iPhone 6S Plus as tablet only - No phone / data plan - Would that work?

ande0255ande0255 Banned Posts: 1,178
I received an iPhone as a gift and do not plan on using it for a phone due to size, and I'm not a huge apple fan, but would like to use it in some form as it's such a high end device.

I was looking into cheap tablets that I can lug around the house to watch my training videos on, but this seems like it could be both a solution to that, and a good camera / ipod as it's the 128GB version.

My question is, without activating it with a carrier or having a SIM card installed, is this still fully functional in terms of getting apps from the app store and accessing said apps? I didn't want to pull the stuff apart and start testing it just yet, in case this idea will not work without a carrier connection / SIM card.

Please advise away apple experts, thanks! :)


  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Member Posts: 1,860
    that's a pricey gift
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  • ande0255ande0255 Banned Posts: 1,178
    That is a very astute observation.
  • CSCOnoobCSCOnoob Member Posts: 120
    Yes, it will work. Probably not a good idea though. It's pretty expensive to use it only as a tablet.
  • ande0255ande0255 Banned Posts: 1,178
    Well instead of carrying a camera / mp3 player / tablet with me on vacations, I was thinking this may be a semi-compact option for that.
  • tpatt100tpatt100 Member Posts: 2,991 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I did some googling and see several posts talking about you need a sim card even if it is old and deactivated just to "active" the iPhone for any use.

    I bought a Windows phone last year to use just as a podcast/music player and remember having to activate it even though I never bought a plan for it.

    I think all iPhones have sim cards installed already so you probably can just activate it and use it like an iPod Touch. I have a 6s Plus and use it as a phone since I hardly use it for voice calls anyways so the size doesn't bother me. It's a good enough size for watching TV shows at work during my lunch and also watching Coursera or EdX videos that I download through their apps for offline viewing.

    The camera is excellent for pictures and recording video, the Plus has image stabilization for recording videos which I can say works really good.
  • kohr-ahkohr-ah Member Posts: 1,277
    Yes you should be able to.

    Otherwise consider selling it and getting a nice tablet plus some extra money for apps and what not for it?
  • thomas_thomas_ CompTIA N+/S+/L+ CCNA R&S CCNP R&S/Enterprise/Collab Member Posts: 982 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I believe you can activate it over your wifi connection. You just need to know your wifi password.
  • stryder144stryder144 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,684 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Unless they've changed things up in the last year, you will only need an Apple account (itunes/icloud) to use it in the manner you intend. It shouldn't have a sim card installed, unless it came from a carrier. Of course, if it came from AT&T/Verizon/et al, you will need to activate it through them, not Apple, if you want to make non-emergency phone calls.
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