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Help with my iPhone!!! Please!!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mikeandashley, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    I just bought a jailbroken phone. It was working great. Then I got a message about a software update. I did not know that you could not do this on a jailbroken phone. Please excuse my ignorance of this. So I clicked it and then my phone went to a black screen with the white apple icon for 9 seconds and then goes completely blank for 3 seconds. I have not backed up my phone. I do not care about losing the data, as I had almost nothing on it anyway. All I want is to get it back to being able to work. Can anyone help me, please!!
    Thank you:
  2. macrumors 603


    Restore it through iTunes should be all you need.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Thank you for getting back to me. The problem is that I never backed it up with iTunes, since I recently got it.
  4. macrumors 68040


    You don't need to have it backed up to the computer in order to do a restore via itunes

    Note: you would most likely have to update to iOS 6.1, which there is currently no jailbreak available
  5. macrumors demi-god

    See if you can restore as new with iTunes. Should work.
  6. macrumors 601


    FWIW, 6.1 jailbreak should be released Sunday, so not long to wait to rejailbreak.
  7. macrumors 603


    You can restore the phone as new without having ever backed up. You said you don't mind losing everything that's on the phone (which is good because you will - you have no backup), but other than that a full restore will get your phone working again just fine.

    Since you were trying to update the software, I'm assuming you also don't care much about the phone being jailbroken. If that's the case, you should be good to go. If not, as another user mentioned a jailbreak will hopefully be available by this weekend.

    Also, in the future, backup (to both iTunes and iCloud) :D
  8. macrumors 603


    This is why we can't have nice things.
  9. macrumors 603


    One upvote just isn't enough for this.
  10. macrumors member

    you are in a boot loop. Hold down the homebutton and plug it into the computer. Preform a restore which will require you to update. There is not much you can do about your data since you did not back it up, however if you use icloud you can restore from its backup.
  11. macrumors Nehalem


    So take this as a lesson learned.
    Anything you had on it is gone but since you didnt have it that long it probably wasnt too much there.
    From now on back it up on itunes here and there. Its a good habit.;)
  12. macrumors newbie

    Thank you all for the responses. So I did the whole restore thing and now it is on the loop thing again. So it shows the white apple with the black screen for 9 seconds and then all black for 3 seconds.
  13. macrumors newbie

    I tried to restore and on the 3rd try it worked. Next problem is that since I bought the phone jailbroken I do not have the original SIM card. Is there anything that I can do about this?
  14. macrumors 68020

    Are you stuck at activation screen? You can use any AT&T sim card to get past it, activated or not.
  15. macrumors newbie

    I have an O2 sim card since I live in Germany. My screen says,
    "SIM Not Valid
    Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier may be used to activate iPhone. Please insert the SIM card that came with your iPhone or visit a supported carrier's store to receive a replacement SIM card.

    I was hoping that I could do this on my own without going to the store here in Germany since I got the phone in the US.
  16. macrumors 68000


    The phone is locked to a US carrier. Which carrier did it come from?
  17. macrumors newbie

    I am not sure what carrier it came from as it was bought on Ebay. If I can get a hold of a SIM from AT&T to use just for the activation, would anything happen to that SIM card, like anything be erased or changed on it? Or would it stay the same so that it could still be used just like before with everything still the same as before I used it to activate my phone? Then I would just need to rejailbreak it correct? Any suggestions on how to do that? I have downloaded redsn0w, should that be pretty easy to use? As I said I am not a very techy person?
    Thank you very much.
  18. macrumors newbie

    If AT&T you can buy an unlocking code fairly cheap around $14 .99.
  19. macrumors newbie

    An unlocking code, how do I go about buying one of those and is it pretty simple to use?
  20. macrumors newbie

    Try YouTube there are some tutorials on it.

    Basically you will buy the code then they will email it you and yoi insert a new sim and it will ask for the unlocking code

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