iphone 3g activates itself??!!

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  1. dcdunk macrumors newbie

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    I just received my iphone 3g that i bought from ebay today. I put my sim card into the phone and it gave me a message that said,"Activating, may take up to 10 minutes." Than all of a sudden the phone started working. It wasn't unlocked jailbroken or hacked at all.

    Anyone know what happened?

    thanks
     
  2. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Was it an AT&T sim? If so, it will activate any 3G or 3GS iPhone.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  4. dcdunk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    than whats the point of unlocking a 3g iphone?
     
  5. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    To use with T-Mobile...
     
  6. dcdunk thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Yes.
     
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Or to use with other non-US carriers. What other reason did you think there was for unlocking?
     
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  10. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    The only two GSM carriers that work with the iPhone.
     
  11. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    There are also a few small regional carriers that also use GSM (Like Cincinnati Bell) but the big 2 are indeed AT&T and T-Mobile.
     
  12. dcdunk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i had the first iphone prior to the 3g and unlocking that one was a must, so i just wasn't familiar with how the 3g worked regarding to activation
     
  13. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Yes, unlocking the original iPhone is still a must for any AT&T sim that is not an official iPhone sim on an iPhone plan.

    3G and 3GS phones changed all of that. They accept any AT&T sim with unlocking.
     

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