Upgrade to iPhone5 and Make 3GS WIFI only?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bg.nashville, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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?
     
  2. macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    #2
    Restore it to new and activate the 5.
     
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    r2shyyou

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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.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    That seems to be the case with my 3GS
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I am doing the same with a 3GS I bought here as a backup.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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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
     
  7. r2shyyou, Nov 6, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012

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    r2shyyou

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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.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    if you go to settings->general->Cellular you can turn it off to restrict all data to wi-fi
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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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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    zman2100

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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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