Some carriers don’t appreciate the simplicity of the iPhone and iOS, and they slap big ugly carrier logos in the status bar that just look nasty. I use my iPhone 5 on Vodafone in the U.K., which is guilty of this very thing. Thankfully, there’s finally a way to change your iPhone’s carrier logo without jailbreaking.
The ability to customize a carrier logo has been one of the advantages to jailbreaking for as long as I can remember. Without jailbreaking, however, it hasn’t been possible. That is until now. Developers Kevin Lo and Daniel Levi have created a new Mac application called CarrierEditor that allows you to quickly and easily change the carrier logo on almost any iPhone.
Simply download the app, tell it which carrier version your iPhone is running (this is found in the About menu within general settings), and then feed it the image files that you’d like your new carrier logo to be. The app then puts together a new carrier settings file, which you can quickly send to your iPhone via iTunes — it takes seconds.
Simple, isn’t it?
Unfortunately, not all carriers are supported. Many are, but some — including Sprint in the U.S. — have been left out for unknown reasons. As long as your carrier is supported, however, you can use CarrierEditor — regardless of which iPhone you have. It even works on iPhone 5.
According to Telecoms.com, Apple has been conducting independent tests on LTE networks before it gives iPhone carriers the go ahead to offer the iPhone 5 as an LTE device.
The news comes as a direct reversal of the standard relationship between carrier and manufacturer. Usually, it was the carrier that would refuse to sell a device until it was tested, however it seems that Apple likes to do things a little differently. An official Swisscom spokesperson said that “Apple only enables 4G access after testing their device on an operator’s live network.
CEO of consultancy group NorthStream told Telecoms that he was “shocked” at the news, and that it proved “who is running the industry”. He claims that Apple have put themselves in the driving seat… really changing the game quite a lot.”
While extensive network testing of handsets has always been necessary, the focus has historically been on whether or not the handset functions on the network, with operators keen to protect their network assets and customer relationships against poor quality devices.
A handset vendor vetting networks on a technical basis before allowing its device to be used on them is a reversal of this situation, and one that Apple alone has the power to bring about.