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

    Jun 10, 2005
    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

    Jul 11, 2008
    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

    Jun 10, 2005
    Cool, going for it now, will let you know how I get on.
    Fingers crossed.
  4. J-Low thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2005
    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


    Oct 4, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    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

    Jun 10, 2005
    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

    Jul 24, 2009
    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


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
  9. baekalfen macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010

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


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    This thread is over a year old. You need to activate the iPhone in order to jailbreak with

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