can I use my iphone 3G just as a ipod / pda

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cis4life, May 23, 2009.

  1. cis4life macrumors regular

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    Hello all,

    Before you all tell me to search the forums, I have and can't seem to find a real answer for this.

    Heres the situation.

    I currently have a iphone 3G. I love this device, but in my field (Medical Software Developer) I can't have a phone that dropping calls all the time, and the consistent reception problems. So sadly, I'll be going over to verizon so I can have better phone service. BUT, I would love to keep my iphone and use it as a wifi device and ipod.

    So once i move over to verizon and my att account is cancelled, and I pull the sim out of my iphone, will i be able to use it strictly as a wifi device and ipod? or will i have to sell the iphone and buy the touch to get this functionality.

    Cedric
     
  2. Apple all life macrumors 6502

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    If you pull the sim out I dont think you can use it anymore. Why not just buy an ipod touch and sell iphone?
     
  3. cis4life thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will if I have to.

    Its just I have the double cap. mophie case / battery for it and wanted to keep it as I have it now.
     
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Just leave the sim card in the phone. All ATT will do is deactive the card. Hell I have my old sim card sitting in a desk draw that I used to make an old phone work so I could use transfer blue tooth files.

    All the phone would tell me is the sim card is not active where it normally would say ATT.
     
  5. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Why would you pull the SIM out of it?

    If you are going to a different carrier, then there is no reason to.

    Leave the SIM in and I believe it will still work for all those other functions.
     
  6. cis4life thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks,

    I'll do that. I'm on my way to verizon to do the switch. (I really wished AT&T would upgrade their network so ppl like me wouldn't have to do this)

    Cedric
     
  7. oneschance macrumors member

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    Airplane Mode still allows you to access Wi-Fi. Keep the phone in airplane mode all the time since that overlooks the phone service anyway.
     
  8. macintosh.apple macrumors 6502

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    I'm sure it will still work even without the sim
     
  9. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    iPhone will work with out a Sim Card installed. When the sim card is deactivated the phone will say "No Service" instead of "AT&T". When the Sim is removed, It will say "No Sim" instead of "AT&T" With out service, do not update the iPhone OS or restoring as it will try to re-activate it with AT&T and it then will be bricked until you get a new Sim card and connect to iTunes to activate with AT&T.
     
  10. cis4life thread starter macrumors regular

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    Your right about the activation, I forgot about that aspect

    I think i better just sell the iphone and get myself the ipod touch to avoid all this activation and so forth.

    Thanks for that insight,
    Cedric
     
  11. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    Good Idea, unless you don't care about updating and restoring. A new iPod touch is expected to be released in September 2009.
     
  12. trssho macrumors 6502

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    I would highly recommend keeping your iPhone rather than replacing it with an iPod touch. This is what I did and regret it. Don't get me wrong, the touch is great, but no GPS, weak speaker, no camera, no built in mic.

    I decided to sell my iPhone a couple weeks ago to maximize it's value so I could HOPEFULLY buy the new 3rd gen phone. I really really miss my iPhone. The iPhone makes all other phones feel like junk.

    Just my thought, Andy
     
  13. Excellerator macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the information. That is good to know myself, as I plan on turning my 3G into an iPod Touch when I get the new iPhone that comes out. I will have to remember to put my SIM card in to upgrade it later. Didn't know that.
     

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