Iphone 3G without SIM-card

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by stiviknik, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I am considering to buy either a Itouch or a Iphone3G.

    I wonder if the Iphone will work without a SIM-card, if i someday want a new phone can I then use the Iphone as an Itouch ?
     
  2. 7on
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    7on

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    iPhone 3G won't work without a SIM card.

    To even purchase one you need an AT&T plan.
     
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    rogersmj

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    I'm sure it's just a typo, but I want to clarify for the OP:

    It won't work without a SIM card. It has to be activated on AT&T to be usable, at least that's the way it looks right now.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know I have to buy it with an operator, I meant can I use it afterwards in 1-2 years time without a SIM-card. I was told the "old"-Iphone can be used without a SIM-card.
     
  5. 7on
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    7on

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    Well call me Mr Butterfingers :eek:

    I suppose so. But you'll still need to pay the $70 a month minimum for those 2 years. You might be able to ETF it and end up paying the ETF fee ($200 for AT&T I think?). You have to do it after 30 days (doing it before, you won't get charged the ETF but you'll have to return the iPhone). So you'll have to pay at least one month worth of service for $84 or so (after taxes).

    The first iPhone could operate SIM free because you bought the phone and signed up for a contract at home through iTunes. Now you can't leave the store without service.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I live in Denmark and only have to sign up for 6 months.

    And after the 6 months or later I maybe wants to buy another phone and then still be able to use the Iphone as an Itouch.
     
  7. macrumors demi-god

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    Yes, you should be able to use it without a SIM-card afterwards.

    For example, last June 29th, I bought the original iPhone and signed a 2-year contract with AT&T.

    On July 11th (this year), when I upgrade to the new iPhone (and sign another 2-year contract with AT&T), my old iPhone should work fine without a SIM card.
     
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    gkarris

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    All iPhones will work without a SIM card. They have to be activated first or fake activated via a hacking tool.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    i just bought it from my friend like 3 hrs ago
    when i open it up theres this symbol:
    :apple:
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    and it says:
    NO SIM CARD INSTALLED
    insert a valid SIM with no PIN lock
    to activate phone.

    and when i plug it into itunes it ways the same thing and rejects the connection.
    and i dont think theres any program i can use to jailbreak it
    so WTF do i do?????????? :confused: :mad:
     
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    jmann

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    Why do you say that? Just jailbreak it with blackra1n or pwnage tool. Problem solved.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    ive been trying for five hours
    it keeps goin back to the same screen that says i need a SIM card
     
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    jmann

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    If you are using Pwnage Tool for example, you need to make sure to check the box that says "activate" that will make the phone "hacktivated".
     
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    rjphoto

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    Ok, how about a 2nd hand iPhone with a pay as you go sim (from ATT)?
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the suggestions and help everyone! but i just borrowed my friends sim card and used itunes to unlock and activate it, then blackra1n'd it haha :D
     

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