How to Activate iPhone 4, 3GS with iTunes After IMEI Unlocking

We have already discussed different unlocking solutions for those users who are still having locked iPhone and for those who can not use any other SIM other than the official carrier. Among those methods, unlocking iPhone using IMEI is being considered a permanent solution as it adds the IMEI of locked iPhone into the whitelist of Apple’s database.

There are many websites which are offering iPhone unlocking using IMEI but three sites seem to be more reliable keeping in view their decent past history and these are Negri ElectronicsCutYourSim or SuperPaddy. Many users have got their iPhone 4 unlocked through these websites. One name which I am going to mention here is Nadeem Ateyeh (aka @Nadeem97) who has been involved in developing unofficial PwnageTool bundles and testing other PwnageTool based beta jailbreak tools.

IMEI unlocking is very simple. All you have to do is to send the IMEI of your device to the site which is offering IMEI unlocking. After few hours you get a confirmation message that your iPhone is ready to be unlocked and that you can activate it with iTunes. You don’t need to install any software or restore or update iOS firmware.

How to Activate iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS:

After getting the confirmation from unlocking website, follow the steps which suite your condition.

If you have restored to fresh and latest stock iOS firmware, simply connect your device with PC and launch iTunes. You will see this message shortly if the IMEI of your device has been added in the database.


“Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked.”

But in case your iPhone is already activated using the official SIM or it is hacktivated using either Snowbreeze or PwnageTool, you don’t need to restore to fresh iOS firmware. Follow these simple steps to get your iPhone activated.

Step 1:

If your device is already jailbroken then skip this step, otherwise follow our step by step guide to jailbreak your iPhone 4, 3GS using Redsnow on the latest iOS 4.3.1 firmware.

Step 2:

After jailbreaking, launch Cydia. Go to “Manage” tab, tap on “Edit” on top right side and then tap on “Add” on top left side of Cydia. Add the following source:

Step 3:

Search for SAM using the search option and install it.

Step 4:

If you are officially activated, launch SAM from SpringBoard, go to Utilities and “De-activate iPhone”.

Step 5:

After this connect your iPhone with iTunes and let it activate using the new certs arriving to your device allowing any SIM usage.

Step 6:

If you are using hakctivated iPhone, after launching SAM go to Utilities and do a “Revert Lockdown to Stock” instead of “De-Activate iPhone”.

Connect your device with iTunes and let it activate.

Disclaimer: This guide is posted for educational purpose only. Please follow any links, sites and guides  at your own risk. We, at shoutpedia, won’t be responsible for any type of damage or fraud.

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Updated 12 years agoCategorized as Tutorials

By A. Usman

Loves new tech, especially from Apple and Google.

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3 Replies

  1. danorbssays:

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