Just bought iPhone 5 unlocked from Apple

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by copter105, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. copter105 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm a nooB!
    I am surprising the wife with an unlocked iPhone 5 for Christmas (purchased unlocked from Apple and not activated yet).
    I have a T-mobile nano sim (not activated yet).
    Question: Can I simply put the T-mobile sim card in and set up the phone without actually activating the sim yet?
    I want to Jailbreak on Dec 22 when the JB comes out and I don't want her to know that I'm doing this. What I'm trying to avoid is interuption to her cell service on her iPhone 3GS that she is currently using. When I turn on the iPhone 5 I can't get past the welcome screen because I haven't inserted the sim card. It keeps asking for a sim card and I don't want to insert it in fear of it going through a whole setup process, rendering her iPhone 3GS useless until she gets her new one.
    Thanks everybody!
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you can activate the phone by sticking the sim in.
    It doesnt have to be active. Even any old and inactive sims will activate it as long as its a GSM sim.
    About the 2nd part of your plan I wouldnt hold my breath about a JB in 8 days.
    Its not looking good at all. Noone knows for sure when but it will probably take much longer.
     
  3. copter105 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Applejuiced yo da man! Gracias!
     

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