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I'm trying to activate FaceTime and iMessage on this phone since I jailbroke it, bought it off of Craigslist and it unfortunately has a bad ESN. To activate FaceTime and iMessage the phone needs to be "hacktivated", I get a message everytime I turn my phone off from it dying or a power off saying "iPhone not activated: Retry or Ignore". Is my phone hacktivated and if not how do I go about doing that?

asked 12 Jul '12, 12:07

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closed 09 Jan '14, 02:10

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The question has been closed for being "Solved" by spockers, 09 Jan '14, 02:10

redsn0w and sn0wbreeze can't hacktivate CDMA phones. There's no fix for a bad ESN other than trying to return it to the person who sold it to you; it looks like they sold you a stolen phone, unfortunately.


answered 12 Jul '12, 17:24

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Thank you :/

(12 Jul '12, 17:30) renold458 renold458's gravatar image

Just use the latest redsn0w to jailbreak. It'll automatically hacktivate for you.


answered 12 Jul '12, 14:30

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Trying that out now

(12 Jul '12, 16:21) renold458 renold458's gravatar image

Just did a clean jailbreak with redsn0w and when it started back up it still said "iPhone is not activated: Ignore or Try Again"

(12 Jul '12, 16:46) renold458 renold458's gravatar image

Ok plan B. Download sn0wbreeze and create a custom ipsw. When you create it make sure you select hackivate. Then restore using shift + restore in iTunes. Are you sure redsn0w didn't work? It should of work. Were u already jail broken? If so make sure when u use redsn0w install cydia is unchecked

(12 Jul '12, 17:00) reV17 reV17's gravatar image

I was already jailbroken, restored my phone to factory, then clean installed redsn0w. I could still use the phone but it says its not activated. So try sn0wbreeze?

(12 Jul '12, 17:03) renold458 renold458's gravatar image

well according to britta you have no cure. You can try to resell or ask for a refund.

(12 Jul '12, 17:28) reV17 reV17's gravatar image

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