7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 1, 2013 7:42 AM by Lawrence Finch
paulwindy Level 1 (0 points)


I have a 3GS 16GB Iphone and all has been working fine up to the point of updating the software when it now will not activate and the sim card will not work.

The phone is unlocked and has never been jailbroken etc

Have tried to restore and reboot but it just says could not do it at this time as the activation server is temporarily unavailble

Have tried both with itunes and via wifi but both say the same thing

Have tried a number of different sim cards but still the same but like i said its factory unlocked

iPhone 3GS, iOS 6.1.3
  • razmee209 Level 7 (30,346 points)

    How was your phone unlocked?  Who unlocked your phone?

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    but like i said its factory unlocked

    As in, you bought it unlocked from Apple? That's what factory unlocked is.

  • paulwindy Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Yes Factory unlocked ie from apple not locked to a network could use any simcard

  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 (35,018 points)

    The symptom you describe is how a phone that was hacked to unlock it would behave. Did you buy it directly from an Apple store or Apple online, and does the receipt say "unlocked"? Or is it a used phone, or purchased from an independent shop?


    It can also indicate that the computer you are using was used to hack some iDevice, not necessarily the one with the problem, and the process corrupted the network database on the computer.


    The other common cause of a failure to activate is antivirus or firewall interfering with access to gs.apple.com.

  • paulwindy Level 1 (0 points)

    iPhone was purchased from apple store and has always worked with different sims

    Have a number of apple phones iPad etc never jail broken any of them so computer would have nothing on it

  • hans042779 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a 3gs that I had unlocked through AT&T and checked it through apple. It wont go past the activation screen. Apple server is unavailable please try again. I was on the phone for 3 hours with different people last night at apple and none of them know how to fix this. The last person told me she has to get in touch with the engnieers in order to fix this. The thing that I dont believe about this is that I just had the same problem with another 3 gs a couple weeks before and after being ont the phone with apple for 2 hours and talking to different people I finally talked to someone that knew how to fix it. I hope someone can help me with this. I do not want to Jailbreak it. It is unlocked. Thanks

    iPhone 3GS

  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 (35,018 points)

    I've already posted the causes, but in case you missed them in the first post:

    Possible causes:


    1. Your antivirus is blocking access to gs.apple.com.


    2. Your phone is jailbroken.


    3. Your computer has been used at some time in the past to jaibreak some iOS device (not necessarily the phone with the problem), and its network database was corrupted by the hacking software that was used.


    4. Apple's activation servers are down (very rare, and never for more than an hour or so).


    For 1. try disabling your antivirus.


    For 2. & 3. you need to go somewhere other than an apple forum for help. Although you can try deleting lines containing gs.apple.com from your "hosts" file on your computer.