I aquired a new iPhone 5 from my girlfriends father yesterday & today I cut down my Giff Gaff Micro Sim to a Nano Sim that I've been using in my Galaxy S2 for a few months now.
I followed a template that I printed online & cut the Micro Sim to a Nano with precision, it's exactly the same dimensions as the real thing. I did not touch any of the copper contacts whilst doing it.
When I insert the sim card I get the message 'Activation Required' followed by a lengthy message:
The SIM card that you currently have installed in this iPhone is from a carrier that is not supported under the activation policy that is currently assigned by the activation server. This is not a hardware issue with the iPhone. Please insert another SIM card from a supported carrier or request that this iPhone be unlocked by your carrier. Please contact Apple for more information
I was under the impression any O2 locked phone could be used with a Giff Gaff sim card? What's the dealio here
I have done so already, but being the impatient and confident individual I am I decided to cut my Micro Sim down myself.
I used a template provided online & had an O2 Nano Sim for reference. They match up 99%
Is this message a result of me bodging my sim, or do I need to get the phone unlocked?
Firstly I don't necessarily think you damanaged the sim card. I cut mine with a sim cutter and then file down the edges so probably doing more damage than you and mine's been working for nearly 4 months now.
The carrier supported message you're getting is usually because the the phone is locked.
You say that the phone was prevuously working on O2 network. Was that via Tesco that it was from orginally?
Have you connected the phone to itunes by anychance?