Can You Use Your iPhone 2G Without Service?

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2009 1:39 PM


I have been trying to figure out if you can use your iphone without service. And the quick and short answer is yes. All you have to do is remove the SIM card and it will allow you to use the iphone without service, but obviously it will not allow you to place calls or do any wireless data transfer. You can still use Wi-Fi and download applications as well as watch youtube videos. If you have the SIM card in it will tell you that you need to plug your phone into itunes this message will go away if you remove the SIM card.

I know this works on the iphone 2G, I am not sure about the other phones. So if you have an old iPhone 2g and want to use it as an ipod touch then this is the ticket for you. I have to say though this might only work if you have at some point activated the phone. I was using this phone and was already activated so this might be the reason I was able to use it without service.

If you have a phone that is not activated you will need to do one of two things either get a SIM card from AT&T and get service or hack your phone using jailbreak. I am not going to explain how to do this but there are many sites out there that will explain it to you. 

Good luck and enjoy your iphone. 

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