Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2013 11:27 AM (in response to PrincessPeachey)
Just realised that I forgot to mention that my phone was working for the most part of the time while I was overseas - I had no reception, but was still able to access the rest of the phone's functionalities. It went flat two/three days ago and when I connected it to my Macbook to charge it, is when the "activation required" message appeared.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2013 11:38 AM (in response to PrincessPeachey)
One of the first things is that you cannot restore to a version of iOS less than the current version, which for the iPhone 4 is 6.1.3. Once you try that, you may get things to work better. As far as the unlocking issue, I know you have been working with the carrier, but it may require working with them again if you are able to get the phone to restore to the latest iOS.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2013 11:43 AM (in response to ChrisJ4203)
Why is it not possible to restore to a version of iOS less than the current version? Is it some stupid restriction put in place in iTunes? Because it's not like I'm trying to "downgrade" or anything.
(Rant at Apple) I shouldn't have to upgrade if it's not necessary. It's currently not possible for me to download ~1gb worth of data and I don't think its feasible to think that people are going to be able to when their phone stops working for no apparent reason.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2013 11:47 AM (in response to PrincessPeachey)
Well, I'm just a user like you and I'm trying to help and explain this to you. It isn't a restriction in place in iTunes, it is a restriction in place by Apple when the stop authorizing copies of iOS. One of the reasons is to prevent downgrading of iOS though. The current version is the only one that is authorized and that is what you get when you attempt a restore. I hope I was able to answer your question about why it is not possible.
You may provide feedback to Apple at www.apple.com/feedback and click on the appropriate link.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to ChrisJ4203)
I know - thus why I addressed my last paragraph as a rant to Apple, my apologies if it seemed that I was having a go at you. I do appreciate the help. There's no mention of "authorised copies of iOS" anywhere in the troubleshooting thing for the ineligible build (which is frustrating for a variety of reasons), so thank you for the explanation.
I will certainly be leaving some feedback for Apple. I guess I just have to deal with being in an unfamiliar city with no phone.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2013 3:55 PM (in response to PrincessPeachey)
The update and restore error knowledge article has been somewhat modified lately. If you look at it, the date on the article is now April 8, 2013. The earlier versions mention attempt to downgrade software as one of the reasons for the error you described as well as a 3194 error.
I just wanted you to know that Apple does not monitor these forums, so a rant to them at this point doesn't do any good, except expend some of your energy. How you handle it at this point is up to you. I'm sorry it isn't working and I've tried to provide you with as much information as possible to try and get it going again. Good luck.