Do you Own an Apple iphone or Apple iPad ?
Well this will be a yes for many millions of people around the world. None of us like to wait & to obtain an Iphone or Ipad before its official release in the our home countries. Many of you would have asked a cousin or friend who lives in the country where the iphone or ipad is released first to purchase one and send over to you.
This is a great way to to get your hands on your favourite gadgets early. However thier are some things that are often over looked and this blog article will help you understands its benefits and pitfalls.
Benefits of Obtaining a Apple iphone or ipad from another country ?
Well you get to have one of the latest gadgets to use before others. You can be one step ahead and understand the latest technology on offer and benefit from the 1000’s of applications already available Officially from apple itunes store.
Pitfalls of Obtaining a Apple iphone or ipad from another country ?
This bit is really important if you purchase an locked device which is not Sim Free and can work with only one provider unless you use unlock software on higher firmwares like 3.0 3.1.2 & 3.1.3 & 4.0 or you can use the Permanent Official itunes Factory Unlock for UK 02 or UK Vodafone.
The way Apple products work when it comes to firmware updates on itunes is a bit tricky. If you are using a Sim Free iphone 2G 3G or 3G then this does not apply to you, but if you are using a locked iphone 2G 3G 3GS iphone 4 or ipad then we will show you how you can easily by pass the Apple products Activation Checks after firmware updates on itunes.
What to do when the inevitable happens & your iphone or ipad software crashes and you need to restore the firmware via itunes.
What all of you will have experience at some time or another is the iphone or ipad will crash and then you need to connect this to itunes to restore the firmware on the device.
Itunes will flash the iphone or ipad with either your choice of custom firmware if you keep hold of Shift while pressing restore or it will download the latest from Apple which you want to avoid as this will update the baseband software also and the chances are that unlock software will not be available for some time for that Baseband firmware.
Either way once you have updated the firmware then its nessasry to Activate the phone with a network simcard from the same provider its locked on to. This way its possible to get past the screen where it says connect to itunes and can then access the other features of the Device.
I purchased an iphone/ipad and i don’t know the network the phone is locked on to and the phone is stuck at the connect to itunes screen and i don’t have the original network simcard or knowledge on how to create & Flash custom firmware files .
What Can i do too get past this Activation Screen to be able access the device function so i can at least use the phones other features even its not possible to unlock for now ?
Their are a few solutions to the problem and i will elaborate more
- Most obvious one is to have a network simcard of the same network as the iphone or ipad is locked on to. So if i know that the iphone or ipad is locked on to Vodafone for example then after a firmware update on itunes i would need to have a vodafone simcard in the device to be able to gain entry to the device and will be able pass the activation on itunes.
- Create a Custom ipsu or Dmg Firmware which is already hacktivated using some special tools and these can only be used with Apple Mac computers and then flash this newly created firmware to the device so you can by pass the activation check all together. But this is not possible for all firmwares and not available for all Apple iphone and ipad firmwares and not the Latest 4.0 OS on the ipad or iphone 4 as those are too new and wont be supported for some time
- Use special Rebel activation by pass sim cards that dont need programming and can auto detect the network code settings to fool iphones or ipads in to thinking they have a same network in order to get past the activation screen.
Dont be sat on a Expensive Lemon and use this Rebel Activation card on your iphone/ipad to activate and be Able to use the Functions.
All you need to do is take your non-activated iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, or 4 and leave it unplugged from iTunes
Then, take the activation SIM and place it in the phone (if working with an iPhone 4, you will need to cut it down to a micro-sim if you did not specify RebelSimCard to send you one pre-cut):
Finally, plug the iPhone into iTunes (your computer) and the activation screen will then be bypassed, thus giving you access to the phone:
NOTE: this does NOT actually active the iPhone, nor does it unlock it. Itonly bypasses the activation screen to allow you to use it at least as an iPod Touch (until an unlock is available for iPhone 4 / iOS4 if you are in that situation). To show this, once I put an O2 sim card in my iPhone 4 (which is locked to O2), I then get an “iPhone is activated” message: