Will the SIM card from iPhone 3G work in a iPhone 2G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pintnight, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. pintnight macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2008
    I haven't made up my mind to sell my iPhone 2G but I am going to buy iPhone 3G. Will I be able to put the iPhone 3G SIM card into the iPhone 2G in case something happen to the iPhone 3G and be able to use iPhone 2G?
  2. aosman macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    SIM cards are the same and one from an iPhone 3G should work with the 2G iPhone.
  3. earnjam macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    North Carolina
    Thanks for the info. I was wondering the same thing.

    I'd like to have a backup and what better backup to have than another iPhone? ;)
  4. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2007
    Novi, MI
    it should work, then again when i called at&t about getting the new one and selling my old one she said and i quote "the new one is 3G so it needs a different sim than you have in your current one" which is wrong because the SIM in the iphones now is a 3G sim. i think most at&t employees are dumb but if you pop out your sim card it says 3G on it
  5. mike95 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    How about obtaining an iPhone 3G and simply popping in my iPhone 2G sim card? While I be able to use iPhone 3G keeping my original account at $60/month + 200 text at 3G speeds?
  6. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2007
    Nope, AT&T won't let you out the door without activating your iPhone with one of the new 3g iPhone plans.
  7. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Anyone know why this won't work for me?

    I put my 3g sim in my 2g sim - works fine.
    I put my husband's 3g sim in his 2g - No service.

    AT&T was useless claiming it won't work and I would have to buy a new sim card for the old phone for $25.
  8. rfranklin7 macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2008
    same here

    I tried but my new sim card in my 2g iphone and it said I had to activate it via itunes for a new account. I should be able to go back and forth between phones right?
  9. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    I have no idea what would happen if we activate the old phone? Would we lose everything in it? Would the Sim then work in the 3g after that?

    So - are you going to try? :)
  10. showtime macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2007
    But say you bought the phone off of someone, would it work with the current data plan? I've also read that regular at&t sims will work on the 3g iphone because of the 2.0 firmware. Can anyone confirm that this is true?
  11. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    I activated the old phone with the new sim in it. Notice on iTunes saying wait for an email. I got an email from AT&T saying we'll let you know when it's activated, then another when I was told it was.
    Somewhere in there I was asked to pay $20 for the 2g iPhone Data plan :). I agreed (AT&T will fix that).

    Then the 2g had service and I put the card back into the 3g where it belonged and that worked also.

    NOW - his 3g's SIM can be swapped back/forth just fine. :eek: I didn't have to do any of this with my 2g/3g iPhones. Odd.
  12. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    Just leave the 2G iphone jailbroken instead of doing a second activation and swap the sims when necessary :)
  13. sparkyms macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2007
    Southampton UK
    In the UK the iPhone 3G doesn't come with a SIM pre-installed. They either give you one in-store or you use your old one..
  14. iCantwait macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    ...ebay will get you a sealed iPhone 3G from the US or somewhere else, for alot, see this for eg.
  15. ttech10 macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2008
    Umm, yea... the SIM card in my 3G iPhone is from my original iPhone.
  16. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    :) Didn't even think of that. I jailbroke our old 2g's but didn't do the unlock. I could've just added the unlock. Duh. Oh well. Same result.
  17. mary561mary macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2009

    I had a question maybe you can help me with. If I purchased a used iphone from ebay or elsewhere, can I simply insert my prepaid 3g sim in it?

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