TBT: Remembering Hacktivation and some trickery I did 4 years ago. . .

Warning about packageBack in the days of hacked bootloaders and software unlocks, iOS (or was it still iPhoneOS back then) hackers could build custom ispw(s) that could be installed directly upon the device.  This wouldn’t just jailbreak, but it could install any number of 3rd party packages in one awesome sweep.  I prepared just such a custom package.  I wrote a post about it here.  At the time, I hesitated to post the actual packages for obvious reasons.  I do it today because i honestly don’t care and I was highly amused to recently discover that I never stopped hosting the files nor the instructions that I hastily wrote to aid a few friends.

Originally, these instructions were written to the winner of the auction for my phone.  (I promised that i would help him upgrade the software without breaking the soft unlock).  Back in those days, it was possible to sell a hacked and unlocked iPhone for more then the cost of upgrading to the new one.  A helpful way to finance constant hardware upgrades.

Pounding my head against hactivation

iphone looking goodLessons learned activating an unlocked iphone with iOS 5.0.1 and a neat activation workaround.  I have been working with the new iOS hacktivation in preparation of upgrading unlocked phones to 5.0.1.  i finally cracked it.  (not entirely happy with my method, but it works)  Tips for anyone madly googling answers . . .

Short answer is SAM, (don’t hacktivate) but if you want to create a bundle using PwnageTool, you will want to add these repos:

Lastly, you will want a list of packages required to make it all work (only necessary for building it into custom bundles).  If you are using Cydia to install it, you won’t need this, skip down to the trick about temporarily activating.

Core Utilites
Erica Utilities
Mobile Substrate
Substrate Safe Mode
UIKit Tools
ultrasn0w (not really required unless you are unlocking)

Dangerous Activation Workaround
If you are caught locked out of your phone and unable to run anything, here is a trick that can get you out for a sec.  (not a long term solution at all).  First off, warning, if you aren’t quick your phone will actually call emergency services (911).  that being said, here goes. . .

First slide the slider to enter the setup wizard.  At any time, you can press the Home button and select Emergency Call.  Upon the dialpad dial 112 Send.  As soon as you press send, hold the sleep (top) button until the power slider appears.  Touch cancel, then tap the green bar to return to the call in progress and end it as soon as possible.  At this time, it should exit the wizard and return you to the home screen.  Quickly install SAM with cydia, because as soon as you power down, or even sleep the phone, you will be locked out all over again.