iPhone iTunes activation with inactive sim

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by miknos, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. miknos Suspended


    Mar 14, 2008

    I gave an iPhone 4 locked to Softbank Japan. If I buy a sim card from the same company, can I activate my iPhone? I know I won't be able to use another carrier (not place calls) but will push notifications work?
  2. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    I was able to get a Softbank SIM card off of eBay for one of their iPhones. It was a painful process, but eventually I gave up ever trying to unlock it.

    I was able to turn it into a glorified iPod (yet forget the exact method).

    I think it requires Softbank to activate the iPhone.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    One thing to note here. Softbank is the equivalent in Japan for unlocking as Sprint is in the US. Even worse now as Softbank owns Sprint.
  4. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    Yep, anyone selling a SoftBank phone to anyone outside of Japan should be required to warn them they are buying a device they can never realistically use !

    As always - BUYER BEWARE !
  5. miknos thread starter Suspended


    Mar 14, 2008
    Thanks to a friend (who deleted the setup file to bypass the activation screen) I was able to update to the latest iOS version (7.1). I can use another Android phone to tether my 3G connection and it works fine. I'm just having problem with some apps by not having PUSH notifications. I was wondering if using an inactive SIM card from Softbank I would be able to receive PUSH notifications (even when not able to make calls).

    I use it most as a GPS for my car and for messaging. PUSH notifications would make it much more useful.

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