How to Activate iPhone Without Original Sim

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Activating an iPhone without the original SIM card is something that you can only do with specific carriers. Activate the iPhone without the original SIM card with help from an experienced Apple professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi. I'm Skylar. To activate an iPhone at this point ever since iOS5 you don't have to be connected to a computer. And you do not need the original SIM card. So here I've got and iOS5, it's an AT&T, which means that I can see the SIM card tray right here on the right hand side. All you require is something small, something narrow enough to fit into that hole and press. The SIM tray will open. You can put in any SIM card. It doesn't have to be the original one. But it may not activate the phone if the phone is locked to a carrier. So meaning that since this phone has not been unlocked by AT&T, if I put in a simple mobile SIM card for example it wouldn't activate. You'll have to take that up with AT&T about the specific phone. But if I have a different AT&T SIM card it will activate the phone. That part's easy. If you run in to trouble though you may want to check out this help page. So the help page, And this details a few different things which may be causing errors when you attempt to activate the phone. The one that caught my eye right away was activation lock. So if you get a password or if you're asked to enter a password when you're trying to activate the phone with a different SIM card it may be because you have find my iPhone enabled and it's preventing you with activation lock. So I would check that and check the other resolutions here, restarting, restoring and you can always head down to an Apple store or to an AT&T store for help if these things don't work. Thanks for watching. I'm Skylar.


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