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  • iPhone 4 Activation Without Original SIM Card
    Also works on iPhone 3GS and 3G.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA1bb9C7vNU]YouTube - iPhone Activation without original sim -)[/ame]


    Sherif Hashim has posted a video in which he demonstrates how simple it is to activate the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G, without using the original SIM card that comes stocked. You can literally use any SIM card you want, however, you should keep in mind that any iPhone 4 users will be required to cut the SIM into a micro-SIM sized card.

    Now before you get all excited, this does NOT mean the phone will be unlocked. This simply activates the iPhone. This is very similar to "hacktivating" the phone, much like we do when creating custom firmware packages. Without doing so, you're stuck on the emergency screen, essentially locking you out of the Phone for any use.

    There is no programming needed, so almost anyone can do this without the technical knowledge that one might think would be required. While I don't fully understand how this works, this is what Sherif has to say:

    instead of telling everyone who hasn't got the original sim that activation of the iphone is easy using a phonebook sim card, i made this video to show u all how it works , Use any phonebook sim card, they are there in radioshak, mobile phone shops or any mobile tech moles , any phone book simcard will do the trick, no need for programmable sims, all those phonebook sims used to save ur contacts and transfer them have a universal ICCIDs preprogrammed so they all work
    Follow the video and try it out yourself and let us know how it worked out.

    To all those asking, I use this one Phone book Test card from DITS - Cdma Gsm Forum Mygsmindia. Yet, I used three other types and all work the same
    Sherif is the same fellow who found the exploit to unock 05.12.01 / 05.13.04 baseband on iPhones running iOS 4, so you can imagine what is coming soon.

    Stay tuned.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4 Activation Without Original SIM Card started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 274 Comments
    1. rlsolomon's Avatar
      rlsolomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by dpanet View Post
      I'm facing the same Issue, white screen when connected to iTunes using spirit micro sim, I have used two cards and they gave me the same result.

      So I bought a device off someone in ebay, that turned out to be useless, hmm, thankfully i'm not the only one.
      Try it with NO sim inserted and see if you get the "No sim" message. If not, maybe do a DFU firmware reload and see if that helps?

      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Since I have multiple iphone 4s I plan on canceling the contract on one and retesting all these sims to see if a contract has anything to do with it.
      My guess is that it won't - since AT&T will sock you with the $xxx Early Termination Fee, neither they nor Apple cares now. The problem appears to be with phones which NEVER got activated, so I'm thinking yours will stay activated. If you're going to eat the ETF to find out, more power to you
    1. dpanet's Avatar
      dpanet -
      The original buyer bought the phone from Apple Online Store without activation, so I don't see how my case will differ than the others.

      I removed the sim card and it gave me the no sim available message.

      I did a DFU as per the instruction below
      DFU - The iPhone Wiki

      I cannot do a higher version restore from iTunes since the only command I see when I click on the iPhone icon is Eject.

      nothing changed, i'm still prompted for activation screen.
    1. treesrgreen's Avatar
      treesrgreen -
      Hi
      I am on the other side of this problem - and am looking for the best way to find a solution... Can anyone help?

      I sold on Ebay, a sealed, unactivated iPhone 4, that I purchased at the Apple Online Store as upgrade. I am still using a 3GS on that line (and keeping the contract etc.). I just found out today that the person who bought the iphone 4 from me is having the above mentioned problem - and I want to help him.

      One suggestion is that I use a remote access (logmein) for me to access the itunes on his computer - and enter my details. The host screen (his screen) would be blacked out. I still haven't fully read up on the security of this - but I do have a different concern.

      If I activate the iphone 4 for him - does that mean that he will have any iphone with an active SIM for a phone line on my account? Does that also mean that the SIM in 3GS that I am am using will no longer work?

      Does anyone have an idea for a better solution?

      UPDATE - I realized that I can just turn off international activity on the phone line - so I won't be vulnerable while he has possession of my phone line. The reactivation of the 3GS I guess is just a necessary inconvenience....
    1. rlsolomon's Avatar
      rlsolomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by treesrgreen View Post
      If I activate the iphone 4 for him - does that mean that he will have any iphone with an active SIM for a phone line on my account? Does that also mean that the SIM in 3GS that I am am using will no longer work?
      I believe the answer to both questions to be "YES" unfortunately. If he's not in the USA or has a non-AT&T sim in the phone (like the Best Buy O2 sim) then you might be able to avoid the line activating also...

      I don't know if anyone knows how this works, but it seems like the iPhone must get activated and then the SIM must get provisioned. You want part 1 without part 2. If there's an already provisioned AT&T SIM in the phone then it seems like part 2 can't happen, but I'm just speculating.

      Quote Originally Posted by dpanet View Post
      I removed the sim card and it gave me the no sim available message.

      I did a DFU

      nothing changed, i'm still prompted for activation screen.
      I'm sorry, I misunderstood - when you said "white screen" I thought you meant the iPhone was hung with a white screen, rather than that you were getting the zip/ssn screen.
    1. heKCEr's Avatar
      heKCEr -
      Hi everybody ,

      I have ordered an iphone 4 from ebay (ATT), Received it factory sealed as Unactivated

      Any body can add my line for activation then cancel it ??

      I have ordered also rebsim , Universal iphone activation card does it work??

      I have paid a lot 885 USD !!! All money drained !!I got it as unactivated

      help me,
    1. ilvolodel's Avatar
      ilvolodel -
      Hi all!

      Same problem: bought IPHONE 4 from ebay seller, it is locked AT&T, bought phonebook simcard, and itunes wont activate it!!!!

      I have made an upgrade to 4.01 via restore...but nothting change.

      Any help would be appreciated.
    1. ErikiPhone's Avatar
      ErikiPhone -
      Those bastards seem to be selling a ticket to haven, but not a smartphone...) Seems so complicated and unfair. Have no idea what you, guys, can do with that!)
    1. alimehanti's Avatar
      alimehanti -
      ok I have been reading this thread again n again and I am looking for an answer so can you guys please help me out???...here is my situation....

      I have an iPhone 4...when I connect the phone through iTunes...its asking to me to put the last four digits of the social and billing zip code...now what I did was...I took my friends ACTIVATED IPHONE 4 SIM CARD and put the SIM in my UNACTIVATED iphone and iTunes gives me the same message to enter the last four and billing zip code of the phone number which was actually registered with my unactivated SIM!!!....

      Is there anyway to by pass this???

      Please tell me what do I have to do??

      Should I buy an O2 Sim from Best buy? Will it work?

      Should I buy a DITS or whatever sim or iphone activation sim??

      Should I buy a GO At&T micro sim card??

      Can anyone CONFIRM if they were able to bypass the activation screen when ITUNES was asking for a social and billing zip code?

      Thanks for your help guys...
    1. ilvolodel's Avatar
      ilvolodel -
      Quote Originally Posted by alimehanti View Post
      ok I have been reading this thread again n again and I am looking for an answer so can you guys please help me out???...here is my situation....

      I have an iPhone 4...when I connect the phone through iTunes...its asking to me to put the last four digits of the social and billing zip code...now what I did was...I took my friends ACTIVATED IPHONE 4 SIM CARD and put the SIM in my UNACTIVATED iphone and iTunes gives me the same message to enter the last four and billing zip code of the phone number which was actually registered with my unactivated SIM!!!....

      Is there anyway to by pass this???

      Please tell me what do I have to do??

      Should I buy an O2 Sim from Best buy? Will it work?

      Should I buy a DITS or whatever sim or iphone activation sim??

      Should I buy a GO At&T micro sim card??

      Can anyone CONFIRM if they were able to bypass the activation screen when ITUNES was asking for a social and billing zip code?

      Thanks for your help guys...
      So why your friend don't give you ZIPCODE and last for digit SSN?
      So you can activate the phone. Otherwise you need phonebook simcard...if it works (for me has never worked.)
    1. alimehanti's Avatar
      alimehanti -
      Quote Originally Posted by ilvolodel View Post
      So why your friend don't give you ZIPCODE and last for digit SSN?
      So you can activate the phone. Otherwise you need phonebook simcard...if it works (for me has never worked.)
      Because it's under someone elses account and not my friends account....Maybe I am not explaining this right....When I put the iphone 4 with Itunes...it recognizes the phone number for i.e. 630-222-4343 and asks me to enter last four digits and billing zip code...I don't know this information since I got this from ebay...so what I did is I took my friend's sim card who had the iphone 4 with at&t and put it in my phone and I get message with the SAME PHONE NUMBER OF THE FIRST SIM CARD I PUT IN......630-222-4343...even with his sim...and its asking me to put the last four and billing zip code...I don't have that information.....i dont know what to do....please help
    1. ilvolodel's Avatar
      ilvolodel -
      Quote Originally Posted by alimehanti View Post
      Because it's under someone elses account and not my friends account....Maybe I am not explaining this right....When I put the iphone 4 with Itunes...it recognizes the phone number for i.e. 630-222-4343 and asks me to enter last four digits and billing zip code...I don't know this information since I got this from ebay...so what I did is I took my friend's sim card who had the iphone 4 with at&t and put it in my phone and I get message with the SAME PHONE NUMBER OF THE FIRST SIM CARD I PUT IN......630-222-4343...even with his sim...and its asking me to put the last four and billing zip code...I don't have that information.....i dont know what to do....please help
      So sorry now I understand.
      We're in the same situation.
    1. alimehanti's Avatar
      alimehanti -
      Can some IPHONE 4 genius help me out????? please????
    1. dpanet's Avatar
      dpanet -
      Hmm, i'm not sure if the Dev Team which made the JailBreak are working to solve this issue, apparently most of us who bought it off ebay are facing this dillema, it would be really a shame that you have a device working fully , but it cannot function due to some stupid restrictions put by Apple.

      As if someone sold you an expensive car without its keys, and you are left just staring at it without enjoying it.
    1. rlsolomon's Avatar
      rlsolomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by dpanet View Post
      Hmm, i'm not sure if the Dev Team which made the JailBreak are working to solve this issue
      Statements have been made by members of those teams that bootrom exploits exist - we'd need to help support an implementation that used that to provide "hacktivation". Until then all these phones are dead in the water.

      So you need to ask for "hacktivation" for iPhone 4 - which would probably be done if there were a jailbreak which didn't need a running phone.
    1. treesrgreen's Avatar
      treesrgreen -
      Quote Originally Posted by alimehanti View Post
      I have an iPhone 4...when I connect the phone through iTunes...its asking to me to put the last four digits of the social and billing zip code...now what I did was...I took my friends ACTIVATED IPHONE 4 SIM CARD and put the SIM in my UNACTIVATED iphone and iTunes gives me the same message to enter the last four and billing zip code of the phone number which was actually registered with my unactivated SIM!!!....
      Arrggghhh! I spoke with Apple support today - and they told me, unprompted, that this is a solution. They said that the phone can be activated by anyone with a valid ATT iphone line.

      Have you tried to call Apple Support? Are you in the US? Have you tried to get this sorted out at a ATT store? If your friend has a valid iphone line - then it might be worth a try getting the ATT people to activate 'his' phone on the line.

      Maybe it requires a brand new UNACTIVATED IPhone 4 SIM card - and the phone to be activated in your friend's name???

      This is a solution that I have been pursuing - so I am waiting to hear your feedback....
    1. rlsolomon's Avatar
      rlsolomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by treesrgreen View Post
      Arrggghhh! I spoke with Apple support today - and they told me, unprompted, that this is a solution. They said that the phone can be activated by anyone with a valid ATT iphone line.
      Sure, I believe that to be true - provided that person is eligible for an upgrade - but they will then be agreeing to a further 2yr contract. Apple told me that the phone in question had been purchased at upgrade price and that someone would have to agree to the 2yr contract to activate it. YMMV of course.
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      I agree 100% with rlsolomon

      Go for it!
    1. treesrgreen's Avatar
      treesrgreen -
      Quote Originally Posted by rlsolomon View Post
      someone would have to agree to the 2yr contract to activate it. YMMV of course.
      OK - so for clarity remember that I am on the other side of this - I have shipped an unwanted upgrade (that I got thru Apple.com) to someone else...

      I have just looked in our ATT account - and the contract has been extended on the ATT phone line that I received the (as yet unactivated) iPhone on. Also, it shows that that line is no longer eligible for an upgrade.

      So it seems that agreeing to the ATT 2yr contract extension is implicit in ordering the phone at an upgrade price - even through Apple.com.... In other words the "someone would has to agree to the 2yr contract" is by default the person who ordered the phone.
    1. Mzungu's Avatar
      Mzungu -
      guys Apple just changed last night this hacktivation so you will need to wait.
      read sherif @ twitter for more information.
    1. l-awstraljan's Avatar
      l-awstraljan -
      Im on a 3GS 4.0.1 new bootrom. Inserted DITS simcard and was was able to "slide to unlock" and i get this message .waiting for activation this may take some time'

      any idea how long it takes? I thought it was already activated since i can 'slide to unlock' but obviously not coz one i insert my vodafone sim into the iphone i go back to emergency screen. once i pop the dits card back in i can slide to unlock but again if i insert vodafone sim card i go back into emergency lock screen.

      How do I know when my iphone is successfully activated? how long will it take?