How to Use an iPhone 3G or 3GS as an iPod Touch


iPhone 3G or 3GS owners who have upgraded to a newer iPhone can continue using the old iPhone without signing a lengthy contract. iPhone owners can convert their old phone and use it in the same manner as an iPod Touch media player. Converting an iPhone 3G or 3GS provides Wi-Fi support only, which means the owner can download music and iPod Touch applications and access the Internet as long as Wi-Fi is available in the area.

3G and 3GS Activation

  • Insert the SIM card used when the 3G or 3GS had active service into the phone. Any SIM card works in an unlocked iPhone.

  • Connect the phone to iTunes using the iPhone USB cord. ITunes may prompt you to upgrade your software package. If this occurs, install the software upgrade.

  • Activate the phone through iTunes. Remove the SIM card. "No SIM" will appear and remain in the upper left corner of the phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • This method applies to iPhone 3G and 3GS devices only.
  • Original iPhone users must leave the SIM card in the phone and only use the SIM card activated with the phone.

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