Can iPhone make an emergency call without SIM?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by samiznaetekto, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    I have my i5 which no longer use as a phone, and removed SIM since I don't want to waste battery on cellular connection (yes, even if it's not actively used, cellular antenna is still powered, and I believe there's still some "pinging" going on btw phone and towers).

    But I want to know and be sure that I can still make an emergency call with it?
     
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Yes you can, even if you don't have a SIM card.

    The SIM card is just to authenticate you to a carrier, the phone can still make emergency calls without one.
     
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  4. samiznaetekto thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks guys. Kinda tempted to test it, just to make sure, but don't want to actually call 911. LOL
     
  5. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Don't, the emergency line is for just that... emergencies.

    Imagine if everyone spammed it out of curiosity? People with real emergencies wouldn't get through.
     
  6. samiznaetekto thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My excuse would be that my hair got stuck in my iPhone. Oh wait... it's i5, it doesn't have #hairgate!
     
  7. Delmar macrumors 6502

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    Do not do this, you can be arrested for doing so.
     

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