Using an iPhone without a wireless service plan

If you upgrade your iPhone to a newer model, you can continue using your old iPhone without an active cellular service.

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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Note: It may be necessary to repeat this process after updating or restoring the device.

Last Modified: Jul 11, 2011
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