Can I Apply the Jailbreak/unlock without first activating iPhone 3GS

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by J-Low, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. J-Low macrumors member

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    #1
    That's it really...
    I bought it locked to carrier without a sim card or contract.
    So I need to get to unlock without having to activate via iTunes to use my own carrier sim.

    Can this be done?
     
  2. TheGoog macrumors member

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    Yup, the jailbreak happens when you put it into restore mode. Lack of activation wont stop you from doing it.
     
  3. J-Low thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool, going for it now, will let you know how I get on.
    Fingers crossed.
     
  4. J-Low thread starter macrumors member

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    Worked. Brilliant. I now have an iPhone 3GS 32gb black jailbroken and unlocked and using a tesco mobile prepaid sim card :D
     
  5. Mystikal macrumors 68020

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    Now I have a question.

    If I get a 3GS, can I JB and unlock it and stick my iphone 3G sim in it and have it working, or does the phone have to be officially activated by AT&T?

    Or can I just run the jailbreak and have everything run smoothly?
     
  6. J-Low thread starter macrumors member

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    I can only speak to my own experience, but I would say yes.
    I jailbroke and unlocked my 3GS without a sim card inserted at all and prior to any activation.
    I would just advise to make sure you are clear on the instructions and take it slowly.
    Best of luck.
     
  7. darthpenn macrumors newbie

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    help here plez

    ok well i need some advice abt buyin an iphone,and guess wht im coming all the way from south africa to the states to juz buy an iphone. ; ( $($#%*(#$*() well i have been told to get one on ebay, preferably which is not unlocked, so will i be able to unlock it or jailbreak it once i get it , and whts the deal with the activation thingy????? please help.
     
  8. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816

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  9. baekalfen macrumors newbie

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    how?

    i'm having the same problems with the iphone 3g... how did you unlock when not activating it?
     
  10. benflick macrumors 68020

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    This thread is over a year old. You need to activate the iPhone in order to jailbreak with jailbreakme.com
     

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