10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 28, 2012 1:47 AM by nerak100 Branched to a new discussion.
vodzestrecho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

i cant activate my iphone

it doesnt have a service or signal and when I connect it to itunes it says that "There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate"

but it has!  I already inserted a sim. I actually tried to update my iphone to ios 6 but then this came up after I tried to set it up, then in my iphone it says that the activation server is unavailable. what should i do?

iPhone 3G, iOS 6
  • gdgmacguy Level 6 Level 6 (19,530 points)

    That's because your phone was hacked to be used with your carrier.  Updaiting your phone has relocked your phone to the original carrier.


    Your phone will NOT activate without a SIM from the original carrier.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (46,640 points)

    Buy a new phone from a legitimate source that wasn't hacked. That's what you should do.


    That one is now scrap.

  • Mac_Nasty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try restoring it without the sim in. Then insert it after it fully powers on and the "no sim" message pops up.

  • nerak100 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Whilst you may have some difficulty activating this phone, it is certainly not "Scrap".

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (46,640 points)

    It's bricked. It was hacked or jailbroken, then updated. Nothing else can be said about it here. About the only thing it's good for is parts.

  • nerak100 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It can certainly be repaired to a point where it is a normal iPhone3 without offending any license agreement. regardless of whether apple moderate out answers they don't like.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (46,640 points)

    No, it can't because the EULA was already violated.

  • nerak100 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Now you are changing your argument. Today I have repaired an iPhone with exactly the fault described here. The owner offended the terms of Apples license certainly. You claimed the phone was broken and fit only for spares.

    If you knew that at the time then you have been disingenuous.


    I expect you just did not know.


    The point is that if you give a kid a gadget like an iPhone, they will play with it and luckily, there are people around who will fix it. If it wasn't for the fact that Apple won't sign perfectly reasonable combinations of their own software, ITunes could just restore it.


    Since they have carefully organised the phone to be unrestorable it is not surprising that people have to bypass Itunes to fix the thing.


    Selling phones to children and expecting their parents to buy a new one when the child does exactly what you would expect them to do makes the terms of their eula unreasonable and thereby in ciivilised jurisdictions, unenforceable.


    It is ironic that in the land of the free we are seeing, in the form of the recent copyright rulings, attempts to restrict the freedom of the people to tinker with stuff they own.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (46,640 points)

    What part of "it can not be discussed here" do you not understand?


    These forums are NOT a free democracy. They are ruled by the terms of service to which you agreed when you signed up.


    If you don't like it, go elsewhere.


    No one said that jailbreaking and hacking the phone are illegal. In the US, they are not. They are, however, forbidden topics here.


    Deal with it.

  • nerak100 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a world of difference between not discussing and actively misleading. I accept the rules here and only signed up because you told an innocent poster something that was patently  not true.


    Apple offer on-line advice to people about how to fix phones even if they have clearly offended the eula. If people need help with a phone that has real problems, you are quite correct, this is the wrong place to come for help because your advice is likely to be "buy a new phone.".


    The new terms (coming into effect about now) of the digital millennium copyright act have placed further restrictions on what people in the US might legally do with their own devices. Which is more or less exactly what i daid.


    If you don't see that as the thin end of the wedge I am surprised.