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Offline irixion

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Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« on: July 29, 2013, 11:36:09 PM »
I know there's the whole $1 thing, but I've found a way to get your push notifications working for free. This is what I did for mine, and what I do to get them working on 4.x, but I'm assuming it'll be the same for 3.x firmware. This isn't an in depth tutorial because well, I'm not good at writing them (actually just lazy), but here you go if you want it. If you do this wrong, you'll have to hacktivate your iPhone or you'll be locked out. Do this at your own risk. Restoring is not mandatory.

1. (a) Restored to firmware, with original carrier SIM in the tray (out of service, frankly, not even the original SIM, but with the same carrier). NOT hacktivated. Regular locked firmware. Once the restore was complete, iTunes activated the phone.

1. (b) If you don't want to restore, just skip this step for now.


2. Get SAM. To unlock this has been fixed, but to get push notifications, this hasn't. So, get SAM. Open it, revert lockdownd to stock, then, if you haven't activated it, then do so with original. If you don't have the original SIM, spoof it. Select your carrier, country, etc.

3. Revert lockdownd to stock, then clear push. Reboot. Connect to iTunes.

Watch it activate. Enjoy.


tl;dr, don't hacktivate, try to activate properly either with original SIM, or properly spoofed with SAM.

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 12:14:09 AM »
Works unless you don't have a SIM at all :(  Also I'm not 100% sure this method still works on 3.1.3.  There was some testing done a while back, but I don't think anyone ever reported back about it.  Nice tutorial though, thank you :) +1 internets for you ;)

Edited by Andy: Please remember to proof-read before posting. Fixed 2 spelling mistakes :P

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 02:57:32 AM »
SAM method works for me... i'm using WD6
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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2013, 03:43:37 AM »
Better to use nimble :p
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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2013, 03:18:22 AM »
Just installed Whitedoor IOS 6 unlocked firmware. Amazing everything is so much faster. I have an iPhone 2g with 3.1.3 firmware.

Tried to get pushfixer, site says no certificates available. Some people say the developers are on holiday, will be back on the 16/8/13 and fix this, others say it means no more certificates.

Anyway I tried sam method and it worked a treat, iPusher confirms push notifications are working (I don't really use push stuff, but yeah).

There's a bunch of different steps, some info is outdated, I'll outline my method and how I overcame any difficulties.

Btw I did install iPusher at the start and test to see if push notifications worked. They did not.

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I mainly followed this [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2HasGax_kY[/youtube]

Don't bother installing springtomize, it costs money now and is not needed.

!) Add the http://repo.bingner.com package to cydia.
Goto App market-> Cydia -> Manage -> Sources -> edit -> add. Type http://repo.bingner.com. Click add source.
Let it do it's thing. I exited Cydia at this point and started it again.

2) Install SAM.
From sources Tab click the SAM package and click install. Let it do it's thing.

3) Remove SIM (not sure if it's needed but I did it and it felt right, my sim was already hacktivated but that expected to be the case with this method).

4) Launch SAM.
Click Samprefs icon from your springboard.

5) Goto Utilities
Click Lock down to stock
press OK on messages of no sim.
Click De-avtivate iPhone (clear push)
press OK on messages of no sim.

6) Connect iPhone to iTunes.
Launch fresh session. If all has gone well you will have a scary message saying iTunes is unable to activate your sim.

7) Exit utilities to go back to SAM main page.
You should have an extended menu now where you had the message prior about your sim being hacktivated.

I never had this menu first, I popped in my unlocked sim, and it picked up my carrier straight away, which was strange but I also then got the extended menu. I then took out my sim to continue the process. Also my itunes was synced while I was doing all the steps, which was a mistake as I only got the error message after the phone correctly picked up my carrier while I was trying to get extended menu to work. No idea how or why so if you get stuck do this I guess. I also exited SAM and restarted it which is probably why it worked.

8 ) Turn enabled ON.

Method: select Country and Carrier

Country: select country that iPhone was originally purchased from.

Carrier: select the original carrier of the sim that came with iPhone.

Sim ID: select the sim ID

Reconnect your iPhone to iTunes and the error should dissapear and your iPhone should sync fine.

I had a problem, I bought my iPhone off ebay and had no idea about any of this info.

I went to http://sndeep.info/en

I entered my serial number. Further down it has a section you can enter your model number. This info can be found in the settings and about tab on your iPhone. I then entered the last letter from my model. It narrowed it down to country, (I could guess which one as it was shipped nationally) and then it gave me a list of carriers.

I basically tried all the main carriers in my country and each sim ID, disconnecting and reconnecting to iTunes each time (takes 2 seconds) and eventually I found the right one. Which strangely was the same as the sim I use...(I had a different sim before that was incompatible) which probably means I could have just used the normal firmware and been ok -__-... which probably explains why my carrier was picked up when I inserted my sim in step 7.

9) Goto Utilities in SAM.
Click Backup Activation.
Click OK on confirmation.
Click Restore Activation.
Springboard will be restarted.

10) Restart your iPhone

11) Install iPusher from time machine (or appstore but you need an Apple account for appstore)
App market -> Time machine -> Search iPusher.

12) Run iPusher and click Test Push Notifications
If it takes longer than 5-10 seconds or so, restart your phone again. If it does not give you confirmation. Oh well.

13) Get confirmation. Go watch porn.


Pro tips: I watched [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7qPAY9JqE4[/youtube] to kill all the waiting time.

I think Cydia hung after it installed a package (Went into infinite loop. Hard reset -Hold home button and sleep button for 10 seconds till iPhone restarts- fixed this.

Update: My settings app keeps crashing (worked fine before). It seems the fix is here [Solved] PreferenceLoader Update 2.2.0-1 & 2.2.1-1 causes Settings To Crash

Will update if I fix it.


Not sure if this was due to the SAM method or not, would be nice if others can clarify. Though it seems to be a common problem.

EDIT: successfully fixed setting crash error. Used the link above and this post cannot open settings to crack it. Easy to do.

Peace.  :D


p.s. watch the instructional video to make sure you do everything right, I wrote this mainly from memory and skimming the video so may have missed something.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2013, 03:47:45 AM by sunnythefrog »

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2013, 06:08:40 PM »
Wow!  Welcome to the forums ;D

That is an amazing write-up :O  Thank you very much for that!  +1 interenets to you for making such a beautiful and coherent tutorial :)

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2013, 08:48:47 AM »
I was able to get push notifications working on iPhone 3G, iOS 3.1.3, and whited00r 6.0 thanks to Sunnythefrog.

Note that I did not remove my SIM at any point to accomplish this, however, I did have to guess the SIM ID, which happened to be the second one that I tried out of about 10 options.

One thing I notice is that battery life appears to have substantially increased after this process, probably because push notifications were automatically disabled for all of my apps.


Update: Push notifications work for all apps that I have installed: Facebook, Textfree, Kik Messenger, and iPusher! Thanks everyone for their help!
« Last Edit: September 04, 2013, 08:54:20 PM by cebroski »

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2013, 06:07:22 PM »
The reason that battery life is longer is actually because the device is no longer looking for a valid push certificate constantly, and instead has them so it doesn't drain battery for that anymore :)

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2013, 02:43:26 PM »
Is sunnythefrog's tutorial available for WD6 Normal?
Facebook, whatsApp, etc. push notifications work fine. Viber's notifications also work, but sometimes they come with a delay. No Foursquare notifications. My battery ends very fast. That's why I am considering to use SAM in order not my iPhone to be confused when looking for appropriate certificates.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2013, 03:34:58 PM by 123 »

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Re: SAM on whited00r normal
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2013, 05:14:17 PM »
Is sunnythefrog's tutorial available for WD6 Normal?
Facebook, whatsApp, etc. push notifications work fine. Viber's notifications also work, but sometimes they come with a delay. No Foursquare notifications. My battery ends very fast. That's why I am considering to use SAM in order not my iPhone to be confused when looking for appropriate certificates.

You don't need it for Whited00r normal versions as it won't make any difference.  The only thing this does is give you push certifcates on hacktivated (unlocked) devices.

It won't do anything about Viber's delay, or fix Foursqaure :(  That is a problem with the apps themselves, and cannot be fixed by this, or by us, or ever really (can't update to the latest versions of the apps).

It also won't fix the battery drain :(  You can try out PowerControl to help out with the battery drain though.

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2013, 09:43:16 PM »
Thanks for your comprehensive answer!

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2013, 06:39:17 AM »
Wow Sunnythefrog's first post & internet!!!
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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2014, 01:45:23 AM »
can this work for wd 7.1 and without the sim??

sorry for posting after such a long time  :D

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2014, 06:32:07 AM »
It should do, although not everyone is lucky with it.

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Re: Fix push notifications FOR FREE
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