Make Your iPhone an iPod Touch

If you are planning on upgrading from an iPhone 1.0 to the new iPhone 3G and have no clue what to do with your old iPhone AT&T has offered this tidbit that may help you to decide.

From Appleinsider

A spokesperson for the carrier confirmed to AppleInsider that neither AT&T nor Apple will prevent de-activated first-generation iPhones for serving as surrogate iPod touches.”If the [original] device is not re-activated as a wireless phone after you’ve upgraded to iPhone 3G, it will still work as an iTunes player and can access Wi-Fi,” the spokesperson said.That means old iPhones can still surf the web, check email, and browse the mobile iTunes store when connected to WiFi, and otherwise function as widescreen video iPod with calendar and photo functions.It’s recommended that owners who take this approach upgrade their original iPhones with iPhone Software v2.0 on July 11th prior to de-activating the devices, as it’s unclear whether upgrades to non-active handsets will be possible.

If you are planning on upgrading to the new iPhone 3G let us know why in the comments and tell us what you are doing with your first gen iPhone.


  1. Josh

    I definitely plan on upgrading. My phone has a few destinations so far. There’s my dad who I could pawn it off on, a missionary friend who would like to hack it and use it Sierra Leone or a friend in Myrtle Beach. I have yet to decide. I wish I could just give it to my wife but she wants the new one. Sigh.

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