My TELUS iPhone 6 in the States

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JaySkathe
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Hi.
Before I go any further, thank you to anyone taking the time to read this, and a very special thanks to anyone willing to share some knowledge about this with me...

Ok so I have 2 things. My old phone (TELUS locked iPhone 6) and a friend in California. My friend is in California and will be there for the next several months. She doesn't need her cellphone down there, however what she would benefit from is being able to hook up to the free wifi where she is staying. She was using a fido phone until recently, when she lost it.
My question:
Can I be of help to her by sending her my iphone6 which is currently deactivated, locked to TELUS and contains my old SIM card. Basically I want to wipe all my stuff off the phone, send it to her with a fresh iOS that she can set up with her Apple ID etc and then have online capabilities on the phone through the wifi where she is staying.

Is this going to work? Does there need to be an active TELUS SIM card in the phone?
Am I missing something from the equation to make this work?

-Jay
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 I believe you have to have an active SIM card to activate the phone after doing a clean restore/wipe. I may be wrong on that, however.

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@jayskthe The phone being locked to Telus and deactivated off your account the phone will function as normal. Besides not connecting to an active account, wifi will function normally on an iPhone. Essentially you've made it into an iPod without cell service. Since it's not on active cell phone account. You can keep you SIM card as well as it's not needed for your friend.

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If I recall, you can't set up the initial stages of the phone without a SIM installed. You could wipe the phone and set it up minimally for your friend with your SIM, then send it to her, for her to finish setting up.

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JaySkathe
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Thank you! I thought the phone had to have a sim in it though, but that any TELUS sim would be okay. I only say this based on my iPhone 5 which I could use like you say as an iPod, but only with a sim inserted. Just didn't know if that would be functional across the line down in big brothers house.
JaySkathe
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Yeah I'm pretty sure a SIM has to be in the slot to get through the setup phase. I'm going to go through the install phase tonight and see what happens if I pull it out after.
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@JaySkathe

  Please share your experience, so others may benefit.

 

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