8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 14, 2009 11:22 AM by rogerjth
MollyAWeber Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I want to upgrade to a 3G, but will I be able to still use my Original iPhone as an iPod once I make the switch?
  • Denise Woodcock Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    I can't see any reason why you should not be able to. The test would be to remove the sim card and see if the iPod functions, which I am sure it will.
  • MIke_C@PTD Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    Last year, I replaced my original iPhone with a new 3G. When the 3G was activated, the original iPhone functioned as an iPod touch.

    I gave it to my son's girlfriend, and she reactivated it with AT&T.

    Short answer to your question is yes, unless something changed.
  • Daiya Level 4 Level 4 (1,655 points)
    see Apple's instructions here:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3406
  • rogerjth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, Dayia, for the pointer re: Apple info on what to do with old iPhone.
    I have an original model, which I want to upgrade to the 3Gs. I plan to just give the old one out to my grandkids.
    i Just want to make sure that since my 2g (then used as an iPod Touch basically, with WiFi still available) is loaded already with nice apps/games, can those be retained by the 2g, while I shall of course ALSO load them all up on the new 3Gs? Big question of course: can those games left on the 2g be still updated through iTunes along with the same games on the new 3Gs via my one iTunes account? I recall reading somewhere that iTunes can be synced to several devices (5?) on the same account.
    Of course, I know that all phone functions will be on the new 3Gs, but what about email for example, which is not a phone related function? Will it be available ONLY on the new 3Gs... or somewhat also on the old, "decommissioned" old 2G
    Thanks
  • Daiya Level 4 Level 4 (1,655 points)
    i Just want to make sure that since my 2g (then used as an iPod Touch basically, with WiFi still available) is loaded already with nice apps/games, can those be retained by the 2g, while I shall of course ALSO load them all up on the new 3Gs?


    Er, yes and no.

    Apps are tied to the iTunes Store account. Assuming your grandkids are using a different computer, then if you are willing to give your grandkids the password to your iTMS account, then they can keep the apps. Of course, if your grandkids have the password to your iTMS account, then they can also buy all sorts of music/movies/apps on your credit card through it.

    Otherwise, I believe that if they are signed into their own iTMS account, when they sync, the apps on your account will be removed from the phone. (Haven't tested this myself)

    Email (and any apps that require data) will work on the old iPhone when there is a wi-fi connection. Texting and phone calls should be the only things that don't work at all.
  • rogerjth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK, Daiya. Thanks for the pointers.

    OK, say i just do not give kids PW to my sole iTunes account, We can upgrade apps or get new ones through my own intervention with PW, right?
    And also, can my iTunes acct basically provide and upgrade apps on BOTH units (one the old 2g now an iPod, the other the new 3Gs). One account for both devices? In other words, can I sync both devices on the same iTunes account?

    You said:
    +"Email (and any apps that require data) will work on the old iPhone when there is a wi-fi connection. Texting and phone calls should be the only things that don't work at all."+
    So, do I end up being able to get email on BOTH units? Could be convenient in some cases. And have them BOTH sync with my one MobileMe account?

    I am getting out on a limb here. I just realize that most folks seem to upgrade phones by passing the old one to someone else who can re-activate them on their own via ATT (new sim card). Some people even offload them on eBay, etc... I am just intrigued with the various OTHER schemes to keep the old iPhone close to me for some purposes or others!

    Thanks!

    - Roger T
  • Daiya Level 4 Level 4 (1,655 points)
    You can sync both devices on the same iTunes account, no problem. I am not sure, but I don't think you can simultaneously have apps from TWO different accounts on the same phone. So if your grandkids are old enough to use their own accounts (say, funded by gift cards), it might become a hassle to be switching accounts.


    So, do I end up being able to get email on BOTH units? Could be convenient in some cases. And have them BOTH sync with my one MobileMe account?


    Well, sure, both units can get email. But again, do you want your grandkids to have access to your email accounts?

    No clue about MobileMe, sorry.

    By the way, check out the Parental Restrictions settings--you actually could close off some things.

    Basically, if your grandkids are 3-yr-olds living next door, probably you don't really need to change anything except in Settings>General>Restrictions. If your grandkids are teens living across the country, I'd restore the original iPhone as new and give it to them fresh and clean and leave my account out of it entirely.
  • rogerjth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK, that should do it then.. All I needed and more.
    I trust that this will also help the originator of this thread, MollyAWebber!
    - rt