Is the iPhone 4/3GS [UNLOCKED] non-usable w/o a sim card?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by THEAnonymous, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. THEAnonymous macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2008
    I wanted to purchase an unlocked iPhone 4 (or used 3GS) here in Canada and use it for a few months as an 'iPod Touch' before my cell-phone contract expires (i.e. use all the functions apart from the actual phone)

    But from what I read on the Apple website...:

    It’s easy to set up.

    Get a compatible SIM (iPhone 3GS) or micro-SIM card (iPhone 4) and select a plan from the carrier of your choice. Then insert the card and set up your iPhone using iTunes on your Mac or PC. With a few clicks, you can start making calls." seems like I need to have an active sim-card in the phone before I can even connect it to iTunes.

    So just to clarify - do I actually NEED to purchase a cell phone plan/sim card before I can use the iPhone (sans phone)?
  2. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2008
    I could be wrong....

    But I know when I bought my unlocked iPhone 4 here in canada it came with a micro-sim for whatever carrier I Wanted...

    I used that micro-sim to activate the phone and that was before I had activated the SIM itself...

    In canada you do not have to "select a plan" to activate the iPhone

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