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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. dying4004's Avatar
      dying4004 -
      so this trick is doable ONLY with phonebook sim cards. not with any sort of gsm cards. right??
    1. QuinnNebula's Avatar
      QuinnNebula -
      that's pretty cool... I wish MMi would quit uploading new post until the new jailbreak is release cause it's giving alot of us false hope to see post like this
    1. mdanjum30's Avatar
      mdanjum30 -
      [QUOTE=grajasekar;5350824]I can find it on eBay India for the equivalent of $4 lol..

      but has anyone confirmed it working on an iPhone 4?[/QUOTE

      please be careful it it only activates your phone does not unlock as to be used with any SIM
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      I do understand English u twat
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Nice work.
    1. hopetobuyiphone's Avatar
      hopetobuyiphone -
      hi guys, hate to rant, but why does everyone here assume the iphone has to be from ATT, i live in USA, bought an iphone 3gs 32gb and found that its an overseas phone, specifically spain's muvistar service. Now i cant get past the emergency screen. wasted $10 on some posters advice that a O2 card will work... pls be considerate, and if anyone has any experience with DITS card or any other phonebook SIM card, pls share your experience. If anyone has any links to any such card where i can buy one except for that $9 + $29 shipping charge from dITS directly, pls share.. if anyone is willing to split shipping with me, pls share. If anyone just wants to use it once and pass it along, we can both buy it together and use the phonebook SIM card
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      Here is an ebay link for activation sim: eBay mobile

      I reviewed his ebay history and has %100 good background. I ask him if this will really work with iPhone 4 and he said it does as he already sold 5 of them. So I ended up buying one last night.
    1. aabdullah1979's Avatar
      aabdullah1979 -
      Nice job .
    1. Mzungu's Avatar
      Mzungu -
      Hello guys, THIS IS THE SIM CARD USED IN THE VIDEO.

      PHONEBOOK CARD : Buy Phonebook Card - from IPmart.com

      I've bought mine with shipping for 37usd, I bought my iPhone in Europe and I have no idea what carrier its locked with so this will help me to activate it and use it as an iPod (an eventually to sell it for a better price)

      THANKS SHERIF FOR THE VIDEO!!!!
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      So if I hactivate it then will I b able to use my tmobile sim card and it work?
    1. k1653d's Avatar
      k1653d -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dors View Post
      Well this is my first iphone, maybe I didnt use the correct words.
      The iphone have been activated when it was on 3.1.2 But I dont have the original sim, so when I restored it to 3.1.3 I used 2 differents sims and it ask me for a ssn and a zip code someway similiar to your iphone 4 case. Maybe its the itunes version, maybe I dont have to connect itunes to the internet...I dont know what to do to activate it and finally unlock it to use it...
      Are you sure you have a 3gs? And how did you just recently restore to 3.1.3? Are your shsh files on cydia's server.

      Im not sure what you are doing wrong but I have never been ask for any info on a 3g or 3gs. You dont need the original sim. What itunes version are you using? And I think you do have to be connected to the internet.

      If you are on 3.1.3 3gs with new bootrom. After you bypass activation, use spirit to jailbreak and then install ultrasn0w from cydia.

      Quote Originally Posted by swoosh0217 View Post
      The 2 micro sims that you tried, are they both the original owners sims?

      Obviously there is no way for me to get a hold of the original owners info. Although I wonder if I can I use my friends microsim from her iPhone 4. Wonder if iTunes will still ask me for the original owners info with my friends microsim? Hmmm.. My last resort would be buying this Dits phonebook sim card...

      Very strange. Just right now I updated a iphone for from 4.0 to 4.0.1. I used my sim cutter to cut an old AT&T sim and put it in. I sync it to itunes 9.2 and it bypassed activation.

      I think the key here is a DFU restore. Thinking back to the time I experimented with the iphone 4 I think it was just a regular restore that required me to enter the information. Also I only do DFU restores when working with the 3g and 3gs so that is probably why I never got the verify screen you guys are getting.

      *note: if you are in DFU mode your screen is black (there is not itunes logo with data cable).

      Hope this helps guys.
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by k1653d View Post
      Are you sure you have a 3gs? And how did you just recently restore to 3.1.3? Are your shsh files on cydia's server.

      Im not sure what you are doing wrong but I have never been ask for any info on a 3g or 3gs. You dont need the original sim. What itunes version are you using? And I think you do have to be connected to the internet.

      If you are on 3.1.3 3gs with new bootrom. After you bypass activation, use spirit to jailbreak and then install ultrasn0w from cydia.




      Very strange. Just right now I updated a iphone for from 4.0 to 4.0.1. I used my sim cutter to cut an old AT&T sim and put it in. I sync it to itunes 9.2 and it bypassed activation.

      I think the key here is a DFU restore. Thinking back to the time I experimented with the iphone 4 I think it was just a regular restore that required me to enter the information. Also I only do DFU restores when working with the 3g and 3gs so that is probably why I never got the verify screen you guys are getting.

      *note: if you are in DFU mode your screen is black (there is not itunes logo with data cable).

      Hope this helps guys.
      Yeah but was that the first initial activate that u did. If its a brand new phone and is registered to someone else and has never been activated before, you can't bypass with any att sim except for buying a programable sim like the DITS sim phonecard. Does it make sense?
    1. k1653d's Avatar
      k1653d -
      I see what you are saying now. Havent tried it on a brand new phone but I dont think it would be any different. I do have another iphone 4 brand new unactivated sealed in the box but I dont think I want to open it just to test your theory.

      Have you tried a DFU restore?
    1. JEsTer10's Avatar
      JEsTer10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by clarky8 View Post
      So if I hactivate it then will I b able to use my tmobile sim card and it work?
      Pretty sure this has already been answered a couple times in this thread.

      However, no hactivating will only activate the phone. It will also need to be unlocked in order to work on an unsupported carrier.
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      @k1653d- Try it and see what happens! If I try the DFU restore, which custom FW should I restore with?
    1. k1653d's Avatar
      k1653d -
      I think I'll hold off for the moment. Maybe if the DFU restore dont work for you I'll try it out.

      You dont use custom FW. Just use original apple FW. Download firmware here:

      iPod, iPhone and iPad Firmware Download

      If you have 3gs or iphone 4 you will have to restore to 4.0.1.

      What exactly are you trying to do and what phone do you have?
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      I have a brand new iPhone 4 never been activated. I don't want to restore to 4.0.1 even if the baseband is the same as 4.0 . Lets seeif I can try restoring it to 4.0
    1. Mzungu's Avatar
      Mzungu -
    1. swoosh0217's Avatar
      swoosh0217 -
      I doubt restoring it back to 4.0 will actually pass the activation screen.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      kan yu here me no. I not past your test.