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:

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.

29 Responses to “Activate iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G Without Original SIM or Hacktivation with SAM & Redsn0w 0.9.6b6”

  1. skouri says:

    thinkx for all great works i can t find deactivate in redsow plz help me

  2. Phone i says:

    Hey how you suppose to activate phone from cydia when you cant even get into the phone to install cydia ……useless go buy ATT service be done with it

  3. Lie says:

    That is not working for me. what should i do ??? pls healp.

  4. Swamy says:

    Please help on how to activate the iphone with Greenpois0n, I tried it and now my booting screen shows Greenpois0n icon but still the screen is locked in Emergency call screen.

  5. Apple iPhone says:

    if its not active you need original carrier sim cart or sim active link “one sim”

  6. ray says:

    iif all fails go to this web site and reset your iphone to restore on itunes but you may loose all data but all hack mess will be deleted and you have original apple program i restored mine to new restore ,i downloaded greepoison it does everything but cannot unlock phone ,cannot use another sim card but a newer versin coming out last december 2010 but not available yet called
    Redsn0w 0.9.6b7 for 4.2.1 mc

    i paid a online phone locker $20.00 but even they cant do it yet they say they can but , they cant i got a refund as fauls claims,

  7. [...] Irgendwann gelang das Generieren individueller Zertifikate (und Schlüssel), die über Push Doctor verteilt werden. Die App kann via NERV-Cydia-Repository (Quelle: bezogen werden, injiziert die Zertifikate unmittelbar in die Keychain und funktioniert für alle Geräte mit 3er-System. Für iPhones ab iOS 4 empfiehlt sich die Aktivierung mittels SAM. [...]

  8. mjk says:

    Hi there but I keep bouncing in same mistake/disinformation.
    Has anybody understood what it means phone in ACTIVATION MODE and/or at EMERGENCY SCREEN? Maybe I should refresh memory:
    it means NO ACCESS whatsoever to phone’s command-keys, not even volume, let alone its menu; so what’s all this “Cydia-SAM-Redsnow-repo” nonsense uh?
    Explain first how you manage to get into phone’s commands, not to mention using Cydia or even go on-line for downloading/updating purpose.
    Sorry but I am so fed-up of browsing in search of an actual solution to a straightforward problem -which is NO carrier/original sim card basically- and finding instead such misleading answers (even in respectable sites/blogs etc), so, please, if you don’t know your stuff just stay out of it ’cause you are making it worse instead of helping.
    I think I can say that for many genuine people having same dilemma as mine, which is finding a way to bypass I-tunes’ activation screen/phase WITHOUT phone’s original sim card.
    Thank you and sorry for my tone but I’ve been researching basically all night and I am still stuck with an unusable phone.

    • Farbod.3f says:

      this method is for people who active with hactive ! like Sn0wbreeze or Greenpois0n RC4
      its for drain battery problem
      you suck on EMERGENCY SCREEN ? ok ! its easy create a custom using Sn0wbreeze or use Custom firmwares

  9. mjk says:

    Hi, just wanted you to know that I’ve tried, I used snowbreeze 2.2.1 (for iOS 4.2.1 which I had previously downloaded etc), I built ipsw and ticked Hacktivation as well during process, evtg seems smooth as the ipsw was built on my desktop and all; then went to I-tunes to restore and half way during process gave me error code 1600…I just want to mention that the phone was initially on 3.1.3 upgraded to 4.1…if it can be of any help…hwever searching for error codes etc, the so much helpful apple site (sarcastic) said that similar errors might relate to usb port problems…yet it didn’t mention a specific 1600 error code (closest 1604)…so I hv repeated all again from other usb ports but yet no luck again…any suggestion? Cheerse

    • Farbod.3f says:

      hi ,
      do you have shsh for 4.1 or not
      if not
      1-you cant upgrade to 4.1 you have to update to 4.3.1
      use sn0wbreeze 2.5
      and for 16xx error use iREB

  10. mjk says:

    Hi, I think so…I mean I did use tinyumbrella to save it, just don’t particularly know if did it correctly…it gave me this file: IBSS.n88ap
    is it a shsh blog? I have also checked iREB thanx and will definetly use it if needed…so what should I do as I stand? just to brush things up: I am now on 4.1 (from 3.1.3) supposedly with a shsh blog saved; I want to hackitavate phone (3gs) WITHOUT using original carrier sim. Maybe I could use iREB to solve error 1600 and try again with already customised ipsw from yesterday? (the iOS 4.2.1 snowbreezed with 2.2?) Thanx

    • Farbod.3f says:

      no , tinyumberella shows your shsh : 4.2.1 , 4.1 or …
      I dont underestand you are on 3.1.3 or 4.1 ?
      which shsh you have ?
      your phone dont avtive ?

  11. mjk says:

    thanx evtg sorted, had 2 flash baseband with ipad one but eventually got it, I now hv a working phone again :)

  12. Hardik says:

    I am not getting the deactivate option wen I run redsn0w …
    My iPhone 4 is unable to unlock.
    Please help

  13. Daniel says:

    Hi MJK,

    Pls clarify how can you sort out the problem, I am also in the same situation, where the iphone stuck at emergent screen and cannot activate (it shows in itune when I connect to), pls help. thank you

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  16. gagan says:

    I have restored my iphone 4 (4.3.2 – downloaded from apple server) via itunes. After restore it is still showing the dfu mode screen (emergency screen) with a message saying sim is not registered. How can i do only the activation part via redsnow as i dont have the at&t sim. Please write to me if any other detail is required. Thanx for ur help

  17. deep says:

    Can you please provide the link from where i can download PC run 0.9.6rc6.

    I have OS 4.1 and Firmware 2.10.01

  18. Mickey says:

    MMmmmm big booty

  19. Rajnikant0000000000007 says:

    it worked !! with iphone 3g firmware 4.2.1 BB 6.5

    my phone stared working without deactivation process !!!!

    • Joyce83 says:

      Hi… How did you do it? got the same problem and still cant fix it.
      Appreciate if you could give me the detailed instruction.:-)

  20. pradhyum says:

    i activated my iphone 3g but sim is not talking range my sim is A

  21. Katja says:

    Hello to all, the contents present at this site are genuinely
    amazing for people experience, well, keep up the good work fellows.

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