Can iPhone be used as an iPod Touch ONLY?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking about getting the New 3G iPhone. Instead of selling my iPhone I was thinking about giving it to my daughter to be used as an iPod Touch.

    Will the device even turn on or work it no "phone number" is attached to it?
    Can I use the iPhone strictly as an iPod Touch or does it have to have ATT&T Service on it to even turn on?
     
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    That's how I've used mine for a year. Sucks on ice that I don't have service... It's unlocked, but I don't have a plan...

    Can someone tell me how prepaid SIMs work? Do they stop working once they've hit their limit or do they charge you if you go over?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for your reply.
    Just wondering - can you also surf the internet via WiFi?
    What features DONT work for you when you have NO service?
     
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    So long as you activate it (either via iTunes, or any number of hackery apps out there), you can use it as an iPhone-without-phone-service fine.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So what your saying is I can do it but via "hacking software"?

    Once I disconnect my service plan I just cant hand that over for my daughter to use as an iPod Touch?

    If thats the case I will just sell it....
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    why dont you just take your sim card out and see what happens?
     
  7. macrumors member

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    I don't understand why you wouldn't sell it anyway? Sell it, get $500. Buy an ipod touch for your Daughter. Pocket $225. Done.
     
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    The phone, data over EDGE, since you don't have EDGE, and that's it. Everything else works exactly the same as if you had service, just over Wi-Fi.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    iPhone will NEVER sell for that much any more.
    How can it when the new one will cost $199

    Who would buy it for $500? :rolleyes:
     
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    People who are intelligent enough to know that not only does the old iPhone cost less than the new one, but those that know the new iPhone doesn't work on T-Mobile's 3G.

    1st gen iPhones will go for MORE than their original prices.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I took out the Sim Card and it works! Thanks!

    Im just wondering now if I give it to my daughter if she will be able to sync her music and movies on HER iTunes on HER iMac.
     
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    I think I have an idea what you are planning, but AT&T won't sell you an iPhone without the contract, and if you try to get out of the contract, it will cost you and be more expensive than an iPod Touch.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmmmm so what your saying is that the old iPhones are in demand because of "Jail Breaking" because the New 3G iPhones cant be used on other networks?
     
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think you misunderstood me.
    I have an iPhone with a service plan ($99 Unlimited) - I want to get the New 3G iPhone with a service plan as well. My OLD iPhone is what I was planning to give my daughter (WITH NO SERVICE) to be used ONLY as an iPod. :)
     
  15. macrumors member

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    I'll disregard the sarcasm and ask you to go look at the prices on ebay. I'm just trying to save you some money bud.
     
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry if that came off wrong - It was sarcasm for "other people" (not you) who would pay $500.00 for an iPhone!!

    It sounded hard to believe that people would pay that much for a used iPhone! I thought you were just pulling my chain only to find out looking at eBay that the iPhone sells anywhere from $300-500 bucks!!
     
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    i'm so glad i decided not to be one of the people who rushed out to get an iPhone as soon as it came out for $700.
    now they are $200 and faster, better and slimmer i believe.
    i bought an iPod touch at christmas but i just sold it on craigslist for $260. cant wait until july 11!
    my friend bought a $400 iPhone a few months ago. what a dope.
     
  18. macrumors member

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    No problem man. There is a method to the madness. The old iphones are desirable as they can be used on whichever carrier one decides to place them on. Further, many countries still do not have the iphone for sale in retail stores (i.e. Canada) so that substantially increases demand. The new iphone also cannot be purchased w/o a contract (which ends up making up for the higher initial price of the 2G iphone). Then add the silver back which people seem to be in love with, and you have multiple factors which are still responsible for the high price of the 2G iphone.
     
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    so what you guys are saying is this-
    when I get a new iphone and move my old number from my old EDGE iphone to the new iPhone, the old iPhone wont lock up like it was when you first purchase it (with the only function being an emergency call) and all that will be different is that there will no longer be phone service?...

    no jailbreaking necessary?...

    I plan on doing a similar thing as the OP if this is the case.
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    iphone

    I was gonna sell my touch and use my iphone for ipod but it doesnt work in my alarm clock radio???? an idea?
     
  21. macrumors member

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    Sell your alarm clock radio and buy one that will work?
     
  22. macrumors newbie

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    Great idea!!!

    thanks
     
  23. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You just brought up a very interesting point!
    Removing my Sim Card doesnt mimic my phone with "No Service" although there was an earlier poster that uses an iPhone as an iPod BUT I do recall the "Emergency Only" thing when ever you have NO service connected to the iPhone.

    I'm curious to find out if my iPhone becomes a "brick" after moving my phone number to another device.

    I just to make sure my daughter can use my iPhone as an iPod Touch device.
     
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    I was told by the att rep at the att store that switching your number to another phone will indeed brick your phone. but with so many rumors and opinions as well as the att people not really knowing more then we do its hard to say...
    i was also the first person to tell them how much the new phone will cost :rolleyes:
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    Was that meant to be funny? Coz it was. I'm still laughing. You've cheered me right up. Lol
     

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