Fixing “Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier”
November 9, 2012 in iPhone Troubleshooting & Repair by
If your iPhone cannot continue activation and stuck in this step:
It means that your iPhone is asking for a SIM card from its original carrier in order to continue the activation. It has been a standard procedure for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and since the first generation iPhone.
Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier may be used to activate iPhone.
Please insert the SIM card that came with your iPhone or visit a supported carrier’s store
to receive a replacement SIM card.
Why the iPhone shows “SIM not Valid” on activation?
This message will only exist on a SIM-locked iPhone model. It happens because you used a foreign SIM card inside the iPhone.
How-to Bypass Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier screen?
Here are a few things you can do to bypass the activation screen and continue with the iPhone setup.
Insert the Original SIM Card
Put the original SIM card where your iPhone locked to.
That’s right, all you need to do is insert the original SIM where the iPhone locked to.
- If your iPhone is locked to AT&T, put the AT&T SIM card.
- If your iPhone is locked to O2, put O2 SIM card.
- and so on.
Hacktivate your iPhone
If you can’t get the original SIM card of your iPhone, the other way around to bypass Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier screen is by jailbreaking your iPhone. Though this method will void your Apple warranty, a simple “software restore” through iTunes will help you get back your warranty as the software will be “fresh” as new.
See our section about How-to Jailbreak and use jailbreak tools that support hacktivation such as: redsn0w, sn0wbreeze, pwnagetool.
iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and older iPhone models are the only supported iPhone models for hacktivation. If you’re getting Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier on activation screen on iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, forget about hacktivate iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S using jailbreak method.
Factory Unlock it!
Yeah, simply factory unlock your iPhone and you will be able to bypass the activation screen, plus you can use any SIM card on your iPhone without using gevey sim, gpp sim, x-sim or any such additional turbo sim. This is the easiest way to fix your iPhone if it’s getting stuck on “SIM Not Valid” screen.
Factory Unlock will make your iPhone act like a factory unlocked iPhone, it will accept any SIM card for activation and usage. You will never see Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier message on an factory unlocked iPhones.
How to factory unlock your iPhone?
Click here: http://unlock.senseiphone.com/ to factory unlock your iPhone.
How do I check my iPhone’s carrier?
I don’t know the carrier of my iPhone, how to check my iPhone carrier information?
If you don’t know the carrier of your iPhone, check iPhone carrier here: http://unlock.senseiphone.com/check-iphone-carrier
If you have find out what your iPhone carrier is, then simply put it back into the iPhone or purchase the original SIM card for your iPhone.
Where to buy the iPhone original SIM card?
There are a few places where you can get SIM card to activate your iPhone such as eBay, Amazon, friends, craiglist, or any other places online.
Those are things that you can do to deal with only compatible sim cards from a supported carrier may be used to activate iphone on activation screen.
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