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

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    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. Mzungu's Avatar
      Mzungu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Budweis View Post
      Thanks for the advice. I try. I just paid for a AT&T card on ebay. Hope it will work from Europe
      well let us know how it went, as far as know, it shouldnt work since AT&T sim card only works with iPhones from the USA and not European ones, for those you would need DITS Phonebook card.
    1. Budweis's Avatar
      Budweis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mzungu View Post
      well let us know how it went, as far as know, it shouldnt work since AT&T sim card only works with iPhones from the USA and not European ones, for those you would need DITS Phonebook card.
      Hey Mzungu,

      Just to make it clear. The iPhone 4 is importet from the US. The phone is an no commitment phone locked to US AT&T. I brought it via ebay from a seller that brought the phone from Apple.

      But I live in europe. The DITS card did not work, so I hope I can activate the phone with the AT&T sim card.
    1. jj0ez's Avatar
      jj0ez -
      Quote Originally Posted by Budweis View Post
      Hey Mzungu,

      Just to make it clear. The iPhone 4 is importet from the US. The phone is an no commitment phone locked to US AT&T. I brought it via ebay from a seller that brought the phone from Apple.

      But I live in europe. The DITS card did not work, so I hope I can activate the phone with the AT&T sim card.
      Tried the DITS card and the AT&T card both did not work. DITS card shows a white screen with a word iphone, the AT&T card goes back to enter the SSN info. Any other suggestions? This really sucks man.
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      Quote Originally Posted by Budweis View Post
      Yes. Changede language to UK. Tried India and Canada incl. restart. Not working.



      ok. When I try that Itunes says "There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate"
      did you also change the country on itunes?
      change the language to UK which you already did, then click on itunes store, then scroll down and click on change country under the manage column and change the country to canada, then plug in your iphone and tell me how it goes.
    1. Budweis's Avatar
      Budweis -
      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      did you also change the country on itunes?
      Yes

      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      change the language to UK which you already did, then click on itunes store, then scroll down and click on change country under the manage column and change the country to canada, then plug in your iphone
      Yes

      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      and tell me how it goes.
      Dit not work. If there is no sim in the Phone Itunes notice that, if the PhoneBook card is in an Itunes logo shows up, and with my local carrier sim card it tells me that the card is not supportet.
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      I'm sorry to say, but I don't know what's wrong with it, It worked for me.
      hmm, maybe it's because u live in europe?? I don't know...
    1. powerusergpt's Avatar
      powerusergpt -
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    1. Mzungu's Avatar
      Mzungu -
      its cheaper on ebay (and safer) :P
    1. Budweis's Avatar
      Budweis -
      Please read my postings. I already brought a DITS 3 in 1 Phonebook card but the method is not working. The card works fine but not for activation. Please see posting #123. Kiba283īs video shows exactly what happens.

      Ps. The phone is a Iphone 4 no commitment brought from Apple US.
    1. jj0ez's Avatar
      jj0ez -
      I reached the seller that sold me the DITS card and he says that his team wasn't able to find out what the problem might be and could only think that its a bad sim. I saw their video showing that they activate the actual iphone 4 so i know it definitely works. They're sending me a new one to test it out, will update with the result after tested.
    1. Budweis's Avatar
      Budweis -
      Quote Originally Posted by jj0ez View Post
      I reached the seller that sold me the DITS card and he says that his team wasn't able to find out what the problem might be and could only think that its a bad sim. I saw their video showing that they activate the actual iphone 4 so i know it definitely works. They're sending me a new one to test it out, will update with the result after tested.
      Where is your phone brought? There are 2 kinds of Iphone 4's in the US, one that is bought through Apple and one that is bought through another party like AT&T or Bestbuy. The iphone 4's that come direct from any Apple store are locked to the original account holders ID (SS# etc), the other kind are not locked in the same way. I donīt think the Phonebook card can activate the phone if it is locked to the sellers account. But I really hope that it will work.
    1. hopetobuyiphone's Avatar
      hopetobuyiphone -
      finally, i was able to activate my iphone 3gs 32gb, the iphone activation card i bought on ebay worked, its not a DITS card, but i searched for 'iphone activation card' on ebay and it shipped from hong kong, came within a week and it worked. now my iphone is jailbroken, unlocked and glorious. thanks to the op, and NO thanks to the guy who said a O2 card will work, cost me $11 at bestbuy...
    1. Jeffwo's Avatar
      Jeffwo -
      Can you buy an iphone4 without a new 2 year contract and activate it this way?
    1. besirovic's Avatar
      besirovic -
      Hello all, my first post here.
      I have just one question.
      My friend bought iPhone 4 for me in USA (Apple retail store), commitment free, and I will get it in 10 days. So I am interested will I be able to activate it from iTunes without SSN and other details. Btw I am from Europe.
      I am very gratefull for your answers in advance.
    1. dying4004's Avatar
      dying4004 -
      Quote Originally Posted by besirovic View Post
      Hello all, my first post here.
      I have just one question.
      My friend bought iPhone 4 for me in USA (Apple retail store), commitment free, and I will get it in 10 days. So I am interested will I be able to activate it from iTunes without SSN and other details. Btw I am from Europe.
      I am very gratefull for your answers in advance.
      How much does it cost in USA commitment free?
    1. besirovic's Avatar
      besirovic -
      Quote Originally Posted by dying4004 View Post
      How much does it cost in USA commitment free?
      It is 760$ for 32Gb version
    1. dying4004's Avatar
      dying4004 -
      Quote Originally Posted by besirovic View Post
      It is 760$ for 32Gb version
      thnx for the info bro. btw to u know the price for 16gb version? and is this factory unlocked version available in all apple stores?

      i cant see any factory unlocked version in apple online store. :S
    1. besirovic's Avatar
      besirovic -
      Quote Originally Posted by dying4004 View Post
      thnx for the info bro. btw to u know the price for 16gb version? and is this factory unlocked version available in all apple stores?

      i cant see any factory unlocked version in apple online store. :S
      It is not factory ulocked, it is still for att network only but without commitment. I think that 16Gb model is 650$.
    1. Budweis's Avatar
      Budweis -
      Quote Originally Posted by besirovic View Post
      Hello all, my first post here.
      I have just one question.
      My friend bought iPhone 4 for me in USA (Apple retail store), commitment free, and I will get it in 10 days. So I am interested will I be able to activate it from iTunes without SSN and other details. Btw I am from Europe.
      I am very gratefull for your answers in advance.
      I donít think so - but maybe you got more luck than me I got an Iphone 4 from USA (Apple Store) and I canít activate the phone without SSN etc. Maybe the DITS card I tried was defect, but it did not work.
    1. besirovic's Avatar
      besirovic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Budweis View Post
      I donít think so - but maybe you got more luck than me I got an Iphone 4 from USA (Apple Store) and I canít activate the phone without SSN etc. Maybe the DITS card I tried was defect, but it did not work.
      Thanks for your answer!
      Can you just tell me do I need whole SSN or just 4 last digits?