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emembee

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Oct 31, 2013
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rather than trading in my ip4, am thinking it could be used as an iPod for my son. is that possible to do, if I just remove the sim?

looking to upgrade in next 2 weeks but think the trade in value not worth it.

Thanks:)
 

Bowsa2511

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Oct 21, 2013
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Yeah of course, just wipe the device, set parental controls for the App Store/iAP and set him up on a separate Apple ID for Facetime/iMessage.
 
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Beelzbub

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It's an honest question, some people simply don't know they can do that.

A manager in my office upgraded to the 5S, asked me how long he had to get the stuff off his old iPhone before he had to turn it back into AT&T, I said just take the SIM out and give it to your kid as a iPod. He didn't know he could do that, he thought he had to give it back.


His kid is happy and he's happy since his kid isn't playing with his iPhone anymore.
 
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Mrbobb

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Aug 27, 2012
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What a silly question...

The grapevine say old versions of iPhone(s), with older OS, may insist u activate cellular service, keep giving u a pop-up, or won't continue until that's taken care of.
 
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jca24

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The grapevine say old versions of iPhone(s), with older OS, may insist u activate cellular service, keep giving u a pop-up, or won't continue until that's taken care of.

Absolutely not true, I have done this several times.
 
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Namji

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The grapevine say old versions of iPhone(s), with older OS, may insist u activate cellular service, keep giving u a pop-up, or won't continue until that's taken care of.

Wait we are talking about the original posters iPhone 4 or some other iPhone version? My comment was based on the OP's iPhone 4. :eek:
 
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Tiger8

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What a silly question...

What a silly answer. He has every right to ask because, well, believe it or not, it depends on the phone itself and which edition is it.

In his particular case, this will work.
 
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gnasher729

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rather than trading in my ip4, am thinking it could be used as an iPod for my son. is that possible to do, if I just remove the sim?

looking to upgrade in next 2 weeks but think the trade in value not worth it.

Thanks:)

Just remove the SIM.

There are some situations where you need a SIM, like complete reset of the device. If you didn't change carrier, you just move the SIM from the new phone to the old one, do the reset, and move it back.

Depending on where you are, you may get a SIM with pay-as-you-go. So you can make phone calls in an emergency.

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The grapevine say old versions of iPhone(s), with older OS, may insist u activate cellular service, keep giving u a pop-up, or won't continue until that's taken care of.

Yes, when you reset the device. You take the SIM from another device, reset the device, take the SIM back out again.
 
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AlphaHumanus

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rather than trading in my ip4, am thinking it could be used as an iPod for my son. is that possible to do, if I just remove the sim?

looking to upgrade in next 2 weeks but think the trade in value not worth it.

Thanks:)

I did the exact same for my son. Post #2 is spot on.
 
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murano

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Nov 17, 2009
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rather than trading in my ip4, am thinking it could be used as an iPod for my son. is that possible to do, if I just remove the sim?

looking to upgrade in next 2 weeks but think the trade in value not worth it.

Thanks:)

Yes, it can be used as an iPod, Gaming device and a remote for your ATV, Sony/Samsung... TV (if supported), Blu ray player, HTPC etc.
Just make sure you turn it in Airplane more and then turn ON the wifi. This will save your battery from searching the cell network.
 
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Col Ronson

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i used my iPhone 5S as an iPod for the first day while i waited to get a new nano sim haha.
 
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