can unopened iPhone be activated+unlocked+jailbroken?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by punter, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. punter macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2003

    my friend of mine (no really) was sent by accident two unopened iphone 3Gs instead of one. He activated one of the phones legitimately, and kept the other one, waiting for the carrier to ask for it back.

    Well it's been many months now, so he's decided to claim the second phone as his own and sell it. I have been telling him it's not possible to unlock the 3G phone yet, until now with yellowsn0w.

    My question is, can his phone be made to work on any network, straight out of the box, using quickpwn/yellowsn0w?

    This is where i get confused with the whole activate vs unlock vs jailbreak
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Im going to start off by saying your friend is stealing. I suggest to give it back. But for academic purposes, yes you can unlock it using the yellowsn0w method.
  3. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    Activate - so you could use the phone on the network
    Unlock - so you could use the phone on any GSM networks freely
    Jailbreak - to explore the hidden features err.. just more options for your iPhone

    I wonder how to determine the correct iPhone to be activated if your friend has been "accidentally" sent two iPhones (well I could assume it's activated now) Were they both in a package? One was named to your friend while the other wasn't? Or both named the same?

    Never bothered to call the carrier ?
  4. punter thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2003
    Yep he's stealing. His moral delema, not mine.

    Actually he was mailed one and picked one up at the same time. That's where the provider probably made the mistake I guess. I'm not sure why they mailed him one when he couldn't activate at home anyway

    The instructions for yellowsn0w tell you to do it with a legit sim card installed. Will it work without one of these? Maybe he could use the sim out of his legit phone
  5. tsvb macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    If that is the case I'm sure they will catch up to him at some point.

    I'm fairly certain that all new iPhones that come from either AT&T or Apple have a sim card in them.
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    But you can now, so...
  7. Tokiopop macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Nope. Well, at least not here in the UK. Over here they give you a brand new, sealed, iPhone in a bag, with an O2 envelope containing activation instructions, your SIM (with £10 on it), top-up card etc.

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