As I am weak-willed and thinking of upgrading to a new iPhone (my 3GS is out of contract as of this week ), my stupid question is, if I take the SIM out can I still use it to play the apps and as an iPod? Can I still sync new apps to it?
Back in the old days of games like Snake, I'm sure that when I took my SIM out of the phone it no longer did anything at all. I know I could sell my old phone on eBay or to a recycling company, but if it still plays my apps and I can stick some music on it, my DD2 would be very happy as she could have an iPod at last!
Yes, you can. We gave DH's old iPhone to DS1 last Christmas and he uses it as an iPod touch. It's hooked up to our wifi so he can use it for email as well as Internet, apps and music. It's been a big hit!
Yeah my DD has my old iPhone 3G, it works fine in the house, or anywhere with free WiFi - so she can do emails, skype etc + all the games, photos, iPod etc. The only thing it cant do is texting, and actual phone calls
Fantastic! That's me convinced that I "need" to upgrade I was toying with the idea of buying a secondhand iPod for DD2 (just a Nano) but that would have been at least £50 for a really old one! Happily calling O2 tomorrow to get a nice shiny new phone Hmm, does that mean I've now wasted £60 on DD3 getting a Leappad tablet of her own, they could just play on the phone.
using an iPhone without a cellphone plan you need a SIM to upgrade the software etc, but I just tested my phone without the SIM and it worked OK. The only thing I will do is to see what parent settings/blocks I can put on internet access. I'll manually sync the apps to remove easy links to things like eBay & Amazon, in case she's smart enough to work out my password!
If you really want to be loved by DD2 then go into a T-Mobile store and ask for a free iphone microsim. They will give you a free SIM with 12 months Internet on it. The only catch is you need to top it up by £10.
So for £10, your daughter can also use it as a 3G phone too!
Oh and get your 3GS unlocked by O2 now it's out of contract. They are worth more unlocked and it should be free now you are not tied to a contract.
Am typing this on a original iphone with no sim. My husband upgraded his & this one is now a ipod & games consol for the children. It comes in particularly useful when on long car journeys. I also use it to access the web via wi-fi at home. (& to occassionally locate husband's new phone!)
It just takes a while to start up when turned off as it's trying to find a cell network. You also need another iphone/itunes account in order to 'pretend' to be that phone when downloading apps. Enjoy