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.
Dom over at AppAdvice has put together a handy demonstration video that explains how the process works:
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.