iPhone 4G/3G/3GS os5.1.1 on Net10 Network


Here I am going to show how to use an iPhone (with the new os 5.1.1) on Net10′s pay as you go network, with full unlimited talk, text and web for only $45 a month. I have wrestled with this for the last week… and the following tutorial will help anyone else in the same position.

Here are the steps I am going to outline:

1. Restore your iPhone to factory defaults (while updating the os).
2. Jailbreak your phone with redsn0w 09.14b2
3. Unlock your iPhone with ultrasnOw 1.2.7 and ultrasn0w fixer for 5.1.1
4. Make available your APN settings to configure for Net10
5. Make sure you can receive AND SEND mms messages via the SMS service center settings.

This will be a complete tutorial for setting an iPhone to factory settings and jailbreaking, unlocking, and using the iPhone with os 5.1.1 on the Net10 pay as you go network.

You will also need a PROVISIONED sim card from Net10. You can call them and order a card for around $15. (1-877-836-2368)


Update: These sim cards can now be purchased at any Best Buy (mobile store or retail store) for $15. It includes both the regular sim and a micro sim.

Restore iPhone

The first step is restoring the iPhone to factory defaults, and installing the new os 5.1.1

1. Connect your iPhone to iTunes. Once recognized, click the button to “Backup”.
2. Next, click the button to “Restore”.
3. iTunes will download the current 5.1.1 operating system and install it to your phone.
4. This process will take approximately 10 minutes.

At this time, I am not offering support on how to re-install your existing apps and info. NOTE this is for a complete factory restore of the iPhone.

Jailbreak iPhone

You will now notice if you try to use your phone, you will get to an activation screen. This screen will NOT progress using the Net10 sim card.

1. Download redsn0w version 09.14b2 for windows or mac.
2. Extract the software and run the redsn0w application.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to jailbreak your device.

This video will provide a Visual Guide to Jailbreaking your iPhone

Unlock iPhone

The video link above will mention how to install ultrasn0w, which is necessary to unlock the iPhone to work on other carriers. However, before installing ultrasnOw, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO INSTALL THE FIX FIRST.

1. Open Cydia and go into the Manage tab, Sources section, and then click the edit, followed by the add button.
2. Add this url: http://repo.iparelhos.com
3. Now, search Cydia for ultrasn0w fixer for 5.1.1 and install.
4. Next, search Cydia for ultrasn0w and install.

This will install the substrates necessary to unlock the iPhone.

APN Settings

Here is where I spent most of my time figuring out the solution. The APN settings will need to be changed in order for all services to function correctly.

1. Go to the iPhone settings -> general -> network -> cellular data network.
2. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE the cellular data network tab; you need to install TetherMe… go to step 2b.
2b. Open Cydia and search for TetherMe APN Editing and install. This will restore the Cellular Data Network tab.  (see note below)


Update: Apparently the “TetherMe” app from Cydia is now a paid app.  So, instead, you should be able to find “TetherMe” by installing the ‘cydia.xsellize.com/’ source in your cydia. Then, open Cydia and search for “TetherMe”. Make sure it’s the one from the xsellize source.


Update  08-22-13:  There is a computer software application available which will allow a user to set their APN settings for any Apple device.  It is called the Apple iPhone Configuration Utility.  Scroll to the bottom of the page (in the link), and look for iPhone Configuration Utility.  It can be downloaded for either Mac or PC.  Use it to manually set your APN settings without having to go through the jailbreak process!

3. Now, enter the details below (for Net10 only; for other carriers use Google):

Cellular Data
APN: att.mvno

Visual Voicemail:
APN: acds.voicemail

APN: att.mvno
MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
MMS Prozy: mms2.tracfone.com:80
MMS Max Message Size: 1048576

Double check and make sure all details are entered correctly.

Insert SIM

Now, insert your SIM card and see if your service is working correctly. At this point everything was working correctly for me EXCEPT being able to SEND text messages. I could receive messages just fine… but could NOT send them.

Here is the fix if you are unable to send text or mms messages:

1. Type this into your dialing pad *#5005*7672# and press “call”.
2. You will get a message similar to this:

Setting Interrogation Succeeded
Service Center Address

3. Now, call Net10 (phone number above) and ask them if your number matches what it should be. Most likely it will not, and they will provide you with the correct number.
4. Next, you will need to update your device with the new, correct number.
5. Enter this into your dialer and press call: **5005*7672*SMSCNUMBER# where SMSCNUMBER is the new number you received from Net10. Remember to include the + symbol before the number. You can do this by holding the “0″ button on the keypad.
6. If done correctly, you will see this message:

Setting Succeeded
Service Center Address
No Address

7. Lastly, confirm you have the correct number saved by entering *#5005*7672# into the dialer and pressing “call”.

This will link your device to the correct SMS Service Number and will restore being able to send messages.

Now, sit back and enjoy your new service with all the same features as premium providers for a fraction of the cost!!

Closing Remarks

This guide is certainly not all-encompassing and only includes directions for Net10 (although other service providers will be very similar). Please leave any comments below to help others who might be experiencing similar issues. Also, I will help respond to any questions.

Good Luck!


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      http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/enterprise/ (Scroll to very bottom of page, and look for “iPhone Configuration Utility”.

      Then, just gather the APN settings from your carrier and enter them into the configuration utility.

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