Unlocking iPhone 4S to give you the freedom to choose any network.

What is a Rebel Xpress Unlocking Simcard & its Purpose  ?

Activate and unlock your iPhone 4S so that you can use any sim card on your iPhone 4S.  

For those  of us who have never come across a Rebel Simcard,also known as sim overlay and Turbo simcard it is a thin flexible printed circuit(FPC) with a very small micro-control unit(MCU) that allows anyone who has an iPhone 4S to use other network carriers/phone operators sim cards on that locked iPhone 4S.

Which Version of the iOS firmware & modem Baseband Does the iPhone 4S Rebel Xpress Micro Sim ?

Works on all current versions of iPhone 4S latest iOS and modem firmware basebands



Unlocking iPhone 4S to give you the freedom to choose any network.

What is a Rebel Unlocking Simcard & its Purpose  ?

Activate and unlock your iPhone 4S so that you can use any sim card on your iPhone 4S.  

For those who have never come across a Rebel Simcard,also known as sim overlayand Turbo simcard it is a thin flexible printed circuit(FPC) with a very small micro-control unit(MCU) that allows anyone who has an iPhone 4S to use other network carriers/phone operators sim cards on that locked iPhone 4S.

Which Version of the iOS firmware & modem Does the iPhone 4 Rebel Lite Micro Sim Support ?


Rebel Beta Testing Network

Get access to the Latest Rebel Simcard Beta Versions before the world gets it only for £10.
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Currenty V61 is the best firmware for rebel sim on the iphone 2.2 & 2.21 firmwares.

However we are always improving network detection and regeneration routines and these new beta firmwares can be accessed by subscribers to the Rebel Testing Network.

After Payment you will recieve an automatic email which will allow access to the Rebel Beta Testing Downloads Section.

A Password and username will be sent via email which will offer you life time membership to new Beta firmwares that are created by the Rebel Sim Team.

Currently v63 Beta and v 64 Beta can be accessed by users to test and send feedback.

All users must have a Rebel Programmer to be able to test and update.

If you dont yet have a usb programmer you can purchase one here

Existing users can login here

New Features in Rebel v63 and v64

New faster Boot up sequence than v61

Better support for 3G Cards with support increased for Accessing 3G data for more Network Simcards.

More simcards supported for Auto Regneration of Network Simcard TIMSI when changing base stations.

No Sim Message and use of Air Plane mode on and off to detect network sim Not needed No More.

The Need to do Manual Network Search and Select Network from list now Enhanced & Automated for More Simcards.

Orange and T mobile simcards Enhanced So can Obtian Service Faster and also EDGE enhanced.

How to Obtian a Data connection if you see no data on the Beta 64 Firmware

Do a network search and login in to another network so network is losteg if you have an iphone 3g and its locked then when you insert rebel sim with your network sim and have signal but cannot activate a data connection or see the GPRS or EDGE or 3G  logo then  say for example you have a Orange sim in the iphone then do a network search and manully log in to another networks and will say You Cellular Network is No longer Available then reboot the iphone and play with air plane mode and when network comes it will have data.

Rebel Programmer Drivers

Programmer Drivers ( according to type ) Operating Systems Date Size Download
Compact Programmer Rebel Simcard Compact programmer drivers
For users who have Rebel Compact programmer.
Drivers can be installed from Windows   Update. In case the Windows update is not working then the drivers can be downloaded from the provided link.

Click here to see how to insert the rebel sim in the compact programmer.

Win XP & Vista 20-Aug-2008 [1.54 MB] Download WinXP Drivers

Win Vista

NOTE WE Recommend Using the Drivers From Windows Update

Cornish Key Programmer Rebel Simcard – Full Size Programmer

How to use the Programmer with Professional Sim Adaptor to update firmware

Win XP & Vista 20-Aug-2008 [1.66 MB] Download

Hackers jailbreak iPhone 3.0 beta 2 firmware Breaking News

On April 4, 2009, in Uncategorized, by Rebel SimCard

Great news for all users for iphone 3G users

Only a day after the release of the second iPhone 3.0 developer beta, the firmware has already been jailbroken, hackers claim. A new version of QuickPWN, described as “unofficial” because it is not based on iPhone Dev Team work, opens up iPhones and first-generation iPod touches for purposes such as file browsing and loading unofficial apps. Second-gen Touches are incompatible as a result of Apple’s separation of the firmware line.

After the main software is launched, the hack additionally requires the installation of programs called Icy and OpenSSH.

Download QuickPWN 3.0 Beta 2

Note: This is BETA software, and some jailbroken apps may not work.

Where To Download iPhone Firmware Files From

On January 29, 2009, in iPhone 2.2.1, by Rebel SimCard

Below you can find the direct links to the iPhone Firmware Files for every released firmware version. Please note that if you use Safari you must disable the auto unzip feature. It may be easier to just use Firefox!

1.0.0: iPhone1,1_1.0_1A543a_Restore.ipsw
1.0.1: iPhone1,1_1.0.1_1C25_Restore.ipsw
1.0.2: iPhone1,1_1.0.2_1C28_Restore.ipsw
1.1.1: iPhone1,1_1.1.1_3A109a_Restore.ipsw
1.1.2: iPhone1,1_1.1.2_3B48b_Restore.ipsw
1.1.3: iPhone1,1_1.1.3_4A93_Restore.ipsw
1.1.4: iPhone1,1_1.1.4_4A102_Restore.ipsw
2.0.0 (2G): iPhone1,1_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw
2.0.0 (3G): iPhone1,2_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw
2.0.1 (2G): iPhone1,1_2.0.1_5B108_Restore.ipsw
2.0.1 (3G): iPhone1,2_2.0.1_5B108_Restore.ipsw
2.0.2 (2G): iPhone1,1_2.0.2_5C1_Restore.ipsw
2.0.2 (3G): iPhone1,2_2.0.2_5C1_Restore.ipsw
2.1.0 (2G): iPhone1,1_2.1_5F136_Restore.ipsw
2.1.0 (3G): iPhone1,2_2.1_5F136_Restore.ipsw
2.2.0 (2G): iPhone1,1_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw
2.2.0 (3G): iPhone1,2_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw
2.2.1 (2G): iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H1_Restore.ipsw
2.2.1 (3G): iPhone1,2_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw

Apple iphone 3G 2.2 update information for rebel simcard users worldwide

It is advisable not to update to the Apple’s new firmware v2.2 with iPhone 3G, as the security has been enhanced hence stopping every single ‘Simcard Unlocking Technique’ to work throughout the world.

What to do if you have already updated the iphone 3G to 2.2 ?

iPhone 3G users who have already updated to the new firmware 2.2 using iTunes can still use rebel simcard with limited options till a new vertion is released very SOON

For other Simcard Unlocking Users who are using other brand unlocking simcard are now locked out thier is no other option available .

Please note that Rebel Simcard can still work as is the most advanced unlocking simcard in the world beacuse it has in built modes and can adapt by changing modes and also the firmware can be updated by users using a USB simcard reader and PC.

to see a video on how to update rebel firmware please see


We here at Rebel, Sell Fully Upgradable and Reprogrammable Simcards so that users dont loose their hard earned money after an update is released by Apple like the 2.2 that has locked out all users other than rebel simcard users.

It is advisable to only purchase a unlocking simcard which has firmware upgradeable option like Rebel SimCard.

We always work on an update to make rebel simcard work in new versions of apple iphone 3g firmware.

An Update is coming soon for all rebel simcard users and if you dont already have a usb programmer to update the rebel simcard we advise to order now so that you can update your rebel simcard firmware in the very near future to allow you iphone 3g to functions with your favourite network operator simcard.

To purchase a usb programmer use please use this link


Users who already have purchased a programmer will be emailed when the next rebel simcard update is relased very soon.

What to do now?

Users who have by mistake updated to version 2.2 via itunes (that means their iPhone Baseband has been updated with much higher security) can still use Rebel Simcard to work in 2G mode enabling them to make and receive calls with 3g mode set to off.

follow the intructions here for using a simcard in 2G mode with iphone 3g


How to use rebel simcard if you have already updated to 2.2 accidently?

Rebel Simcard has again been Worlds First to provide any kind of solution with the newer 2.2 iphone 3g update in the world.

All other unlocking simcards are locked out totally and network signal does not stay. Only with Rebel Simcard one can change mode to 1 can still work for 2g calls and soon use all full 3g and data when we release our new update.

How to change mode of rebel simcard to 1 to use with 2.2

Best to use a any model nokia for fastest way to change the mode and follow the same method as in video below


These are instructions on how to jailbreak your 3G iPhone to the 2.1 iPhone firmware using QuickPwn for Windows. Before beginning make sure you have updated to iTunes 8.

Please follow the tutorial here at the iClarified.

These are instructions on how to jailbreak your 2.0.x 3G iPhone using WinPwn 2.5 for Windows. They have been updated for iPhone firmware 2.0.2.

Please follow the tutorial here at the iClarified.
Your iPhone will now be restored to the jailbroken 2.0.x firmware of your choice!

iPhone 3G Real Unlock

On November 3, 2008, in unlock iphone 3G v2.0, by Rebel SimCard

The new iPhone 3G cannot be unlocked by any software solution till date.
All websites claiming to have a solution are scam, We advise all users to be careful.

The only solution in the world to unlock iPhone 3G is Rebel Simcard.
Because Rebel Simcard goes along with your network simcard into you iPhone 3G and
bypasses the network locks without doing any firmware modification.

Here is a complete manual on how to unlock your iPhone 3G.

First you would need to identify that your iPhone 3G is in what state as of now.

There are only 2 possible states as of now.
Switch on your iPhone 3G.
1. State 1 : You can see itunes logo along with a usb cable, and a slide button showing “Slide for emergency”.
If you slide the bar then a keypad appears.
If this is the case your Phone is not activated, and you will have to activate your phone before you can unlock it.

2. State 2 : You have switched on your iPhone 3G and you can see the springboard with a lot of icons like SMS, Calender etc..
You are lucky!! Unlocking your iPhone is very simple now.

If your iPhone is in State 1 listed above, follow these procedures.
Please note : All info available here is only for educational purposes, We are not responsible in any case whatsoever how you use this information.


Once you have followed this procedure, your iPhone menu will appear, which means your iPhone is activated and now is equivalent to Stage 2 listed above.

Now you should follow the stage 2 procedure to unlock your iPhone 3G.

If your iPhone 3G is in State 2 listed above, follow these procedures.

You will need.
1. Rebel Simcard – Buy one from www.rebelsimcard.com
2. A network simcard which you want to use on your iPhone 3G.
3. Any other phone to test the simcard you want to use on your iPhone 3G.
4. Rebel Simcard cutter to cut your original network simcard.

Now follow the following steps exactly as listed.

1. Switch on the other phone with the simcard which you want to use on your iPhone 3G.
Make a call to make sure your simcard is working fine and also this step will enable your sim to
receive some data from your network which is required for further process.

2. Now take out simcard from this phone.

3. Now take your iPhone 3G, enable Airplane mode and disable 3G and put the Rebel Simcard along with this simcard in your iPhone 3G.
Wait a few seconds, and disable Airplane mode to get network on phone.
Your phone should get network. (If it doesn’t get network, please try to switch off your iPhone for 5 minutes and retry the whole process. )
Now you can use your iPhone 3G as if it was unlocked.
You can now use EDGE, GPRS and all functions of iPhone 3G.
3G service depends on the type of simcard you have and it also depends on the availability of 3G network in your area.
All those countries where there is no 3G, users are advised to switch off 3G mode.

Please note : You should not skip step1 listed above.

Before you should start to unlock your iPhone. You should know which iPhone you have.
This manual will take you step by step to make your iPhone 2G working with any network.

We will choose the best possible way available till today to make your iPhone working on any network.
All those who have a bricked iPhone can also follow these steps.
Which iPhone do you have ?
1. iPhone 2G (The older iPhones are called iPhone 2G. You can see this image to check which iPhone you have.)
2. iPhone 3G ( The newer iPhone is the iPhone 3G. You can see its image here.

If you have iPhone 2G, Please follow the following steps. For iPhone 3G procedure there is another post coming up on this blog.

iPhone 2G – Step by Step procedure for Windows users.

iPhone 2G users are more lucky, The latest version of iPhone can be unlocked and jailbroken to use any network simcard.
Phone will work fully with all features using this procedure.
However iPhone 3G can only be jailbroken but cannot be unlocked, The only solution in this world to unlock the iPhone 3G is Rebel Simcard.

Please Note : With this procedure you will lose all data on your iPhone , and it will become like a new out of the box phone. This means you will lose all your contacts, images, etc…

1. You should download the following softwares.
a. iTunes 7.7 Download from apple.com
b. Firmware 2.0 for iPhone (Tested) Download Part1.Download Part2.
c. WinPwn Download here or find a latest version from http://www.winpwn.com
d. .Net 2.0 Framework Download here.
e. 3.9BL
f. 4.6BL

After downloading all this,

1. iTunes 7.7.
2. .Net 2.0 Framework.
3. WinPwn.

Please note
– You MUST do a full uninstall of winpwn before installing the new version
– Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes ( Currently 7.7)
– WinPwn uses 300MB of ram at peak due to the ipsw being extracted in memory
– If you already have service with AT&T do not activate or install Youtube Fix

Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage. In it place the following files: Winpwn , 3.9BL , 4.6BL , and the latest 2.0 firmware.

Install WinPwn by extracting the downloaded zip from Step One and running the setup executable. Once WinPwn has been installed it will put a shortcut icon on your desktop. Double click to launch the application.

Once WinPwn has opened click the Browse .ipsw button.

Locate the 2.0 firmware file (iPhone1,1_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw) from the Pwnage folder on your desktop and click Open.

WinPwn will check the firmware to make sure its valid. Now click the IPSW Builder button

The IPSW Builder window will open to the Applications tab. Check to select Cydia and if you are not on AT&T then check to select YouTube Fix.

Click to select the Advanced tab. Check to select: Activate Phone, Enable Baseband update, and Unlock baseband. Same settings as shown in this image.

We will also need to load the Bootloader files. Click the Bootloader 3.9 button and then select the BL39.bin file in your Pwnage Folder. Then click the Bootloader 4.6 button and select the BL46.bin file in your Pwnage Folder.

Click the Build .ipsw button at the bottom left to build your custom ipsw firmware file. Navigate to your Pwnage folder and click the Save button

Once WinPwn has finished creating your custom firmware then click the iPwner button from the main menu.

Select the custom firmware file we just built from the Pwnage folder on your desktop and click the Open button.

You will then be notified that your iTunes has been Pwned!

Next we will need to put the iPhone in the DFU mode and restore using iTunes. To put your iPhone into DFU mode please follow these instructions!
Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.

After exactly 10 seconds release the Sleep/Wake button. Continue holding the home button until you iTunes pops up a message telling you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

The iPhone screen will remain black like this:

If you see the itunes logo and cable here, then you are doing wrong!!! The phone must be black screen like this. Most users make this mistake, be careful.

Hold down Shift and click the Restore button in iTunes.

A popup window will appear asking you to select your firmware. Select the Custom firmware file we saved in the Pwnage folder and then click the Open button.

Once the restore is complete a software will automatically run on your iPhone screen.
It will take around 5-10 min to finish, and your phone will be unlocked and jailbroken.

Now just insert your simcard and use it with any network simcard!!

Rebel Simcard update v21 Launched 10-July-2008

On July 10, 2008, in Rebel Simcard I, by Rebel SimCard

Supports mostly
2G Sim cards.

Universal Rebel Simcard support Virtually any phone using the Rebel STK Menu

Support for iPhone 3G firmware 2.1 or below

Rebel STK Can change between 12 Modes

Download here

Would you like to call internationally from your mobile phone without having to pay the high per minute rates from your cell carrier or manually having to use a calling card and remembering to actually use the card in the first place?  Using the RebelSim Dialer Call through SIM, you can have your phone automatically intercept outgoing international calls to instead first dial your calling card access number, send the number you actually dialed, and ultimately connect your call at a cheaper rate (calling card rate + local minute rate from your carrier as opposed to international rate from your carrier).

What is it and how does it work?

What this device essentially allows you to do is have outgoing calls that start with either 00 (international), 1, or just 0 be automatically dialed through a calling card or VoIP access number instead of direct.   This paper thin device actually fits between your SIM card and your phone in order to “capture” what you are dialing, then dials the access number first when necessary:

rebelsimcard rebelsimcard2

Usually, when dialing internationally direct from your mobile phone, you will be charged fairly high rates per minute from your carrier such as £1.45/min calling from Tesco UK to US or $1.49/min calling from AT&T US to UK.  Then, of course, you have local calls which will either be part your monthly minute plan or generally a much cheaper per minute rate.

With international calls, you can traditionally get around these higher rates by using a calling card with a local access number that you can call as a “local number” from your cell phone (UK landline numbers if you live in the UK or any US number if you live in the US).  Then, dial the international number through your calling card and get charged “local minute rates” from your cell carrier plus whatever international rates you get from your calling card.

For example, say I wanted to call home to the states from my mobile phone in the UK.  Normally I would dial 001 999 999 9999, with the “00” meaning international, “1” meaning the states, followed by the number.  With my particular cell carrier (Tesco), this would cost me £1.45 per minute, but with my calling card, it would cost me £0.01 per minute – quite a big difference! Using the Rebel Sim Call through SIM, it will see that the number starts with 00 and it will instead dial the access number for my calling card when I press send to dial that international number.  Once the phone has dialed my card’s access number, it is then able to automatically send the digits (via DTMF*) of the number I actually dialed thus completing the international call via my calling card as opposed to directly from my mobile carrier.  My call will now cost £0.01 per minute plus minutes from my monthly minute plan as opposed to £1.45p per minute.

(* less technical explanation:  Think about how you normally use a calling card. You call the calling card number, it prompts you for the number you want to call, and then it connects the call.  The RebelSim Call through SIM automates this process by “seeing” that you dialed 00, then dialing the calling card number, pauses, and then dials the original out going number)

How to setup:

  • First off, this won’t work if you are using a micro SIM – sorry iPhone 4 users – because the RebelSim is of “normal” SIM size, but it will work for anyphone that uses a normal size SIM.  Also, the latest (v2) firmware also does not support entering an ID or pin number, so you’ll need a provider that works by caller ID (you call the access number, and it recognizes your caller ID for authentication for your account); that being said, v2.1 will be released soon which will allow the use of an ID/pin, as well as additional configuration options than the ones discussed later on below.
  • What you have to do first is punch a “hole puncher” size hole in the top plastic part of your SIM card. This is for the chip on the Rebel Sim Call through SIM to fit in between your phone and your normal SIM (you can either buy a RebelSim cutter, or use your own hole puncher).  Don’t worry, it’s just plastic on the top of your SIM card – it won’t damage anything and you can still use it even if you are not using the RebelSim.

hole punch cutter cut together

  • Then, of course, you need to put them in your phone.  The manual suggests putting the Rebel SIM in first, then sliding your normal SIM in on top of it – I’ve found it easier at times to just put them in together at the same time, but I suppose it’s just a matter of how easy/hard it is to access your SIM slot
    in the phone
  • Next, you’ll need to have a calling card or VoIP service that has an access number.  Any calling card has an access number, as that’s how they’re setup to work, but not all VoIP providers have one.  Personally, I use a VoIP provider as they usually don’t charge connection fees, their rates are easy to understand, and they can be used with a SIP/Soft phone as well.   I personally use VoipFone (rates and access numbers) as they allow pin-less usage but there are plenty of others such as Call Centric (rates andaccess numbers) if you are in the States and  VoipTalk (rates and access numbers) in the UK (once v2.1 comes out for the RebelSim Callthrough).

    Note:  which ever calling card or VoIP provider you use must have an access number that doesn’t require you to use a pin since the current firmware of Call Through only supports dialing the access number.

  • And last, you need to add the access number and configure the options on the Rebel Sim.  When you turn on your phone with the RebelSim, you should see a new menu option.  On my Pirelli DP-L10 wifi phone, you can see this on the main menu, with other phones it will probably show up in different locations but either way a new option will appear somewhere and will have the same configuration options/steps: 
    with rebel

    Select the new RebelSim option and you will be brought to the configuration page with the following options: 
    – Disable (don’t use the RebelSim) 
    – *Enable (use the RebelSim) 
    – Editing Number (edit the access number) 
    – Dialing Rules (4 options on when to use the RebelSim: when there is a 00, 1, or 0 in the beginning of the dialed call, or use it always) 
    – Dialing Speed (this is basically how fast the number is dialed once the access number is called – I haven’t had an issue using it on “Fast”) 
    – Dialing Mode (two options, don’t really know what it means, but ICC2 is said to be needed for the iPhone, and ICC1 works on my Pirelli phone)

    All you should have to mess with here is the Editing Number and Dialing Rules.  Select Editing Number to change the access number and Dialing Rules to determine when the RebelSim should be used.  For my particular usage, I use Dialing Rule “00” to use for international calls and Editing Number “02070990707” as the access number for VoipFone.co.uk.

    Then, dial out!  In the picture below, you can see that I dialed a random international US number (001 770 123 4567), and when I pressed send, you can see that the phone automatically called the access number instead (02070990707): 
    dial internationalOnce the call is connected, you hear a dial tone from the speaker (which is VoipFone saying it’s ready for a number to connect to).  After a couple of seconds, the dial tone goes away which is when the RebelSim dials the number I actually entered (you don’t actually hear anything until you hear ringing which means the number you dialed is ringing) – and that’s it, you just made a cheaper international call from your mobile phone.

Final thoughts:

Using the Rebel Sim Callthrough SIM is a great way to make dialing international numbers from your cell phone cheap and easy.  Could you simply remember to dial the access number and skip the use and purchase of the RebelSim?  Yep!  Could you opt to just use a smartphone app to use a data connection and use Voip?  Yep!  That being said, I like the idea of this “working in the background” because I could then give it to a friend, family member, etc and not have to explain to them how to make international calls or have to worry about someone, or myself, accidentally making an expensive £1.45/min call.

Another useful aspect about this particular Rebel Sim (“Rebel Sim II”) is that you can load 3 different types of firmware on it (providing you have one of their programmers):  the Call Through (v2), Call Back (v3), or their HTC unlocking firmware (v1).  Plus for £7 + shipping (worldwide), it’s not too bad of a deal!


  • Set it up and forget it approach for cheap international calls from mobile phones
  • Cheap
  • Will work with any phone that uses regular size SIM cards (the phone can be locked or unlocked, from anywhere in the world, on any carrier, etc)
  • Can be repurposed with 3 different firmwares ( one for call through, one for unlocking HTC phones, and the other a different approach for cheap mobile calls)
  • Simple to configure


  • Latest firmware does not allow to use access numbers that require you to enter a PIN or ID number to use (though it can with firmware v2.1, which is to be released soon)
  • Can be a bit tricky to sandwich it with your existing SIM card and push into the SIM slot on some phones
  • Doesn’t work with micro SIM cards (won’t work with iPhone 4)

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