Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category

Another place to go for iPhone modifications in New Zealand

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

There’s now another place to get modifications for your iPhone so it works as well as it can in New Zealand on the Vodafone network.

Kiwi-ise contains a number of packages that can be installed using to provide:

  • Caller ID
  • Phone Number Formatting
  • Voicemail button
  • Call Forwarding Active Fix
  • Alerts for Unread SMS messages and Missed Calls
  • Kiwi-ised Google Maps application icon

It includes all of the great stuff that was in the XK72 repository plus some other goodies. I particularly look forward to seeing how the alerts for unread SMS messages and missed calls will work. I really missed that feature off my old Samsung phone.

It’s great to see so much effort being put into making using the iPhone as simple as possible here in New Zealand.

There’s also great reading about jailbreaking and unlocking in general.

Using version 1.1.3 on the iPhone in New Zealand

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

It’s finally possible to upgrade to the latest version of the iPhone software (1.1.3) in New Zealand. And it’s really straightforward - way easier than some of the previous unlocks.

  1. Sync your iPhone to create a backup of the configuration within iTunes (just in case something goes wrong and you need to restore to 1.1.3).
  2. Upgrade the iPhone to 1.1.3
  3. Follow the instructions at iClarified to Unlock Your iPhone with ZiPhone GUI (Windows). I used ZiPhone 2.2 on Windows and didn’t have any problems with SMS or dialing crashing the iPhone after the unlock.
  4. Open Installer and add the XK72 repository
  5. Within Installer, open the Tweaks (XK72) category and install all 1.1.3 packages - Caller ID update (1.1.3), NZ Phone Formats (1.1.3)
  6. Set the Region Format to New Zealand. Settings > General > International > Region Format
  7. Set the APN for Edge to (leave Username and Password blank). Settings > General > Network > Edge > APN.
  8. Change the Voicemail button so it dials 707 rather than nothing. Manually dial *5005*86*707#.

Solution to Error (1604) When restoring iPhone in iTunes

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I have found a solution to the following immensely frustrating error

The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred. Error (1604)

My base configuration (which I ended up with after trying some of the weird potential solutions I ran across) is:

  • MacBook Pro
  • Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.1)
  • iTunes 7.5

The solution that worked for me was:

  1. Move the /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework folder to the Trash
  2. Update iTunes to 7.6 using Apple Software Update

Deleting the mentioned folder and re-installing iTunes may also rectify the problem.

This solution was found in the Independence Callback Error thread at ModMyIFone while trying to find a solution to another problem I was having when launching iNdependence. Hopefully this post will be more obvious to people searching for a solution.

After that change I managed to Restore the iPhone to firmware 1.1.1 without any problems. I’d spent over 4 hours a previous night trying all the silly permutations of ways to get around the problem that I found on the net. iNdependence 1.3.2 beta is also working without the callback reference error.

Previous attempts to resolve included everything I saw on the internet and installing just about every version of iTunes (7.6, 7.5, 7.4.3, 7.4.2, 7.3) onto a Parallels Windows VM to see if it was in fact some silly error with iTunes.

The Apple Support Forum - Error 1604 When restoring iPhone in iTunes mentions a number of hit and miss things to try:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Remove extra USB devices
  3. Try restoring on a different computer
  4. Create a new user account and restore

These seemed like ridiculous things to try, but apparently some people have had luck using a different USB connection (particularly not from a USB hub attached to the computer) or removing the SIM card. Of course, none of them worked for me (except of course using someone else’s machine - not entirely that useful long term).

Fix to receive Vodafone voice message text messages on the iPhone

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

I stumbled upon a fix that allows text messages from Vodafone New Zealand to appear when you miss a call and someone leaves a voice message.

The fix has been tested with iPhone firmware version 1.1.1.

  1. Open Installer, and add the following source if not already there -
  2. Choose the Unlocking Tools category.
  3. Install SMS Fix

This fix was a frequently asked questions titled SMS received from internet is scrambled/not working? at

Apple iPhone 1.1.1 update instructions for New Zealand

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

I finally decided to update the iPhone from 1.0.2 to 1.1.1. I’ll still be a version behind as version 1.1.2 was released by Apple earlier in November.

The update process was reasonably straight forward. No problems like Ryan Maxwell of Red Ink Scribbles had - Dreaded 1.1.1 Update. I found and used a different method though. There are lots of upgrade methods to choose from, but the one used below seemed to be the easiest. You don’t even need any software on your computer.

  1. Virginze the 1.0.2 phone - How to virginize an unlocked phone before update to 1.1.1
  2. Upgrade to 1.1.1 - How should I upgrade or restore my phone? Be careful not to let iTunes do the upgrade automatically as it will use 1.1.2 instead of 1.1.1.
  3. Activate and unlock the SIM
  4. Apply New Zealand specific tweaks
    • Open Installer and add the XK72 repository -
    • Open the Tweaks (XK72) category and install all non 1.0.2 packages - Caller ID update (1.1.1), NZ Phone Formats (1.1.1) and NZDT 2007 update.
    • Update: Open Settings > General > International > Region Format and choose New Zealand
    • Open the Unlocking Tools category and install Edge Settings fix
    • Open Settings > General > Network > Edge and set the APN to
    • Go to Phone and manually dial *5005*86*707#. This will change the Voicemail button so it calls 707 rather than not doing anything.
  5. Apply SMS Patch - Open Installer and then open the Unlocking Tools category and install SMS Fix

Allow about an hour to get through everything. Leave a comment if you have any questions.

3 day review of the iPhone

Monday, October 8th, 2007

I’ve been using the iPhone for a little over 3 days now. I’m still in the honeymoon period, but below is a first impression review. I’ll do another post with the bits I really like - there’s too many to list here…

Things that I’ve Missed

Below is the list of stuff that I have actually missed so far. I’ve recently being using a Samsung D900 so unfortunately the bar is quite low and the iPhone surpassed most existing functionality by miles.

A better way to snooze the alarm

I sleep with my phone under my pillow so snooze is within easy reach when the alarm goes off. I want to be able to whack anything on the phone to snooze. My old Samsung D900 was good at this, you could press any of the buttons anywhere (even the volume ones) and it snoozed.

With the iPhone you have to exactly press the Snooze button right in the middle of the screen, which requires you to be at least faintly lucid, of which I never am when the alarm goes off. If I could tap anywhere on the iPhone screen that would probably be better. Since you have to swipe to stop the alarm so you couldn’t accidentally sleep in and then get stuck in traffic.

UPDATE: It seems that I might have been delirious when I first tried to snooze. I tried again this morning and all of the buttons did indeed snooze the alarm. Excellent.


Yet another iPhone running in New Zealand

Monday, October 8th, 2007

I am lucky enough to be one of the many New Zealanders using an iPhone. Many have gone before and many more will follow. The first hacked iPhone may belong to John Ballinger of Bluespark Interactive as described at Andrew James Sommervell’s blog.

The Red Ink Scribbles iPhone Review Part II: The Unlocked Phone blog post contains the best instructions I’ve seen to configure the iPhone correctly for New Zealand after it has been unlocked. It contains instructions to:

  • Configure GPRS access for Vodafone (not full blown EDGE, just it’s baby sister equivalent)
  • Configure the Voicemail button so it dials 707 to access Vodafone voicemail
  • Change the phone number formating to suit New Zealand phone numbers. I’ve further updated the ABPhoneFormats.plist phone number formats to also handle 8 digit prepay phone numbers (the weird ones that look like 021 027xxxxx).

Other changes are also needed so Caller ID matches the locally stored contact phone numbers correctly. The Fix International Caller ID thread at ModMyiPhone contains instructions to fix this.