iPhone 3G deactivates/reactivates?


That was a bit odd. My iPhone 3G started acting a bit weird so I turned it off. I turned it back on, and it took what seemed like forever to start back up.

When it eventually did come back, it was deactivated! It had the connect-to-itunes image (not text like the image above) at the top of the screen, no service name in the top-left corner, a “slide for emergency” thing at the bottom and an info button which showed the ICC ID and IMEI.

In a bit of a panic I turned it off and on again.

It took another eternity to start back up.

And then it booted normally, with the “iPhone is activated” message. Is my iPhone dying, or is it just time for a factory restore in iTunes?

2 thoughts on “iPhone 3G deactivates/reactivates?

  1. If I had to guess, I’d say that the SIM card was loose or otherwise glitched when you first turned it on, so the ICCID didn’t match what the iPhone was expecting. Power-cycling the phone would fix that.

    My old Nokia occasionally says “SIM CARD REJECTED” and I think it’s the same issue.

    p.s. fix your blog so that it accepts pluses in email addresses. They ARE valid!

  2. That’d make a lot of sense, I’ve had a whole range of Sony Ericsson phones randomly lock up with the “Insert SIM” message, so I guess it’s just the same thing. Still, it worried me a bit! :)

    (Also, I didn’t know WordPress didn’t handle subaddressing well, I’ll see what I can do to fix that, thanks for the heads up!)

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