlock iPhone 4S

Unlock iPhone 4S

If you are not quick enough, you get this annoying message saying that the SIM is not valid. I repeated the operation again and it worked fine the next time.

Unlock iPhone 4S

Now you have your phone unlocked. Actually it’s not unlocked, technically the iPhone is still locked with Softbank and some menus in the settings still show stuff form Softbank remembering you that Masayoshi Son still owns your soul. Anyway the result is an unlocked iPhone as long as you use the KingMobile chip.

Unlock iPhone 4S

Few things you have to setup before start using your new “unlocked” iPhone.

      Set data roaming if you want to get your data connection enabled.
      Some carriers require you to setup your APN settings. That means that you have to enter manually the settings to connect with your carrier data network. In my case, it wasn’t necessary. I think that it depends on the carrier.
      I got some problems trying to call local numbers, and that was because I entered the number without the country code. It seems that the iPhone automatically puts a +81 (Japan code) in front of every number. To fix this is pretty easy. Just save your numbers with the corresponding country code. Even if you are calling a local number, add the +(country code).

Here you can find the instructions in English at KingMobile’s site.

How “official iphone unlock” ignored me (officialiphoneunlock.co.uk)

I have an iPhone I bought in Japan when I was living there. It was SIM locked by Softbank. I moved to Europe and I found a website (http://officialiphoneunlock.co.uk) that provides factory unlocks. For those of you who don’t know, a factory unlock is basically a definitive way to unlock your SIM locked phone. No need for jailbreak. It’s perfectly legal and clean. At the beginning I was a little bit suspicious but the site looked right. On a first look they have a support number, a contact email, testimonials using http://trustedreviews.eu with very good reviews. They have a Facebook page with 33K+ likes.

I submitted the IMEI of my two iPhones a 4S and a 4. Total cost 117€ (£93, $160).
After a couple of days I got the following answer for both phones:

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iPhone marked as ‘Blocked or In-Contract’.
“The IMEI you gave us has been rejected by the carrier for unlocking due to being marked Blocked, usually meaning it’s a lost or stolen handset, but handsets can be blocked for any number of reasons including non-payment of bills, blacklisted, bad ESN and/or contract issues or still in contract. We cannot supply a refund for handsets that come back as blocked – this is mentioned on the website before purchase.”

At that point I decided to check what was going on with my phones. I contacted the Softbank international service and they confirmed to me that my phones weren’t in any of those states. They also provided me with a link to check the status of my phones by providing the IMEI. The page is in Japanese, but look at the image bellow, I translated what it means:

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(click on the image to see it in full size)

The text in Japanese: ○: 利用できます(後日不正契約が認められた場合を除きます)
Means:
Allowed to use. (excluding the case in which the contract is recognized as fraudulent in the future)

My contract with Softbank is totally closed, the iPhones are my property now and I have no issues or pending payments with them. I’m totally in peace with Softbank.

In the same email from officialiphoneunlock.co.uk they continued:

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“Good news however. We can easily unlock your Blocked handset on our ‘Any Network’ service which is guaranteed, the cost of this is an additional £50.00 and takes 24-72 hours. Please remember this service will NOT bypass an iCloud Activation Locked handset.
To upgrade to the Blocked service, please use this link http://www.officialiphoneunlock.co.uk/worldwide?mb=2
If you use our Guaranteed Any Network service and it fails for any reason, we refund ALL monies for that IMEI, including your original payment.”

This is when things turns even worse. They suggest me to pay extra £50 to unlock my phones and in case it’s not possible they will refund everything, including my original payment. Wait a minute. You can refund everything if I pay another £50 but you can’t refund my original payment?
This literally sounds like SCAM to me but comments of people in Facebook look very good.

I tried to reach them by phone but I got no answer. The answer is just a recorded message saying that they are busy, and after a long while, the communication just dropped. Also the phone recorded message said that they don’t attend support by phone.

I wrote several emails in their support page but again no response.

I wrote an email to the only email I got from their site: sales@officialiphoneunlock.co.uk but no response as well.

I sent a message using Facebook, no response.

I posted in their wall, the post was deleted…

I also commented on one of their posts in their Facebook page. And, so far, no answer.

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At this point what else should I do? The next step should be to contact the police, notify the site as SCAM, and keep my personal online war against officialiphoneunlock.co.uk to see if they will eventually refund my money.

I don’t care if they couldn’t unlock my phones, that’s fine because technical issues are normal. But what frustrates me and makes all this really fishy is the fact that they don’t get back to me and ignore all my attempts to contact them.

officialiphoneunlock.co.uk if you guys cannot unlock my phones, that’s fine! But I want my money back because my case is none of the special cases which don’t get refunded.

[UPDATE 2014/08/26]
I was contacted by dalpay.com which seems to be the company used by officialiphoneunlock.co.uk to manage the payments. They reviewed my case and decided to refund the payment. Now I’m in peace with officialiphoneunlock but I would like to use this incident to talk about common sense. None of this would have happened if they just replied to me, even with a “we are working on this” or “we will review your complain”. The fact that officialiphoneunlock just ignored my attempts to communicate with them, left me with no other option but to complain publicly. Just a simple gesture of attention to your clients is enough to avoid a complain that will eventually damage the company’s reputation and image.
This is also a good opportunity to remember the importance of complaining in social media and blogs. It works and companies offering online services should be more responsive to their clients.
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Photographers Rights Indiegogo campaign last days

More than one month ago I started an indiegogo campaign for Photographers Rights.
Just 5 days left and the results are really bad. This is a niche app, it’s useful and I think it’s important for a photographer to have it and it’s free! I’m making almost no money with this app, I just want to have a useful tool for those situations when a photographer needs instantaneous legal advice. Today photography is a target of many stupid regulations made by myope politicians that don’t understand the difference from a camera and a bomb. Many see street photographers as potential terrorists or criminals, which I have no need to even explain how absurd this could go. Photography, in all its variants, is extremely important as a way to keep our memories for the future. Photography is history in real time.

I wonder what went wrong with this campaign. I first created a video talking about the app. It was quite long, almost 3 minutes where I explained every detail of the app. The video had very few views, people didn’t even bother to watch it. So, I decided to change it. I made it shorter and faster, with some self-made animations but it didn’t change the statistics.

I posted about the app everywhere, in Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Linkedin. Many friends and followers shared this campaign in their own social networks as well. I wrote to many photography blogs, with no response. At some point it seems like nobody really cares about this app and yet, more than 20,000 people downloaded the app and the reviews are good! I got, and I’m still getting, emails from people asking me for an Android version and suggestions for improvements. That’s why I started the campaign, I thought that there were people interested and, in fact, I think there is a lot of people interested in this app. So what happened??

This is what I thought that would happen. People would share it. Photographers would share it too. Some of those people’s friends would share it as well and some of them would contribute with the project.

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What really happened is that I reached the limits of my influence. No matter how many times I posted and reposted the same content, it would not reach anybody beyond that limit. Those photographers, potentially interested to participate in the campaign, were never reached by this information at all. They just don’t know that this campaign even exists.

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This is just what I think that happened. But, I really have no idea what really happened. The only thing I know is that with no marketing, no advertisement, not having thousands of followers, a pretty interesting number of people downloaded the app in the last 2 years. But for some reason, I wasn’t able to reach a similar amount of people using social networks, blogs, direct emails, retweets, re-shares and so forth…

For now, Photographers Rights remains as it is, with no English proof reading and no Android version. Thank you for the few people that contributed. You will get your perks soon.

How to distribute Ad-Hoc Apps Xcode 4.3.2

If you want other people to test your app before releasing it in the app store, you can use the Ad-Hoc distribution system. It’s not well documented but it’s very easy to setup. Your beta testers and clients will be very happy because from now on they can just download the app from a link without the pain of connecting to iTunes, neither dealing with the app store. They can download the app directly from their devices.
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iPhone apps for photography review

Photography with the iPhone relays on two important pillars: the Photographer and the Applications. Taking pictures with an iPhone could be fun or painful. To enjoy the possibilities that this device brings to us, first we need to understand what photography with an iPhone means, and then, we can download the apps that fit our needs.

There are tons of photography apps for the iPhone. I didn’t have time to check all of them. From all the apps that I tried, these are the ones that actually I cannot live without.

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iPhone photography, why so popular?

Let’s put this clear. The camera in the iPhone is a crap! There is no doubt about that. And because of that, iPhone photography is getting more and more popular.
It’s all about effort. Humans feels better when they reach some point after some effort and suffering. Effort implies some kind of sufferance and this adds some value to the final result.
Usually the most admirable and incredible creations have been accomplished with the poorest and the most primitive tools. Just look at the huge art master pieces of the past. The artist didn’t have the resources, neither the technology. But after dedication and effort the final result lasted forever.

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