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MatthijsDB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello guys,

 

I know and saw this question is asked a lot, But i really don't know what else to do...

Ok so, i've upgraded my iPhone 3GS to IOS 6 (latest version), and it told me to restart my iPhone so that's what i did...

Then i saw i needed to activate my iPhone, I got some steps and i followed them (language (dutch), region (Netherlands),WIFI (my network)).

But there comes the problem, i've came to the last step, the activation, i letted it go for a few minutes and then he gave a message every single time (can't activate because of the activationservers are probably off... e.t.c.) so it won't activate and i can't use my phone... please help me. best regards MatthijsDB


iPhone 3GS, iOS 6.0.2
  • 1. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,810 points)

    That is almost always because the phone was hacked or jailbroken to unlock it.

  • 2. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    MatthijsDB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah i read that too on the other topics and so...

    It was jailbreaked yes but i didn't do it, i got it from another person.

    I hope there is any way to get it back so i can just at any possibility activate it.

    I really need your help, thanks already...

  • 3. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,810 points)

    It doesn't matter who did it. The phone was jailbroken. You can not get help here.

     

    Discussing jailbroken and hacked phones is forbidden by the terms of service here.

  • 4. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    MatthijsDB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGHHHHHHHH! JEZUUUUUUUUUUUUUUS!

    First i've bought a iPhone 3G that was too low version so thrown away money and now i've bought a 3GS and i even can't get help of those apple dudes?! i will never spend my money again to something like this where i even can't get helped...

  • 5. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    I imagine by now you've seen what jailbreaking causes. Since you didn't do it, you probably didn't want it jailbroken in the first place. So this may help you out: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1808. This discusses Recovery Mode, which is probably necessary to restore your device to a working state since it was jailbroken.

  • 6. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

    You will need to contact AppleCare and give them the serial and model number of your iPhone and find out which cell carrrier it is now locked with. Contact that carrier and see what their process is for unlocking and whether they will let you do it. If yes, complete the process then activate. If you get this far you may have to take one more step which will require you to use Google.

  • 7. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)

    i will never spend my money again to something like this where i even can't get helped...

    You have to understand that you have a hacked phone, which is the reason you can't be helped. Jailbreaking violates the iPhone's end user license agreement, so Apple can (and will) deny service for it. We are all users here but Apple hosts the forum.

     

    Frankly I think that those who jailbroke are in over their heads, so I wouldn't help them anyway. But I also understand that you weren't the one who did it, which is why I provided you instructions.

  • 8. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,810 points)

    Maybe you should try buying phones from legitimate sources instead of on the gray market. Neither the 3G, nor the 3GS are available for sale from any legitimate source any more. They are both discontinued. Buy a phone directly from Apple or from a carrier that is authorized to carry them.

     

    It's not our fault, or Apple's, that you have decided to go 'off the grid' and buy high end electronics form what amounts to the back of a van in a mall parking lot.

     

    What did you expect was going to happen? TANSTAAFL

  • 9. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    MatthijsDB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I indeed didn't want it to be jailbroken : (

    But Thank you very very much for responding and helping me out i hope this is gonna work im going to try it right away if it works i will freak out and run around my house! lol.

    Thank you already have a nice evening : )

  • 10. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    MatthijsDB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I understand they can't help me i was just frustrated sorry for that : P

    I hope it will solve its problem with the recovery mode...

    thanks anyway : )

  • 11. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

    Your argument says that no one should EVER buy a used iPhone. Yet a lot of recommendations here to people are they should sell their iPhone on the open market to get a better price, or sell their locked iPhone to get a truly unlocked iPhone from a legitimate source (which might not be available where they live). You have no idea where they bought their iPhone from.

     

    They didn't expect a free lunch, they just wanted an iPhone, even if they had to buy a used one. This problem will clear itself up, at least for GSM iPhones in the future since AT&T began unlocking iPhones (I unlocked my iPhone 4 before I gave mine away) and people selling them can unlock them prior to the sale.

     

    Which is a good thing for Apple since their presence in developing countries is poor and dropping.

  • 12. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

    You most likely will not solve your problem with Recovery Mode; you will have to try to officially unlock it or wait for an alternative solution.

  • 13. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    MatthijsDB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yep, it unfortunly didn't work with recovery mode : (

    I guess i gotta officially unlock it (even i dunno how : P (will just google it lol)) thank you anyway very much for 'trying' to help me out: )

    Have a good night everyone.

  • 14. Re: Activating my iPhone...
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

    Follow the instructions in my previous post.

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