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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. Blufox's Avatar
      Blufox -
      I couldn't resist the +thanks for that one.
    1. socalkevin212's Avatar
      socalkevin212 -
      Neither could I .... for you. lol
    1. Iphone_Reloaded's Avatar
      Iphone_Reloaded -
      this is good stuff. i have a original iphone that has a broken power button that i cannot put to DFU to hacktivate. ill be using this to activate it. now i have a ipod touch.

      thanks
    1. klown's Avatar
      klown -
      I've never had a problem using the sim card from my iPhone to activate any of the phones I repair, about 2-3 a month.
    1. Gyngabread Man's Avatar
      Gyngabread Man -
      wow this helps out so much when trying to do the brand new out of country iphones!!! thanks

      Quote Originally Posted by Iphone_Reloaded View Post
      this is good stuff. i have a original iphone that has a broken power button that i cannot put to DFU to hacktivate. ill be using this to activate it. now i have a ipod touch.

      thanks
      sorry but the original iphone gets activated a different way from 3g 3gs and 4 so i think your still SOL
    1. SIRIUSISSUES's Avatar
      SIRIUSISSUES -
      Quote Originally Posted by Iphone_Reloaded View Post
      this is good stuff. i have a original iphone that has a broken power button that i cannot put to DFU to hacktivate. ill be using this to activate it. now i have a ipod touch.

      thanks
      Sorry, I don't think its going to work on the first generation iPhone. Those you have to activate differently. Gotta fix your power button first man lol.
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by bajesus View Post
      past, not passed
      you're, no your

      yeah, it matters
      HAHAHA i love when the grammar police try to correct people, but don't even proof read their own comment. priceless


      And this will help for those rare occasions when ATT isn't the official carrier. With spirit in the works, and it not supporting hacktivation. This is well worth the 5 dollars.
    1. ohusman's Avatar
      ohusman -
      Quote Originally Posted by grajasekar View Post
      I can find it on eBay India for the equivalent of $4 lol..

      but has anyone confirmed it working on an iPhone 4?

      On the ebay, they have a SIm card reader not Sim card.
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      u can use any AT&T sim card to activate it
      I get one from ebay cost me about $3 and am all set
      i do it all the time,
    1. Neo0019's Avatar
      Neo0019 -
      I activated my iphone 4. With out even having an AT&T account...
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Im an idiot..What is the name of sim so I can buy one?
    1. evasivenotraKcs's Avatar
      evasivenotraKcs -
      Hold on does this mean you can USE the phone on the sim you put in, or just that you can get past the emergency only screen? Like if you used a tmobile sim could you just go to using a tmobile plan or would you have to jb and really unlock first still?
    1. swpelchat's Avatar
      swpelchat -
      this just gets you passed the emergency screen it does not unlock it.
    1. jacobthejokester's Avatar
      jacobthejokester -
      Damn that's easier than hat I did
      I told the AT&T dude that I got a prepaid phone and a prepaid card for my birthday but I don't have a sim card. Left with one for 5 bucks ^_^
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Cool ... I actually needs this for my 3G.
    1. rakib2030's Avatar
      rakib2030 -
      Where can I purchase one? I looked all over the net couldn't find one
    1. LetsGoCellular's Avatar
      LetsGoCellular -
      Let me clarify this for everyone that says they just use any AT&T sim card to activate or for those that think that this is nothing new........

      This is for someone who buys an iPhone and does not know what carrier it's locked to or just doesn't have a sim card from the carrier that it's locked to.

      AT&T is not the only iPhone carrier.

      They can buy one of these sim cards and hactivate their phone.

      Thanks for the info Sherif!!
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jacobthejokester; View Post
      Damn that's easier than hat I did
      I told the AT&T dude that I got a prepaid phone and a prepaid card for my birthday but I don't have a sim card. Left with one for 5 bucks ^_^
      Yeah I was just about to suggest something similar.

      If you go to AT&T & tell them u want to put ur phone on a Go Phone plan they usually give u a sim for free (or 5 bucks ). Just don't let them see ur iPhone because it's the only phone they don't allow Go plans with.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      So,an unactivated ATT sim card is what I need to buy?
    1. reddawg's Avatar
      reddawg -
      Quote Originally Posted by ro0oney View Post
      u can use any AT&T sim card to activate it
      I get one from ebay cost me about $3 and am all set
      i do it all the time,
      This information is great and helpful, however I wonder, what Apple will change in iTunes activation after reading threads like this?