Can turning on an old iphone reactivate it on carrier?

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  1. olly666 macrumors regular

    olly666

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    I have a staff member's old iphone. His account is in good standing and he's been on an upgraded iphone for quite a while now. I figured I would use the old one in my office as an ipod/internet radio, but I turned it on today and saw it said "Verizon" and had a few bars of signal. I turned off cellular but it's still there and freaking me out a little. Could this cause issues with his latest phone? Thanks.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No probs.
    it won't interfere with his service.
     
  3. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

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    nop

    All cell phones are required to have basic service & call 911 for emergencies, so the phone will still connect to the Verizon network. But as soon as the other person upgraded their phone, the old phone's EMEI was taken off the network and became useless as a phone. So you can use it all day long without having to working about it auto activating itself.

    My kids use a old Verizon iPhone as an iPod touch just fine without issues.
     
  4. olly666 thread starter macrumors regular

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