Yes, this is long and it gets a little bit ranty. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I got a used iphone 5 off of ebay. I needed a device which could run the latest version of iOS, and this was the cheapest option. I do not need it to make phone calls, or to store my contacts via some over hyped cloud service, or any of that other stuff. I don't need to take it online at all, I just want to use it for development. With that in mind, I wasn't paying attention to the carrier or SIM card or anything else. Just wanted a functional device with a charger. So I got a device, seems to be functional. Has a charger, that seems to work. All well and good so far... The phone is demanding a SIM card so that I can "activate" it. The first question this raises is, "Why would it need a SIM card for this?" the second question is, "I don't have a SIM card, how is much is that going to cost me, just so I can use this stupid thing?" the third question is, "What the hell is it really doing anyway? This smells an awful lot like DRM. Is this DRM? For hardware? They're DRMing hardware now? I've heard of some really scuzzy things involving DRM and ink jet cartridges, hardware DRM isn't totally new to me, but this feels like a new low." That third question was several questions I guess. ::sigh:: Okay. The question I'd really like answered is: How do I make this work? I would prefer to do it without pledging allegiance to Apple, or giving them any personal information. I would also prefer to do it without buying anything extra. But I will do what I need to. Bonus points if it involves chisels, soldering irons, or other forms of electronic torture. I wouldn't mind seeing this thing suffer a bit. Double word score if I get to burn an apple in effigy. All right, now you're going to say: "But in order to do iOS development you need an Apple developer account anyway." Yes yes, fine. I know all that, but my intention is to worry about it when I get a little closer to publishing. Right now I'd just like to have a functioning device.