If i Buy an iPhone 4 on Ebay, Do I need to Activate to use Wifi Only??

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  1. DocDoom macrumors regular

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    ..If you buy an iPhone 4 off of Ebay, for example, can you use it as you would an iPod Touch, or is Activating the phone mandatory? I just want to use the iPhone 4 on Wifi. Can you just plug the iPhone 4, connect to iTunes and continue to use it with Wifi only?
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    Connect to iTunes and activate. Without the activation you basically have a paper weight. Once this is done you can now just use WiFi.
     
  3. DocDoom thread starter macrumors regular

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    When you activate, doesnt that mean your signing a 2 year contract, therefore, leaving you with monthly fees?
     
  4. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    You will still need a SIM card or else it won't start.

    You need to get an iPod Touch.
     
  5. Mikev1289 macrumors newbie

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    Actually, all you have to do is get an AT&T GoPhone prepaid SIM card from eBay or something, put it in your iPhone, connect it to iTunes, Sync it, and voila, you can use the iPhone as an iPod touch. You can even activate the SIM card and use the iPhone as a prepaid phone without a jailbreak or unlock, thats what I do and it works great! :)
     
  6. fraggot macrumors 6502

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    You're not signing a new contract, that's only done when you buy a phone from AT&T or Apple.
     
  7. iEs macrumors regular

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    What in the blue hell???
     
  8. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816

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    iPhone 4 uses micro sims most go phones do not
     
  9. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    If you are not going to use the phone why are you buying a phone? Get the new iPod Touch.
     
  10. Mikev1289 macrumors newbie

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    "iPhone 4 uses micro sims most go phones do not"

    I'm using a GoPhone SIM in my iPhone 4 and it works just fine. You just have to print out a cutting diagram so you can cut it down to Micro SIM, its really simple.
     
  11. Bandolier macrumors 6502a

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    If you do not activate the phone, it will do nothing.
     
  12. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    This. Paying double the price for 256mb more of ram, a better camera, and IPS screen is totally not worth it unless you plan to use it as a phone on a different carrier.
     

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