Buying used iPhone to use as iPod Touch

porcupine8

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Original poster
Mar 2, 2011
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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?
 

Agent-P

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Dec 5, 2009
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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.