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Old Jun 12, 2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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Iphone says connect to itunes

Ok so i bought an iphone 3gs. When its on, it says connect to itunes when u do it says please insert sim card.So i did, now it says please use official sim card or supported.Now my question is, if i get an official one will i need to activate the phone? I just want to unlock the phone but i cant without sim card, is there an alternative way?Can i unlock the phone without a sim card? How would i find out the os to jailbreak it then unlock.I know how to unlock just never been in this situation.
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Old Jun 12, 2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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Ok so i bought an iphone 3gs. When its on, it says connect to itunes when u do it says please insert sim card.So i did, now it says please use official sim card or supported.Now my question is, if i get an official one will i need to activate the phone? I just want to unlock the phone but i cant without sim card, is there an alternative way?Can i unlock the phone without a sim card? How would i find out the os to jailbreak it then unlock.I know how to unlock just never been in this situation.
Did you buy it new or used? If used (and possibly new) you could use tiny umbrella to kick it out of recovery/dfu which should reveal the software version.
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Old Jun 12, 2011, 03:57 PM   #3
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Did you buy it new or used? If used (and possibly new) you could use tiny umbrella to kick it out of recovery/dfu which should reveal the software version.
It is used, im lookin at red snow atm and wondering if i should do a hacktivation.My only problem is i dont know the software version, what is this you were recommending? I know dfu mode, but then what would i do to check software again?
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It is used, im lookin at red snow atm and wondering if i should do a hacktivation.My only problem is i dont know the software version, what is this you were recommending? I know dfu mode, but then what would i do to check software again?
If you want to be sure of the software version (for redsn0w and to unlock) you can use Tiny Umbrella. In Tiny Umbrella there's an option labeled "Exit Recovery" (if I remember correctly). This will get you out of the "connect to iTunes screen" and show you the home screen, which will give you access to settings where you can check the software version.

Alternatively, you could try using redsn0w with different IPSW versions until you find one that works.
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Old Jun 12, 2011, 04:09 PM   #5
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If you want to be sure of the software version (for redsn0w and to unlock) you can use Tiny Umbrella. In Tiny Umbrella there's an option labeled "Exit Recovery" (if I remember correctly). This will get you out of the "connect to iTunes screen" and show you the home screen, which will give you access to settings where you can check the software version.

Alternatively, you could try using redsn0w with different IPSW versions until you find one that works.
Thank you, but i hear if you keep guessing, you will have to do a real restore because you could potentially ruin your os.
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Thank you, but i hear if you keep guessing, you will have to do a real restore because you could potentially ruin your os.
No problem.

I've never heard of that problem before. But the first method, Tiny Umbrella, is incredibly simple.
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Old Jun 12, 2011, 04:18 PM   #7
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No problem.

I've never heard of that problem before. But the first method, Tiny Umbrella, is incredibly simple.
Yes dld it verified what i already knew, this can put your iphone in recover mode.And tell you all the info on it/ now what else can you do with this, if you dont mind me asking it seems like an incredibly powerful tool tbh.
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Yes dld it verified what i already knew, this can put your iphone in recover mode.And tell you all the info on it/ now what else can you do with this, if you dont mind me asking it seems like an incredibly powerful tool tbh.
It's primary function is to save your SHSH blobs, and allow you to restore to an older version of iOS if you have the blobs saved. iTunes/Apple only signs the newest firmware version, so if you tried to restore to 4.1, for example, iTunes would throw an error. If you run Tiny Umbrella and start the TSS server, it will trick iTunes into thinking Apple is still signing whatever software version you're trying to install, as long as you have that blob saved inside of Tiny Umbrella.
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It's primary function is to save your SHSH blobs, and allow you to restore to an older version of iOS if you have the blobs saved. iTunes/Apple only signs the newest firmware version, so if you tried to restore to 4.1, for example, iTunes would throw an error. If you run Tiny Umbrella and start the TSS server, it will trick iTunes into thinking Apple is still signing whatever software version you're trying to install, as long as you have that blob saved inside of Tiny Umbrella.
Ok so i saved mine i beleive, i should be ok if i mess up then correct?
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Ok so i saved mine i beleive, i should be ok if i mess up then correct?
As long as yours are saved, you should be fine as if anything goes wrong you can always restore to that firmware.
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