July 23, 2024
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I restored and unsuccessfully attempted to activate a factory-unlocked 32gb 3GS that I was previously using with a software unlock. What did I do wrong?

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EADizzle
EADizzle • February 18, 2013 at 7:07pm
AT&T did confirm the unlock request was accepted and processed. I waited beyond the 7-day window they recommend. I am no longer able to access anything on the Springboard, therefore cannot look up IMEI/Serial# or other pertinent information. I was also foolish enough to not write any of that down. The box that I received with the 16GB is not the original, because the SN and IMEI do not match. It is unlikely the box for the 32GB is the original, but, again, I cannot confirm. I have another 16GB 3GS I was operating in a similar fashion on Tmobile. If I bricked the 32GB, I would like to avoid making the same mistake on the 16GB. Both devices were purchased in the secondary market with the appropriate software (Cydia, etc.) already installed. I have seen several suggestions regarding downgrading the baseband before upgrading, but I thought restoring/upgrading the iOS would automatically change the baseband to the correct one. I am unsure of the baseband on the 32, but I know the 16 is operating on the 6.15.00 iPad baseband. What, if any, steps did I miss during the restore and activation? What new steps should I take with the 32 to activate with the factory unlock? Which carrier's SIM card is needed during the restore and activation? I am only attempting to clean these phones for resale, so I was not originally concerned with preserving any of the jailbreaks, tweaks, "test apps," etc. Any thoughts and suggestions will be read and appreciated!

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EADizzle
EADizzle • February 18, 2013 at 7:41pm
Update: (because I don't see an edit button anywhere...)
I found the SN and IMEI on the SIM tray. As suspected, they don't match the box that came with the phone. Checked unlock request again with AT&T, and it is still approved. May go try a redsn0w workaround. Thanks again for looking.
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EADizzle
EADizzle • February 18, 2013 at 10:08pm
Update2: No success with redsn0w. Additional search results indicate the simple restore removes all traces of jailbreaking and unlocking. However, certain Apple-centric forums indicate that any hacks present on an iPhone during an attempt to reactivate will disable the device. Any one have any experience with this?
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EADizzle
EADizzle • March 8, 2013 at 9:34pm
Resolution: Custom restored the 32GB phone to iOS 4.1, ran a redsn0w session to install Cydia and downgrade BB at the same time. This bypassed activation screen and booted the phone with BB 5.13 and Cydia installed.

Thanks, me! And the numerous websites and tutorials that gave me ideas to try.
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