Activate New iPhone on Inactive SIM?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aKansasKid, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. aKansasKid macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2015
    Can I activate a new iPhone 5s (probably still on iOS7 - dunno) using a SIM card that is current'y inactive? I tried, but keep getting the message that the activation server is not responding. Thanks!

    (I'd rather activate the phone now before calling Page Plus to change over to this SIM card, to speed up the online chat. Don't want them waiting on me setting up the phone after they activate the SIM on my number.)
  2. aKansasKid thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2015
    Update: The activation servers truly were temporarily unavailable. 45 minutes later after a few more attempts, it activated. Wouldn't have guessed Apple's activation servers would have been this busy right now. Must be a lot Father's Day presents getting set up! :)
  3. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    hi, question:
    the inactive SIM card you used to activate the iPhone: was the phone originally purchased (originally activated) using that SIM (or, even a SIM from the same network that the phone was previously activated with?)

Share This Page