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There is an Apple support document on how to do this. You don't need to keep a sim in the phone but you need to put one into it to activate it before taking it back out. Here's the procedure for 3G and 3GS: You can use any SIM card associated with the carrier that your device supports to activate the phone. Simply place a SIM card from the last ...


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This is, unfortunately, expected behavior. Whenever you activate an iPhone (which you do as part of an OS install) it talks to Apple's servers and does various things like exchange crypto certs for APNS, etc. It also checks the IMEI of the phone to see what carrier Apple sold it to, and validates the SIM is valid for that carrier (if you buy an unlocked ...


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Go to your local GSM carrier (AT&T in the US) and try to reactivate it. A couple of possible scenarios seem likely: The phone is recent enough to be on a contract - they'd still have the payer on file and you could contact them about giving them the phone back or them cancelling the contract (or you taking it over). The phone is free and clear - this ...


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According to this article, the problem isn't just the size. It turns out, as well as a smaller size, the Nano SIM is reportedly 15% thinner than the Micro SIM cards. So even if users cut the Micro SIM to Nano SIm size with a knife or nano SIM cutter tool, the Sim card would still be too thick to put in the iPhone 5.


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Yes, you can use the device as if it were an iPod Touch without cellular service. No need to remove the SIM. It will automatically be deactivated when your new phone is activated. You can also purchase a prepaid SIM from a service using provider network to which the phone is attached if you'd like to use it as an emergency or burner phone. For example, h2o ...


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No - the sim card only provides an ICCID number to the phone. That number is read once per boot as the phone just uses the sim to identify what account to bill for service when registering with the nearby cell towers (IMEI and ICCID together let the system know what number to assign your phone and who to bill). Something else must be causing your observed ...


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PUSH! The old way was to insert the tool at an angle and kind of push sideways and pull out at the same time, using leverage, and the tray would hang onto and come out with the tool, but with the new iPad (2012), simply insert the SIM eject tool straight into the tiny hole (straight being the way it enters with the least resistance, i.e. perpendicular to ...


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The iPad with 3G is sold unlocked. In the UK, the iPad with 3G will work with Orange, Three, O2, and Vodafone. To be pedantic, the iPad's 3G connection will not work with carriers such as T-Mobile USA, which in part uses the 1700 MHz frequency for 3G. The iPad with 3G supports the necessary frequencies to fully work in the UK with Orange, Three, O2, and ...


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I bought an old, used AT&T sim card from eBay for $4, inserted it into the phone, and that worked fine -- now the phone can be upgraded to new iOS revision, even though I never plan to use it as a phone ever again. As I learned the hard way: do not remove and throw away the AT&T sims from your old iPhones, no matter what!


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No - if the device is waiting at the activate screen it won't run normally. Yes - once the activation is done, you can pull the SIM card. Activate means that the OS becomes usable. Unless (and until) your phone gets jail broken or authorized unlocked (contact your carrier), by design you need a carrier SIM to activate the phone after each restore. Major ...


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Without going into the technical details, iOS ships in a deactivated state and needs to contact an activation server to determine the carrier and locking status each time the device is restored. iTunes performs the unlocking of all phones less than iOS 5. With iOS5, the device can self activate or activate through iTunes. When a device is sold, it enters ...


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short answer: No The iPhone 5 has the Nano-SIM The iPhone 4 and 4s have the Micro-SIM iPhone 5 is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards. found on the apple site You have to go to your mobile provider and get a replacement Nano-SIM if you're using the micro-SIM. The other way around you can use an adapter or get a replacement SIM as well. It ...


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Here are the steps to use either an iPhone or an iPad without cellular activity. Open Settings. Turn Airplane Mode ON. This will also disable Wi-Fi but we will re-enable it in the following step. Tap Wi-Fi and you will be directed to another screen. From there, turn it back ON and select the network you wish to connect to (note: it will automatically ...


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Official iPhone unlocking only comes from Apple. So you'll have to go through your service provider if you want to unlock your phone. Your carrier will then contact Apple about unlocking the phone. Your iPhone will be identified by its IMEI number. Once this is done, your carrier will contact you (it can take up to a week). Then, you will have to restore ...


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Yes. No it won't affect your phone. An iPhone requires a SIM to activate. If the phone was locked to a specific carrier, it would require a SIM from that respective service provider. Since your iPhone is factory unlocked, any SIM (provided it's a micro-SIM) will suffice for activation. SIM cards to do not affect your device. You could get SIM cards from ...


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Will the iphone get 4g speeds No it won't. iPhones, even 4 and 4S, are not 4G devices. The 4 is for the iPhone fourth generation, but they are in reality 3G devices. So you won't get better speed than 3G (for sure). I'm not sure for the network itself since I'm in Canada and I don't look at US providers very often. From memory T-Mobile has a different ...


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The iPhone 4S is a world-phone, compatible with Verizon and Sprint's CDMA networks in the US and GSM networks worldwide. It has a micro-SIM slot for connecting to GSM networks. Most phones sold in the US are locked to the carrier you buy it from, you may have luck getting them to unlock it so you can use a different SIM. Unlocked iPhones are (tautologically) ...


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The IMEI shouldn’t change when you upgrade the phone, at least here in Europe. Mine is still the same. Update: Upon some reading around, it turns out that if you “hack” your phone, (maybe in the past), an update would change some IMEIs, and AT&T would therefore invalidate the SIM. Be careful with what you do :)


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This is the same set of steps you would use if you had a sim card, it's more about clearing the account that device has registered with the iMessage service. Try to turn off iMessage completely, totally log out of the system in Settings > Messages. When you re-enable it, ensure you log in with your own Apple ID. At this point, you should be able to ...


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Yes. You can use your iPhone's Wi-Fi without a SIM card, no matter where you are. If you still want to be able to make calls, but avoid celluar data (data roaming) you can choose to disable just this feature. You can get further information from Apple's support website at iPhone and iPad: Using cellular networks while in another country. If you do not ...


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That chipset is capable of running a hell of a lot more than The Sims, however you haven't stated your OS version, processor, or memory, but based on what MacBook systems have that graphics chipset, you shouldn't have any problems. The minimum specs for the game are: Mac Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later Intel Core Duo processor 2GB of RAM 6.1GB ...


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I have two ideas for you: 1) There's a UK mobile network called Ovivo, basically, you order a sim with £10 on it once, and you'll have 500MB of mobile broadband for your grandma's iPad forever. She'll also be able to use the £10 for additional broadband if she runs out (either by pre-purchasing some — and maybe you could do that online for her), or it'll ...


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Try this: Instead of telling everyone who hasn’t got the original sim that activation of the iphone is easy using a phonebook sim card, i made this video to show you all how it works , Use any phonebook sim card, they are there in Radio Shack, mobile phone shops or any mobile tech stores. Any phone book simcard will do the trick, no need for programmable ...


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Since the SIM are electrically the same, you could cut the current SIM to allow it to fit the iPhone 4 slot. Otherwise, you'll need to contact your carrier. They will be able to assist you in ensuring the SIM cards match your account. Apple (and this forum) can help with moving the content, but only the carrier can manage the database that tracks which SIM ...


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The IMEI is kind of like a MAC address for the cellular network only. It is nearly impossible to change it, you can only spoof it on a software level. So the answer is, No, your IMEI will never change unless you really really want it to. Removing the SIM card shouldn't change the IMEI either...


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Yes - and be careful, I used my SIM to activate a friends iPhone and he is now receiving copies of my iMessages to his device. Looks like Apple hasn't solved this yet, and it's a major issue for people whose iPhones get stolen. Further reading: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/12/stolen-iphone-your-imessages-may-still-be-going-to-the-wrong-place.ars


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All you need is a SIM from the carrier for that phone. In the US, that mean AT&T for anything but a phone sold into VZW or Sprint. It does not need to be in service or associated with a current account, just any SIM that is newer than the phone. Worst case, order the cheapest prepaid SIM from AT&T with no data plan or pay someone with AT&T ...


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I'm going out on a limb a bit but I think this might work. Notice all the disclaimers. If you have a spare GSM phone, go to an AT&T store with it, buy a pre-paid SIM card, and have them activate it. Go home and swap the card into your 3GS. It should work immediately for voice and text. Data requires some extra steps but it doesn't sound like you ...


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To answer your questions: I haven't tested it myself (but I'll in the near future), but there are SIM cards available, comparable to the Gravy SIM (but here is no need to dial 112), which will unlock your iPhone. It's not that expensive, so I would give it a try. Sorry, it looks like this SIM only supports the iPhone 4S. You can unlock the iPhone with any ...


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No, not since 4.2 can you do this because the APN settings disappeared off the devices. Though, there are videos on youtube and tutorials in other places that can walk you through adding the features back on to your device. Whether or not they still work or will work for you depending on your current iOS version installed on iPad is a different story. A ...



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