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    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. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      u dont even need the sim card once u have backup... i backed my 3gs up and didnt have a simcard (was using my friends) and then i restored by accident and it activated it
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      interesting
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbit_ View Post
      God damn I still not sure what to do speak English dude jees
      Perhaps you should learn to write proper English first, dude.

      Upon mastering simple sentence structure, your next move should be to have both your hearing and eyesight tested because the average adult should have no problems understanding this video.
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      Bro... I was really hoping this would work. I went to Bestbuy and ended up buying an H20 unlimited prepaid sim. I followed your video but mine does not work... Heres how I did mine:

      I put my Tmobile sim card. iTunes said this is "The sim card inserted does not appear to be supported."

      So I took it out and replaced it with the H20 sim card I bought from Best buy and this is what it says:




      I erased the original phone number from the screen shot. Basically its telling me to enter the original iPhone 4's owner info which I don't have. So this doesnt really work with the iPhone 4. I'm so disappointed... By the way, which iTunes are were you using in this video. I used iTunes 9.2. I tried down grading to iTunes 9.1 but every time I plugged in my iPhone 4 it says I need to update to iTunes 9.2. This is soooooo frustrating. I hope Dev team's upcoming JB will have hacktivation as well.
    1. Dors's Avatar
      Dors -
      Ok guys i bought a 2nd hand iphone 3gs (3.1.3) I know it is from USA, but everytime i try to activate it with a at&t sim it ask me for the last 4 digits of a ssn and a zip code, if I use this sim or a brand new sim (not activated) will it work??? Plz tell me i will, this is my only hope because the person who selled it wont give me the codes.....
      thanks!
    1. cjgonzales1900's Avatar
      cjgonzales1900 -
      All i do is have a AT&T Sim card that i dont use anymore or that someone has given me. This works the same way lol
    1. Dors's Avatar
      Dors -
      Quote Originally Posted by cjgonzales1900 View Post
      All i do is have a AT&T Sim card that i dont use anymore or that someone has given me. This works the same way lol
      I guess that doesnt work if somebody have already activated it with itunes
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dors View Post
      Ok guys i bought a 2nd hand iphone 3gs (3.1.3) I know it is from USA, but everytime i try to activate it with a at&t sim it ask me for the last 4 digits of a ssn and a zip code, if I use this sim or a brand new sim (not activated) will it work??? Plz tell me i will, this is my only hope because the person who selled it wont give me the codes.....
      thanks!
      We have the same problem. Read my prior posting on page 3 very bottom...
    1. jablay01's Avatar
      jablay01 -
      Buy it here guys..
      DITS-SHOP - 3 IN 1 CARD
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jablay01 View Post
      Buy it here guys..
      DITS-SHOP - 3 IN 1 CARD
      Ummmmm not when its $39 to ship where Im at!
    1. jablay01's Avatar
      jablay01 -
      Thats the only place that sell those things..
      I've tried googling it..
    1. Dors's Avatar
      Dors -
      Quote Originally Posted by swoosh0217 View Post
      Ummmmm not when its $39 to ship where Im at!
      I will pay that if i can use my iphone...But will it work?
    1. jablay01's Avatar
      jablay01 -
      i dunno..
      It's the same sim card as the guy in the video uses.
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      Guys dont get the ones you buy from Best buy. I just bought the H20 prepaid sim and it didnt work with my iPhone 4. What a waste of $10 but atleast I tried.

      I just hope this upcoming JB has hacktivation as well...
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      It won't because it's a userland jailbreak similar to Spirit.

      A lot of you are misunderstanding Sharif. The sim cards he uses are phonebook sim cards, not actual activated sim cards set up for using a phone on a specific carrier.
    1. Dors's Avatar
      Dors -
      Well if im not wrong this sim will help us go through the slide for emergency screen and use it as ipod or jailbreak it using spirit.Thats why im asking so much.
      Spirit jb wont hacktivate, but maybe the next p0sixninja jb
    1. marvin378's Avatar
      marvin378 -
      i don't think that this hole are going to fix by apple in the next software update.
    1. MkUltra's Avatar
      MkUltra -
      ..so bottom line, could I use this to activate my iPhone 4? (after cutting)
      "AT&T SIM CARD 3G 64K NEW AND UNACTIVATED"
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      Ok heres what I have discovered so far...

      You have to specifically buy this "Dits phonebook card". It cost $39 to ship it here in US. The problem on his video is that he said you can buy it at any Radioshack or Best buy store. That is not true! (I assumed I can get any prepaid sim). I went to Radio shack and I ask them for the phonebook sim card and they dont know what I'm talking about. So I went to Best buy coz one guy who thinks he knows it all (ExNavy) said that he bought an O2 wireless sim at Bestbuy and it worked for him. So I ended up buying an H20 sim from Bestbuy similar to what ExNavy said but it never work. Sheeez. What a waste of money.

      In other words, you have to specifically get this "Dits phonebook card". This sim card is programmed to activate all iPhones including iPhone 4.
    1. k1653d's Avatar
      k1653d -
      Why is everyone making a big deal over this? Any at&t sim card(activated or not) will do the same thing.

      I got at least 20 in my desk but then again I unlock iphones all the time but its not hard to get one by any means. People trash used at&t sims all the time.