Activation with no SIM Card

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by XTheLancerX, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

    XTheLancerX

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    NY, USA
    #1
    Well, I have the SIM card, but I have a few questions. Here's what's going on:

    I have a spare iPhone 5 in the house that I use as a spare device, it used to be a family member's. The SIM card was taken out when the family member upgraded, but it is still deactivated, stored away. Anyway out of curiosity I wanted to upgrade it to iOS 9.2 beta. It wouldn't work, it got stuck on "Update Requested". I reset the phone, reset network settings, nothing. I reset all content and settings, and now it wants to be activated, but I didn't know it needs a SIM card just to get past setup.

    So, I have the old deactivated SIM card around. Will that work to get past setup? Will this activate the SIM card again, going past this activation screen with it in there? I don't want that, this was a family member's old phone, I don't want to mess up their signal and such with their new 6S that they use now.
     
  2. bkends35 macrumors 6502a

    bkends35

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    #2
    IIRC, I used an old deactivated sim from my old carrier to get past the screen on my old phone.
     
  3. Cergman macrumors 6502a

    Cergman

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    #3
    As long as your phone works on the carrier of the sim, any sim (even deactivated) will allow the phone to get past setup.
     

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