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I just purchased an unlocked iPhone 5 from the Apple store today, and I can't activate it to use it because it says "please" insert a valid SIM card to use it. I'm not using this phone as a "phone" to make calls. I'm a developer and am just looking to use it for development purposes. How can I go about using the iOS 5?

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Since it is a unlocked phone stick any SIM card in it. –  user44516 Mar 19 '13 at 21:24
    
What if I don't have a SIM card? –  Monstr92 Mar 19 '13 at 21:30
    
than add that important requirement to your question. –  user44516 Mar 19 '13 at 21:36
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You need a SIM card to activate the device. See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/764/… –  zwerdlds Mar 19 '13 at 21:58
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You cannot activate an iPhone 5 without (nano) SIM card. You could go to a local store and ask if they have one for you just to activate and you're fine to go.

There is no point in buying a SIM card if you don't have plans to use it as phone.

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I tried setting the phone into DFU mode, but it wouldn't let me bypass it, so I ordered a cheap sim card from amazon. Thanks for commenting! –  Monstr92 Mar 24 '13 at 6:22
    
Sorry :3 Totally spaced on this one. –  Monstr92 Apr 4 '13 at 23:49
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