Help with activating unlocked iPhone 4S

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Menonem, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Menonem macrumors newbie

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    Ok,
    I currently live in Costa Rica (I'm a US citizen btw) where the nationwide cellular network is ICE. This Christmas, I will be going to the US for 2 weeks to meet up and spend time with relatives.
    I plan on buying an unlocked iPhone 4S 16GB from Apple. And I would like to use it while I'm in the US. The only problem is how would I use it? How would I activate and use it like normal (minus phone) without a SIM card from ICE? Also, there would be no wi-fi in the house that I'll be staying at.

    How would I activate and use an iPhone 4S without a SIM or wi-fi?

    Other stuff:
    I will be bringing my laptop, so i there's any software like hacktivation/jailbreaking software i could bring with me, ill use it.

    I can goto a local library for my internet stuff. But not often.

    Can i go to an Apple store to explain my situation and have them activate it for me?

    Ive never owned a cellphone, yet alone an iPhone so i dont know how all this stuff works.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You have to buy a SIM and activate it on some carrier.
     
  3. Menonem thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well i DO have a cellphone here in Costa Rica with a number and all. but i rarely use it.
    Will i have to wait until i return to costa rica to activate it?
     
  4. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Bring your ice sim card. Cut it down if necessary. If you have bought an unlocked phone from Apple, it'll work.
    Why are you trying to make this difficult?:rolleyes:
     
  5. Menonem thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Because when it comes to cellphones im a tard.

    So i can just bring my ICE SIM card, plug it in and itll work? how can that be if there are no ICE towers in the US?

    sorry for the questions, i just wanna be sure i can use it when i go there
     
  6. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    If your 4S is unlocked, when you come to the US, you can buy any pre-paid sim card, pop it in and it will work.
     

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