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Old Nov 6, 2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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Upgrade to iPhone5 and Make 3GS WIFI only?

I currently have a 3GS and want to upgrade to an iPhone 5. I plan on trying the reserve option on Apple's website and pick one up at an Apple store. What steps will I need to take to make my 3GS a WIFI only device?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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Restore it to new and activate the 5.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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I currently have a 3GS and want to upgrade to an iPhone 5. I plan on trying the reserve option on Apple's website and pick one up at an Apple store. What steps will I need to take to make my 3GS a WIFI only device?
I could be wrong but I don't think there's anything you need to do (with the 3GS, at least). Assuming you'll be using the same phone number on the 5 as was on the 3GS, the 3GS will essentially become Wi-Fi only once the 5 is activated.
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I could be wrong but I don't think there's anything you need to do (with the 3GS, at least). Assuming you'll be using the same phone number on the 5 as was on the 3GS, the 3GS will essentially become Wi-Fi only once the 5 is activated.
That seems to be the case with my 3GS
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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I am doing the same with a 3GS I bought here as a backup.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:09 AM   #6
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try updating the software on the 3GS. I know there's an option in ios 6 that allows you to turn off all network connections and strictly use wi-fi
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try updating the software on the 3GS. I know there's an option in ios 6 that allows you to turn off all network connections and strictly use wi-fi
That'd be Airplane Mode. Looks like you've been able to enable Wi-Fi while Airplane Mode is on since iOS 4.2.1, so unless your 3GS is running an older iOS, you won't need to update.
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That'd be Airplane Mode. Looks like you've been able to enable Wi-Fi while Airplane Mode is on since iOS 4.2.1, so unless your 3GS is running an older iOS, you won't need to update.
if you go to settings->general->Cellular you can turn it off to restrict all data to wi-fi
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:56 PM   #9
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When you upgrade to the 5 the sim card inside your 3GS will automatically be deactivated and it will be a Wi-Fi only device. You don't have to do anything.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:05 PM   #10
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Yep. The SIM will be useless, and turning on Airplane mode and then WiFi will do the trick.
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