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    Default Need help unlocking/activating used iPhone 3G

    Bought an iPhone 3G off someone, how the hell do I unlock/activate it?

    Before anyone says, I've read all the tutorials, etc. and have no idea what to do.

    When I plug it in it gives me the "sim card not activated" message.

    Tried using blackra1n to jailbreak it, it apparently jailbreaks and the ipod shows up on itunes. This allows me to restore the iPhone through itunes, but when I try to restore it says cannot restore iphone - error 13.

    Try using redsn0w but it won't recognise the ipsw file.

    Appreciate any help given, I'm a relative beginner at this and have been searching for hours on the internet



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    first off make sure u are using the latest version of itunes

    and use the tutorial at iClarified - Apple News and Tutorials

    and if you dont understand them , the easiest way is to download a CUSTOM ipsw for your device and restore to it( google it -xselize.com(should have it) (of find it in some torrent site)

    after the restore just go to cydia and unlock the phone using blackr1an

    btw iclarified should have all the answers
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul5 View Post
    Bought an iPhone 3G off someone, how the hell do I unlock/activate it?

    Before anyone says, I've read all the tutorials, etc. and have no idea what to do.

    When I plug it in it gives me the "sim card not activated" message.

    Tried using blackra1n to jailbreak it, it apparently jailbreaks and the ipod shows up on itunes. This allows me to restore the iPhone through itunes, but when I try to restore it says cannot restore iphone - error 13.
    You should not need to restore via iTunes *after* you jailbreak. The restore should happen *before* you jailbreak.

    Put the phone into DFU mode http://www.hackint0sh.org/f137/54082.htm and then restore

    Try using redsn0w but it won't recognise the ipsw file.

    Appreciate any help given, I'm a relative beginner at this and have been searching for hours on the internet [/QUOTE]

    Use redsn0w 0.9 redsn0w 0.9 [iPhone Dev Team] you were probably using redsn0w 0.8 which only supports iPhone OS 3.0 and 3.0.1
    The following guide is for redsn0w 0.8 but it is nearly identical for redsn0w 0.9 iClarified - iPhone - How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G on OS 3.0.x Using RedSn0w (Windows)

    Don't use blackra1n (more trouble than it is worth)
    Please read the stickies & search forum before posting!
    How to report an iTunes restore/update fail in a useful manner
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