The amount of info is a bit overwhelming. Searching did not make things clear enough. Please, excuse me if this has been asked before.
Can I hacktivate a not yet activated iPhone 3G with iPhone OS 3.0 with no SIM card, so that I can eventually run software updates through iTunes safely without any chance of bricking it (other than simply going back to non-activated state and having to re-hacktivate yet once again)?
If so, how?
Here is the story:
- A friend got a contract Softbank iPhone. He eventually cancels it, and the Softbank representative (mistakenly or not) tells him he has to give back the SIM card.
- At work, he restores the iPhone and it goes back to non-activated state. Bummer. Asks for a friend's active SIM, activates, and gives the card back (his friend is not in trouble with his own iPhone's software updates, right?).
- I get the iPhone. The iPhone breaks almost immediately after, and I get a new replacement iPhone 3G from Apple. It asks to activate.
I have no interest in installing unofficial apps, unlocking (for the moment) or any other hack besides activating. I just want to use it as an iPod and install Apple-approved apps. I would also prefer not to invest hours of surfing every time a new update comes out, to see if I have any chance of bricking the device.