Restored my original iPhone - now bypass iTunes activation?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by james92se, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. james92se macrumors 6502a

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    So just this week, I got out my original iPhone for the first time in a year or two. I haven't touched it in probably a solid year. Well I brought it out, replaced the battery this week and have been using it a little bit for nostalgia's sake.

    It was jailbroken and unlocked but Cydia wouldn't update properly on it and it was all buggy so I just decided to restore it. It was already on 3.1.3. I stuck it in iTunes tonight to restore it but now that it's restored it's got me stuck on the AT&T activation thing trying to either replace a line on my account or set up new service with AT&T. This didn't even dawn on me that this might happen (though I guess I should have seen this coming).

    I don't want to add this phone to my AT&T account and I don't want to replace my iPhone 4 on the account with this one (obviously), but I do want to be able to use it just to fool around with and/or for an iPod or something. But I'm seemingly stuck here. Tips/help?

    I thought about sticking my iPhone 4 SIM in there (I have a SIM adapter), but I didn't know if that might somehow "cancel" my iPhone 4, so I didn't try it.
     
  2. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    Use Redsn0w 0.9.4 to jailbreak and hactivate it. Here is instruction on it;

    http://iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=8590
     
  3. Jetaray macrumors member

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    Using an iPhone without a wireless service plan.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3406

    To do this, follow the steps for your iPhone model. Click the model of iPhone you have to see the steps for that model:

    Original iPhone


    To continue using your original iPhone without active cellular service, leave the inactive SIM card in place. You will be able to use the iPhone as you would an iPod touch (Wi-Fi only, no cellular service) as long as you keep the SIM with which it was last used, even if you update or restore the operating system of the original iPhone.

    Activation for an original iPhone requires that its SIM card stays with that iPhone. If the original iPhone displays the "Connect to iTunes" screen, you can use that SIM card to re-activate the iPhone, regardless of whether that SIM has a wireless service account/tariff still associated with it.

    To re-activate an original iPhone that displays the "Connect to iTunes" screen:
    1.Reinsert the SIM card used when the original iPhone was activated and had a valid wireless service account/tariff.
    2.Connect the original iPhone to iTunes on a computer connected to the Internet.

    If that SIM was previously valid and used with that original iPhone, iTunes will re-activate the iPhone, but without any cellular service.
     
  4. james92se thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried that before posting the thread. I originally had the phone jailbroken with redsn0w 0.9.4, but this time redsn0w would never verify my 3.1.3 ipsw firmware file so I wasn't able to finish it. And I couldn't find anything online to get me past that issue.

    Thats odd. It sounds like the phone should work then. It most definitely has the originial SIM still in it. Hmm :confused:
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    With the iphone 2G even though you're JB on 3.1.3 you have to point it to the 3.1.2 ipsw.
    Download it here: http://appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite...91008.32pNe/iPhone1,1_3.1.2_7D11_Restore.ipsw
    And try again.
     
  6. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    Applejuiced beat me again. Applejuiced is right, when you run redn0w, you need to point it to 3.1.2 and not 3.1.3 which you have on your Iphone.
     
  7. james92se thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh, yeah. I had forgotten about that. I remember having problems a year or so ago when I first jailbroke it as iClarified guide wasn't clear on that. Thanks for the heads up/reminder.

    Anyway, I rejailbroke, but Cydia still won't load. Did it two more times and still won't do anything other than showing that it's reloading data indefinitely. So that's annoying. I would just live with it but YouTube doesn't work on this JB without that Cydia tweak and I can't do the Cydia tweak if stupid Cydia won't load.
     
  8. odaiwai macrumors member

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    Automatic Unlocking?

    Sorry to bump an old thread, but I just restored my 1st Generation iPhone to the 3.1.3_7E18 firmware and it activated and unlocked itself automatically!

    pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/78667200@N00/sets/72157630042897806/with/7334686286/

    I couldn't believe it so I tried it with another iPhone, and it did almost the same thing, but it required an active SIM card. I'm not sure if it's checking with Apple or the Provider. (My provider is Three HK (http://www.three.com.hk) who are approved iPhone carriers.)
     
  9. braddick macrumors 68040

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    I thought 3.1.3 original iPhone could be simply jailbroken using, "jailbreakme.com".

    Any SIM (even one that is inactive) placed in the iPhone will get you past the activation screen and restore is easy.
     
  10. odaiwai, Jun 4, 2012
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    Yes, I know the original iPhones are easy to jailbreak, but this was a simple restore from iTunes. No Jailbreak, or restore from custom firmware. I'm not sure if it is something Apple is doing, or some hangover from previous Jailbreaks. (My old iPhone was jailbroken from early 2008.)

    Previously, restoring this phone from the Apple firmware would offer you a chance to sign up with AT&T.
     

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