Can an unlocked iPhone 5 work as an iPod?

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  1. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    Wanted to check-can an unlocked iPhone 5 (i.e. one purchased unlocked from Apple.com) function as a high end iPod touch without ever activating service on it?

    Wanted to check as my iPod's toast, and I really don't want to buy another iPod touch 4 when the hardware is so outdated compared with the iPhone 5 (since inexplicably we never got a touch 5 last year).
     
  2. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    It can as long as you have a SIM card just to activate the phone. You'll have a functioning iPod once you remove the SIM card after going through the activation process.
     
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  4. cyks macrumors 68020

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    It's possible in theory, but there is one little problem... as of right now, there is no iPhone 5.
     
  5. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    The biggest problem is there isn't an iPhone 5 yet.
     
  6. w00t951 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah - Just don't put in a SIM, turn on Airplane mode, then manually turn on WiFi and Bluetooth. iPod mode. It just doesn't say "iPod" in the upper left corner.
     
  7. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    What does activating it involve? Could I buy like a $15 micro-SIM from StraightTalk, stick it in, and then...do I have to do anything more than that? Or if I have to actually have service can I just buy something cheap from StraightTalk or whatever, pay for a month, and then sounds like it works?

    Came out almost 8 months ago...which is why I really wish this had happened AFTER the 6 was out! Nothing worse than buying something this expensive/important right before a new one hits.

    I don't know...I might just buy a white iPod touch, but it's just sooooooooooooo slow/low end since it was never updated when the iPhone was.

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    Oh, so you can get it from Apple and never bother with the "activating" part? Never mess with a SIM?

    I forgot about Airplane mode...wouldn't be able to use that as a simple toggle anymore like I do for my iPod lol.
     
  8. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    You know it's called a 4S not a 5 right?
     

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