How to use Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM) to activate your ultrasn0w 1.2 unlocked iOS 4.x iPhone 3G/3GS with Apple
December 4, 2010 by James
Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM) released by iPhone hacker @sbingner is a super awesome hack (available in Cydia) that allows you to activate your ultrasn0w 1.2 unlocked iOS 4.0x/iOS 4.1/iOS 4.2.1 iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS with Apple’s servers.
This solves a huge problem, as usually owners of unlocked iPhones rely on “hacktivation” to activate their device and since hacktivation does not register your iPhone with Apple, there’s major issues with push apps and battery time on hacktivated unlocked iPhones. Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM) solves this problem as it creates an authentic activation ticket for your iPhone on Apple’s servers, which certainly beats hacktivation and bypasses all the problems hacktivating entails.
Here is a how to install SAM on your iPhone (this assumes that you have a jailbreaked iOS 4.x iPhone 3G/3GS device with Cydia installed: use redsn0w 0.9.6b6 to do that if you didn’t jailbreak your iPhone yet and see our video guide for more details):
#1 – In your iPhone, launch Cydia
#2 – In sources, add http://repo.bingner.com as a repo in Cydia
#3 – Inside Cydia, search for and install “SAM” and “SAMPrefs”
#4 – Run redsn0w 0.9.6b6 and select the “Deactivate” option
#5 – In your iPhone go to Settings > SAM and select “De-Activate iPhone”
#6 – Connect your iPhone to your computer and select to activate it through iTunes.
Note #1: This guide only works with iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.x. It WON’T work on your iPhone 4. It also won’t work with firmware 3.x.
Note #2: If iTunes states that you’re using an invalid SIM card, you will need to manually select the appropriate carrier under one of the methods besides “Automatic” and click on a SIMID.
After following these instructions you’ll have a properly activated iPhone 3G or 3GS. iPhone push apps should work fine now and your battery usage should decrease.
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