I've been jailbreaking my own iPhones as well as family and friend's iPhones since the beginning. I know what I'm doing pretty well... The issue I'm having now is perplexing, though. This is the second time it has happened to me, and the only way I was able to fix it the first time was to have my iPhone 4 replaced at an Apple Store. Anyway...
What's happening is this: My (AT&T activated) phone was jailbroken on 4.2.1. Today I decided to upgrade to 4.3.3 with redsn0w 0.9.6rc15, so I started by doing a Restore in iTunes to 4.3.3, as I don't care about unlocking. The restore process went perfectly fine. After the reboot and reconnection to iTunes, the first thing it wants to do is activate the phone. Fine, I have my genuine AT&T SIM in the phone, but instead I get this message:
The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported.
Only compatible SIM cards from a supported Carrier may be used to activate iPhone. Please insert the SIM card that came with your iPhone or visit supported Carrier’s store to receive a replacement SIM card.
This is exactly what happened last time I tried to update my old iPhone 4 to 4.2.1 and had to end up swapping phones at the store. I'm trying to avoid having to do that this time.
So, what I tried next was to use PwnageTool 4.3.3 to build a custom restore bundle with the "activated" flag set. This worked to get me past the activation issue in iTunes, but it also rendered my iPhone "phoneless"! It would no longer make calls and didn't even know it's own phone number, even after a restore from backup.
Right now I'm doing a complete "Erase All Content and Settings" on the phone before I try to restore again, but it's taking it's sweet time.
If anyone has seen this issue before and knows what the heck is going on, PLEASE let me know! Thanks!
Surely this is between you, Apple & AT&T, if running stock restored firmware gives you this issue then that obviously cancels out anything jailbreak related. I wouldn't even waste my time trying to solve it with custom firmware, book an appointment with a genius and get them to restore it and activate it in front of you.
Also now you have hit 'reset all content and settings' while jailbroken, you will get stuck in a bootloop and have to restore to get out of it, I know you're gonna do that anyway, but you maybe wasting your time with the reset option.
answered 06 May '11, 17:46
This doesn't sound like it's caused by the jaibreak, and someone already mentioned, there is no point in trying to use jailbreak tools to fix the problem. As much as it sounds like there should be a software fix for this, it's not one that will come from the JB community.
I would love to have an opportunity to swap my phone at the Apple store if i run unto a problem, but I need my 01.59.00 modem firmware to keep my unlock, and any replacement they give me will most definitely NOT have that old of a baseband.
answered 06 May '11, 18:02
I'm running into the same EXACT problem you are. I have a genuine AT&T sim card and cannot activate my phone, and was also previously jailbroken on 4.2.1 firmware. I tried to update to 4.3.3 normally through iTunes and I simply cannot activate it. I even tried using another Micro sim from my friend's iPhone 4. I also tried using Sn0wbreeze to in order to get it "hactivated" but it also rendered my phone useless. No bar, no signal, no calls. My question is:
Will they replace this for me at the Apple Store? You didn't (obviously) tell them it was previously jailbroken, did you? I purchased the phone several months ago (Jaunuary) and it's still under factory warranty...but will they still replace it if they think I tampered with custom firmware?
answered 07 May '11, 23:38