activation iphone with pre-paid ATT?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by siltears, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. siltears macrumors newbie

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    So I have read that you need a AT&T account to activate your iphone, otherwise you can't use your phone to unlock it. So i was wondering, would it work if i just went to an AT&T store and bought a pre-paid SIM card? Does anyone know how much that would cost? I know its about 10$ for Tmobile SIM card...can I use that to do the Unlock?

    Also...I'm a bit confused as to how to go between jailbreaking and unlocking.
    If I use jailbreakme.com, to jailbreak, how to I get cydia and unlock?

    Sorry, I know these are sorta bad questions, but I checked the guide that is stickynoted, but it was about 2g and 3gs..so if someone can point me in the right direction?
     
  2. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a

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    When you use jailbreakme.com it'll install Cydia for you. As for the activating with a prepaid AT&T sim I don't think that will work. My girlfriend is using a gophone sim in her 3G and the phone wouldn't recognize it until ultrasn0w (unlock) was installed. T-Mobile I can say almost definitely won't work.

    What phone do you have? You might be able to use redsn0w to do the jailbreak/hacktivation without needing an AT&T sim.
     
  3. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    An AT&T GoPhone sim will activate a 3G and 3GS iPhone without unlocking. I never had any issue using a GoPhone sim in either of these phones for a year.

    The iPhone 4 is different and will require some different steps to activate it.

    If this is a brand new iPhone 4, it can not be activated for the first time with a GoPhone sim. It needs a new unactivated sim and will need to be activated for the first time using the SS#, billing zip and phone number that was used to purchase that iPhone 4 at the store. After that first time, it can be uses with a GoPhone sim.
     
  4. siltears thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have an iphone yet, but i wanted to buy the new iphone 4. But the thing is I don't have any service in the states, except the tmobile pre-paid SIM that my parents are using. And the thing is I really don't want a ATT account. So I was wondering, when you say a blank SIM card, will that be included in the Iphone package? Will it automatically force me to buy a ATT plan?
     
  5. droid15 macrumors newbie

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    So your saying I can have an iphone 3gs on a prepaid plan.
     
  6. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Yes, a 3G and 3GS will activate on a prepaid AT&T card with no problems.
     
  7. Gadget Strategy macrumors newbie

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    If you don't want to jailbreak your iPhone 4, you can buy it officially unlocked from any Apple Store in Canada. You'd have to cut your T-Mobile SIM card to fit the new Micro SIM format that IPh 4 uses.
     

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