Using iPhone is still a status and if you are looking for cheap iPhone then you have to import an iPhone from USA. Now-a-days there are hundreds of people who are selling imported iPhones in India or even through eBay, so here is a guide (and paid service) – How to use an imported iPhone 4 CDMA with Reliance CDMA.
Because, most cheap imported iPhones are CDMA! LoL! Anyways, here are the steps that you need to do for using an iPhone in Reliance. I have selected Reliance because I have been using Reliance CDMA from past 7 years and don’t want to change it.
First, you need to get an iPhone 4 CDMA. This tutorial covers only iPhone 4 however it will work for other models as well. You can purchase an iPhone 4 CDMA from eBay.Com for $150 or something. If you are directly importing then you may have to pay customs duty for the phone, in that it will be 6% of the invoiced amount coming within the package. FYI, you can take any type of phone it really doesn’t matter whether the phone have a BAD ESN or CLEAN ESN.
Now you might have a question – “What is a BAD ESN?”
Well, BAD ESN means the phone is locked / banned with the phone’s operator for not paying bills or something. In one sentence, a phone having a BAD ESN can not be activated on it’s original operator, however you can register and use it on any other operator.
Let’s get back to our tutorial, once you have your iPhone you have to register the iPhone’s ESN or MEID with Reliance. For that you can check if anyone is available on eBay.In or else you may contact me as well, I know few people who does the job in exchange of some money. Once the phone is registered with Reliance, then you have to play the actual part – The Network Programming Part!
Now what the heck is network programming?
Well, this is something where you have to fed the iPhone with Reliance’s network parameters, mobile numbers, 1X or EVDO internet settings etc so that it can receive Reliance’s signal and work over Reliance’s network. This part is very complex, if you are not sure or confident enough to do this then hire some expert or contact me.
Here are the details that you have to fed the phone for receiving Reliance’s network
- MDN: Your Mobile Number
- MIN: MIN Against Your Mobile Number
- AKEY: Has To Be Supplied By The Guy Who Registered Your MEID/RSN With Reliance
- SID: 14655
- NID: 25535
- 3G USER ID: Your_MEID@hrpd.rcom.co.in
- 3G PASSWORD: Has To Be Supplied By The Guy Who Registered Your MEID/RSN With Reliance
There are few softwares available on Internet to for programming an iPhone, however they are not free. There are some charges for unlocking / programming an iPhone to an operator. It costs from $50 to $75 per iPhone. Before you try anything, you have to Jailbreak the iPhone for gaining root access. That’s a pretty simple part, search YouTube for iPhone 4 Jailbreaking tutorials and once you have done it successfully open Cydia and install OPENSSH (In the search section, type OPENSSH and it will appear). OPENSSH is required for this process.
Now, once all these steps are completed, you will receive Reliance’s signal on your phone and you can check by dialing *228. Now you have to visit Reliance Web World Store for transferring you number from your existing handset to the new handset. It’s a 10 minutes job however, make sure any Data Plan or BlackBerry plans are deactivated before you prompt for the transfer, else it will take 3~5 days for the transfer.
I hope you guys enjoyed it! If you have any queries, comment below – I will love to help you!