Sim required to activate?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by dukebound85, Jul 3, 2010.

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    dukebound85

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    I am restoring my old iphone to give to my kid bro as an ipod

    However, the phone will not activate without a valid sim

    How can I get the iphone to an ipod touch state status? My iphone 4 sim will not fit. I am slightly annoyed and it wont let me get past the insert sim screen

    Thanks
     
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    dukebound85

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    ToroidalZeus

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    Buy a MicroSim to normal SIM adapter on ebay.
     
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    benflick

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    Depending on the iPhone and version, you can use redsn0w/pwnagetool to hactivate.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    what happened to the sim in the phone. I restored my old 3g phone to factory, and it activated fine.
     
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    dukebound85

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    The sim is no longer active since I have the new iphone with the micro sim
     
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    Any valid at&t simcard will activate it.
    Maybe try the old inactive simcard in, it might activate it also.
     
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    dukebound85

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    My old inactive one was not recognized and did not activate it:(
     
  9. macrumors member

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    I'm on the exact same boat.

    Can I use my brother's cell's (AT&T too) sim card to activate the iPhone? Does that mean that his cell phone will lose service in favor of this iPhone? How does this work? I don't see the reason for having to activate just for updating or restoring the iPhone.

    So basically my question is, since I can't use the iPhone 3GS' old sim card (since it's no longer in service, or can I?), can I use my brother's phone's sim card? If I do, what will happen? He'll still be able to use his cell phone correct?
     

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