3199 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2010 5:24 AM by Kenneth Epstein
You can use a no longer activated iPhone as an iPod Touch but in order to install a firmware update on a no longer activated iPhone or restore a no longer activated iPhone with iTunes if wanted or needed, the no longer activated SIM card must be inserted in the iPhone to complete the process - the SIM card that was used with the iPhone when it was activated.
Yes, I understand that, however, we have not actually used the old iPhone since it was deactivated 2 years ago. We JUST got a replacement deactivated SIM card from AT&T today, and when we put it into the phone and plug it into iTunes, iTunes asks to set up the iPhone as a new phone.
Will Apple/AT&T charge us $30 for 'activating' again? And how can we prevent this?
You obviously don't understand what I provided.
Why are you inserting a SIM card in the first place if you want to use the iPhone as an iPod Touch? Not using the iPhone since it was deactivated 2 years ago or regardless when it was deactivated doesn't require inserting a SIM card in order to sync the iPhone with iTunes or use the iPhone as an iPod Touch.
If you are trying to install a firmware update or restore the iPhone with iTunes (which installs the current firmware) without activating the iPhone, you need to insert the no longer activated SIM card that was used with the iPhone when it was activated in order to complete the process. There is no way around this. If you activate the iPhone, it is no different from activating any other iPhone.
A no longer activated iPhone can be used as an iPod Touch, but it isn't an iPod Touch. The firmware upgrade fee for an iPod Touch is for the iPod Touch only.
If you re-activate the iPhone, you will have to pay the activation fee along with signing up for service followed by canceling the service and contract.
As already provided, there is no other way to go about this.
Downgrading to an earlier firmware version is not supported, which you wouldn't be able to complete anyway without the no longer activated SIM card that was used with the iPhone when it was activated inserted in the iPhone.