Just updated to iOS 6.1 but getting the iTunes error “There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate”? Here are some possible fixes.
This is a rather weird issue because you already have your SIM card inserted but iTunes is saying otherwise.
You can try the following fixes:
1. Take out the SIM card and insert it again (you may have to do this multiple times)
2. If that doesn’t work, try using a newer SIM card (friend’s, wife’s, collague’s etc). Some old SIM cards are not able to activate iPhones running on iOS 5 and above.
3. If that still doesn’t work, visit your nearest network provider and get a replacement SIM card. Be sure to try your iPhone there and then.
If you have an iPhone 3GS with iPad Baseband 6.15.00…
If you have iPad baseband 6.15.00 installed before, for whatever reason iTunes won’t let you activate your iPhone on iOS 6.1. Apple may have quietly put this restriction in place. In case you missed the news, you can now downgrade from iPad baseband 6.15.00 to 5.13.04.
How to Downgrade Baseband iPad Baseband 6.15.00 (iOS 6.1) to 5.13.04
Did you manage to get your AT&T iPhone on iOS 6.1 baseband 4.12.05 unlocked yet? Here’s how you can do it yourself by contacting AT&T directly.
If your AT&T iPhone is already out of contract, this guide may work best for you. Apple and AT&T have certain criteria to determine whether your iPhone is eligible for unlocking or not.
Firstly, login to your email and send your unlock request email to AT&T customer care: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please compose the email properly and be polite. The person who reads your email will appreciate that and more likely to respond to your request.
As soon as the email was sent, you will receive an automated response as shown below (this was an actual email response when I sent a request last year).
If you’re lucky enough, you will get a respond with full instructions on how to proceed:
In case your request was rejected, it still possible to unlock it you can still unlock it here. Click here to learn more.
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Accidentally updated to iOS 6.1 and found out your iPhone 3GS is locked or stuck in recovery mode? This is a proven working solution. Be warned though, it may take you some time if you’re new to jailbreaking.
In order to downgrade to 5.13.04, you must update it to 6.15.00 first. Unfortunately, there’s no direct way of downgrading it to 5.13.04.
If you’re stuck in recovery mode, most likely you already have baseband 6.15.00 installed and iTunes won’t complete the restore.
Confusing? That’s OK. Read on…
WARNING:If you have the new iPhone 3GS 8GB, read this first. Othewise, by installing the iPad baseband, you will brick the chip and there’s no software fix available!
Did you read and understand all the risks? OK, let’s proceed.
Apple is still signing iOS 4.1 which you need to downgrade your iPhone 3GS to. The reason why you need to downgrade to iOS 4.1 first is so that you can update your baseband to 6.15.00, which allows you to downgrade it to 5.13.04.
[Final warning: Proceed at your own risks!]
Part 1: Downgrade to iOS 4.1
1. Backup your contacts, photos, apps etc. (probably not possible at this stage) Remove your SIM card.
4. Download latest version of TinyUmbrella from here.
5. Remove iTunes and install iTunes 10.4.1 for Windows (32-bit) or Mac.
6. Put your iPhone into DFU mode. See YouTube video here.
7. Launch iTunes, connect your iPhone, hold down the SHIFT for Windows or Option for Mac while you click the RESTORE button in iTunes and select the iOS 4.1 firmware file you have just downloaded. If you get an iTunes error 3194, read here on how to fix it.
8. The restore will end with error 1015 and recovery loop on the iPhone, this can be resolved using the “Exit Recovery” button in TinyUmbrella.
Part 2: Installing iPad baseband 6.15.00
9. Start redsn0w 0.9.6rc18.
10. Browse for the iOS 4.1 firmware you just downloaded.
11. Select ‘Install Cydia’ and ‘Install iPad Baseband’. Warning: installing iPad baseband will break your GPS, if you have the new 3GS made after week 28 of 2011, it does not support the iPad baseband. We will downgrade to 5.13.04 later for the GPS fix. Once again, if you have an AT&T iPhone 3GS, unlock it using this.
12. Follow on screen instructions to put your device into DFU mode to begin the jailbreak.
13. When the process is done, you will find that your iPhone is now jailbroken on iOS 4.1 with iPad baseband 6.15.00. To make sure you can always go back to iOS 4.1, launch Cydia and select ‘Make my life easier.’
Part 3: Downgrading to baseband 5.13.04 (GPS Fix)
14. Now download redsn0w 0.9.14b2 that can downgrade iPad baseband to 5.13.04 for Windows or Mac.
15. Launch redsn0w. Go to Extras > Select IPSW button in redsn0w to point to the original firmware you downloaded in Step 2.
16. Do a controlled shutdown of your iPhone (“slide to power off”).
17. Return to the first screen and click ‘Jailbreak’. Check the ‘Downgrade from iPad baseband’ checkbox, uncheck Cydia and click Next.
18. Redsn0w will start doing the downgrade and you will see ‘Flashing Baseband’ screen on your iPhone with the Pawnapple icon. DO NOT INTERRUPT your iPhone while baseband flashing is in progress.
19. When done, your iPhone will reboot itself and you will now have iOS 4.1 with baseband 5.13.04 that can be unlocked with ultrasn0w.
20. You may want to update to iOS 5.1.1 which has untethered jailbreak and can also be unlocked with ultrasn0w 1.2.7. Use this tutorial here (it’s for baseband 6.15.00 but will work for any baseband). You can install iOS 5.1.1 only if you have the SHSH saved on Cydia or locally.
If you’re happy with iOS 4.1 and would like to unlock it, read on…
Part 4: Unlock with ultrasn0w
21. Launch Cydia from Springboard (home menu).
22. Search for ultrasn0w on Packages in Cydia. If you cannot find it, add new sources by typing ultrasn0w repo:
repo666.ultrasn0w.com (with zero, not o).
23. Install Ultrasnow 1.2.7 1.2.8
24. Reboot your iPhone.
25. Turn off 3G and insert your SIM card. It should pick up your mobile signal.
Part 5: Update to iOS 6.1 by Preserving your Baseband and then Unlock with Ultrasn0w (Fixer).
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European-based iPhone users though can now expect to use LTE as iOS 6.1 is supported for this.
Although the map issues are slowly being fixed, that didn’t stop Apple from continuously encouraging iOS users to report any problem with the maps. This is evident as Apple developers increased the ‘Report a Problem’ button in the Maps app.
There’s a slight UI updates for music lovers, when you double-press the home button you will see new music controls.
For US-based users, Siri can now help you purchase movie tickets via Fandango. Fancy.
Apple is still trying to sell hard its Passbook feature on the iOS 6 and now it has a new, persistent Passbook pass explaining service functionality.
Other updates include new cellular data option for iTunes, Voice Dial Only mode for Siri.
If you an iCloud user, when setting up an iOS device for the first time with iCloud, it will now ask you to confirm your Apple ID password for FaceTime and iMessages. It will also ask you to confirm how you’d like people to reach you, and tells you that you can change these settings at any time later on.