Buying used iPhone to use as iPod Touch

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

  1. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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