need help turning old iphone into entertainment device

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tipman2000, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. tipman2000 macrumors member

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    anybody know how to get a restored iphone to work without signing up for a phone contract? i just restored the thing to give to my brother as an ipod, but now it wants me to sign on with at&t to even get it working. is there a way around this? i would prefer not to jailbrake.:D
     
  2. macingman, Aug 22, 2011
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    macingman macrumors 68020

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    I regret giving this advice seeing it could of been to help steal a phone :(
     
  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    is this the one you found in the other thread?
     
  4. saving107 macrumors 603

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    The OP found a Verizon iPhone and now wants to keep it rather than returning the phone to Verizon so that they could find the original owner.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1216630
     
  5. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    the phone he found was Verizon, but in this thread it says AT&T.

    OP could be lying..
     
  6. cinek macrumors 6502

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  7. tipman2000 thread starter macrumors member

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    hey guys, i am not a thief, i would never do stupid crap like that. verizon phone was returned to owner, i had no intention to steal it. also, this iPhone in this thread is an old 1st gen iPhone that was my aunt's. she got a new one so had no use for it. honestly i am not dumb enough to steal an iPhone everybody knows they have find my iPhone and all that junk to track it.

    by the way, the iPhone IS still bricked so any suggestions people would have would be appreciated! thanks!

    PS i am not a troll so **** and gtfo
     
  8. iPhone Warrior macrumors member

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    To 'turn' an iPhone into an iPod touch, you will need an un-activated sim card for the carrier the phone is locked to. See this link:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3406
     
  9. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Thanks for this link! I've had an original iPhone gathering dust. For convenience here's the meat:

    Follow these steps to use your iPhone without a wireless service plan:
    1. Insert the SIM card from your new, activated iPhone or one that was previously used to activate the original iPhone.
    2. Connect the iPhone to iTunes on a computer connected to the Internet.
    Once iTunes activates the device, you're free to use the iPhone as if it were an iPod touch.
     

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