iPhone 5 activation Bad esn ? iOS 7

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by narutoninjakid, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. narutoninjakid macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Bought a bad esn iPhone 5 on sprint online to use as an iPod touch. When i erased all content and settings it started asking me for a sim and wont let me go past the setup screen. Is their anyway to activate without a sim? Do i have to purchase a sim card just to get the phone started and allow me to get access again. Does it have to be a sprint sim or can it be for any carrier ?
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You cannot activate it without a sim.
    You will need a sim from the carrier that the phone is locked to.

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