Cannot Activate Unlocked iPhone - HELP PLEASE

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by frjeff, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. frjeff macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    OK, I'm a real newb here and I have been happy with my BB Curve. But, I got the bug to try out the iPhone before my T-Mo contract expires.
    So, I buy an unlocked and jailbroke 2G phone on Ebay (it is spotless). It came with an AT&T SIM. I figured all I would have to do is replace the SIM with my T-Mo SIM.

    I pop out the ATT SIM and pop in my T-MO SIM. All I get is the screen which shows "slide for emergency call" and the graphic showing the iPhone connected to iTunes. When I connect it to iTunes via my Macbook, I get the message:

    "This phone has a SIM which does not appear to be an AT&T SIM (duh). Please visit your nearest AT&T store", or something of the sort.

    I do not know what was used nor how the phone was unlocked, etc. by previous owner. But, unless I can get my T-MO card to work, I'm up a creek (and out some $$).

    The iPhone is running 2.1 firmware and has the APP Store, Cydia and Installer apps icons on the screen.

    Can someone help me here?? :confused:

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!

  2. Quincy9219 macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2008
    What? So, you can see the home screen? If the activation is botched, that won't be possible. And of course it isn't recognizing the sim. If you can see the homescreen, the unlocking was botched, or never done and it was a lie when sold to you
  3. frjeff thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    Thanks for the response.

    So, you are saying that if I see the full screen of icons (SMS,Calendar,Photos,Camera, You Tube, Cydia, Installer, etc.) that it is not unlocked or is screwed up?

    If that is true (which I have no reason to think otherwise), what are my options to unlock, etc. now that I own it?

  4. thswoosh86 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2009
    Help with unlocked iphone won't get past emergency call


    I bought this iphone that said it was unlocked on ebay. I get the phone and turn it on and its just frozen at the apple screen, so I start researching things to help on the internet, and I get the phone to a state where the itunes symbol and usb connector show up and it says emergency call only, so I put my sim in it thinking that my help, and I can receive txt and calls and make calls but I can't see any other applications or the actual home screen, what can I do at this point? Please help ,I know others have similar situations.

  5. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    Which model of phone is it and what computer do you have?
  6. thswoosh86 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2009
    It said it was a 2g iphone and I have a macbook
  7. xsecretfiles macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2008
    This "research" you did on the internet, does it happen to be putting your phone in DFU mode? or any type of restoration process as in hold down power button, release etc etc.

    It sounds like you restored the phone, meaning. you have lost your unlocking/jailbroken capabilities. It's not that hard to unlock/jailbrake it once again.
  8. thswoosh86 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2009
    Yeah thats what they said do, I just need to know which one to use because the person who sold me the phone did not tell me which one to use? So, Ive tried pwangetool, ziphone, but I don't think I am doing the right steps or have the right version for this phone? I need to know the version I should use and so I can unlock again...I guess?
  9. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    @frjeff and some of other posters --->

    My vote: sell the iPhone(s) as you didn't do enough research before purchasing them.

    Other option: The phone can be re-jailbroken and unlocked.

    Use Google to study 2G jailbreak and unlock (for frjeff) others may have different models.

    All the tools you need are all over the internet.

    Here, I will even get you started >>>>> click me
  10. thswoosh86 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2009
    Thank you so much for your help i unlocked and its working great thanks again:)
  11. csd1971 macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2009
    Try They have tons of information including how to jb / unlock depending upon which OS you're on / firmware etc. It does sound like you either updated or restored your phone so that it is no longer jailbroken. The DevTeam at iclarified is a great resource.

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