Owning the latest Smart Phone can be expensive, most Service Providers charge a hefty monthly fee for using premium cell phones. In this article, we will be taking a look at how to use the latest iPhone or Android Phone without SIM Card or an active Cell Phone Plan.
Use iPhone or Android Phone Without SIM Card
You don’t have to put off buying an iPhone or a premium Android Phone, just because you do not like paying for expensive Cell Phone Plans that are usually associated with such Premium phones.
You can pretty much enjoy all the features of the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy Phone by going for an Unlocked Phone and using it without a Cell Phone plan, to save on recurring Monthly charges.
If this sounds interesting, let us go ahead and explore whether it is possible to send Text Messages and make Voice and Video calls, without having a Phone Number or an active SIM Card linked to your phone.
Activate Unlocked Phone Without Cell Phone Plan
The first hurdle that you need to cross in order to use a Smartphone without an active Cellular Plan is to somehow figure out a way to activate your iPhone or Android phone without actually owning a SIM Card.
In the case of most Android Phone’s you should be able to skip “Insert SIM Card” prompt and complete the Setup process.
On iPhone’s, it is difficult to bypass “Insert SIM Card” screen and you will have to consider one of the following ways to get through this hurdle.
- You can borrow a SIM Card from anyone, just for activating your iPhone
- You can buy a used iPhone that has already been activated
- You can go for a Cheap No Contract Texting Plan or a Prepaid plan to get a SIM Card.
Once you cross this hurdle, you will be all set to enjoy your Smartphone. As long as your device is connected to a WiFi network, your latest iPhone or Android Phone will perform the same way as it does while it is connected to a Carriers Cellular Network.
Web Browsing and Online Games
Even with a Cellular Plan, most users are unable to use their phones as freely as they would like to, due to the fear of exceeding data caps and inviting expensive overage charges.
Without a Cell Phone Plan you will have no such worries, you can make use of the WiFi network for Web browsing, downloading photos, Music, Videos and playing your favorite online games for as long as you want to.
Use WhatsApp For Texting and Voice Calls
In case you have ever used the traditional SMS Text Messaging system linked to your Texting plan, you will have no hesitation in agreeing that regular SMS Text Messages are boring and out of date, compared to modern Messaging services like WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is totally free to use and has over a billion worldwide users. It is so feature rich and easy to use that you may actually prefer using WhatsApp, compared to using the traditional SMS/MMS Messaging system.
At this point you might be wondering whether it is possible to use WhatsApp without having a phone number.
The answer to this is a big “YES”, it is indeed possible to use WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android Phone without having an active Phone Number or SIM Card linked to your phone.
You can refer to our popular guide How to Use WhatsApp Without Phone Number or SIM to get started with the World’s best Messaging service for Free!
Use Google Hangouts For Calls to Landlines and Mobile Phones
Google Hangouts Dialer App is another outstanding service that allows you to place calls to landlines and mobile phones within North America for free.
All that you need to get started with Google Hangouts is your Gmail Account, there is no requirement to have an active SIM Card or a Mobile Phone Number.
Use Skype For International Calls and Video Calls
Skype allows you to place Voice and Video calls over a WiFi Connection to other Skype users for free and charges a very reasonable monthly fee, in case you want the ability to call Landlines and Mobile phone numbers in Canada and United States.
Skype also offers competitive international calling plans that you can make use of to make Voice and Video calls to your friends and relatives in most parts of the world.
Use TextNow to Make Free Calls
TextNow is another service that allows Free Unlimited calling and Free Unlimited Text messaging to all US & Canadian phone numbers.
The free plan comes with Ads that can be removed by purchasing a Text Now subscription. Text Now also offers Unlimited Calling, Texting and Data plans on a hybrid WiFi + Cellular network, at very affordable rates.
For more information you can visit textnow.com
Use Offline Google Maps
A wonderful feature of Google Maps is its ability to provide turn-by-turn directions even when your iPhone or Android Phone is not connected to a WiFi or Cellular network.
With a little bit of preparation you can practically get the same out of Offline Google Maps as anyone connected to Carriers Network does.
Carrier Supported WiFi Calling
As the name suggests, WiFi Calling feature on iPhone and Android Phones should allow users to make free calls over a WiFi Network.
However, this feature currently operates through Carriers and you will still require a Cellular Plan with a designated Service Provider in order to make use of the WiFi Calling Feature.
What complicates this even further is that different Service Providers have different ways of charging or not charging for calls made over a WiFi Network.
In theory, you should be able to sign up for the cheapest Cellular Plan and make the most out of WiFi Calling Feature. But, make sure that you read the terms and conditions of your Service Provider and understand them completely, before going ahead with this option.
Designated Carriers that Support WiFi Calling.
- USA: T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T
- Canada: Bell and Rogers
- United Kingdom: Vodafone