How to Activate iPhone Officially Without Official SIM with SAM & RedSn0w 0.9.6b6 - iPhoneHeat

How to Activate iPhone Officially Without Official SIM with SAM & RedSn0w 0.9.6b6

Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM) is a new hack available in Cydia which will activate iPhone officially without official SIM card or hacktivation. SAM and RedSn0w 0.9.6b6, together, will help you fix the battery drain issue incurred after hacktivating iOS 4.2.1/4.1 with RedSn0w 0.9.6b5 or PwnageTool 4.1.3.

Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM) is developed by sbingner, the dev behind TetherMe tweak. Official description goes as:

Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM) tricks your iPhone and iTunes into creating legitimate activation tickets even though you’re unlocked with ultrasn0w. This means you get the full benefit of push applications, and your battery life increases substantially. If you’d like to try it out, check out

Problem with hacktivation is the Push Notifications. iOS 4.1/4.2.1 keeps on using Cellular data connection in search for valid push certificates which they never find thus battery drains pretty fast. However, when you activate using official SIM card or Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM), you’ll get fully working push notifications plus optimum battery performance.

Lets learn how to activate iPhone officially without official SIM with SAM & RedSn0w 0.9.6b6.

How to Activate iPhone Officially Without Official SIM

Step 1

Step 2

Jailbreak iPhone using any one of the guides linked below:

Step 3

After jailbreaking your iPhone; Open Cydia and add the following repo: (How to add repo to Cydia)

Step 4

Go to your just added repo/source and install the following two packages:

  • SAM
  • SAMPrefs

Step 6

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch Redsn0w 0.9.6b6
  • Browse your iPhone firmware (iOS 4.2.1 or iOS 4.1) and hit next
  • Just select Deactivate option and hit next.
  • Follow the on screen instructions to complete RedSn0w steps.
  • Once RedSn0w has done its thing, your iPhone will be back to stock lockdownd condition.

Step 7

On your iPhone, Go to Settings > SAM and hit the De-Activate iPhone button. Then Simply connect to iTunes to Activate your iPhone.

***If iTunes says invalid SIM, you will need to manually select the appropriate carrier (from where your purchased the iPhone) under one of the methods besides “Automatic” and click on a SIMID.
***If you installed SAM and manually set your carrier but it is not working, please be sure you clicked on the SIM ID-even if there is only one.

via [Sbingner][Dev Team]

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91 comments… add one
bernek December 4, 2010, 2:45 am

Works like a dream still waiting for a GPS fix !!!

need4meat December 6, 2010, 8:58 am

everything worked perfectly but at the end after i hit De-Activate iPhone and open itunes.
itunes says “accessing itunes store” and nothin is happening so what does this mean??
can someone help, plzzzzz

dasayman December 4, 2010, 3:13 am

what!? waiting got a GPS fix!!
my GPS work fully Great in my iPhone 3GS iOS4.1 iPad baseband

megapluis December 4, 2010, 3:31 am

nice won thnxx

didithu December 4, 2010, 6:08 am

Battery drain issue fixed? I didn’t not see the difference. My battery drains like a cascade even with SAM!

iceman0013 December 8, 2010, 12:23 am

Mine does too. IPHONE HEAT, Are we missing something here?

riverflow December 9, 2010, 4:54 am

unlocked with SAM like described, nothing changed. Battery drains, no gps


Kladia December 30, 2010, 8:24 am

sooo does mine! its so irritating i tried sam and NOTHING!

jsn11x22 December 4, 2010, 8:06 am

after de-active, can we unlock?
and is it work for iphone 4? thanks

Anurag December 4, 2010, 9:43 am

After installing Sam & rebooting it says phone activated .. Does it mean it ain’t gotta do noting ???

iphon family December 4, 2010, 10:20 am

This was soo cool to everyone when it came out. Now it’s seems like such a basic cheap phone. How far technology has come in such a short time.

yyclaire December 4, 2010, 12:15 pm

It is works!!! Thanks for iPhoneHeat and Dev-Team.

Speed101 December 4, 2010, 1:03 pm

Can this work on an iphone 4 os4.1 ? It doesnt state it anywhere

Tygas December 4, 2010, 2:11 pm

Get SBS settings and push toggle and turn of push notifications.

slik4u2 December 4, 2010, 2:54 pm

can i use this to unlock my iphone 3g bb 15.14.02

flip December 4, 2010, 4:32 pm

does this jail break and unlock really work on iphone 4g 4.1/ 2.10.04?

ebb December 14, 2010, 12:19 pm

Ive got a iPhone 4, running 4.1, baseband: 02.10.04. This method does not work for me, it opens iTunes, accesses the store, and then nothing.

Is this method old? Is there a new update for redsn0w?

Please someone help. Ive had my iPhone for 3 months without calling. Sucks…

Sufyan ul haq December 4, 2010, 7:11 pm

Is there any SAM available for iphone 2g 3.1.3 ?

Sufyan ul haq December 4, 2010, 7:11 pm

Is there any SAM available for iphone 2g 3.1.3 ?

simpleDude December 4, 2010, 8:13 pm

i followed every step

but redsn0w don’t give me the option to deactivate it?

what should i do?

ty in advance

AfRoO December 12, 2010, 4:07 pm

U need to try it again with Latest version of Redsn0W,
if still wont text me to another tick \m/
catch yea

Sergeyll December 15, 2010, 5:22 pm

Hey, I have the same problem with redsn0w don’t give me the option to deactivate it. Do you have any progress with this issue. I have iPhone 4. with 4.2.1 version. Please help.

Lala December 22, 2010, 9:11 am

You need to download redsn0w 0.9.6b6.

Jonny December 4, 2010, 10:03 pm

Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1/4.1 with RedSn0w 0.9.6b6 can resolve reboot stuck or not?


alloucho December 4, 2010, 10:20 pm

will this allow facetime to be activated even with non official sim card?

fix iphone screen December 5, 2010, 12:16 am

Nice Information:-)

watchamacallit December 5, 2010, 12:28 am

@Anurag : that’s it, u don’t have to do anything.
@slik4u2: u need to update your baseband to 6.15 in order to unlock it.

Jax December 5, 2010, 6:59 am

Nice!!! Thx for the info

jack December 5, 2010, 8:53 am

By using this program my Iphone 3gs is now stuck in safe mode…………I dont know what to do..PLZ Help me

draco809 December 5, 2010, 11:57 am

fails, itunes says it cant be activated

Sam December 6, 2010, 6:12 am

Fails for me aswell

Bip December 6, 2010, 7:31 am

i tried on iphone 4 it doesnt work no deactivated options on redsn0w wht sud i do now ?

rue23 December 6, 2010, 8:11 am

it works after trying on the 30th try.

need4meat December 6, 2010, 8:59 am

everything worked perfectly but at the end after i hit De-Activate iPhone and open itunes.
itunes says “accessing itunes store” and nothin is happening so what does this mean??
can someone help, plzzzzz

john December 7, 2010, 1:02 am

I tried official sim on an unlocked 3G with bb 06.15. It sitll won’t activate. I tried SAM too. anyone know what to do? All suggestions from dev team blog didn’t work either.

Kamran December 7, 2010, 6:39 pm

i’ve patched bb from 5.14 to 6.15 without using sam (Prior to its launch) well there is battery drain issue but my GPS is working fine. i’ve no issue. i followed the steps and simply click on install cydia and ipad bb. now its working but one issue which is i am unable to search any thing by simply going on back screen of the home page. cam any one guide me abt it.coz i dont want reset settings. i m in doubt to lose firmware n dont have 4.1 custom with 6.15 bb to restore it.

jimmy POP December 8, 2010, 9:54 am

GPS should not be working in any baseband at 6.15 it is a differnt chipset,

the best way to tell is this

Open MAPS, you know that blue dot with the big blue cirle around it? The big blue circle means its not working all the way.

When the GPS is working in MAPS there will be the blue dot, but instead of a blue cirlce around it, a cirlce pulsates outward from the center to a very low radius around it and doesnt stop.

need4meat December 8, 2010, 10:54 am

great work, its been very helpful and thanks for doing this.. but i have a questions and plz answer me asap..

after i finished this process, itunes gave me this msg “itunes could not check for an update to the carrier setting for your iphone, an unknown error occurred (1631).”

so nothing worked, not the automatically and? not the manual, so what should i do?

plz help

douglas December 14, 2010, 3:12 pm

Hello, good morning.
I have something that might help you. You did the unlocking
a sim card installed? When the release was done with the sim
installed on any iPhone carrier? If the answer is no, then make
all over again and probably this error message: “unknown error
1631 “will disappear. With me the same thing happened, but until now not
managed to make my iphone 3g work with my bb 05:15:04 carrier
here in Brazil. Good luck with yours. even more.

adil December 8, 2010, 12:29 pm

Doesnt work… the carrier my phone belongs to doesnt exist..

loai December 8, 2010, 7:17 pm

i don’t think that any one got this shit work!
i’m pissed of of my Iphone :s

Silviu December 9, 2010, 2:50 am

Itunes keeps returning error 1631… I’m running bootrom 04.26.08. Anyone knows a fix for this?

kokoi December 9, 2010, 11:17 am

hey guys everytime i use the new redsnow it get stuck at uploading jailbreak data so i can’t desactivate it. is it possible to use samprefs without the redsnow?

john December 9, 2010, 1:28 pm

I have a 3GS which was jailbroke with limera1n and was updated to 06.15.00. Off course i have the battery drain issue.
Can i use this fix?

iceman0013 December 15, 2010, 9:38 pm

I had the same issue, I re-ran the process as documented and instead of restoring the phone in itunes, I set it up as a new phone. That fixed the issue for me. Hope it helps

slik4u December 9, 2010, 4:39 pm

@iphone heatplz is this working for anybody and what abt if the sam process fails and u need to revert to the old battery drainage do we go about that

NIN December 12, 2010, 7:48 am

I use redsnow to activat nothinig happen. can u help me

AfRoO December 12, 2010, 4:02 pm

Hey Guyz,

U don’t need to SAM or whatever anymore to activate your
iPhone 3G/3Gs or 4
new solution to kick out your EMERGENCY CALL MODE forever.
catch yea

meEVIL December 14, 2010, 5:53 pm

what the hell are you talking about ??

djvolak December 15, 2010, 12:03 am

I just finished my 3rd one in 2 days. 2 8gig 3g’s and a 16 gig 3gs. all seem to work fine now too. Thanks you guys are the best!!

Chellalee December 15, 2010, 10:46 pm

Okay I have 3g, version 4.1 bb 06.15.00 Had it jailbroken and unlocked running on tmobile. Battery drain was bad. So, I did this and my phone works fine now, but still battery drain. I can’t tell if it actually did anything. After the “deactivate” through redsnow, when it rebooted it said waiting for activation, and then 10 secs later it said phone activated. I went to SAM and hit deactivate. When I connected it to itunes, it says accessing itunes store, and then it just goes to normal itunes, but it doesn’t say anything about activating or anything. Is it supposed to? I had my tmobile SIM in the whole time, should I not have?

riverflow December 16, 2010, 8:47 pm

Exactly the same, like described on 9 December 2010 at 4:54 am, except I have a 3GS.

elsapo313 December 17, 2010, 3:26 pm

have you already fix the issue?

vikshrasss December 16, 2010, 1:45 am

So, just to clarify: I have 3G 05.14.02 5.9 boot. I will do all these steps and it will jailbreak and unluck without any battery drainage and any other problems ?
Also is there a solution coming for downgrading baseband or something similar, way to make it happen without updating to this Ipad baseband?

Gaurav December 17, 2010, 1:54 am

hi everybody,
My iPhone 3Gs was previously on carrier ORANGE.I activated it through Phonebook SIM card described by Sherrif Hashim.The guy who sold me that iPhone dont remember to which country that SIM card(iPhone official SIM) belong.In any Case if I need to activate my iPhone(though Apple blocked Hactivation through Phonebook SIM Card),do I need an AT&T SIM card or an ORANGE SIM card from any country to do so.

QQ77izs December 17, 2010, 3:59 pm

Thank you.. my GPS now is working just fine but PUSH notification from apps like Facebook and IM-Pro and others are still not working.. seams still need vait for FixIt or some updates.

iphone 3gs old bootrom December 19, 2010, 7:23 pm

I have an iphone 3GS with old bootrom. I used RedsnOw 0.9.6b5 to jailbreak and update to 4.2.1 with IPAD baseband 06.15.00 . After everything was done I connected my Iphone to Itunes and it activated automatically (my phone was previously jail broken). After that I installed SAM and it was saying factoryactived . I’ve a backup activation from SAM and it was ok. After that I unlocked using ultrasnOw 1.2 . The phone works ok now and I do not seem to have battery drain anymore (though I did not use it that much, but before my battery died after 4 hours without 3G and so on).
The data usage remained the same (I did not check it before when I had battery drain).
So everything seems ok…. for now.
NOTE: when I used SAM and redsn0w I did NOT deactivated the Iphone.

DJYT04 December 22, 2010, 8:38 pm

iphone 3gs whit 06.15.00, follow all steps but when i turn on 3g geet no service.
help plzz

maximAk December 24, 2010, 3:00 am

This Sam method is really annoying, please Dev team look into this again because even though I did get the “iphone is now active message” my battery drain is terrible. I think you get this message only on the older version of the Itune since on Itune 10.1 it didn’t give me anything but only tried to access the Itune store. I have an older version of Itune installed on my wife’s computer.
Now, if I shut off data option on the iphone, everything works just fine, but the iphone becomes just a fancy phone and not a communicator. Please, please help us, because it looks like a lot of people here are having the same issue. Also wilfcard activation, is that the status that we should have after activating the iphone with Itunes.

DJYT04 December 24, 2010, 10:06 am

i have thee same issue when i turn 3G on i got no service, when i turn it off everything comes back to normal.


syah December 26, 2010, 3:11 pm

i try so many time but still my iphone didnt activated by itunes, instead itunes says my sim card does not support. please help

Kladia December 26, 2010, 12:34 pm

i have iphone 3gs 16gb its been jailbroken using ultrasnow 1.2 and obviously im having battery problems it goes from 100 to 80 in like 20 min without even touching it very irritating how can i fix this permanently? which way of fixing the problem works best with 3gs? please help!!

DJYT04 December 27, 2010, 4:24 am

have you tried SAM??

syah December 29, 2010, 7:24 am

when use SAM itunes says my sim card does not support.

Kladia December 30, 2010, 8:15 am

yes i tried sam but the battery still drains so fast without even touching the phone what else can i do? 🙁

DJYT04 December 30, 2010, 9:10 am

remember to deactivate true Redsn0w

Kladia December 26, 2010, 12:36 pm

i have iphone 3gs 16gb its been jailbroken using ultrasnow 1.2 and obviously im having battery problems it goes from 100 to 80 in like 20 min without even touching it very irritating how can i fix this permanently? which way of fixing the problem works best with 3gs 4.1? please help!!

ramz December 29, 2010, 1:27 am

carrier problems on 3gs modem 5.14.02 vit o.s 4.0 how to rectify using as ipod plz help

DJB January 16, 2011, 9:45 pm

cheers for this info

kv January 20, 2011, 4:09 am

when im setting up SAM, am i meant to use the sim settings of the original sim the phone is locked to, or my current sim which i can use because i unlocked it?

zloybubu January 31, 2011, 3:39 pm

This instruction is a bit misleading. It says first install SAM, deactivate, activate on iTunes, and then unlock the phone with Ultrasnow. However (at least on my 3G), it is not possible to activate the iPhone with SAM until Ultrasnow is not applied – iTunes gives 1631.

Now, after 3G was first unlocked with Ultrasnow and only then activated with SAM, the battery is still draining and no GPS too (though, latter wasn’t supposed to be fixed by SAM, so it’s OK).

So, after not sure – what’s the value of installing SAM right now (btw, it looks differently from what’s on the screenshot – looks like development is ongoing, which is good).

activate iphone June 9, 2011, 4:24 am

Before activating your iPhone, check your mailbox for existing unheard messages and note all the important information. When your iPhone is activated, your current voicemail messages and greetings will be deleted.

nzti325 July 6, 2011, 3:26 pm

Everything worked well until step 7 (except for the missing step 5). The screens in SAM look different and the phone never deactiveated (or unlocked) and itunes didn’t ask me to activate. Grrrrr. Phone still acting wacky and draining the battery like crazy.

douglas.dlc July 7, 2011, 4:54 pm

Good morning.
Dude do not know what your problems with your machine, but here are some tips, worked with me.
1 – Your iPhone is 3G or 3G?
2 – The BB is it that requires a current update to the BB Skins?
3 – Have you upgraded from 4.2.1 to IOS?
If there is no way out of everything you need to update your BB to the Skins.
4 – For the love of God, if your old iPhone has a BB, do nothing what I mean below. In this case (BB OLD) you should catch the BB to be able to upgrade without needing to move the BB (in this case need not update the BB’s Skins). In order to stop the BB you should use the “TinyUmbrella” and other programs …
If this is not the case, back to the steps:
1 – Get a computer (preferably a Windows XP);
2 – Download again IOS 4.2.1 (iPhone 3G) or IOS 4.3.3 (iPhone 3G), be careful you do not have trouble downloading this file;
3 – Download Redsn0w corresponding again to unlock (remember that as an exit, and again, if I remember correctly the “Redsn0w 0.9.6rc16,” but I believe that only serve to iPhone 3G);
4 – Place your iPhone in FDU so, open iTunes, and with the “SHIFT” key and click “RESTORE”, locate the IOS 4.2.1 (iPhone 3G) or IOS 4.3.3 (iPhone 3G). Now wait for the installation of the IOS;
5 – Then open the Redsn0w and run it;
6 – There will be Cydia button, select it;
7 – Make the procedure requires that the program (downloaded locate the IOS and place the device in order FDU);
8 – Wait for the installation and then restart the machine (already jailbroken), reopen the Redsn0w and run again;
9 – In this step you will have to check the BB Skins (this time will change your BB for the Skins). If you want to select one that you like, but it is not necessary;
10 – Do it again (find IOS downloaded and place the unit in order FDU) Wait for the entire procedure and then restart it;
11 – At this time it will open the “Cydia”, click “Source” and then add (add) and install the “repository”: “” After you have installed the corresponding unlock for your iPhone;
12 – Once again the “Source” and add and install the “
13 – Probably do not need the “www” between the “http://” and the repository;
14 – Then go to the repository you just added and install and install the “SAM” and SAMPrefs. ”
15 – seen on the internet that there is a repository that install all possible repositories for cydia. To install is the same procedure and add:; Once again the “Source” and find “All Sources” and install it.

I hope this helps.

huot July 6, 2011, 6:01 pm

can this be done on ios 4.3.3 bb 6.15.00
??? pls et me know asap would like to have longer battery life pls

douglas.dlc July 7, 2011, 5:07 pm

Good morning.
I understand your iPhone 3G is, right?
For the 3G does not support the IOS 4.3.3.
There is a “Redsn0w 0.9.6rc16”, which is well advanced and probably solve your problem and then just follow all the steps I posted earlier. Please only take if necessary. There, do it again so that an error can be corrected (there were some home).
Do not forget the Skins to your BB device may have different behavior than before. The GPS can not work and there may be an increased battery consumption, but do not forget that the problem may be your battery.
Hint: do it again, unfortunately.

globalcrook October 21, 2011, 6:35 am

So I tried all the above steps…..

Under SAMSPrefs do I have to enter carrier and country and click SIMID for making Imessage and push work?

I have a 3GS jailbroken via redsnow and then unlocked via ultrasnow and now only need Imessage and push to work?

Also my phone doesnt activate via itunes

Aleix Arnavat December 5, 2011, 4:39 pm

***If you installed SAM and manually set your carrier but it is not working, please be sure you clicked on the SIM ID-even if there is only one.

This is really important, it made the difference in my case.
ios 4.1.2 BB 6.15. iPhone 3G.

liluzi9mm December 20, 2011, 8:00 pm

I tried the above method but after running the deactivation process through redsnow my iphone doesn’t go back to locked state. I’m still getting signals..also my iphone 3gs 4.2.1 BB 6.15.00 was produced 14th week but redsnow says its new fixed version. i ran it as such. Could that be the problem?? Somebody help me please????

feizhu January 3, 2012, 8:47 am

Works on iOS 5.0.1, just the install is extremely slow (takes a few hours and the phone looks like its dead). Then it reboots and after install Ultrasn0w it works fine on both iPhone 3Gs (iPad bb) and iPhone 4 (01.59).

moazzam April 27, 2012, 8:11 pm

guys i am trying to unlock using sam but i keep getting dis msg activation info rejected. you must select the original carrier simid of your phone. help what should be done

shaheen February 15, 2013, 2:39 pm

when i am upgrade from ios 4.1 to 4.2 for iphone 3gs i cannot use the same sim card, some application i cannot use becouse ios 4.1 not support, so i need to install 4.2 from 4.1 and also i need to use the same sim card. please give me a solution,

jeojeojeo March 24, 2013, 12:24 pm

what if my iphone 3gs have 6.1 iOS and 6.15.00 baseband??

please help

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