Activating and unlocking iphone without a sim

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by dazzaboo1969, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. dazzaboo1969 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    I would really appreciate some help with this. I have an iphone 2G that I bought second hand that was activated to O2. I was going to unlock to my network in Taiwan, but before I had chance it crashed, and I had to do a system restore. Now it is asking me to insert a valid sim card to activate the phone, which I don't have.

    I just wondered if I use the pwnage tool to unlock, will it also activate the phone for me? I have read different forums, and from what I can gather, I need to make sure my iphone is connected and recognised by itunes in order to unlock it. At the moment itunes does not recognise it until it has been activated.

    Can someone please confirm how I should do this? If I am ok to run the pwnage tool, and get it all done while it is not activated, I would be very happy.

  2. ucsdmac macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2008
    Go through with should be able to unlock it without a sim card.
  3. dazzaboo1969 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008

    But will it activate? I'm just a little confused at what point do I connect my iphone to itunes during the pwnage. All tutorials say to make sure itunes recognises your iphone, but mine won't because it's not activated.
  4. ucsdmac macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2008
    open up pwnage.. go through all the steps up to the point when it asks you to turn off your phone.. then turn off your phone.. then go through the next steps (hold power+home, release power, etc...) Itunes should recognize your iphone through this whole process.

    This is all assuming you are updating to 2.0.2 (and NOT 2.1) using itunes 7.7 (and NOT 8) since pwnage does not work with neither yet.
  5. tamabaev macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    iTunes will recognize you if you put your iPhone into DFU mode.
    I have the same problem after upgrading to 2.1
    Seems better to first downgrade it to 2.0.2 and then unlock it.

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