Using iPhone without cellular service

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

  1. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    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?

    Rob
     
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    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

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    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

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    IIRC even without SIM 911 dialing is required by the FCC.
     

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