Can I use my old iPhone 3GS as an iPod touch?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by dad2rem, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. dad2rem macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    I dropped it and cracked the screen a bit, and just can't live with that as my primary iPhone, so got a new one. I want to use the now-deactivated one as a Touch. I attach it and iTunes seems to force me to try to activate it, which I (obviously) do not want. I can't find a way to sync it to get the music, etc., on there. In advance, thanks for any help.
  2. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Jan 17, 2009
    Surfers Paradise
    It's wanting to activate your phone, not your service ... Go through that process on iTunes then move the sim card over to the phone you use and you'll be set.
  3. dad2rem thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    Sorry to be dense, but I can't really afford to screw up my replacement phone that is now activated and working, so, to be clear, I should:

    Activate the dead/screen-cracked phone with its SIM to my number, then pull that SIM and put it in my newer/screen-intact phone? The newer phone will then work just as before? Put the newer SIM in the old phone and it'll work?
  4. kAoTiX macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    From what I can tell that's pretty much what he said.
    Basically you're using your new sim card to activate the old iPhone to show you are supposed to be using the iPhone on a carrier. Once it's activated you will be able to take out the new sim card and return it to your new phone then simply continue the use of the old phone but obviously with no phone features due to its now lack of a sim card.

    You have nothing to lose really, you're only switching the sim card around briefly. Unless of course a family of racoons steal your sim card or sim tray or both and destroy your home in an electrical fire.
  5. SWISSHAT macrumors member


    Jul 23, 2009
    You do sound very dense.

    Sim cards are not tied to the phone.
    You can even have multiple sim cards, and use the same phone (you need to take out one simcard, and insert the next one...etc).

    Activation is not related to simcard id.

    While using the 3g as a ipod touch, you may like to put to "airplane mode", I say this since you say you were dense.

  6. bolen macrumors 6502


    Jul 22, 2008
    Putting you phone into airplane mode will also, if I'm remembering correctly, disable the WiFi-connection which may not be desired.
  7. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2009
    Nah, you can switch wi-fi back on

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