Reset problem

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by langolier, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. langolier macrumors newbie


    Nov 9, 2007
    I bought a (new to me but) used 1st gen. 8 GB iphone yesterday. No sim card.

    I'm not interested to use it as a phone now and everything worked fine on my wifi network. Difficulty was that the previous owner had left loads of pics, messages, contacts, etc. of his on the iphone.

    Looking for an efficient way to start fresh I went to Settings, General, Reset and chose 'Erase All Content and Settings'.

    That seems to have done more than I expected since now when I turn the iphone on all I can get is a screen that says, "No SIM card installed. Insert an unlocked and valid SIM to activate iPhone."

    It apparently was activated before and continued activated after the previous owner removed his SIM.

    How can I get back to where I was with an activated iPhone w/o SIM?


  2. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
  3. rsk137 macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2008
    You have to do as the above poster said or basically start up service.

    Just because the SIM card is taken out, the phone is still technically alive, just not connected to the network. What you did was basically setting it to how it was when it came out of the box.

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