Can I use an old phone number with imessage

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vistadude, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    I have an iphone now and plan to get an android phone or windows phone, possibly even change carrier. My current phone number will be ported to the new phone. However, I want to keep my iphone active, either with a data only SIM or one of those prepaid sims. The iphone will get a new phone number, however, can I still send and receive imessages with the old number on the iphone?

  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    No, I just checked for you.

    The old number will be unavailable for iMessage, you'd need to use the new one that ships with the SIM.
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If the sim with the phone number you want to use is not active inside the phone you cannot use that number to send or receive imessages.
  4. vistadude thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Thanks for the reply. Out of curiosity, do iPads with 3G or 4G have Phone numbers assOciated with iMessage?
  5. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    the best way to use ft and imessage is to set the sender id from your email instead. because this will never change.

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