"Waiting for activation" screen after Unlock? Is it normal?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Fripp, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Fripp macrumors newbie

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    I was given my dad's iPhone 3g to sell for him after he upgraded to a iPhone 4. I wanted to unlock the phone to sell. After attempting to unlock an iPhone 3g with Ultrasn0w, I am getting a pop-up that states "Waiting for activation -- this may take some time." The sim that is in the device is my dad's old (now deactivated) sim.

    I do not have a working sim to test this with (i have an iphone 4 w/ micro sim) and I'm unsure if this "waiting for Activation" is normal without a working sim. When I connect to itunes i get the "Set up your iphone" screen. Not having unlocked/jailbroken a iphone 3g before, I'm not sure if this is what I should be seeing.

    To summarize:
    1) Is the "Waiting for activation -- this may take some time" screen normal when a working sim is not present?
    2) If so -- I can sell the phone, confident the buyer will be able to put in his sim (t-mobile, at&t, etc) and it will stark working without issue?

    Thanks in advance!

    Josh
     
  2. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Reboot the phone, then put any sim in it to activate it.
     
  3. Fripp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow. Thanks for the ultra-fast reply, DH lizard!

    I rebooted the phone and put in my Dad's old sim (deactivated w/ he purchased iphone 4) again. Same issue. By put "put any sim," do you mean any current working sim?

    Meaning, even though I am currently getting the "Waiting for activation -- this may take some time" screen -- I can still sell the phone, confident the buyer will be able to put in his sim (t-mobile, at&t, etc) and it will stark working without issue?
     
  4. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Any sim from the official carrier (like AT&T) should activate the phone whether it's a currently active sim or not. If it won't then my guess is you have a problem.

    Can't you borrow a T-mobile sim or active AT&T sim ? ALl the phones I ever jailbroke and unlocked for sale all worked with my AT&T sims as well as T-mobile sims.
     
  5. Fripp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for confirming my suspicions that there was a problem, dhlizard. I re- jailbroke (this time using pwnage) and re-unlocked using ultrasn0w. I'm no longer seeing the "waiting for activation" message. :)

    I still see the "Set up your iphone" screen when I connect to itunes, but I suspect that is correct and if you go thru the setup you just add your music, etc -- but you don't have to go thru the activation process like with a "normal" iPhone purchase. Can you confirm that is correct?

    Also is there a way to tell the phone is properly unlocked without a good sim card? I mean is there any indication under settings or something? For example, how would apple tell if a handset is unlocked in order to deny warren coverage?

    Thanks a ton. Just trying to save myself and the buyer the pain of a situation were they receive a phone that is not actually unlocked.

    Thanks again!
     

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