Did you get this notification either on iPhone or iTunes software while setting up the iPhone iOS 5?
Only Compatible SIM card from a supported carrier may be used to activate iPhone.
Please insert the SIM card that came withyour iPhone or visit a supported carrier’s
store to receive a replacement SIM card.
If you have the original SIM card of this iPhone, you can just insert it to the iPhone to continue the iPhone activation process.
But, if you don’t have the original SIM card where your iPhone locked to, you definitely will not be able to activate the iPhone. I have AT&T iPhone 4 and getting stuck on SIM Not Valid because I don’t have AT&T SIM Card. Hence, I cannot continue the iPhone activation process.
But don’t worry, because you can activate iPhone without SIM card by hacktivate (some people say hactivate) it using redsn0w, sn0wbreeze, or PwnageTool. These are jailbreak tools which support hacktivation. The other jailbreak tools like greenp0ison or JailbreakMe doesn’t support iPhone hacktivation.
What is hacktivation (hactivation)? Hacktivation is hacking your iPhone to ignore activation process.
By hakctivating the iPhone, you will be able to bypass iPhone activation setup on iOS 5, so you can use the iPhone as normal. Yeah, no more getting stuck on iPhone activation screen.
So, this is basically one of great benefits of jailbreak, for those who bought used iPhone, or getting iPhone as gift, but cannot activate the iPhone because no valid SIM card available to activate it.
If you don’t want to have Cydia installed, you can just hacktivate it without installing Cydia. But having an iPhone without Cydia is worthless in my opinion, that’s all up to you though.
The detailed guide how-to hacktivate iPhone with redsn0w is available on our How-to Jailbreak guide.
Find the appropriate guide according to your iPhone model and iOS version and just follow the instruction carefully, then you will be able to hacktivate iPhone 4S, hacktivate iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS iOS 5.
If you’re still getting “Only Compatible SIM card from a supported carrier…” message while activating the iPhone after jailbreak with the mentioned tools above, please drop a comment with detailed information.
Thanks to JBTech for all the hard work he has provided for SenseiPhone, and putting out many helpful videos! If you’d like to donate and give thanks for all the hard hard work so far, feel free! :]
There have been many tweaks available out in Cydia allowing you to install Siri on older devices, but it has always been a hassle. Now, there is an easy and hassle free way to install Siri on an unsupported iDevice without setting up a proxy server. I present you with AssistantConnect & AssistantConnect4S! These two are Cydia tweaks available for download for free. The only downside is you will NEED to have your own or a friend’s Jailbroken iPhone 4S. Reason being is you will need to have the data files from the iPhone 4S e-mailed and opened on the device you’re installing Siri on. It is a piece of cake!
Jailbroken iPhone 4S
iDevice running iOS 5 or later
AssistantConnect [installed on Siri Unsupported Device]
AssistantConnect4S [installed on iPhone 4S]
Tweak: Spire Description: simple installer for Siri on any iPhone or iPod Requirements: iOS 5 Repo: BigBoss Price: FREE Developer: chpwn
Tweak[s]: AssistantConnect & AssistantConnect4S Description: Easily activate Siri on any iDevice using AssistantConnect Requirements: iOS 5 or later & iPhone 4S Repo: BigBoss Price: FREE Developer: Bilal S. Sayed Ahmad
**DEVELOPER ADVISES TO ONLY E-MAIL iPhone 4S DATA TO UP TO 5 PEOPLE**
Install AssistantConnect4S on iPhone, and Open AssistantConnect4S and Reboot your iPhone 4S
After Reboot, re-open AssistantConnect4S and activate Siri. [say whatever here]
Press the button in AssistantConnect4S and email it to the device you are installing Siri on
Install AssistantConnect & Spire on unsupported iDevice
Open e-mail that was sent from iPhone 4S on unsupported iDevice and tap on “Open with AssistantConnect”
The tweak ColoredKnob, relatively new to Cydia was updated a few times already adding a few more colors and icon choices. ColoredKnob allows for easy customization of the unlock slider and does not rely on winterboard. The best part about the tweak is that it is 100% free and can be picked up in the default BigBoss repo. If you are into customizing your device, then ColoredKnob will be a great addition to your device.