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I'm not confused in the least bit. You come to Dali and activate this phone without a phonebook SIM and I'll give you $500 USD.

Put up or shut up!

Here's why your solution (the part that's correct) won't work ... it has the new bootrom. But then, you would know that since it was bought this summer. ;)

Forums > Living in Kunming > phonebook sim card for iPhone


No one got their head bitten off.

Posting erroneous information should be confronted, and will be by me. You do what you want in your own threads.

You see that bucko has corrected his error.

And you also see that NO ONE has posted anything at all to do with what I asked: "Does anyone know where I can buy this card, or another one that will work to activate iPhone 4.0.1?" (Maybe I should have inserted the word "locally" after buy.) Though rbusch did post a taobao guess, as he said, he doesn't even know if it is the correct one, if it will work, or if the seller is reputable. Yes, of course the seller will say it is, or whatever you want to hear. However, many are the people who have been ripped off buying from taobao. ;)

The problem is that the iPhone needs to be activated. There is only ONE WAY to activate an iPhone, and that requires a SIM.

The title of the thread is "phonebook sim card for iPhone", and I wrote all that information in the first post in hopes of discouraging erroneous guesses. It rarely works, and didn't this time either.

I'm not some Bubba without a clue ... my background with technology goes back over a couple of decades, and I have daily (even right now) contact with the iPhone hackers such as semaphore (Firmware Umbrella ), Sherif Hashim ( ), BigBoss ( ), and others. I'm also the HCL maintainer for the largest Linux help site on the internet, code, and work with software source daily.

If I needed help upgrading the firmware, that is what I would have asked. What laotou, bucko, and rbusch said does not work. In the words of the guys mentioned in the above paragraph, "these people are all guessing."

When you consult me about your issues, or bring your unusable computer to me for repair, I don't guess without any background or knowledge. Would you like to pay for that? You can get it for free on Yi Er Yi Da Jie every day. ;)

Tiger, it seems as if you need to read it again, as you've misunderstood. Don't let your emotions get in the way of technical discussions, eh?

To the site manager: can you add code tags to this interface?


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Wish we'd known this a couple of weeks ago. We arrived in Kunming on August 10th and left on August 18th. We stayed in the Bai Huo Da Lou area, and we were refused plenty of times between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. — very unashamedly.

Wish I'd read this article before then ... maybe we could have gotten some better results. Of course, in a city where the vast majority of people disobey the law unless the police are standing in front of them (and some don't obey then), no one should expect it to change UNLESS it's enforced. Fat chance of that, eh?

Kunming is still just as backwards as when we arrived in 2002 ... only now there are twice the number of people! No more taxis; but more cars, and entirely too many 2-wheeled vehicles! The rudeness of drivers in Kunming, especially the electric bike and motorcycle drivers, is astounding — absolutely unbelievable!

We heard from Chinese people even before moving that "Kunming is a big village" — now we know first hand.

We must leave China to fulfill our Visa requirement by Aug. 18. We've driven to HeKou and walked across to Vietnam before. The Vietnam Visa cost 600 yuan iirc. (We'd pay for same day at the consulate in KM because we live in Dali, and that's cheaper than the cost of extra nights in KM to get a Visa not 'same day'.)

Does anyone know the cost of the Laos Visa for Americans at their border? Is this drive better/quicker than going to Vietnam? I've also heard that a new road has opened to Vietnam since our last trip (2006). Don't know whether that is true or not, either. It would be nice to see Xishuangbanna anyway.


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