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I have an iphone 4s on ios 5.1.1 stuck on activation screen. I don't have and cannot get the original carrier sim card (bought abroad). I have a gevey ultra s card but i can't get the phone to activate.

Any idea?

asked 15 Jun '12, 00:57

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There is no way to hacktivate an iPhone 4S. You have to activate it using an original carrier SIM. It doesn't have to be an active SIM, just a valid SIM.


answered 15 Jun '12, 01:08

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Your best bet is borrowing a friends ATT microsim.(working or nonworking)


answered 17 Jun '12, 00:21

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But if my phone locked to Vodafone UK, can I still activate it with AT&T sim or I have to get Vodafone UK sim?

(17 Jun '12, 10:27) yaniv14 yaniv14's gravatar image

only a vodaphone sim

(17 Jun '12, 12:59) theiphoneguy ♦ theiphoneguy's gravatar image

Hi do you have AT&T sim card? You need exactly simcard of carrier your phone locked to. You will ned a Vodafone UK simcard, activate your phone and wfter activation you can make jailrake and unlock it for your carrier. If you have AT&T simcard, you don't need it. If is it dificult to get VodafoneUK simcard, I can send one to you, but I need AT&T sim to activate my iPhone4S and I dont know where can I get it, I'm on other side of the world. If you want, we can make a change, you will send me your AT&T simcard and I'll send you one Vodafone UK simcard. Where are you from?


answered 17 Jun '12, 12:53

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I don't have an AT&T simcard, i am from Israel

(17 Jun '12, 14:42) yaniv14 yaniv14's gravatar image

you need an att sim card. No other way. the end.

(17 Jun '12, 14:48) theiphoneguy ♦ theiphoneguy's gravatar image

Redsn0w Has a beta version 0.9.13dev2 that supports the older devices and will jailbreak your 3GS thru DFU mode I used it on my 3GS with iOS 5.1.1 and it worked with no SIM card installed it did still try to activate the phone and failed but Cydia was now installed and could be accessed thru the emergency call work around many videos posted on youtube if your not sure how to do the work around so now you can access and run SAM or any other app from Cydia to unlock and activate your phone to your specific carrier. If you have the issue where you have upgraded your baseband and your phone will not attempt to make the emergency call in order to use the work around you can use Redsn0w version 0.9.14b1 to downgrade your baseband as long as your phone is one of the older models Dev teams page has instructions on how to check phone modle and downgrade baseband using the Ultrasn0w link on their page.


answered 26 Jun '12, 19:44

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edited 26 Jun '12, 23:48

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theiphoneguy ♦

That's a good story, but he has a 4S.

(26 Jun '12, 20:16) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image

Also worked on the 4S without having to go thru the baseband downgrade

(26 Jun '12, 20:21) siege1979 siege1979's gravatar image

uh what?

(26 Jun '12, 23:48) theiphoneguy ♦ theiphoneguy's gravatar image
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