Leaving SIM card in phone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by la321, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. la321 macrumors member

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    If SIM card is no longer active on old phone since my number was transferred. My carrier is att is it fine to leave SIM card in the iPhone when giving the phone away?
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    If SIM is removable then I don't find any reason leaving deactivated SIM card inside iPhone when giving it away.
    If not, then it should be okay, but I am not clear.
     
  3. la321 thread starter macrumors member

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    My cousin uses it to install apps, uses wifi surging Internet and kik, Instagram etc If it's removed can he still use it?
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    Yes.
     
  5. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    Yes.
    Just use it as a premium iPod.
     
  6. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    There's no reason to worry about the sin ether way. Once you're given a new sim (or close your account or anything really) it's done. That sin doesn't have any information tied to you. ATT also has a policy of never deactivating sims so it's basically just trash.
     
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I believe you meant "reactivating" and not deactivating.:)
     
  8. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    The only time you will need that SIM card in the phone is if you need to activate the phone. This may be necessary after installing a new version of the OS.
     
  9. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    Personally I would remove it. There is no reason to leave it in.
     
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Correct haha. iOS autocorrect strikes again
     
  11. DiCaprioAngel macrumors 6502

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    Once that SIM is deactivated, it won't work so you should be fine.
     
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    As it struck me the other day!:)
     
  13. la321 thread starter macrumors member

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    I contacted att as well they said its deactivated so it is fine. When going into settings and tapping on phone my phone number is still listed there. so I will just enter a Radom number in it 1234567 and tap save. My cousin just uses the phone for kik, wifi and installing and uses other apps.
     
  14. rugmankc macrumors 68000

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  15. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    This is wise because I think this is where iMessage gets the phone number info to associate to. That could, even inadvertently, cause a headache.
     
  16. Techexp2 macrumors member

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    I would like to remove the sim card from the iPhone.
     
  17. noobinator macrumors 603

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    There's a hole in the side of the phone. Insert sim tool and or paperclip. Remove card. Done.
     
  18. now i see it macrumors 68030

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    And as has been mentioned previously, if a phone is restored (wiped) it has to have a have A SIM card to be used the first time. Without the SIM, the phone can't be set up. Once the phone is set up, the SIM card can be permanently removed.
     

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