iPhone 3GS, 3G Activation Without Official SIM or Hacktivation with SAM & Redsn0w 0.9.6b6

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The iPhone Dev Team has released an updated version of Redsn0w; which will address the battery drain and overheating issues after hacktivation. This works hand in hand with SAM or the Subscriber Artificial Module developed by @sbingner.

UPDATE: If you have an AT&T iPhone, you can officially unlock it using this.

Follow these instructions for the fix.

1. Download the latest version of Redsnow 0.9.6b6 (download here)

Editor's note: learn more by reading our ebook on starting your own iPhone repair & unlock business

2. Jailbreak your iPhone 3G or 3GS using this guide. (Do not do the ultrasn0w unlock yet).

3. After jailbreaking your iPhone, launch Cydia and add http://repo.bingner.com to the sources.

4. Install “SAM” and “SAMPrefs”

5. Start Redsn0w 0.9.6b6 again, and select “Deactivate” option. Unplug your iPhone from the computer after the deactivation is completed.

6. Go to your iPhone, navigate to Settings > SAM and tap on “De-Activate iPhone”

7. Connect your iPhone to your computer then launch iTunes, this will allow iTunes to officially activate your iPhone. You should see the message “iPhone is activated”.

NOTE: If iTunes says invalid SIM, you will need to manually select the appropriate carrier instead of “Automatic” and click on an SIMID.

8. Now do the unlock via ultrasn0w 1.2.

Good luck and let us know how this goes for you!

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iPhone 3GS, 3G Activation Without Official SIM or Hacktivation with SAM & Redsn0w 0.9.6b6 was last modified: March 28th, 2013 by Jonathan

Comments & Discussion

  1. Hi i've got stuck on Activating while jailbreaking is in progress, im stuck for more than 4 hrs now to figure out what went wrong? im waited and waited and then apple logo appear and waited again for half an hour and nothing happen,black battery appears oh no whats happening here! Please im desperately need your help please!

  2. Hey please help me out..i made a clean jailbreak on my iphone 3gs ios 4.1 bb 06.15
    i have tried putting so many carrier name in SAM after selecting bundle or even country but itunes just says your sim is not valid…PLEASE HELP….my model no is MC131B…it belongs to o2 uk according to googling…PLEASE HELP ANYONE PLEASE

  3. hey im just wondering if you would be able to help,
    i followed all the steps above. but it wont find my sim (virgin) when activating through SAM. and keeps coming up as optus so therefor the battery still drains very quick?

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