Reactivating my iPhone 3Gs? Help!

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    Newbie question. I apologize for not doing a diligent search first but I am getting quite frustrated with this situation!
    About 6 months ago I purchased an unlocked 3Gs from eBay to use with my tmobile account. The phone worked beautifully from the start and I have been enjoying it thoroughly. Well not being very computer/ technology savvy, I attempted to update the phone to the latest software IOS 5.0 via iTunes. Everything appeared to be working normally during the process. However, when it seemed to be complete and in the restart or reactivating phase of the update, that's when the problem started. The PC showed a " no sim card message detected, please unplug and insert sim card..." my tmobile sim card never left the phone at this point! The iPhone displayed an " unable to activate the phone at this time because the servers are unavailable, please try again later..."
    My son has tried numerous downloads etc to try and get my phone back up and running but nothing seems to be helping. I really don't want to have to buy another iPhone but do I have any viable choices or alternatives? Is the phone toast at this point? ANY help would be much appreciated!:confused:
     
  2. enoC, Nov 6, 2011
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  3. macrumors demi-god

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    Your phone is probably locked to AT&T. By updating you removed the jailbreak and unlock. I don't think there is any way to go back. Sorry.
     
  4. macrumors Nehalem

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    That's why you never update or restore to official firmware any iphone that's JB and software unlocked.
    It will always lock back to AT&T. The unlock is not forever.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The phone was apparently an AT&T phone initially. If I purchase an AT&T sim card or use one from someone else's phone can I reverse the process?
     
  6. macrumors demi-god

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    You can only use the phone on the AT&T network. It is locked for good. If you insist on TMobile you need a different phone.
     
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    No, that will only let you get into the home screen and use it as an ipod touch. It still wont accept any foreign sims but AT&T's.
    You can do a tethered JB on 5.0 and install the ipad bb to unlock but that's a complicated process that Im not sure if you're up for it.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anybody want to buy an iPhone 3GS, it's in great shape!?:D
     
  9. macrumors 68040

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    This why I'm very careful about buying anything form eBay. Unlocked phones or any other consumer electronics especially.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I certainly can't blame eBay or the seller. The phone was as advertised and worked great! It was my own stupidity
    / ignorance that caused this whole situation. Live and learn I guess!
     
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    Finally a post that the user takes responsibility and doesn't blame iTunes automaticly updated my iPhone or I accidentally installed the new firmware:)
    Very refreshing, and you're right it's not eBays or the previous sellers fault.
     
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    You can still get about 200 for a 3GS if it's in good condition
     
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is in great shape! No scratches on the screen protected screen and VERY minimal almost negligible light scratch or two on the back!
     
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm back in business!! My 11 year old son figured it all out!! I am quite surprised by his level of knowledge etc. I was already to buy the next phone! Kids and technology these days are truly amazing to a non tech guy like myself!! Thanks for the ideas nonetheless gents!:):D
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    Help

    Do you remember how your 11 year old genius cracked this one? I am in a similar situation, and I'm stuck, and I thought I was a bit tech. Please help.
     

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