31 Question Series for The Apple iPhone in Malaysia – Part 2

apple iphone faqYesterday, I shared the first 15 questions Jason pointed out to me. Those were only the simpler question hence the brief answers. And I want to side track a little that I recently even had to converse with a Sabah iPhone enquiry in Bahasa Malaysia. That was very good practice. Anyhow, today I’m listing the second part of the 31 question series.

Let’s start of with Question #16:
16. When was the version 1.1.2 released? I went to Low Yat Plaza yesterday and I heard that the next update is coming in another 1-2 weeks.
Version 1.1.2 was released sometime in November. As for 1.1.3, it’s all rumours so I can’t say for certain in 1-2 weeks 1.1.3 is released.

17. To update to a new firmware, I can perform the jailbreak/unlock again by myself but do I have to pay for the updated version of jailbreak/unlocking software?
So far I’ve jailbreak/unlock my iPhone from 1.0.2 to 1.1.1 using an older version of IPSF. At the moment, because of the difficulty in unlocking 1.1.2, IPSF hasn’t made any statement of requiring to upgrade.

18. MAXIMiphone will produce a softcopy or a hardcopy of the jailbreak/unlocking guide?
They’ll email you the instructions or PDF it and email to you.

19. Can I go and test the iPhone from your reseller in Bandar Utama since the people in Low Yat will not let me?
Yes, of course. Just neet to make an appointment with the reseller. πŸ™‚

20. What do you mean by the ‘level’ of bricking the iPhone? Won’t virginizing the iPhone solves this?
Some people think that after an installation goes wrong, they’ve brick their iPhone. But major bricking will occur if you want install an application via a file transfer program from your PC/Mac.

21. The applications for iPhone is free but where do I download them? Is installer.app a site?
Installer.app is in the iPhone itself after jailbreaking. It’s an application to pull a list of applications you can try on your iPhone.

22. I prefer to look for MAXIMiPhone but can I purchase and download the jailbreaker/unlocker from iPhoneSimFree from their website?
Urm, AFAIK…IPSF doesn’t sell direct. They will redirect you to their country resellers instead.

23. I was thinking if its worth buying in the US and then paying to terminate the 2 years plan with the US carrier so I can use it in Malaysia, legally. What is your opinion?
Hmm, if I could just buy the unit without having to sign on…I’d do that then go through the hassle of having to sign up with AT&T. To be honest, I’m not sure how does US work when you sign a line. In Australia, I know you do it in the telco centre like Optus and etc. But for this one, you are buying from an Apple Store.

24. If we all go through 2 years of using our iPhone, will we be able to legalize our iPhone then? I heard that the later you terminate your contract in the US article, the lesser you pay because the value of the iPhone has dropped as well (you might need to forward this question to people in the US).
Urm, I won’t be able to answer this because I don’t know of any iPhone friends in the states. πŸ™

25. When I purchase an iPhone, what firmware should I be on the lookout for and what I should be very careful with since some firmware version cannot be unlocked and will brick the iPhone for life?
Well, the safest is of course to get your hands on a 1.1.1 version. But most units are now 1.1.2 so…my advice may be to wait until 1.1.2 is stable before buying an iPhone.

26. I read that you also have a Maxis simcard, you can now receive phone calls from your iPhone using the Maxis simcard?
Yes, I can. Since the nationwide rollout, I’ve been using my Maxis simcard in the phone and even tested receiving of signal in Genting. πŸ˜›

27. You are very helpful and good in answering all my question woos, is MAXIMiPhone better? If likewise, I would prefer to communicate to them through you since I find your response is very good (even better than maxis, flattery).
Well, I do my best to answer with whatever knowledge I have of the iPhone at the moment. It’s incomplete unlike the hardcore iPhone fellows who go all the way in bricking their iPhone but it’s enough for a buyer to make an informed decision on his/her purchase. πŸ™‚

28. No matter how I have bricked my iPhone, iPhone can always be virginized?
Nope. There have been cases where it’s bricked so badly, it refuses to boot or it simply just won’t get fixed even after trying to restore.

29. Does your reseller still have the iPhone with the firmware v1.1.1? If not, can I downgrade the firmware v1.1.2 to v1.1.1 while I wait for IPSF unlock the firmware v1.1.2 to be stable? Is there extra charges for doing this downgrade?
Last I checked with them was 1-2 weeks ago. But he told they’ve got some solution in using the 1.1.2 stably. However, I didn’t ask for the full details. Downgrading should have no extra charge but just ask them to check.

30. Other than calling, can you send SMS and use Maxis GPRS/WAP services from the iPhone, since Maxis does not have EDGE available?
Urm, the iPhone doesn’t support GPRS/WAP. As for EDGE, Maxis does have that but they advised me to use that if I’m on an ‘unlimited data’ package because EDGE is rather pricey and still not as fast as 3G. I’m not on a postpaid line so I can’t use EDGE.

31. I find that buying an iPhone from eBay is much cheaper, which is about USD450-USD700 max (with shipping charges), have you heard of cases where the recipient in Malaysia went into trouble with custom agents or item did not reach their destination or any other similar stories?
Well, I have heard of it but more like rumour than happened. I’d be more worried of those idiots stealing it rather than claiming tax over it. Plus, I won’t be surprised they do put a tax on it as when I shipped some stuff back from Melbourne, Australia, the customs wanted to tax as ‘unaccompanied’ luggage.

And that’s the last question of the 31 question series for the Apple iPhone in Malaysia.

Now you know why I had to break it up into two parts. Not to purposely rake you in back again like how some other bloggers may do. The 31 questions weren’t the problem but the length of the post inclusive of the answers.

In the end, I’d like to thank Jason for asking me these questions and suggesting I posted this on my blog in case anyone else shares his questions in mind. πŸ™‚

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29 thoughts on “31 Question Series for The Apple iPhone in Malaysia – Part 2”

  1. Danny;

    “Urm, the iPhone doesnΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β€žΒ’t support GPRS/WAP.”
    –> That means we cannot MMS when using iPhone?

    And I’ll try to help answering some of the questions.

    24. If we all go through 2 years of using our iPhone, will we be able to legalize our iPhone then?
    Yes, you can ask AT&T for the unlocking code, or simply go to their center and ask them to unlock for you.

    23. I was thinking if its worth buying in the US and then paying to terminate the 2 years plan with the US carrier so I can use it in Malaysia, legally. What is your opinion?
    If you buy the iPhone at the Apple store, you don’t have to sign up for any plan. Thus, you don’t have to terminate and pay any termination fee.

  2. Hey…
    I bought n iphone from US and i unlock my iphone there sucessfully…
    when i came back to malaysia.. i restore my iphone for some reason….
    And i after using jailbreakme.com… My iphone wont auto reboot…. I tried manually reboot my iphone.. But it returns to the activation screen…
    Any advise please….

  3. Nelson:
    Haven’t found any solution to that at the moment. Will try getting my reseller to answer it.

    Yup, you can’ t send MMS. The only way to send pictures across now is via email…sadly.

    That is very weird indeed. I’ll also ask my reseller to get back on that. πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year everyone…

  4. I found the way to solve the problem… πŸ˜€
    Currently running on 1.1.2.. πŸ™‚
    You can send mms by using the mss application…
    But the current version does’nt support any of our carriers…. πŸ™

  5. Nelson:

    Assuming you have good and valid reason to downgrade back to 1.0.2, the solution depends on which unlock was first used on your phone. IPSF method is downgrade and upgrade resistant, not all other methods can claim the same.

    If OTOH you have a new 1.1.2 and are thinking of downgrading back to 1.0.2 to perform unlock, this wont work. Firmware downgrades does not downgrade baseband, and the problem with 1.1.2 is the bootloader which has yet to be cracked.

    Our Instructions page has some of the answers you seek. http://main.maximiphone.com/instructions.php

    Danny is only half correct about MMS. You have a choice of TWO 3rd party apps you can install to use MMS. One is called “MMS” and another “SwirlyMMS”

    You need to know your carrier’s MMS settings to use it. You cannot expect autosetting from your phone company πŸ™‚

    Glad you solved your problem. Next time you need an iPhone Doc, email us.. πŸ™‚

  6. Hi..I just got my iphone (version 1.1.2) unblock sim card version. Everything works great except I am not able to sent/received emails using my pop account. I have set the General -> Network -> Edge -> APN (unet) , Username (maxis) , password (wap) as recommended by Apple Iphone Malaysia FAQ but unfortunately it still does not work.
    It have an error message of ” could not activate EDGE: You are not subscribed to EDGE.
    Please help to advise.

  7. KS:
    Based on the error message, it’s either:
    1. iPhone has problem activating your EDGE.
    2. Or you are not subscribed to EDGE (which I’m not mistaken is for Postpaid).


  8. Hi Danny….I am using a maxis postpaid with 6MB data package subscription.
    If my i-phone is having problem activationg the EDGE, is there a way to solve this problem?

  9. Well, I’d advice going back to your reseller and asking them to help you out. If you bought it on your own and did everything yourself, the best I could do is ask you to email my reseller for help. πŸ™‚

  10. hei Danny, my iPhone is experiencing a problem with the text messages. I can receive messages, i can make and receive calls as well. but i can’t send messages. when i do try sending a message, after clicking on the “send” button, the words “error sending message” will come out before the sending is completed. please help,,,thank u..

  11. Robert:
    I’ve experienced that sometimes. From what I gathered, it’s a telco network unstable factor. After getting the error message, I’ll just leave it awhile and next thing I know it after 30 minutes I could send out the message.

    Is your error permanent? If Yes, what telco network are you on or where are you?

  12. What seems to be the problem, Rene?

    Do explain it in detail so one of the commenters may lend you a helping hand. πŸ™‚

  13. I have an iphone and subscribed to Maxis on a postpaid basis, also I signed up on the unlimited 3G package, however I do not have the EDGE setting to fully utilised the internet in my phone.
    My problem is similar to a question posted before.

  14. Try setting up with this:

    1. Click Settings
    2. Click General
    3. Click Network
    4. APN: unet (or if you’re not on the 3G plan, it may be net)
    5. Username: maxis
    6. Password: wap

    This is a guide based on my firmware 1.1.2 so if there’s any change in the interface of the iPhone you have, you may need to find the correct area to edit the settings. πŸ™‚

    Hope it works.

  15. Hi Danny,

    Thanks for the info, however I just found out (after a while though) that my iphone has the 1.1.3 firmware, so I’m not sure what the difference will be from the info you gave me previously.
    Other question will be, how do I choose the network, and what will the password if any be.

    Thanks again.


  16. Hi Danny,

    Just found your site. I’ve just bought my IPhone and it was a version 1.0.2. I tried the access the internet over the phone as I’m subscribe to Maxis (with 3G simcard) with no successful until the EDGE setting you wrote in response 18. I use the setting but after a while realized that the EDGE Network data sent/received keep climbing up even though I didn’t browse any site at the moment. Isn’t a normal condition if we set the EDGE setting ? (My concern would be the RM xxx need to pay at the end of the month)…….cheers

  17. Rene:
    Do you mean to say you’ve to select a Network when you navigate to Network? I’m not on 1.1.3 so it might be a little more challenging to help you out at the moment.

    That’s the problem with EDGE. Especially on 1.0.2. Many complained the data kept on downloading and the only way to stop it from happening is disabling EDGE when you’re not using it.

  18. U mean disable the EDGE is by canceling the password, username etc. or just get out from browsing. Did tried once by log out from browsing but not successful. Then the last thing to do is reset. I don’t think this is the smart way to do but left me no choice. Any suggestion ?

  19. Hi All,

    Just got myself the 16GB Iphone with 1.1.4 version. Used digi and maxis..working superbly…however cannot use celcom 128k nor 256k. Once insert the card it reads Fixed Dialing Activated. Then it just stays there without network service. anyone can help?

  20. Hi Danny,

    Thanks for your response #21 dated 7th March. The info was extremely great, however, I also discovered that I wasnot activated at Maxis, once the activation came thru I was able to use my phone as intended with all features, with the exception of the maps. I can find the location at any particular time but I can’t navigate or ask for directions of how to go to different places, I’m not sure if this is just here in Malaysia or it is just my phone.

    On other issues, how can I get update the firmware from time to time as they are being released?. I know that if I do it from iTunes my phone may be locked. Are you able to shed some light?

    Thanks again


  21. Response to “Response #23 by David”

    Gdday David,

    I had the same problem and I was using Celcom’s USIM (256k). There are 2 workarounds:

    1- Get celcom to issue you a 64k sim, but you will not be able to access 3G. Then again, the IPhone works on GPRS and EDGE only anyway.

    2- Get a friends 64k sim (telco independent) and put in the phone. Turn on and wait till you get connected to the network. Once connected, just pop out that sim and slot in yours. Voila, you will be connected to Celcom. Disadvantage is, if you ever powerdown the phone, you need to do this again.


  22. David:
    You’ve got your answer. Thanks BornWired. πŸ™‚

    Unless you know how your iPhone was unlocked and are willing to spend some time on it (in case anything goes awry) then I’d advice taking it back to the reseller to upgrade.

    However, you should upgrade if only necessary. And necessary in terms of how the upgrade should add to the experience you already have now. πŸ™‚

    What would I do without you. LOL!

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