Using iPhone without cellular service

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by robgendreau, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I intend to use my old iPhone as essentially an iPod Touch; i.e. use it without cellular service. I blundered into an Apple KB that said something about pulling the SIM from the new phone, insert in old, synch with computer connected to Apple, then use as a Touch. But is this necessary? It's still synching with iTunes now, runs apps OK. I had a glitch with errors in Messages (ALWAYS a pain so I'm not sure it was due to cell-neutering it) so I had to reset it and restore from backup.

    But do I have to do anything else?

  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Nothing at all.

    SIM identifies your account to the carrier, wo if they don't know who you are, in fact your phone goes, "uh, no SIM I can't even identify myself to the tower."

    As long as the phone lets you move forward to other tasks, ur good to go.
  3. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I would remove the sim, if only to avoid an accidental call that you don't want made.

    From what I recall, even a deactivated account phone call make an Emergency ( 911 ) call.

    I think removing the sim would avoid that.
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    IIRC even without SIM 911 dialing is required by the FCC.

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