How to use an imported iPhone 4 CDMA with Reliance

by Pankaj Biswas on June 16, 2013

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.

Why 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

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  • 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! :)

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Ganesh June 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I am using iphone 4 cdma for relaince brought from out side.but unable to use data on this plz help me if i can activate internet for my self on my phone

Ganesh

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Pankaj June 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Hi Ganesh,
Let me know how you have programmed the phone?

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rupesh July 2, 2013 at 12:57 am

Hi Pankaj,

I have CDMA iphone 4 brought from US. I would like to connect it to reliance network so could please help me out??

plz provide your contact number.

Thanks,
Rupesh
mob no 9665992188

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Pankaj July 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hi Rupesh,
Yes sure! I will love to help you. Please send me the MEID and iPhone model number of your phone using the “contact” link of my website and I’ll get back to you. Please include your mobile number in that.

Also let me know if you have tested anything yet on the phone?

Thanks

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rupesh December 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

Hi Pankaj,

I have iphone 4 CDMA (without sim slot) brought from US and locked with Sprint network.
I want to activate it with reliance… Could you please help me out for the same?

CDMA Iphone 4 details are as below :
MEID – A10000282C9DAC
Modem firmware – 3.0.04
Model – MD200LL
Version – 5.1.1
Carrier – Sprint12.0
Please let me know the fees.

Thanks,
Rupesh
9665992188

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rupesh January 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

Hi Pankaj,
any updates?

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Saurabh July 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Hi Pankaj,
i have Iphone 4 Cdma without SIM with verizon network on it , i want to register my handset in reliance so that i can use Reliance CDMA service in mumbai, Iphone is fron US.
Please help me out on this,

plz provide your contact number.

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Pankaj July 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Hi Saurabh,
You can reach me at 933XXXXX02.

Thanks

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Dave July 20, 2013 at 12:35 am

Hi Pankaj

I have a Verizon iPhone 4S and want to activate on reliance WITHOUT jailbreaking. A friend of mine did this in china @ China Telecom (CDMA) by paying some money. It happens like this :
They change the MEID on your account to the MEID of your iPhone (MEID registration)
- They push your IMSI to the iPhone through OTA provisioning.
- They tell your A-key and which you need to enter this into iPhone.
- They add iPhone’s AN-AAA username (@vzw.com I believe) to your account, since the username in the iPhone can’t be changed.
- They set the account to accept any AN-AAA password, since the password in the iPhone can’t be changed. And thats it! iPhone will think its a Verizon network and connect to it and you are good to go!

Can a similar thing be realized with Reliance? I think possibilities are endless in India!
Please think it over and let me know.

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Pankaj July 20, 2013 at 6:28 am

Hi Dave,
Not sure if you can enter the A-KEY into your phone without jailbreaking it. But I have heard that there is a way to put those things without jailbreaking but in that case Internet doesn’t works. See if you can get some information from your friend that “how he did entered the A-KEY into the iPhone”. Regarding the IMSI, Reliance can not push it to your iPhone because officially Reliance doesn’t have iPhone support so they are not equipped with this – I think so at least! ;)

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Dave July 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Hi Pankaj

Thank you for your valuable feedback.
He doesn’t remember how he entered the A-Key! I will find more info regarding A -Key. I think you need to dial something on the keypad and the go about entering it.
Also initially while in India my phone was roaming on reliance CDMA (I am in Bangalore) which means reliance does have my phone in their database. I was connected to reliance customer care when I dial *228 and then the message “your phone could not be activated ” which is probably because I didn’t opt for a roaming plan in US. Once I restored the phone to perform a SIM unlock for GSM use it can no longer connect to reliance as network parameters were erased.

Also, I don’t care much about data since I am always on WIFI at home and work. So if you know in anyway you could make iPhone 4S work on reliance please let me know :)

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Varun December 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Verizon iPhone 4s comes with GSM and CDMA compatibility ,am I right?..please reply

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Pankaj December 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Hi Varun,
Not sure if that will work here.

Thanks

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sameer July 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Hi pankaj

i have a iphone 4 cdma on verizon network with ios 6.1.3, i want to use it on relaince network.
kindly please guide me.
thanx

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Pankaj August 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Hi Sameer,
First of all you need to downgrade the iOS to 6.1 and then you need to program it using iDFS software following my above guide.

Thanks

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Dheeraj sharma August 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hi! I am using i phone 4 cdma without sim bought by ebay. I made it unlock and using reliance network bt nt able to use internet. Please help me out what should i do.

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ashish mankar August 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

hi pankaj ,i m using iphone4 cdma with reliance but unable to use data on it .can u please help me to activate cellular data with great regard

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Pankaj August 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Hi Ashish,
You have to get the EVDO credentials from the MEID register guy and using iDFS you have to put that within your phone. That will activate Internet on your phone.

Thanks

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Shubham Gupta August 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

hello pankaj sir,
first of all thanks to make yourself easily accessible.
i have iphone 4 verizon iOS 6.1.3,
by reading your comments i got til this much-
1.downgrade iOS to 6.1
2.get it jailbroken.
can u plz convey me the next step
hopes with you

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Pankaj August 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hi Shubham,
I have responded to your email. Please follow up on that! :)

Thanks

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Ron August 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

hey pankaj. nice article.. pls help me out here.. im planning to buy a bad esn phone from Ebay.com.. and my question is can i use that phone here in india with Airtel or any other GSM?? may be by flashing or jailbreaking etc??

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Pankaj August 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hi,
Nope, that phone can not be used on GSM providers. Bad ESN phones are CDMA handsets, so you have program it and then you have to use it in any CDMA operator like Reliance, MTS etc.

Thanks

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Ranjan September 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Dear Pankaj sir,
Recently I bought 2 Motorola Droid Verizon A855 from eBay.
Seller told that he has registered this with reliance, but its not showing correct MEID, when I sent SMS GETSTAT to reliance.
But its programming done, while calling *228, I can hear welcome to reliance, and asking for activation code. I went to webworld but they didnt help me, even told HCC cards are not available now anyware.
Please do the needful.
Thanks Ranjan
a.motoapps@gmail.com

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Pankaj September 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Hi Ranjan,
If you are getting nine digit activation code prompt on *228 then it’s fine. Just get a postpaid starter kit (not SIM card) and activate using that. It should work there.

Thanks

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Anshul September 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Hi pankaj ,
I have a verizon cdma iphone 4 on ios 7 that i need help with. I haven’t done any of the network programming part cause I work on a mac but i did put a reliance prl file when the phone was on ios 6 . when i dial *228 it says your phone could not be activated . I’ve talked to the reliance web world people in green park delhi and they have been of no help . They don’t know what I’m talking about saying they don;t activate foreign handsets.What steps do i need to take and how can I have ur expert guidance. I’ve got fast enough internet and i can get splashtop , parallels, iteleport or teamviewer or whatever u insist setup in this context . Thanks

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Pankaj September 16, 2013 at 9:07 am

Hi,
Not sure the iDFS software works with iOS 7 or not. So you have to wait until they releases solution for iOS 7.

Thanks.

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Abhijit September 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Hi Pankaj
Thanks for the valuable information given above about Iphone cdma. I want to buy I phone4 CDMA with Reliance network full working data,SMS etc. Can you please guide me where to buy n how to get it working? I am from Mumbai.

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Pankaj October 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Hi Abhijit,
You can look for iPhone CDMA at eBay.in

Thanks

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dinesh September 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm

hi i am dinesh i have iphone 4 cdma which i have programmed for reliance cdma and the number worked well now i have updated to ios 7 unfortunately i am not able to see any number in my phone it is showing No service .
MEID no. : A10000362E6D1E
reliance unlocking code is 000000
mobile number which i used in iphone cdma reliance is 9393584153
and contact through my email id : dinesh_reddy2005@yahoo.com

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Pankaj October 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Hi Dinesh,
There is nothing you can do now. Either you can wait until Jailbreak comes for iOS 7 or you can downgrade to iOS 6.X and re-program it again. Better contact the store/guy who did the programming.

Thanks

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Rakesh October 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

Hi I successfully update my ip4 CDMA to iOS 7. No prb in network. Now there is also a sign of 1x which was not in 6.1 version. Is there any possibility to add setting for internet in iOS 7.

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Pankaj October 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

You can do that using iDFS or iPhone CDMA Tool software after Jailbreak comes for iOS 7.

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Naveen Goel October 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

HI Pankaj,

I have a iphone 4 of Verizon, I am in India, When i dail *228 it says welcome to Relaince & they says your phone cannot be activated.

Is there any way i can use this phone on any CDMA network in INdia ?

Pls help

Regards
Naveen
9810150844

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Pankaj October 6, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Hi Naveen,
Visit a Reliance web world and ask them if you can take a number on your phone after providing the MEID of your phone.

Thanks

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Naveen Goel October 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Hi Pankaj,

I have already contacted Reliace care & they told me that they cannot help.

Do you know anyody in releance who can help ? Also is it possible to share your contact number

Regards
Naveen
9810150844

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Prasad October 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi Pankaj,
I bought a iPhone 4 Verizon CDMA phone from US. I jailbreak it and also registered with Reliance. Everything works fine, except receiving commercial SMS.
I am able to receive SMS sent from a mobile, but not from banks etc. Now-a-days, every online bank transaction sends a code to make the transactions secure. But some how I am not receiving these messages.
I flashed the phone with a reliance web store and not sure what software they used it to make it work. Please help me on this.

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Naveen Goel November 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

Hi Prasad,

What ir ur contact no ?

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nagaraj November 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Hi Pankaj

Recently i bought HTC ONE SPRINT CDMA from ebay USA. Here i unlocked to RELIANCE CDMA
but my acces point is disabled and while try to connect to interent through service provider data not able to connect.
Can you please help me in using internet or enable ACESS POINT.
model number: HTC PN072
MEID:990001466034493
device serial number:FA34JS901949
imsi:404002111806271
always i get message ERROR MESSAGE 612 error message data connection error plz contact service provider

Naga

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Pankaj December 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hi Naga,
No, I can’t because I don’t know how to do it on HTC phones. You can try searching on XDA.

Thanks

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Ronak Patel November 24, 2013 at 12:48 am

Hello,
I have programmed a iPhone 4 CDMA with reliance card and it worked for an hour then when I dial any number it comes with call ended and no calling is allowd sometime it’s works for like half n hour and then it shows call ended ! Help me out my reliance no. Is 9376377776

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Pankaj December 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Hi Ronak,
How did you program your phone? Using iDFS or dialing ##626 ?

Thanks

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ishan December 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm

hi pankaj..!
i wanna ask you that I bought an iphone 4 cdma sprint calling is working but no sms and internet
plzzz help to get access to sms and internet..
is there any way to do it for less price..
thank you

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Pankaj December 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Hi,
For SMS you have to program the phone using iDFS.

THanks

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ishan January 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

thanks for your valuable answer…
but it costs a lot…

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niks December 23, 2013 at 12:21 am

Hi pankaj,

it seems you are a real life saver here :)
i have an iphone4 from verizon running ios7, jailbreaken using Evasion latest utility.
please help is programming the mobil further.

thanks
niks

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Rakesh December 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

Me too waiting for commcenter patch for ios7 to enable ##626. Already jailbreaked.

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srinivaspaloji January 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I AM USING APPLE IPHONE 4S WITH CDMA RELIANCE NETWORK BUT I HAD A PROBLEM WITH NETWORK AND MY PHONE WERE NOT ABLE TO RECEIVE ANY SMS AND
I WANT TO PORTOUT I KEPT A PORT REQUEST (SEND SMS TO 1900) BUT AM NOT GRTTING THE REPLY FROM 1900 WHAT SHOULD I DO
THIS RELIANCE CUSTOMER CARE WERE NOT HELPING

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Pankaj January 20, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Well,
This is something your phone’s problem not Reliance’s. Your phone is not able to send/receive SMS because it’s not configured to do so. Try transferring your number to a Reliance CDMA SIM card and then using another handset try sending PORT.

Thanks

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vineet January 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm

hi pankaj
seriuosly need help

using iphone 4 cdma with reliance 5.1.1.flashed from gafaar market delhi…data not woking . I dont hv contact with tht guy anymore who flashed my phn. So in this case can u solve my data issue using meid number? also i need to upgrade to ios 7 …can u help me i tht?waiting for ur reply.
thanks
vineet ahuja

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Pankaj January 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Hi Vineet,
If data is not done during first time flashing and you don’t have the EVDO UID PWD details then you won’t be able to activate data ever.

Thanks

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sharat January 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Hi,
I brought iphone 4 VERIZON CDMA , still i am not upgraded any OS, When i dail *228 it says your phone activated and says ur number is 7483247951..
version 5.1(9B176)
model MD439LL
modem firmware 3.0.04
carrier verizon 12.0
MEId A10000257D083E

Please if u can make out the following defects .. Let me now…

Regards
Sharat

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Pankaj January 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hi Sharat,
If it’s saying that it’s activated then you are not allowed by Reliance to get a new number on that. Try contacting Reliance Web World regarding that.

Thanks

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SHARAT April 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Hi, Pankaj

still it says roaming..

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Jamal Ahmed January 19, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Dear Pankaj,
I’m Reliance CDMA Prepaid user. Recently, I switched my handset from Samsung Corby TV to HTC J. I’m able to surf the Internet from earlier handset without any setup, but unable on the new handset. I’m able to make calls. I bought it from e-Bay and it looks like it is imported from Hong-Kong. Do I need to do any setup in the new handset. I’d an online chat with Reliance Customer Care, but they say, the setting is default on the UIM and no additional setup is required. I’ve 2 UIMs, and on one of them, it is written OMH. Also, on earlier handset I never did any special recharge and used net on ordinary recharges itself. However, for this handset, I tried a 1GB Data Pack recharge also, but in vain. Also, in my new handset, the Mobile Network under Settings shows “Disconnected”. Will you be able to guide me in this matter ? Thanks in advance.

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Pankaj January 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Hi Jamal,
No idea regarding HTC phones, try contacting the seller. If it’s imported phone then he will be able to tell you the ways to activate EVDO on your phone.

Thanks

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altamas January 20, 2014 at 12:27 am

dear pankaj sir,
iam using iphone4 cdma which was locked to sprint.
i registered my meid number and jailbreaked my iphone and after installing the commcentre pathch and pageplus carrier bundle my phone is working fine on reliance network
iam able to make calls and sms is also working fine.
Sir please tell me how what to do to make my internet working.
Please help me in getting my internet working. i contacted one of the person after seaching websites he said he can do it but than he is asking for the payment of rs 2500 to be deposited in his bank account. which is too high for me and secondly i cant trust also.
Please Please Please HELP HELP HELP

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Pankaj January 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Hi,
Actually the money he is asking its comparatively small amount. If you want to do by yourself you have to purchase $50 software to enable internet/evdo on your phone.
See if you can get anyone from your local area.

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Altamas January 21, 2014 at 2:07 am

Sir You are right May be he is asking for a small amout but how should I trust him he is from Delhi and after making the payment if he don’t do than what? And the main important is that amout is very high for me as iam a student and this phone I got a gift from my cousin. Other wise I can’t dream also to use any kind of smart phone.

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Altamas January 21, 2014 at 2:10 am

So sir it’s my request to u if u can help me in this. If there is any kind of programming to be done than let me know I can do it easily. Just give your help.

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fasi January 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

hi sir…i have a doubt….if i flash my iPhone which has Ios 6.1.3 to reliance….and after flashing if i upgrade it to ios 7….will my number stay or will go off…..plz reply sir..!

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Pankaj January 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Hi there,
If you flash using iDFS or iPhoneCDMATool Software then your number will stay into the phone but if you flash using Cydia then your number will ho off, you have to do the flashing again.

Thanks

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Fasi January 27, 2014 at 9:47 am

How do i flash wid cydia sir…and how much do cost for programming through iDFS ??

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Fasi January 27, 2014 at 9:49 am

How do i flash using cydia sir….??..and how much do u cost for only programming because my iphone is already meid registered….

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Rakesh January 27, 2014 at 11:38 am

no need to go with idfs…my iphone was of 6.1.3. i jailbreaked it 6.1.3. got cydia put min number then i update it with 7.0.4..my number is still working in 7.0.4 also.

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fasi January 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

how did u put min number….? @rakesh

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