12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2009 1:54 PM by DaVBMan
sgtam Level 1 Level 1
I just upgraded to the new iphone and was thinking about using my original phone as a ipod. Can I sync just my music with my old phone without messing up new phone?

Dell, iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10
    Yes, you can use it as an ipod touch.

    Leave the SIM card that has been in the iphone in it. Without the SIM card still in it, I don't think you cannot upgrade the software or restore the iphone if there is a problem.
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6
    As mentioned no real issue. My daughter has my old one she uses as iPod and to watch movies via cable on her TV in her room.

    As mentioned, your new iPhone came with a SIM (should have) so by activating it, your carrier deactivated your old SIM (that should still be in old phone). Thus it has no service but is activated to still use.

    As long as you keep the original SIM in it, you can update the firmware when updates come out.
  • kbug61 Level 1 Level 1
    I just upgraded and I'm giving a friend my old iphone. It still has the sim card in it. How do I set it up as an ipod touch for my friend? The first screen just has the emergency phone call thing and won't get me to the home page.
  • ausher1880 Level 1 Level 1
    i got an original iphone from a freind with out a sim card. i hooked it to itunes and it keeps saying insert a sim card. how do i use it as an ipod without a sim card installed?
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6
    ausher1880 wrote:
    i got an original iphone from a freind with out a sim card. i hooked it to itunes and it keeps saying insert a sim card. how do i use it as an ipod without a sim card installed?

    You don't you need the deactivated SIM card that came with it originally. It still has to "activate" itself (activate doesn't mean setup a plan)
  • Lauren Friedl Level 1 Level 1
    How does that work?
  • jack-of-all Level 1 Level 1
    I'm interested in your reply. I upgraded my wife from original iPhone to 3G-S. 3G-S was activated at AT&T store, and on Christmas, I switched SIM cards from orig. to 3G-S, and service was immediate, After syncing new iPhone with iTunes, everything my wife had was on the new iPhone, but, as others have mentioned, the original now just has a connect "USB cable to iTunes" image.

    How does one "just activate" the original iPhone to use just as an iPod?
  • GravyBoatCaptain Level 1 Level 1
    I too would like to use my original iphone (first gen) as an ipod touch.

    I moved my orig iphone sim card into my 3Gs when I got the new iphone...and then put an old sim card I had around into the orig iphone when the screen displayed that it needed a sim card.

    Now the orig iphone only displays the familiar "USB cable to iTunes" pic and when I try to go thru the activation in iTunes the processes wants to create a new ATT account and plan for me. (I called ATT while doing this and the person confirmed that this is what would happen if I followed through.)

    Is the ONLY WAY to use an original iphone (as an ipod) WITHOUT the original sim card to jailbreak it?

    Thanks for any insights
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6
    Any NEW phone will come with a SIM. You DO NOT take your old SIM from previous phone to new phone. When you get a NEW phone with a NEW SIM when you plug in and activate it will move your account to that SIM and activate that phone and SIM, thus new phone will work with new SIM with same number. When this happens, the old SIM gets deactivated from your carrier but the phone is still activated for use (not as phone but all other features).

    There is NO need to move SIMs around. By doing so you create the problem.
  • GravyBoatCaptain Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for the reply. I am sure you are correct 99.99% of the time. When I got my 3Gs there was some problem at the store. They took the sim from my first gen iphone and put it into the new 3Gs "as a test". It worked. The guy suggested I just "go with it" and I did. So I actually do have a working 3Gs with the sim from my old original phone.

    The question is now that I have this possibly hinky sim card in my original iphone what can I do to make use of my old iphone?

    And in the intervening hours I have called ATT and all they can do is set me up with a new sim card and new plan.
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6
    While the rep helped getting your new phone working with Old SIM it was that point that made it difficult for your old iPhone to work as an iPod Touch. You need a SIM that was in it when last activated.

    Now, what you need is AT&T to give you a NEW SIM for your new Phone, get it working, then put old SIM in old iPhone.
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10
    You need to march into an AT&T store, tell the manager exactly what you posted here, tell them you want the sim card in your 3gs de-activated & that you want a new activated sim card, like you should have gotten to begin with, for your 3gs. That will fix your problem. They should have not done what was done to begin with.

    Once that's done, follow the instructions here to use as a touch: