Buying used iPhone to use as iPod Touch

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by porcupine8, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    I've found lots of things saying you can use your old iPhone as an iPod, but the consensus seems to be that you need a sim card in order to restore it.

    I'm interested in buying a used iPhone 3 or 4 to use as an iPod, which generally won't come with a sim card. My phone is just a cheap fliphone with a mini-sim that won't fit in the micro-sim slot.

    If I just buy an unactivated sim on ebay, will that work just to get it restored and set up?
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Just buy an iPhone 3GS and any AT&T SIM card will activate it so that you can use it as an iPod.
  3. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    Yes, any SIM card that belongs with the carrier the iPhone is locked to will work. Back when I got the 3GS, I bought an AT&T SIM card on eBay for super cheap so I could get past the activation screen. I'd assume that still works with newer models.
  4. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    I gave my old iPhone 4 to a five year old to use as an iPod. She loves it. I did Otterbox it first.

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