You can't play music on a pretty silver brick
December 19, 2011 2:25 PM Subscribe
How can I activate an old iPhone without a SIM card?
posted by the matching mole to Technology (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have an original iPhone 2G. It's in great condition and works fine. I'd like to use it as an iPod Touch.
Here's my problem: I restored it, and I don't have a SIM card to get it to activate. And if I can't activate the thing, it's as good as a brick for listening to music.
The phone was provided by a previous employer, and the phone number associated with the iPhone's SIM is in use by someone else, and I don't have it. The good SIM *I* do have is in my iPhone 4S, which is not compatible with the original iPhone.
I'd rather not jailbreak the thing -- I just want to plug the danged thing into my Mac and let iTunes do its thing. (But if it really is that easy to do it, tell me about it.)
How do I get it useful again? Is there a chance someone at an Apple store could get it into a useful state?