Help hacktivating iPhone 3GS?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by sbl03, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. sbl03 macrumors newbie

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    I got this off eBay. It has never been jailbroken before, and it has the old bootrom. I'm not completely sure what firmware is on it, but I did restore it with 4.0, so I'd assume that's what it's at. Is there any way I can hacktivate the phone besides the phonebook SIM trick, which I have ordered and is on its way?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. hackthatphone macrumors 68000

    hackthatphone

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    Any AT&T/GoPhone/Cingular, Net10, O2 or H2O SIMs will activate that phone. There may be other US GSM carriers' SIMs that may also activate it.
     
  3. sbl03 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I have 2 AT&T SIM cards, one that I currently use and a GoPhone one. I've tried both, but with both it is just stuck on Searching... and the emergency call screen. IMEI and ICCID are unknown...

    Eventually I just get a Restore Needed alert.
     
  4. hackthatphone macrumors 68000

    hackthatphone

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    What happens when you plug the iphone into itunes?

    The message actually says "restore needed"?
     
  5. sbl03 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It says "There is no SIM card in the phone you are trying to activate"

    However, on the iPhone, regardless of whether or not I have the SIM card in, on the top left, it will always say "Searching...", eventually giving me a "Restore Needed" message.

    EDIT: After doing a little bit more research on it, I discovered that a corrupted baseband might be causing this. It doesn't make any sense to me though, especially when the previous owner had never jailbroken the device.
     

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