Selling my "old" iPhone 4 - How do I activate it without the SIM card?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dmk1974, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    I got my iPhone 4S today which I'm really happy about and now it's time to sell my iPhone 4 that I am replacing. It is on iOS 5 and I just erased it, but when I go to set it up, ideally so it's like an iPod Touch, it keeps telling me I need a SIM in it to activate it.

    I don't want to sell it with the SIM nor have any data pulled from the SIM onto the there any way to activate this thing without a SIM? Or is it actually safe to activate with my old SIM and then just remove it while not leaving any phone number or info behind? Thanks!
  2. mloffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2009
    When you ever sell any phone, you do not send the sim card to the buy under any circumstances! That is YOURS! Just pop it into the iPhone, you should be good to go. :eek:
  3. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Sorry if I wasn't clear. I am not going to sell it with the SIM card, but I do want to activate it so it's basically like an iPod Touch when the seller receives it.

    Can I just activate it with the SIM and then remove it when selling?
  4. doctapeppa macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2008
    It does not need to be "activated" to function as an ipod touch. Restore or delete everything via settings and leave out the sim. You are then good to go.

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