1. touch820's Avatar
    I just received an iphone 3GS 32GB from my sister as a gift. She bought it from ebay second week of June. The iphone is not yet activated. How can I activate it without sim card. I'm in Saudi Arabia, no AT&T. Tried to do it with backra1n to no avail. How can I determine the firmware and baseband?
    07-29-2010 08:42 PM
  2. BuddhistGirafe's Avatar
    You need a SIM to activate it. Nuff said.
    07-29-2010 08:44 PM
  3. chobbs1's Avatar
    There must be a telcom company there in Saudi. You'll HAVE TO get a sim from them.
    07-29-2010 10:26 PM
  4. macharborguy's Avatar
    does this happen with just the 3GS, or do I need a SIM to activate a 3G as well?

    Reason I ask is because I restored my 3G, and when it got to the point where it said "waiting for activation", I was able to get to the Settings app and set the phone to Airplane mode, making it ignore Activation.
    07-29-2010 10:36 PM
  5. chobbs1's Avatar
    As far as I know, and I'm close to 100% positive, yes. All iPhones need a sim card to be activated.
    07-29-2010 10:40 PM
  6. BuddhistGirafe's Avatar
    As far as I know, and I'm close to 100% positive, yes. All iPhones need a sim card to be activated.
    You are 100% correct. Even hacktivating it requires a SIM.
    07-29-2010 11:12 PM
  7. macharborguy's Avatar
    hmm, well I guess before the activation phase, as long as you dump it into Airplane mode, you can use the phone as an iPod Touch with GPS capabilities. I was able to do it with my dads still unactivated iPhone 4. If I take it out of Airplane Mode, it sits there waiting for activation.
    07-30-2010 09:37 AM
  8. ghostface147's Avatar
    It needs to have a SIM. Case closed. It's like asking how do I backup my hard drive to an external drive without using an external drive.
    07-30-2010 10:09 AM
  9. macharborguy's Avatar
    It needs to have a SIM. Case closed. It's like asking how do I backup my hard drive to an external drive without using an external drive.
    to use it as a cell phone: it needs a SIM to be activated

    to use it as a glorified iPod Touch w/ Camera+GPS: Once you get a home screen, turn on Airplane Mode to stop it from nagging you about activating. You have no cell data, Phone and Messages apps don't work, but you do get GPS, Wifi, and about everything else the device has.
    07-30-2010 10:23 AM
  10. chobbs1's Avatar
    The op asked how to "activate"
    07-30-2010 10:31 AM
  11. angelz9's Avatar
    buy a sim from on ebayfor $3.00 - $4.00 and activate..that is what i did .. it doesn't have to be new ..US AT&T
    Last edited by angelz9; 07-30-2010 at 10:36 AM. Reason: more info
    07-30-2010 10:35 AM
  12. macharborguy's Avatar
    The op asked how to "activate"
    yes, he asked how to activate. "Activate" and "usable device" are different things as well, just wanted to be clear on that. An unactivated iPhone is still a great device on it's own without any connection to the cell network.

    If all else fails and he is unable to activate the phone for use as a phone, it can still be used irregardless.
    07-30-2010 11:42 AM
  13. chobbs1's Avatar
    Usable device is another subject best suited for another thread. But thanks for the info as I wanted
    To do this with my 1st gen iPhone.
    07-30-2010 12:32 PM
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