How to Use an iPhone 4.1 Without a SIM Card

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How to Use an iPhone 4.1 Without a SIM Card
Use your iPhone 4 without a SIM card as an iPod Touch. (Frantzesco Kangaris/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Even without a SIM card, you can use an activated iPhone 4.1 as an iPod Touch music device. Although you can't make phone calls, send text messages or browse the Internet over a 3G network without a SIM card, you can still take advantage of much of the phone's functionality. This is particularly true when you connect the device to a Wi-Fi network, which gives you the ability to browse the Internet and download purchases from the iTunes and App Stores.

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    Activate the iPhone

  1. 1

    Activate the iPhone 4.1 with a SIM card from a supported cellular carrier. If the device was previously registered with a mobile carrier, you don't need to repeat this process unless you suddenly see the "Connect to iTunes" message on the iPhone's screen.

  2. 2

    Connect the iPhone 4.1 to iTunes with a USB cable to complete the activation process.

  3. 3

    Remove the SIM card and begin using the iPhone 4.1 as an iPod Touch.

    Using the iPhone as an iPod

  1. 1

    Upload music, videos and applications to your iPhone by syncing the phone with iTunes. If you have access to a wireless Internet signal, you can also purchase and download data directly on your phone.

  2. 2

    Browse the Internet with the Safari Web browser when connected to a wireless Internet signal. In Safari, you can search the Internet and view most Web pages as you would on a computer. As long as you're connected to a Wi-Fi network, you'll also be able to send and receive e-mail messages on the iPhone 4.1.

  3. 3

    Take photos and videos with your iPhone 4.1. To get them off the device, either e-mail the photos over a Wi-Fi network, or connect your iPhone to iTunes on your computer.

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