1. iMore Question's Avatar
    I ordered an IPhone 5 from ebay, it is locked to golden state, golden state is CDMA. But I heard all iphone 5 need sim cards to activate. I just want to use this phone as an IPod. will I be able to do that without a sim card?(WHICH I DONT OWN) P.S I already ordered it, should be here soon...
    03-05-2015 11:05 PM
  2. Cap_172R's Avatar
    as far as i know, you need a sim to activate the device.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT3406

    edit: I googled golden state and if indeed it is the same company (a small provider in California) the parent company is Verizon. Verizon iPhones (LTE ones) are unlocked out of the box. I am not sure it will work the same, but maybe someone here can confirm.

    If you can get your hands on a nano-sim, from a friend or family member, you can see if the device accepts it and from there you can activate it! - and know if it is unlocked.

    Goodluck
    03-06-2015 12:21 AM
  3. ahmar13obaid's Avatar
    yes but verizon just became the parent this year... IPhone 5 is like 3 years old lol...... I've looked everywhere but all i've found is that Golden State is bought by Verizon
    03-06-2015 01:29 AM
  4. Rafkin's Avatar
    I used my iPhone 4 as an ipod for about a year with no Sim. Worked fine
    03-06-2015 05:42 AM
  5. Cap_172R's Avatar
    yes but the OP is asking if a sim card is required to activate the device.
    03-06-2015 01:21 PM

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