Carrier iPhone 4 activation

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pooleman, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. pooleman Suspended

    pooleman

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    I have an old iPhone 4 that I want to use as an iPod. I erased all contents and settings and now he phone won't get past the activation screen due to there being no sim in the phone. How do I get this phone to the homescreen without a sim?
     
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    You can't. You must have a SIM card to activate it. You can buy a dead SIM card on eBay for like $1
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    CEmajr is correct, a SIM is required for activation. Additionally, if the phone isn't unlocked I believe the SIM needs to be from the correct carrier.
     
  4. pooleman thread starter Suspended

    pooleman

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    Ok. If I get a sim adapter can I just use my iPhone 6 plus sim to activate it, then remove it from the iPhone 4 and put it back in my iPhone 6?
     
  5. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    Different sizes. If they were the same size, then yes.
     
  6. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    He said he would get an adapter, and that would be fine.
     
  7. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    If the phone is locked to a carrier, you may need to keep a SIM in it even after activation. My husband's iPhone 5, locked to AT&T, won't function at all without a SIM in it; as soon as you pop the SIM out, it locks up with a message indicating it needs activation, and it won't work without a SIM from the carrier it's locked to. I finally stuck a no longer valid AT&T SIM from my previous account into it; since then, it makes a fine iPod.

    Conversely, my own unlocked iPhone 5 is fine empty, just spits out a "No SIM" message at me once in a while.

    Inactive SIMs work well for this type of thing, and as another poster said, they're cheap on eBay if you don't already have one of the right size.
     

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