Locked Out of iPhone after Beta Expired

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by chadwik, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2009
    Hi guys,

    I was locked out of my iPhone after the time stamp of the phone expired. I'm trying to update to beta 3 but i had a passcode on the phone and when I plugin the phone to itunes I get a message saying that it can not be connected until I put my passcode in. Frustrating thing is that I can't put my pass code in because it only allows me make an emergency call.

    How can I fix this?
  2. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    Contact Apple Developer support... you are a member of the developer program, aren't you?
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    I would contact Apple on this situation like previously suggested.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Contact Apple Developer Support. Unless you got the 3.0 Software off a torrent site or other that Apple's site you will be fine by contacting them or going to a Store. If you got it illegally, the too bad. You should have waited for the official release of iPhone OS 3.0 this summer.
  5. macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I can't wait for 3.0 to come out and the flood of new apps to hit the store.

    It seems like there are millions of developers of iphone apps out there, judging by the 3.0 beta participation, and I can't wait to see what they have to offer woohoo!
  6. macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Don't go by the forums... for every developer there are three "developers", the latter being 12-18 years old and lacking an iPhone-approved ADC account...
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    How long does it take for a beta iPhone OS to expire anyway?
  8. macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    Most are set to expire roughly 3 weeks after they are released to developers I believe.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2007
    Michigan, USA
    That's if you don't update, right?
  10. macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2007
    Put it into DFU mode, connect it to a Windows Computer and restore it back to 2.2.1. For more info check the downgrading thread.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Next time, just update so you don't run into this problem. :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors member


    May 8, 2009
    My beta 3 expired this morning and I had the pink screen of death. Tried to connect to Itunes to update to beta 5 but got the error saying Itunes couldn't connect to my Iphone because it was locked. I followed these steps:

    1.) First download the required archive http://www.sendspace.com/file/93fx93

    2.) Extract the archive to the root of your hard drive, should be C:/DFU/

    3.) Connect your iPhone and ignore iTunes

    4.) Goto Start - run

    5.) Next type in “c:/dfu/dfu iBSS.m68ap.RELEASE.dfu”

    6.) Wait for iPhone to show the pink connect to itunes screen with no lock symbol

    7.) Connect to Itunes and update to the new beta.
  13. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't get why people must rush out and d/l the latest beta even if they get that beta from "questionable" places. Invariably someone's going to mess it up and come to a forum pleading for help.

    I know I'm just barking at the wind, but what's the harm in waiting till apple releases 3.0 and enjoy the new OS then instead of dealing with instability, lockups or worse a bricked phone.

    I can understand the need for developers but clearly the majority of people posting here and other forums have not part of the ADC

    You may now return your previously interrupted thread :)
  14. macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2006
    I've got the exact same problem. I'm a member of the iPhone developer program so I guess I'll have to contact them, unless anyone else has idea to fix this? Tis very weird
  15. macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2008
    It could be as simple as the firewall of network you're connected on preventing iTunes from validating that your UDID is registered. Try on a home network rather than a public or office network that tends to have a robust firewall to prevent attacks.
  16. macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2006
    I'm on my home network that's never had a problem activating previous beta's. The main issue is that I had beta 3 which has expired and iTunes refuses to acknowledge my phone unless the passcode has been entered (it must have forgotten my phone at the 8.2 update). I can't enter my passcode as I need to upgrade the firmware and I cant upgrade the firmware as I need to enter the passcode!
  17. macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2006
    SOLVED - Put the iPhone in DFU mode (hold sleep + home from off, then release sleep when apple logo appears) then restore the firmware from iTunes. Means I've lost data from my last backup, but guess I can't complain.

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